The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. It was originally just one part of a Pacific rainforest that in 1900 stretched from Mexico to Alaska and grizzly bears flourished throughout the entire region. Due to climate change and the logging industry, man's influence has decimated the rainforest and with it the grizzly population that lived there. Today, the Great Bear Rainforest, located between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaskan border, represents the final stand for the North American rainforest.
Great Bear Lodge offers one of the most unique and personal bear viewing experiences in western Canada. Surrounded by the Great Bear Rainforest of western British Columbia, guests discover a quiet sanctuary from which to view, photograph and understand bears. Within this large and isolated region lives a significant grizzly bear population; here the animals breed and roam freely, feeding on coastal sedges and grasses between June and late August, after which time they move up river following the migrating salmon run.
With a limit of just 10 guests, the experience is highly personal and very informative. Unlike other, busier, bear viewing lodges, guests gain a true sense of being at one with nature. Guides are trained wildlife biologists and strive to immerse guests into the world of Canada’s coastal grizzly bears. The incredible scenery of Nekite Valley surrounds the lodge, creating a silence and solitude from another era.
Two bear viewing sessions are scheduled daily (one only on arrival and departure days) and are tailored to the bears' activities, observing them when they are most active. When the bears are in the estuary feeding on sedge and berries, viewing is from small boats that creep along, stalking the animals. Once the salmon are running the viewing is from hides on the river bank where you will observe them feasting. Black bears, otters, pine martens, mink and bald eagles also thrive here.
Other optional activities include interpretive hikes with a naturalist, boat cruises or sea kayaking.