The Ultimate Bear Viewing
Once a year grizzly bears gather in the Great Bear Rainforest to gorge themselves on Salmon. This is the most exciting and easiest time to see grizzlies in their natural habitat.
Traverse from the far west coast of Canada all the way to Hudson Bay to view grizzly bears and polar bears at the ideal viewing time. For just a special few weeks each year, witness both polar bears and grizzly bears in their natural habitat. From the lush and abundant Great Bear Rainforest, to the barren arctic tundra of Churchill, no safari better represents Canada’s immense diversity. Expert naturalist guides provide the story of these great animals as you focus on viewing and photography. For the true wildlife enthusiast, this is a vacation you will always remember.
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Welcome to our hometown – a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by mountains and ocean.
Overnight at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. This hotel is the only soundproofed, luxury hotel and spa conveniently located within Vancouver's International Airport. The hotel is situated directly above the US departures terminal - a two-minute stroll from the luggage carousels, no shuttle is required. Features include a self-service check-in kiosk in the hotel lobby, floor-to-ceiling views, diverse dining choices and an indoor pool, health club and spa.
This morning you will depart Vancouver and fly to Campbell River to start your grizzly bear experience.
This scenic and quick flight is the easiest way to get from Vancouver to Campbell River.
Canada's best grizzly bear viewing location, Knight Inlet Lodge, is nestled in a quiet cove on the emerald waters of Knight Inlet in British Columbia.Fly to Campbell River and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the “Salmon Fishing Capital of the World”.
Your Knight Inlet Lodge experience begins.
Get ready to begin an exciting day of grizzly bear tours, adventure, and relaxing (of course!) The flight heading for Knight Inlet Lodge takes roughly 30 minutes. Spend the rest of the day participating in one of several activities available at the lodge, including kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing or spend the day on a grizzly bear tour. This time of year, the usually solitary bears gather on the rivers to hunt spawning salmon.
Your Knight Inlet Lodge experience continues.
Your grizzly bear viewing at the rustic Knight Inlet Lodge continues. Relax in the vast west coast wilderness, choose a lodge activity, or go grizzly bear viewing accompanied by an experienced guide. The choices are limitless!
Travel back to Vancouver today.
Get up early to soak in the fresh wilderness air, perhaps spotting a grazing deer or two as you sip your coffee. Today you'll have another opportunity to go bear viewing before you fly back to Campbell River.
Relax during this scenic flight from Campbell River to the Vancouver Airport South.
A private vehicle and driver will meet you at the airport and take you in comfort to your Vancouver hotel.
Overnight at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. This hotel is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, a short walk from the trendy shops of Robson Street, art galleries, theaters and dining options. Enjoy well-appointed rooms, have a bite to eat at the relaxed hotel restaurant, or sip a cocktail at the bar. Additional amenities include a fitness center, on-site restaurant, pub, swimming pool and jacuzzi.
Spend the day relaxing in Vancouver. Ask us about booking a sightseeing tour for you – walking tours, bike tours, food tours, and nature tours are available to suit all interests.
Surrounded by mountains and ocean, Vancouver is one of the few cities in the world where a typical day might include a relaxing sail, round of golf, and an evening enjoying the nightlife on Granville Street or in Yaletown. Chinatown, Gastown, and Granville Island are some of the most popular spots. If you love a physical challenge, try the Grouse Grind. Capilano Suspension Bridge is also a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. Open year-round, daytime views are not for the faint of heart. We suggest renting a bicycle and cycling around our famous Seawall and Stanley Park. Stop at English Bay for the ocean view and a bite to eat, or head to Robson Street to shop at the trendy stores. Later, catch the tram to the top of Grouse Mountain for a cocktail at sunset.
Spend a leisurely morning in our beautiful West Coast city, before boarding a flight to Winnipeg. Meet your group and guide this evening, before your polar bear adventure begins early tomorrow morning.
A private driver will meet you at your hotel, and take you to the airport in time for your flight.
Discover Winnipeg before meeting your interpretive polar bear guide this evening. Visit the Forks – Winnipeg’s gathering place with nine acres of activity, restaurants, shopping and interactive fun.
To ensure you are comfortable in Churchill's cold temperatures, ask us about winter clothing rentals. Options include Canada Goose parkas and snow pants, plus Baffin snow boots. We highly recommend you do this early, as availability is limited!
Head north to the remote town of Churchill, located on the western edge of the Hudson Bay.
Flying over the tundra the bird’s eye view is spectacular! Enjoy a guided tour of the town, including a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum – a memorable introduction to the unique culture of the north. In the evening, enjoy a cultural presentation featuring life in Churchill.
Get almost nose-to-nose with one of the most feared predators in the world on your first day of your Tundra Buggy adventure.
Note: The order of events on your trip will vary at the discretion of your guides – based on their expert knowledge of wildlife behavior at the time and their desire to give you the best experience possible
Why is Churchill the Polar Bear Capital of the World? Large numbers of polar bears congregate near town each fall while they wait for ice to form on Hudson Bay. Exploring on the Tundra Buggy, seeing the bears at close quarters is almost guaranteed!
Another day out on the Tundra! With an expert guide and the convenience of small groups your experience will be truly memorable.
It's another great day out on the Tundra in search for Polar Bears today. You'll learn interesting facts about the area's geology and history as you go along on this once in a lifetime adventure.
Another day of activities today in Churchill before returning to Winnipeg.
Learn about dog sledding today – you’ll even get to mush your own team of dogs. This afternoon visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, where you learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of Churchill. Fly back to Winnipeg for an overnight stay.
Your lords of the wilderness trip comes to an end today.
Your polar bear experience ends as you check out from your Winnipeg hotel this morning.
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