British Columbia: CANADA

Tour duration: 7 days
Tour Rate: $6,040
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 2 people in a travel party), and include naturalist/wildlife guide, meals and house beverages, eco-friendly hotel, float plane, boat, and road transportation, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Great Bear Rainforest Tour British Columbia is designed to bring travelers on a wide-ranging expedition of this vast, wild, and remote landscape of Canada.

Comprising 21-million acres of wilderness extending 250 miles along the coast; the forest is oftentimes referred to as the Amazon of the North. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., said of the Great Bear Rainforest “the planet’s last large expanse of coastal temperate rain forest.” On the Great Bear Rainforest Tour British Columbia, you’ll traverse this secluded region, which is home to an array of wildlife species, including coastal gray wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, spirit bears, sitka deer, cougars, mountain goats, salmon, sea lions, sea otters, and whales.

In addition to wildlife, the Great Bear Rainforest Tour British Columbia includes covering a region that is perhaps one of the most beautiful in North America, or the world even. Great Bear Rainforest Tour British Columbia focuses on areas that are noted for their pristine alpine backcountry, moss-covered parkland trees and grounds, cascading waterfalls, blue lakes, and glacier-capped mountains. These sparsely populated wilderness areas are occupied by the First Nations communities. Known for their sustainable lifestyle, First Nations comprises Canada’s indigenous populace of environmentalists and naturalists. On the Great Bear Rainforest Tour British Columbia, you will not only explore nature but also delve in the aboriginal heritage and cultures, in particular that of the Kitasoo and Xai’xais tribes.

Nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are conducted in small groups. You will get to sightsee the depth of the wilderness by motorboat and floatplane. Great Bear Rainforest Tour British Columbia makes it possible for you to spot rare and elusive species in the dense woodland, with some exclusive accesses. There will be copious opportunities to photograph the animals in their natural habitat. At the Spirit Bear Lodge, for example, sightings of the wildlife are paramount. The lodge’s naturalist guides are knowledgeable about the regions, its wild creatures, and plants.

This tour includes staying at the Spirit Bear Lodge for the duration of the excursion.

Tour’s Program

  • You’ll depart Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal for the 2-hour flight to Bella Bella. Then, you’ll take a 10-minute ground transfer to the dock where you’ll embark on a 90-minute boat ride through the Great Bear Rainforest to the lodge in the tiny First Nations locale of Klemtu.
ECO-LODGE
  • Upon your arrival at the lodge, and after supper, you will be briefed about the lodge's features and amenities, aboriginal cultures, the region's ecological systems, and bear viewing programs.
  • Unwind and enjoy premium B.C. wine.
GRIZZLY BEAR (Sighting A.)
  • You'll embark on a full day excursion to the main grizzly viewing area on Mussell, Kynoch, or Khutze River estuaries.
SPIRIT BEAR (Sighting A.)

Since the Spirit Bear is elusive and rare, in most cases extended periods over several days may be required to spot this bear in the wild. This means, that your guide sometimes will have to go back to some areas multiple times to allow you to see the bear, if this is what it takes.

  • You will take a full day excursion to see Spirit Bear. This quest grants your party exclusive access to the Canoona River. Other areas include on Princess Royal Island and in the Spirit Bear Conservancy.
SPIRIT BEAR (Sighting B.)
  • You will take your second full day excursion to see Spirit Bear on Princess Royal Island and in the Spirit Bear Conservancy.
GRIZZLY BEAR (Sighting B.)
  • You will embark on a second full day excursion for viewing for grizzlies. On this day, you’ll arrive at Carter Bay or Green River.
BEACH/MARINE

You may choose from the following day trip locations:

  • Take a marine tour for Humpback whale viewing (seasonal) in Finlayson Channel.
  • Board a boat for excursions to Kitasu Hill, a basaltic cinder cone and the best preserved Volcano in Milbanke Sound.
  • Travel to Kitasu Bay, beachcomb and explore the area.
CULTURAL/NATURE/WILDLIFE
  • You'll explore cultural and natural history sites interpretive on a boat tour.
  • Advance on a grizzly tracking tour.
  • Indulge an estuary by sea-kayak.
  • You'll board the water taxi for a 90-minute ride to Bella Bella. Then, catch the scheduled flight back to Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
INCLUDED
  • Float plane
  • Boat w/ captain
  • Naturalist/wildlife guide
  • Eco-resort stay (with full staff)
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
  • WIFI
  • Meals and house beverages (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on the final day
NOT INCLUDED
  • 5% (GST) local taxes
  • Staff gratuity of $30 per day per traveler staying at the lodge is required. Direct tipping is not allowed since all staff members are included in the gratuity pool
The tour is conducted in June through to October. Each month offers a unique kind of experience, nature, and wildlife.
  • June is Spring in the Great Bear Rainforest. Sedge grass, the main early season protein food source for the Grizzly Bears, is abundant at this time. The deep green sedge grass dotted with wildflowers is a big favourite of photographers. Grizzly mums with cubs in tow or sub-adults will often seek out the outer fringes of the big coastal estuaries to feed on the grass un-disturbed by the larger males who may still be working their way down from the upper alpine meadows and avalanche chutes. Seeing a grizzly mum frolic with young cubs in the early Spring air is a breathtaking sight. Humpbacks are also a relatively common sight as they forage the shore for krill, herring and mackerel. We will see Humpbacks frequently right through until we close in October.
  • July is very similar to June and is also the month when we typically receive the best weather – warmest days and most sunshine. The grizzlies will be moving between the estuaries for sedge and the forest for berries. Later in July, we will also see the beginning of the salmon spawning season in our outer coastal rivers where black bears will begin to appear in greater numbers.
  • August is when the bears begin to sniff the beginning of the great salmon feast. Salmon begin to school in greater numbers at the entrances to the rivers waiting for that perfect combination of mysterious factors that cue them to swim up river and spawn. Bears begin to congregate near the river mouth of many systems. By mid to late August, the spawning has begun in the inner coastal rivers. Although Spirit Bears can be seen anytime after they emerge from their dens in early Spring, August is when we typically get our first good sightings.
  • By September, the salmon spawn is in full swing and grizzly bears, black bears and Spirit Bears will all be vying for the best fishing opportunities. We often see our bear numbers begin to spike upwards as the bears all begin the hyperphagia phase of their life cycle – that is, feeding almost continuously.
  • October often brings another spike in bear numbers. Bear numbers are at their peak as spawned-out salmon are being pushed back down to the river mouth, making the fishing easier. Bears are keen to pack on the last bit of fat before winter denning so activity can be feverish. While bear viewing can be excellent in October, this month also often brings with it the beginning of the seasonal rains that gives the Great Bear Rainforest part of its well-earned name.

In short, the grizzly bears are active from early June to mid October as the bears move from early foraging for roots in the Spring to savouring wild berries in the Summer before moving on to the great Fall feast during salmon spawning.

  • The price includes eco-lodge, naturalist/wildlife guide, boat, float plane, meals and house beverages, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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