Great Bear Lodge is located about 50 miles from Port Hardy, in an outstanding location amidst the spectacular beauty of coastal British Columbia. It is a fully self-contained floating lodge, moored in a tranquil inlet flanked with rainforest, and offers guests an unparalleled wildlife experience. This is the realm of the grizzly bear and from May to October it is possible to view them in their natural environment – grazing the estuary edges in springtime, foraging on wild berries during the summer and honing their fishing skills as they catch the wild Pacific salmon in autumn. Bear viewing areas are reached by boat or mini-bus ride from the lodge, with opportunity to see other wildlife en route – black bears, otters, mink, pine martens, harbour seals, bald eagles and even the elusive wolf. All viewing is accompanied by a professional guide who will share insight in to the bears’ behaviour and biology as well as the ecology of the area. Accommodation at the lodge consists of simple but comfortable rooms, each with en suite bathroom and looking out over the water and forest. There is a communal dining room where freshly prepared gourmet meals are served, wherever possible made from locally sourced, organic ingredients and often using freshly caught fish. There an extensive library and cosy seating area where guests and guides can share bear stories at the end of the day, and the outside deck is wonderful spot to simply soak up the scenery, and of course keep an eye out for more wildlife!
The lodge offers three or six night packages, which include floatplane transfers from/to Port Hardy.