Wildlife Watching Tour

Grizzly bear and wildlife viewing safari from a lodge | CA-TL401

View grizzly bears and other wildlife on this safari tour along the north coast of British Columbia

Overview

In the autumn, when the salmon arrive to spawn, the town of Bella Coola is host to one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears. Among these old growth forests, pristine rivers, stunning peaks, soaring eagles, and vast glaciers, there is one animal at the top of the food chain: it is the mighty grizzly bear.

Tour Highlights

  • Drift down the Atnarko River
  • View grizzly bears
  • Wildlife of the Bella Coola valley
  • McKenzie River
  • Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
  • Wildlife Viewing Station

These grizzly bear viewing trips, recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a 'Signature Experience' that showcases authentic, immersive and engaging tourism experiences for travelers, are in the autumn, from mid-August to the middle of October. This is when the local rivers are host to teeming numbers of returning salmon which in turn draws lots of grizzlies hoping to fatten up for the coming winter. At this time of the year, the grizzly bears are intent on fishing and are more tolerant of both other bears and people and are therefore much easier to observe.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Available Aug - Oct
Duration 4 - 6 days
Departs From Bella Coola, BC
Difficulty Level Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 30
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Region British Columbia

From

3 450 CAD

Per Adult

  • Best Price Guarantee
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676
  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676

Availability (2019):
August 22 - October 15.
Based on double occupancy.

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What's Included

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Included

  • Ground transportation to and from Bella Coola
  • All park entrance fees
  • All meals
  • Accommodation

Suggested Clothing

  • Hiking boots
  • Comfortable pants
  • Fleece or wool sweaters
  • Light gloves
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Warm socks

Suggested Items

  • Daypack,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

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Information

Accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, the drift trips are the perfect way to see the bears and wildlife of the Bella Coola Valley. The McKenzie River boats are non-motorized and therefore do not disturb the bears in their natural habitat. The leisurely pace and silence offer a relaxed and peaceful way to travel the valley, as well as a completely unique opportunity for viewing wildlife up close and personal. 

On some occasions, guests see up to 15 different grizzly bears in a single float. In addition to the river floats you will also be able to walk old growth forests, literally in the footsteps of the bears. Your guide will show you day beds, claw marks on trees, tufts of bear fur, and of course lots of bear scat.  Guests from all over the world have stated that this is one of the ultimate wildlife viewing opportunities on the planet, and they have the pictures to prove it.

Day 1
 

For those arriving by air, enjoy the 70 minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marveling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way. If you are arriving by car, your chalet will be ready from 4pm.

Your bear viewing commences with a late afternoon River Drift down the Atnarko River. Relax and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery……..and keep your eyes open for wildlife! The salmon are spawning and provide an easy meal for majestic bald eagles and impressive grizzly bears. River otters and black bears may also be seen. Small Group River Drift Bear Viewing is a unique experience only found at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and is the best way to see grizzlies. The bears are busy fishing and ignore your presence, allowing you to see them at their most natural. It's also a great way to capture amazing photographs.

The bears aren't the only ones who will be feasting on a delicious meal; you will too, with a scrumptious 3 course dinner back at the lodge! Dinner is at 7:30pm every night.

 

Day 2
 

Wake up early and wander down to our Wildlife Viewing Station, which is for the exclusive use of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge guests. Early morning is a great time to spot bears and the raised structure provides open lines of sight both up and down the river. After checking out the platform you have a choice of a hot or continental breakfast, which is held every day at 8am. Afterwards, it's time to head out for a Guided Nature Walk in the old growth forests of Tweedsmuir Park, the largest provincial park in British Columbia.

Your guide, a naturalist, will show you how to track the bears and will point out various
bear signs, including rub trees with claw and bite marks, and places the bears dig out in the forest floor for their naps called day beds. A picnic lunch will be served in the field.

In the afternoon, continue exploring Tweedsmuir Park with a drive on the Tote Road past old, abandoned homesteads brimming with character. At the end of the road there is a short, highly recommended hike to Stillwater Lake. This is a beautiful, pristine place that should not be missed! You will arrive back at the lodge in the late afternoon. Now you can relax and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres on the sun deck of the lodge, exchanging stories of wildlife seen with your fellow guests. Make sure to head back to the Wildlife Viewing Station before dinner.

 

Day 3
 

Check out the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast. Then it's time hit the river with your guide for a morning drift on the Atnarko River in search of more bears! The bears are most active in the morning and evening and it's a great time to enjoy a quiet float. A nutritious lunch will be served at the lodge before you head off with your guide to further explore Tweedsmuir Park. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides know the area well and have mapped numerous short hikes to superb vantage points overlooking the Atnarko River to see spawning salmon…and the bears and eagles fishing for them!

 

Day 4
 

Departure day! We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us. Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbour. Thank you for visiting us!

Day 1
 

For those arriving by air, enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marveling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way. If you are arriving by car, your chalet will be ready from 4pm.

Your bear viewing commences with a late afternoon River Drift down the Atnarko River. Relax and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery……..and keep your eyes open for wildlife! The salmon are spawning and provide an easy meal for majestic bald eagles and impressive grizzly bears. River otters and black bears may also be seen. Small Group River Drift Bear Viewing is a unique experience only found at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and is the best way to see grizzlies. The bears are busy fishing and ignore your presence, allowing you to see them at their most natural. It's also a great way to capture amazing photographs.

The bears aren't the only ones who will be feasting on a delicious meal; you will too, with a scrumptious 3-course dinner back at the lodge! Dinner is at 7:30pm every night.

 

Day 2
 

Wake up early and wander down to our Wildlife Viewing Station, which is for the exclusive use of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge guests. Early morning is a great time to spot bears and the raised structure provides open lines of sight both up and down the river. After checking out the platform you have a choice of a hot or continental breakfast, which is held every day at 8am. Afterward, it's time to head out for a Guided Nature Walk in the old growth forests of Tweedsmuir Park, the largest provincial park in British Columbia.

Your guide, a naturalist, will show you how to track the bears and will point out various bear signs, including rub trees with claw and bite marks, and places the bears dig out in the forest floor for their naps called day beds. A picnic lunch will be served in the field.

After fueling up, there is time for one or two more small hikes to superb vantage points overlooking the river to see spawning salmon, and the bears and eagles fishing for them. It's yet one more chance to capture a unique photo. To finish the day's activities there will be another late afternoon Bear Viewing River Drift on the Atnarko River.

 

Day 3
 

The Bella Coola Valley is an extraordinary place with fantastic geography, pristine ecosystems and a rich First Nations heritage. This day will take you down valley to see the culturally modified ancient cedar trees, the totem poles and the petroglyph gardens. Lunch will be a picnic at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord. This is also your opportunity to visit the Bella Coola town site and to shop at the art gallery for First Nations jewellery and masks.

 

Day 4
 

Check out the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast. Then it's time to hit the river with your personal guide for a morning River Drift on the Atnarko in search of more bears! The bears are most active in the morning and evening and it's a great time to enjoy a quiet float. A nutritious lunch will be served at the lodge before you head off with your guide to further explore Tweedsmuir Park. You will then head up to explore the park further including a drive up the Tote Road past old, abandoned homesteads brimming with character. This is prime bear habitat and sightings are common. At the end of the road there is a short, highly recommended hike to Stillwater Lake. This is a beautiful, pristine place that should not be missed! You will arrive back at the lodge in the late afternoon. Now you can relax and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres on the sun deck of the lodge, exchanging stories of wildlife seen with your fellow guests. Make sure to head back to the Wildlife Viewing Station before dinner.

Day 5
 

Departure day! We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us. Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbour. Thank you for visiting us!

Day 1
For those arriving by air, enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marveling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way. If you are arriving by car, your chalet will be ready from 4 pm.

Your bear viewing commences with a late afternoon River Drift down the Atnarko River. Relax and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery……..and keep your eyes open for wildlife! The salmon are spawning and provide an easy meal for majestic bald eagles and impressive grizzly bears. River otters and black bears may also be seen. Small Group River Drift Bear Viewing is a unique experience only found at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and is the best way to see grizzlies. The bears are busy fishing and ignore your presence, allowing you to see them at their most natural. It's also a great way to capture amazing photographs.

The bears aren't the only ones who will be feasting on a delicious meal; you will too, with a scrumptious 3-course dinner back at the lodge! Dinner is at 7:30 pm every night.

 

Day 2
Wake up early and wander down to our Wildlife Viewing Station, which is for the exclusive use of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge guests. Early morning is a great time to spot bears and the raised structure provides open lines of sight both up and down the river. After checking out the platform you have a choice of a hot or continental breakfast, which is held every day at 8am. Afterward, it's time to head out for a Guided Nature Walk in the old growth forests of Tweedsmuir Park, the largest provincial park in British Columbia.

Your guide, a naturalist, will show you how to track the bears and will point out various bear signs, including rub trees with claw and bite marks, and places the bears dig out in the forest floor for their naps called day beds. A picnic lunch will be served in the field.

In the afternoon, continue exploring the park with a drive on the Tote Road past old, abandoned homesteads brimming with character. This is prime bear habitat and sightings are common. At the end of the road, there is a short, highly recommended hike to Stillwater Lake. This is a beautiful, pristine place that should not be missed! You will arrive back at the lodge in the late afternoon. Now you can relax and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres on the sun deck of the lodge, exchanging stories of wildlife seen with your fellow guests. Make sure to head back to the Wildlife Viewing Station before dinner.

 

Day 3
Check out the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast. Then it's time to hit the river with your personal guide for a morning River Drift on the Atnarko in search of more bears! The bears are most active in the morning and evening and it's a great time to enjoy a quiet float. A nutritious lunch will be served at the lodge before you head off with your guide to further explore Tweedsmuir Park. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides know the area well and have mapped numerous short hikes to superb vantage points overlooking the Atnarko River to see spawning salmon…and the bears and eagles fishing for them!
Day 4
 

The Bella Coola Valley is an extraordinary place with fantastic geography, pristine ecosystems and a rich First Nations heritage. This day will take you down the valley to see the culturally modified ancient cedar trees, the totem poles and the petroglyph gardens. Lunch will be a picnic at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord. This is also your opportunity to visit the Bella Coola townsite and to shop at the art gallery for First Nations jewelry and masks. Then, before heading back to the lodge, it's time for a helicopter sightseeing tour of the mountains surrounding the Bella Coola Valley. The towering peaks and glaciers are some of the most stunning in all of British Columbia and will leave you inspired.

 

Day 5

 

Similar schedule as Day 3; begin your day with a morning River Drift on the Atnarko. In the afternoon your guide will take you on a Nature Walk to explore the park. It's yet one more chance to look for grizzly bears!

 

Day 6
Departure day! We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us. Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbor. Thank you for visiting us!

 Tours begin and end in the town of Bella Coola, BC. Transportation between the Bella Coola airport and the lodge is included in the package. Flights between Vancouver and Bella Coola can be arranged.

August is the hottest and typically driest month in this area although September actually offers some of the most consistent weather. 

Accommodation

The main lodge building is the central location for socializing. There are a large living room and dining room with river rock fireplace; a sports bar with billiards table, games and satellite TV; a retail shop; and a guest media room with computer access and fax/telephone service. In addition, there is WiFi access throughout the lodge, chalets and cabins.

Come nightfall, guests retreat to their own private chalets and cabins. There are a total of 10 guest chalets on the property, accommodating between 2-4 people per chalet. The chalets are built surrounding a giant central lawn and all have excellent views and lots of privacy, guaranteeing a serene setting for your holiday. In addition to the main lodge and chalets, there is also a 1,200 sq/ft spa building with yoga stretching room, weights and exer-cycles, massage rooms, showers and a 12 person covered outdoor hot tub overlooking the lawn and the coast range beyond.

Meals

All meals are included. Hot & Continental Breakfast, Lunch in the Lodge or Packed Lunch out in the field, 3 Course Dinner, plus Afternoon Snacks and unlimited soda, coffee and tea!

The lodge serves an international style cuisine, with a West Coast twist. All meals are served in the main dining room of the lodge and are by reservation. To complement your meal there is a well-stocked wine cellar with a special focus on New World wines from British Columbia's best vineyards.

The chef will post the featured menu for that day in the morning. Due to the small and intimate size of our facility, there is just the one set choice. However, care and attention are given to special dietary needs and preferences. Anybody with allergies, a unique diets, or a simple yearning for something not on the menu, please inform the chef at that time so an alternative meal can be arranged.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
  • A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

To guarantee your reservation we require a 25% deposit on all bookings.

A reservation confirmation will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit.

The balance of the package price is due 30 days before the date of your arrival in Bella Coola.

If you need to cancel before your trip starts, we will refund your deposit as long as it is 60 days before your proposed arrival date.