Grizzlies of The Great Bear Rainforest
6 days, $4895Bella Coola, BC Canada
British Columbia is home to an estimated 7,000 to 15,000 grizzly bears, among the highest concentrations in North America. In Autumn 1000’s of salmon returning to the Atnarko River attract large congregations of these grizzly bears intent on fattening up for the winter. Our remote, yet luxurious lodge sits on 600 meters of frontage along the river where bears can often be seen from the front porches of our private log cabin chalets or from the private viewing platform. This stunning accommodation, free from crowds, is the base of your adventure into one of the last vast wildernesses, The Great Bear Rainforest. From here you will enjoy serene stunning views, gourmet dining, and perhaps a hot tub or massage with a glass of wine to end an epic day of bear photography.
The most exciting way to view and photograph these bears is by McKenzie drift boat. These comfortable and stable unmotorized boats do not disturb the bears and thus provide a unique bear viewing experience unlike most other commercial bear viewing hotspots. Each day you will drift, just 2 photographers per boat, with the focus to capture images of these incredible grizzlies as they hunt for salmon. Because the bears will be well fed they are more tolerant of each other and us thus allowing us extremely close viewing. On good years guests have seen up to 10-15 grizzlies in a single float although numbers vary. These drifts will be combined with short hikes along the river to photograph lush green enchanted forests, white capped mountains, bear tracks, mushrooms, and most importantly the bears we encounter along the way. Join us for this one of a kind, luxury, grizzly bear photo tour free from crowds and off the beaten path.
Day 1 – Arrival day. 7pm orientation and welcome presentation at our base hotel to prepare you for the days to come.
Day 2 – Early scenic flight into the remote BC wideness over snowcapped mountains. Transfer to our accomidations followed by an afternoon river drift where bear photography will begin. Evening presentations, image review, and image processing lessons after dinner. Optional night sky photography lesson if sky is clear.
Day 3 – Bear photography, Long river drift. Evening presentations, image review, and image processing lessons after dinner. Optional night sky photography lesson if sky is clear.
Day 4 – Nature hike along the river in search of bears in morning followed by a river drift in the afternoon. Evening presentations, image review, and image processing lessons after dinner. Optional night sky photography lesson if sky is clear.
Day 5 – River drift in the morning & nature hike in afternoon. Evening presentations, image review, and image processing lessons after dinner. Optional night sky photography lesson if sky is clear.
Day 6 – Optional early morning bear photography from bear viewing platform. Mid-morning transfer to airport after breakfast. Departures.
Hotel in Vancouver September 9th, airport transfers, accommodation in beautiful, private log cabin chalets at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge (shared bath), gourmet meals at the lodge: hot & continental breakfast, lunch in the lodge or packed lunch to take out in the field, 3 course dinner, plus afternoon snacks and unlimited soda, coffee and tea, photographic and digital processing instruction throughout the tour, experienced bear guides certified by the Commercial Bear Viewing Association, drift boats, entrance fees to park
Itinerary Does Not Include
Airfare (to Vancouver, BC (YVR airport) & Bella Coola, BC (QBC airport), alcoholic beverages, optional massage, guide and staff gratuities, optional travel insurance.
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