Klemtu: British Columbia, CANADA

Bedroom(s): 12  Locale: Waterfront. Rain-forest

price $678 - 865 /night

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A Great Bear Rainforest lodge in British Columbia, the Spirit Bear Lodge provides a welcoming and comfortable accommodation to guests. After a full day’s adventure of bear spotting in the rainforest, this waterfront resort provides a truly relaxing place to unwind.

The minimum stay at the lodge is 4 days/3 nights. Guests wanting to thoroughly explore the region and see the bears and other wildlife in their habitat often elect to stay for a longer period such as 5 days/4 nights, 6 days/5 nights or 7 days/6 nights. See the 7 day tour included in the rate for this lodge for this period. You can also personalize your own excursion.

Built in 2007, the Great Bear Rainforest Lodge has 12 bedrooms. The lodge’s exterior design has been accredited to the architectural influences of the West Coasts First Nations aboriginal tribes. The interior of the lodge is reflective of contemporary style décor, boasting hand-crafted features.

Each room at the Great Bear Rainforest Lodge is furnished with a king-size bed and has en-suite bathroom. From the privacy and coziness of the interior spaces, you can take full advantage of the ocean and rainforest views. The central great room provides an area for socializing with your fellow travelers, a place to gather for meals or drinks, or just lounge. This room contains 20-foot high ocean view windows, couches, dining room tables, and Tsimshian artwork. From the rooms, it is common to spot orcas, white sided dolphins, and sea lions frolicking in the grey blue waters.

This Great Bear Rainforest Lodge is strategically positioned in the forest to maximize travelers access to the sites that are home to the highest concentration of grizzly bears and spirit bears in the region. The Great Bear Rainforest Lodge bear tracking tour take travelers on many excursions throughout the forest and on rivers and the ocean, and braided estuaries on foot.

The guides are naturalists and environmentalists and knowledgeable about the behavior and movement patterns of the bears in their natural habitat. On the excursions, photographic opportunities allow for the capture of some incredibly moments in the wild. As the tours are happening, the bears go about their daily life foraging for roots, berries or feasting on salmon.

Nature tours at the Great Bear Rainforest Lodge are suitable for anyone over the age of 11 and who is physically fit and active.

Run by members of the First Nations’ tribe, the Kitasoo Xai'xais people, the Great Bear Rainforest Lodge "Spirit Bear Lodge" is involved with the Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy.

Both the resort and conservation program serves to protect the Klemtu’s area of British Columbia, Canada.

The local forest here is the world's only protected area for the White Spirit Bear of British Columbia's coastal rainforest.

Protecting the natural habitat of the Spirit Bear is a major achievement for the Kitasoo Xai'xais people and the conservation groups that worked tirelessly to give this bear a sanctuary from logging and hunting.

The Kitasoo/Xai'xais are committed to Protecting their lands for future generations.

The ancestors of the local First Nations of Klemtu managed their resources in a sustainable way that provided for all and ensured that the wealth of forests, fish and wildlife would be here for a long, long time to come.

In the 1990's the Kitasoo Xai'xais and Gitga’at First Nations of British Columbia's central coast became concerned about the fate of the rare and magnificent Spirit Bear. Working closely with the Valhalla Society and the Province of British Columbia, together they jointly announced official protection on February 7, 2006 through the creation of 10 Spirit Bear habitat conservancies totaling 212.415 hectares.

The largest of these conservancies is known as the “Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy” comprised of 103,000 hectares of the Canoona River and the area of south Princess Royal Island including all of Laredo Inlet, a 30 km long fjord that runs up from the south end of the island.

The Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy area is about halfway between Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

Stunning fjords, mountains, and valleys rich in salmon and bears comprise the mainland area. Vast expanses of intact rainforest and remote inlets and rugged coast comprise the protected areas. The area hosts more than 50 salmon streams, approximately 120 Spirit Bears, 1200 Black Bears, Grizzly Bears and an incredible wolf-deer predator-prey system with up to 16,000 Sitka deer.

In the end, the 2006 protection of the Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy Complex occurred not only as a result of First Nations support but an international campaign resulting from publicity generated by the Valhalla Society and many other groups and individuals. The Spirit Bear became the international poster icon of the whole Great Bear Rainforest Campaign.

The operators of the Great Bear Rainforest Lodge "Spirit Bear Lodge" are the Kitasoo/Xai'xais people who share a vivid and distinct social and cultural history.

Historically, the local people have relied on the bounty of natural resources that the area provides.

Rich aquatic life in the ocean and lush temperate rainforest has supported the indigenous people of the area for thousands of years.

This emotional and spiritual attachment to the natural environment is expressed in the social organization and spirituality of the people.

Fishing, hunting, food gathering, arts, crafts, cooking, healing, transportation and building are all tied to the natural environment.

Traditional cultural celebrations, including potlatches, singing, dancing, storytelling and art, display and express this rich history. These celebrations have carried on through generations, and thus, provide a means for passing cultural and social values. Today, these celebrations continue as a spirited aspect of the local culture.

The residents in this region consist of two indigenous cultural linguistic groups – the Tsimshian, whose origins are from the neighboring north coast; and the Xai’xais (Hihg-hais), who are from the central coast.

Since the last ice age this area has been largely uninhabited except for the Kitasoo and Xai'xais people who have thrived here for thousands of years in one of the richest, most diverse ecosystems on earth. Many, many years ago, the Kitasoo and Xai'xais people came to settle here in Klemdulxk (Klemtu), meaning 'blocked passage', due to abundance of sea kelp in the bay. This area was first their camping site along the way for trade, and then later used for trading and providing cordwood to fuel the steamships which traveled the Inside Passage.

Located on British Columbia's Inside Passage Route in the Heart of The Great Bear Rainforest, Klemtu is a small, remote village situated on Swindle Island on the famed Inside Passage and is home to approximately indigenous 420 people.

Hotel Facilities & Features

  • Airport transfer
  • Biosphere reserve
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/rafting
  • Child-safe
  • Dining
  • Lake/river
  • Mountain
  • Nature tour
  • Ocean
  • Rainforest
  • Staff
  • Walking/trekking/climbing
  • Whale watching
  • WIFI
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife

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