Mother Bear showing love to her cub

Grizzly Bears of the Great Bear Rainforest

Spectacular Scenery & One Of The World’s Great Predators

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Grizzly bears are one of the most majestic predators on the planet, and there are not many places in the world where you can observe them up close, in their natural habitat. The Great Bear Rainforest, a vast stretch of wilderness on Canada’s remote west coast is also one of the most beautiful – and remote places – to visit. You can only get there by small boat or floatplane, and the area is an ecological paradise - from the big mammals (Grizzly and Black bears; Humpback and Orca whales), to the schools of migrating salmon and the bald eagles that feed on them, down to the infinitely diverse and colorful tidal estuaries. It is also an area rich in aboriginal culture and history.

  • Starting From

    $3,440 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    8 days

    7 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Vancouver, Port Hardy

Private Viewing Platforms & Boats

This is really a unique opportunity because you’ll enjoy boats and private viewing platforms to really get up close to the bears. With our expert guides you will get as close as possible and learn about their social interactions and behaviors

It’s nearly impossible to describe seeing your first Grizzly – breathtaking, thrilling and humbling all in one moment. Keep an eye out too for Black bears, wolves, Bald Eagles and Killer Whales. A photographer’s dream!

Getting There Is Half The Fun

There are not many places in North America that are more remote. There are no roads to get you there. Typically we fly into Vancouver then travel to the east coast of Vancouver Island, then take a small boat or a floatplane across the Inside Passage to an area of mainland Canada that is a patchwork of deep fjiords and high mountains.

The weather can be unpredictable on the north coast but even when the mist and rain is rolling over this temperate rainforest, it is awesomely beautiful and peaceful.

Expert Guides and A Wonderful Cozy Floating Lodge

After each game drive, you’ll return to a lovely floating lodge nestled on the edge of land and sea. Your hosts include wildlife biologists and nature guides, and in the evening everyone relaxes and shares stories over a gourmet meal and a glass of wine.


Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Arrive in Vancouver

Today you arrive in the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver. Surrounded by mountains, ocean and forest, Vancouver is one of a kind. Tonight you settle into a welcoming Vancouver hotel – the comfortable atmosphere, welcoming staff and beautiful views make for a great first night.

Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver orients you to the city as you drive in.

Overnight in Vancouver

Overnight at the Sutton Place Hotel. This hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, steps from Robson Street’s shopping, and near restaurants, galleries, and nightlife. The property boasts premium accommodations and first-class amenities, including an indoor pool and fitness centre, spa, fine dining restaurant, landmark lounge, and an on-site wine merchant.

Day 2 View Map

Explore Vancouver

You have a full day to explore Vancouver. Included is a small group tour, to explore Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore, where you’ll see beautiful ocean vistas and stunning old growth rainforest.

Peak and Canyon Vancouver Area Tour

(1 of 1 activities)

This tour takes you to the amazing temperate rainforest of Vancouver’s North Shore. Enjoy light adventure on this half-day excursion into the stunning nature that surrounds the city of Vancouver.

Day 3 View Map

Vancouver to Port Hardy

This morning you will be taken by private transfer to Vancouver Airport’s South Terminal for your flight to Port Hardy. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of British Columbia’s rugged coast line on your journey to the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Upon arrival make your way to your charming Port Hardy hotel. Be sure to get lots of rest, tomorrow your Great Bear Lodge experience begins.

Private Transfer to Airport

(1 of 2 activities)

A private vehicle and driver will meet you at your hotel and take you in comfort to Vancouver South Terminal Airport.

Flight from Vancouver Airport to Port Hardy

(2 of 2 activities)

Today a flight takes you from the Vancouver Airport's South Terminal to Port Hardy.

Overnight in Port Hardy

Overnight at The Quarterdeck Inn and Marina. This accommodation is situated at the edge of Port Hardy, offering waterfront access and a full-service marina, all within a 15-minute walk of downtown. The resort is a popular launching spot for year-round recreational activities, with pristine beaches, hiking trails and more all near by. During your stay, enjoy a pub and restaurant offering panoramic marina views, complimentary Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities if needed.

Day 4 View Map

Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge