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Tweedsmuir Park - Grizzly Bear Safari

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Highlights

Date:Please ask for dates (August - October)
Host: Locally Guided
Cost: Starting from $3,450 for a 3-night safari (2019 rates)
Trip Type: Custom Civilized Adventures
A CANADIAN TOURISM COMMISSION "SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE"

Highlights

  • See grizzlies feasting on salmon
  • Float the pristine Atnarko River in our McKenzie drift boats
  • See the stunning scenery of the Bella Coola Valley from the air by helicopter! (5 Night package only)
  • Walk ancient forests in the company of a local guide
  • Explore Nuxalk First Nations culture and visit the petroglyph gardens
  • Stay in private chalets at the Historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

 Our grizzly bear viewing trips, recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Signature Experience that showcases authentic, immersive and engaging tourism experiences for travellers, take place from late August to the end of October.

Advantages

Advantages

  • Specializing in PRIVATE and SMALL GROUP viewing (maximum of 6 guests)
  • Remote yet easy to access: leave Vancouver in the morning and 3-4 hours later watch grizzlies feast on salmon!
  • Private WILDLIFE VIEWING STAND, just 200m from guest chalets!

Brief Itinerary

Sample 3-night program

Day 1 - For those arriving by air, enjoy the 70 minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival, 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, we recommend arriving by 2pm as your first bear viewing tour will start around 3pm! 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!

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'll have breakfast. 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 to 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. 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!

Cost

Cost

The following are 2019 rates. Please call for current rates and possible dates.

Semi-Private packages
Join up to 6 people when touring. These tours have set departure dates (note: if your preferred duration trip does not line up with the day of the week, please still contact us to see if we can make it work).

  • 3 Night Grizzly Bear Safari – Starts on Fridays – $3450 per Adult, $1725 per Youth
  • 4 Night Grizzly Bear Safari – Starts on Mondays – $4600 per Adult, $2300 per Youth
  • 5 Night Grizzly Bear Safari – Starts on any day –$5750 per Adult, $2875 per Youth

 

Private packages
Private packages can start on any day of the week.

  • 3 Night Grizzly Bear Safari – $4275 per Adult, $2138 per Youth, $1069 per Child
  • 4 Night Grizzly Bear Safari – $5700 per Adult, $2850 per Youth, $1425 per Child
  • 5 Night Grizzly Bear Safari – $7125 per Adult, $3563 per Youth, $1781 per Child

We strongly encourage stays of 4 nights or more, as we often hear guests stay "we wish we could stay longer!". Please contact us if you would like to stay more than 5 nights and we would be more than happy to build you a custom itinerary.

The lodge opens June 15 and you can book by the night (min. 2 nights required). 

*Note: All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, are in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and do not include tax. Tax rates are 2.5% for International guests & 5% for Canadian residents. Prices do not include flights to and from Bella Coola.

What's Included

Once you step off the plane in Bella Coola almost everything is included (retail and alcohol purchases are extra)!

  • All ground transportation, including Bella Coola Airport pick-up and drop-off!
  • Double occupancy accommodation in beautiful, private timberframe chalets at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge (based on double occupancy)
  • All meals: Hot & Continental Breakfast, Lunch in the Lodge or a Packed Lunch to take out in the field, 3 Course Dinner, plus Afternoon Snacks and unlimited soda, coffee and tea!
  • A variety of Guided Tours on each day of the package, lead by local guides. Note: these are sample itineraries and the format of each trip may change due to number of bookings, weather, bear activity, river conditions etc.
  • All tours are Private or small group Semi-Private
  • Professional guide service
  • Entrance fees to parks
  • Use of all sporting equipment, including mountain bikes that you may use to do some exploring on your own!

 

 

 

 


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