Spirit Bear Lodge

Spirit Bear Lodge provides visitors with
a chance to view unique spirit bears

Located in the remote coastal village of Klemtu, 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, spirit bears are revered by the local Kitasso and Xai’xai tribes who call this region home. These special animals share their habitat with grizzlies, wolves, humpback whales, orcas and sea lions in addition to an array of birdlife.

Inspired by the traditional longhouses of West Coast First Nations communities, Spirit Bear Lodge contains 12 comfortable ensuite rooms and a central “Great Room”, which is furnished with inviting couches, two enormous solid cedar dining tables, local Tsimshian art and huge windows overlooking the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Scour the Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy by boat and on foot in search of wildlife, while learning about the age-old customs and traditions of the First Nations people who call this wild area home. You will also gain an insight into environmental projects designed to conserve one of the most biodiverse corners of the planet.


How to get to Spirit Bear Lodge

It’s possible to fly from Vancouver to Bella Bella, where a water taxi will transport you to Spirit Bear Lodge.

Activities at Spirit Bear Lodge

  • Spirit bear viewing
  • Boat excursions
  • Bird-viewing
  • Cultural experiences
  • Photography

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Spirit Bear Lodge Highlights

  • A community-based ecotourism venture
  • Owned and operated by the Kitasoo and Xai’xais First Nation peoples
  • Offering comfortable accommodation in a traditional longhouse-inspired lodge
  • A chance to see the mythical spirit bear in the wild
  • Along with grizzlies, wolves, whales, sea lions and abundant birdlife

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Great Bear Lodge

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Knight Inlet Lodge

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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.

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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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