Great Bear Lodge

Great Bear Lodge is situated in
a place of outstanding natural beauty

Accessible only by air, Great Bear Lodge is situated in a place of outstanding natural beauty and was used as a base when the BBC filmed the series “Secrets of Our Living Planet”. Designed to have minimal impact on the pristine surrounding environment, this floating wilderness lodge is constructed out of wood, with power supplied by wind turbines and solar panels.

Accommodation is in 8 comfortably appointed bedrooms, featuring private ensuite bathrooms with showers. Meals prepared with fresh, seasonal local ingredients are served in the shared dining room, with a typical dinner featuring for instance, roast salmon drizzled with maple syrup and mustard seeds. There is also a communal library filled with natural history books, and in this area informative presentations are given by resident biologists.

Activities at Great Bear Lodge are geared towards bear-viewing in the aptly named Great Bear Rainforest. Two sessions are scheduled per day – one in the morning, the other in the afternoon. Excursions are tailored to observe bears at their most active, with boat trips likely in spring and summer, when bears are commonly found foraging along the estuarine grasslands for plants and berries. In autumn, observation is mostly at river blinds – timber platforms strategically set up by the best bear-fishing locations by the river. A wide array of bird and whale species are also likely to be spotted, from Bald Eagles to humpbacks.

Location

How to get to Great Bear Lodge

Float plane transfers are available from Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge.

Activities at Great Bear Lodge

  • Bear viewing
  • Boat excursions
  • Bird-viewing
  • Photography

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Great Bear Lodge Highlights

  • A serene, secluded lodge set in the magnificent Great Bear Rainforest
  • Offering comfortable, authentic accommodation in the heart of untouched wilderness
  • Fantastic opportunities to observe grizzly bears in the wild
  • Excursions tailored to seasons, to maximise bear encounters
  • Extremely rich bird and marine life, from Bald Eagle to seals and whales

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Below are some of our other recommended Canadian wilderness lodge accommodation options, carefully selected for their superior location, incredible wildlife and wilderness experiences, service and level of comfort.

Farewell Harbour Lodge

Family-run Farewell Harbour Lodge offers privileged access to the untouched temperate rainforests and rich marine life of the Broughton Archipelago.

Great Bear Lodge

Great Bear Lodge is situated in a location of outstanding beauty in British Columbia's aptly named Great Bear Rainforest.

Knight Inlet Lodge

A secluded lodge with a well-established reputation for excellent grizzly bear viewing from special tree stands or by boat depending on the season.

Sonora Resort

This Relais & Chateaux resort offers gourmet meals and a wealth of outdoor adventures in the heart of pristine wilderness without compromising at all on luxury.

Spirit Bear Lodge

Deep inside the Great Bear Rainforest, Spirit Bear Lodge provides visitors with a chance to view unique spirit bears, a rare subspecies of black bear sporting a white or cream-coloured coat.

Canada Overview

Why visit Canada? Spanning the top of north America from the Pacific to the Atlantic, this huge country offers majestic scenery, unspoiled wilderness and incredible wildlife and adventure opportunities. At the same time Canada is a modern country with sophisticated cities, world class accommodation and excellent rail, road and air network.

When is the best time to visit Canada? From May to September is the best time for cruising and touring in Canada when the weather is at its finest. Temperatures and daylight hours vary depending on latitude, and the coast is more moderate than inland regions which have long hot summers and very cold winters.

Grizzly bear viewing is generally good from June until October and Polar Bear viewing around Churchill is possible from July to November. November to April is the time for winter wonderland experiences, skiing, dog sledding and the Northern Lights.

What can I combine Canada with? Alaskan holidays like Inside Passage cruising and wildlife viewing. Canada can also be combined with Arctic cruising and ice based adventures.

How do you get to Canada? Fly to Vancouver in British Columbia for west coast touring and cruising, or to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal or Quebec City for eastern Canada.

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