Bears of the Pacific Northwest

Bears of the Pacific Northwest

10

days

starting from US $4,880per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Experience the charming and lively mountain village of Whistler, before spending two nights in Vancouver. Then head to the skies, bound for the Canadian wilderness. Arrive at the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, perched on the edge of Bella Coola’s misty fjords and the mighty Chilcoltin mountain range. Spend days exploring on bear viewing adventures, while taking time to relax next to a roaring fire with fellow adventurers.

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Trip at a glance

• Arrive Vancouver
• 3 nights Whistler
• 2 nights Vancouver
• 4 nights Bella Coola Valley
• Depart Vancouver

Itinerary

Day 1 – Canada travel experience begins – Vancouver to Whistler
Arrive in Vancouver today, and enjoy a scenic transfer up the Sea to Sky highway. Check into your hotel, and head out to the pedestrian village to soak in the lively mountain atmosphere. Overnight in Whistler.

Day 2 – Bear viewing in Whistler
Set out for a morning or afternoon adventure through Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in search of the local black bear population. Riding along the trails in a 4x4 vehicle keep your eyes open for the other wildlife species in the area such as black-tailed deer, coyote, red-tailed hawks, or western marmots.

Day 3 – Adventures in Whistler
Today choose between a daring adventure whizzing through Whistler’s lush coastal forests and canyons on the Bear Zip line tour or take a guided walk along the glacial snow and ice of Whistler Glacier, and observe the 10,000 year old ice up close. Included in your trip is a Peak to Peak Gondola pass, so make sure to spend some time in the alpine meadows, perfect for day hikes and viewing incredible vistas.

Day 4 – Whistler to Vancouver
Head back down the sea to sky highway by bus, and enjoy two nights in Vancouver. With a mild climate and so much to do, it’s no wonder people flock to this west coast city. Places to visit include Chinatown and Gastown, and Granville Island. But for a real taste of the Vancouver lifestyle, we suggest renting a bicycle and cycling around our famous Seawall and Stanley Park.

Day 5 – Discover Vancouver
Explore Vancouver and the amazing temperate rainforest of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains on today’s guided tour. Highlights of the tour include soaring high over the valley floor on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and visiting the resident grizzly bears in their habitat on Grouse Mountain. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 6 – Vancouver to Bella Coola and the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Get ready for a spectacular experience, as an internal flight takes you over the Cascade mountains, and into the Bella Coola valley. Watch the mountain peaks and fjords below, before being met by a friendly guide at the Bella Coola airport. Enjoy an evening welcome meal, in your pristine surroundings.

Day 7 – Drift Tour on the Atnarko River
Enjoy a drift on the Atnarko River to look for Grizzly Bears and wildlife, between massive, snowcapped peaks. Eagles, otters and bears, as well as five separate species of salmon call these waters home. You will be awed by the massive trees surrounding you, the crystal clear waters of the river, and the vast mountain ranges.

Day 8 – Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Exploration
Your guides are naturalists with expertise in wildlife, geology, glaciers, forests, ecosystems and photography. They will customize your tour to discover the extinct volcano, lookouts, gorges, canyons, waterfalls and old growth forests that make up this diverse ecosystem. During peak bear viewing season, your guide will lead you right through the grizzly’s natural habitat and point out signs of the local wildlife.

Day 9 – Cultural and Scenic tour of the Bella Coola Valley
After cruising the estuary, enjoy a fascinating cultural tour to see ancient petroglyph gardens, first nations art gallery, and the local totem poles. Bella Coola is Nuxalk First Nation territory, inhabitants of the valley for millennia and creators of a unique and vibrant artistic culture. On the way back to Tweedmsuir Park Lodge there is time for a visit to Walker Island where you will see culturally modified cedar trees, beaver dams and wildlife.

Day 10 – Wilderness walk, then depart the lodge for Vancouver
Alexander Mackenzie first set foot in North America via this trail in 1793 - now it’s your turn. Spend the morning exploring this magical setting in the upper Bella Coola Valley, before departing from Tweedsmuir Park Lodge to get your internal flight back to Vancouver. From here, make your connection home or ask us about adding on additional nights in Vancouver.

Note: Note, activities at the lodge are subject to change in order to maximize bear viewing opportunities.

What we love about this trip

Adventures in Whistler - Peak to Peak gondola, ziplining and bear viewing tour

Enough time to discover Vancouver and and the North Shore

Magical Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Atnarko River grizzly bear tour

Exploring the Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• Scheduled transfer from Vancouver airport to Whistler
• 3 nights in Whistler
• Whistler Bear Viewing Tour
• Choice of Whistler Ziptrek eco-tour or Glacier Walk
• Whistler Peak to Peak gondola pass
• Scheduled transfer from Whistler to Vancouver
• 2 nights in Vancouver
• Vancouver & North Shore sightseeing tour
• Transfer to Vancouver’s south terminal and internal flight to Bella Coola
• Roundtrip transportation from Bella Coola to the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
• 4 days of guided activities at the lodge, including:
Drift boat float down the Atnarko River
Guided day trip into Tweedsmuir Park for nature exploration
Scenic and cultural tour of the Bella Coola Valley
• Guided nature walk around Tweedsmuir Park and a drive on the Old Tote Road
• All meals at the lodge
• Internal flight back to Vancouver

 

Not Included

• Transportation to and from Vancouver
• Meals except at Tweedsmuir Lodge
• Gratuities
• Alcoholic beverages at the Lodge (bar and lounge is available in the evenings)
• HST
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

• If you love wildlife, why not upgrade your Tweedsmuir Park Lodge stay to a Grizzly Bear Viewing package to get the most amount of bear viewing possibilities!
• Upgrade your stay at the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge to a Heli-based adventure, fly fishing adventure or add additional nights
• Add more activities in Whistler, such as rafting, spa treatments, or heli-hiking
• Add on a trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Delta Whistler Village Suites - ExteriorDelta Whistler Village Suites - RoomDelta Whistler Village Suites - Pool

Delta Whistler Village Suites

An example of our Comfort and Superior accommodations

Located in the heart of the village and surrounded by Whistler's exciting buzz, the Delta Whistler Village Suites offers the comfort of suite accommodations, the convenience of a full service hotel and genuine care from all its staff. Services include health club, outdoor heated pool, two restaurants, in Resort shuttle service, ski storage and ski rental shop.

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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

An example of our accommodations

On the edge of BC's largest protected park, the historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is set on 60 acres of provincial land within the vast wilderness of BC. The stunning environment boasts majestic coastal mountains, the largest fjord system in the Americas and the high Chilcotin Plateau. Explore the bio-diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest, stunning apline hikes, grizzly watching, and the rich culture of the local Nuxalk people. At the end of a day's adventures, enjoy the first class treatment offered by your lodge hosts. Sip a glass of wine on the patio, while bears graze on the sweet sedge grasses on the lodge grounds.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Start Dates in Vancouver
June 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4

Price Notes
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Please inquire about triple, quad, and children rates
• Peak season for bear viewing in Bella Coola begins on the August 16th departure. In non-peak season, tours at the lodge may be less bear oriented, focusing on nature, culture and other wildlife.

Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $4,880to US $5,935per person

On our Wilderness Adventures, you'll enjoy days with experienced naturalist guides, some meals, seamless connections, and accommodations suited to the unique Canadian surroundings.

Not Included

• Transportation to and from Vancouver
• Meals except at Tweedsmuir Lodge
• Gratuities
• Alcoholic beverages at the Lodge (bar and lounge is available in the evenings)
• HST
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)

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