Great Bear Lodge
PORT HARDY, GRIZZLY AND BLACK BEAR VIEWING | 4-night package or 7-night package
2022 DEPARTURE DATES:
- May 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31
- June 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30
- July 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30
- August 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
- September 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28
- October 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16 (4-night package only)
|2022 COST PER PERSON, CAD||Twin||Single|
|4-night package: May 7 - Jun 27||4.285||4.285|
|4-night package: Jun 30 - Aug 17||3.657||3.657|
|4-night package: Aug 20 - Oct 16||5.897||9.763|
|7-night package: May 7 - Jun 27||7.620||7.620|
|7-night package: Jun 30 - Aug 17||6.348||6.348|
|7-night package: Aug 20 - Oct 13||10.835||18.537|
- ARRIVAL DAY – PORT HARDY TO GREAT BEAR LODGE
Proceed to the departure point either independently or by complimentary transfer from Port Hardy hotel / Airport. At the base, you check in for your included transfer to Great Bear Lodge by seaplane (departure at approximately 15:00). Upon your arrival at you will be met by your hosts and shown to your private room. Later you will participate in your first thrilling wildlife viewing session. In the evening enjoy a fresh gourmet meal served with complimentary wine or beer. As well, participate in an informative audio visual presentation on the grizzly and its place in the local ecology.
Overnight at Great Bear Lodge.
- DURING YOUR STAY – GREAT BEAR LODGE
The Great Bear Lodge promotes low-impact ecotourism, using wind and solar power and taking special care not to disturb the bears or their environment. Scheduled morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions coincide with times when the bears are the most active. Accompanied by an experienced wildlife biologist you will observe the bears as they roam freely in their natural habitat as you float by boat through nearby estuaries or watch from specially-designed optimal viewing areas. Other possible wildlife sightings: wolves, otters, bald eagles, black bears, pine martins and mink. Daily guided activities such as boat tours and an interpretative rainforest walk are offered between morning and afternoon viewing excursions, followed by a delicious lunch. Guests arriving in fall will also be able to witness thousands of migrating salmon from a series of enclosed blinds and open viewing stands along the river. Watch as the grizzlies hunt for fish in preparation for their coming hibernation.
Overnight at Great Bear Lodge.
- DAY 4 OR 7 – GREAT BEAR LODGE TO PORT HARDY
Participate in a final bear watching session, followed by a farewell lunch and afternoon activity before taking a floatplane flight back to Port Hardy in the afternoon (between 16:00 and 18:00) and a transfer to your post night hotel.
Overnight at a Port Hardy hotel.
YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation for 3 or 6 nights at Great Bear Lodge (rooms with private bathrooms and standup showers) and 1 post night at a Port Hardy hotel
- Meals: Full board starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 4 (for 4-night packages) or Day 6 (for 7-night packages)
- Complimentary wine and beer
- Return transfers from Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge (by floatplane)
- Complimentary ground transfers: Port Hardy hotel or airport to the departure point on Day 1; to the hotel in Port Hardy upon return from the lodge on Day 4 or 7; to Port Hardy airport on the last day
- Welcome orientation briefing
- All transportation to bear watching sites
- Wildlife biologist guide
- Evening interpretative programme
- Bear viewing trips, and one of the following daily activities: guided hiking or boat excursion
- Rain gear and rubber boots, binoculars, insulated suit if necessary
- BC Provincial Bear Viewing License
- Brown Bear Research Network contribution
- First Nations Fee
- Provincial Taxes and Federal GST
- Flights between Vancouver and Port Hardy
- Meals unless otherwise noted
- Fitness level: Passengers do not need to be fit. The lodge owners work with guests: personalized service, assigned gear and footwear for the stay.
- The lodge rooms do not have telephones or televisions
- All guests are required to sign a waiver of liability prior to departure
- Guests are allowed 14 kg of baggage on the floatplane
- Excess luggage can be stored at the floatplane terminal in Port Hardy at no charge
- Daily activities may be modified depending on weather and water level conditions
- Bring warm clothing, gloves, extra socks, a warm hat and camera. Perfumed toiletries are not recommended
- Waterproof jackets, hats and pants, rubber boots, insect repellant and binoculars will be provided to guests at the lodge
- There is free parking available for guests close to the Seaplane Base
HOW TO GET THERE:
- AIR | Pacific Coastal Airlines offers daily service between Vancouver Airport (South Terminal) and Port Hardy.
The lodge offers complimentary transfers from Port Hardy airport to the floatplane dock on Day 1 and from the hotel to the airport on the departure day.
Vancouver – Port Hardy: $305
Port Hardy – Vancouver: $299
- CAR | Port Hardy is located approximately a 3-hour drive north of Campbell River (235 km), along Highway 19
- FERRY | BC Ferries’ Discovery Coast and Inside Passage service from Bella Coola, Bella Bella and Prince Rupert to Port Hardy