Sept 1-7, 2023
Visit the habitat of the elusive spirit bear.
The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is the largest piece of intact temperate rainforest left on the planet. Towering green, forested mountains give way to richly bio- diverse river valley bottoms and estuaries which teem with wild salmon. It is the home of the great Grizzly Bear, coastal wolves, cougar and many other terrestrial mammals. The Pacific Ocean, which laps the forest’s shores, is home to pods of Orca and Humpback Whales who swim and hunt in the labyrinthine complex of fiords and channels. It is here in the Great Bear Rainforest that the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation has lived since time immemorial. They have shared the forest and the salmon with a very special creature they call moskgm'ol (white bear).
We spend 6 nights in a lodge in the heart of the rain forest, about 300 miles north of Vancouver, and will have access to some of the special Spirit Bear viewing areas in the recently created Spirit Bear Conservancy.
Our bear viewing takes us daily to different pristine river valleys and estuaries located in our traditional territory which, in good weather, are typically about 90 minutes from the lodge. Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the behavior and movement patterns of the bears and will often situate guests under the forest canopy or on a rocky outcropping to get intimate and special eyelevel viewing and photographic opportunities as the bears forage for roots, berries or feast on salmon. Depending on our location we may also board small zodiacs and propel silently under oar or by small outboard motor deeper up a river or into the braided channels of an estuary to view bears.
Tour Type: Wildlife
Temp Range: 45° F / 70 ° F
Leader: Thomas Kokta
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Flights from Vancouver to Lodge (in BC) and back (about 90 minute flight)
6 nights accommodation in private ocean view room with private bathroom and shower
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks, starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on the final day
All transportation to the bear viewing areas
Professional guides services on all programs and tours
International flights to/from Vancouver
Airport departure taxes
Phone calls and personal items
Day 1: Arrival in Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver. We will meet for dinner at our hotel, then off to bed, as we have an early morning tomorrow! Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2: Flight Vancouver-Lodge
We fly very early this morning from Vancouver to the lodge. The flight is about 90 minutes long, but a bit weather-dependent. We should be at lodge early afternoon.
Days 3-7: At lodge
We will spend the next 6 nights in the wilderness lodge, and the days trying to see the elusive spirit bear, grizzly bears and other animals.
Day 8: Lodge- Vancouver
We will fly back to Vancouver airport, and should be there mid-afternoon.