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Great Bear Lodge is a modest floating lodge in the Nekite Valley, just a short floatplane flight north of Port Hardy and offers fantastic bear viewing nearby.

The comfortable, self-contained, floating lodge has only five bedrooms, all of which have an en suite washbasin and toilet, although the hot showers downstairs are shared. There is a central common area for regular wildlife presentations by the wildlife biologists who act as guides, and enjoying gourmet meals over a compimentary glass of wine. 

There are regular wildlife presentations, plus two bear watching sessions per day, which are tailored to bear activity at the time.

Viewing platforms and hides stragetically placed along the river offer excellent photographic opportunities.

Other activities include sea-kayaking and interpretative hikes. The lodge uses wind and solar power for lighting and electricity, and is fully committed to low environmental impact tourism. 

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

The Bear Essentials

Focus on seeing British Columbia’s largest carnivore - the brown or grizzly bear. Fly by floatplane to your wilderness lodge of choice, and enjoy daily bear watching trips, either by boat, kayak or from hides, affording some remarkably close up encounters and an unforgettable experience.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Spirit Bear Quest

Join acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt on a stunning journey into the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the elusive spirit bear. Our week on a specially chartered vessel, followed by a stay in a remote floating lodge, offers exceptional viewing and photographic opportunities of grizzly, black and spirit bears.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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The Great Bear Rainforest

The area’s mountains, valleys and forests, extending up much of BC’s coastline, offer sanctuary to large numbers of grizzlies and black bear. No other mainland location offers such intimate wildlife encounters amidst breathtaking natural splendour. You can watch bears on foot or while drifting downriver.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: American black bear, brown bear, humpback whale, spirit bear, grey wolf
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Wildlife festivals, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Mark Carwardine wildlife holidays, Bear watching