Grizzly Bear Photo Safari


  • The Safari Starts and ends at Vancouver International Airport
  • Small group size hosted by two Wild Eye guides
  • Includes return flights from Vancouver to Bella Coola
  • Incredible landscapes of British Columbia
  • Wildlife viewing platform close to lodge
  • Photograph Grizzly Bears from the viewing deck
  • Depart on river drifts earlier than other boats
  • Dedicated photography and Lightroom pesentations


September, 2018

Dates: September 4, 2018 - September 8, 2018
Guide: Gerry van der Walt & Phil Symonds
Cost: UDS 8,650.00 per single guest
Deposit: USD 1,750.00 to secure
Max number of Photographers: 8


The Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, with 600 meters of frontage on the Atnarko River inside Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, is situated in the middle of one of the healthiest bear habitats in British Columbia and will play host to our Grizzly Bear focused safari.

Safari Itinerary:

4 September 2018:

  • Meet at Vancouver International Airport, South Terminal.
  • Charter flight from Vancouver to Bella Coola.
  • Arrive at Bella Coola and Transfer to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge.
  • Lunch and lodge orientation.
  • Presentation: Photographing Grizzlies and their Surroundings.
  • River drift on Atnarko River.
  • Dinner

5 September 2018:

  • Early morning photography from viewing deck.
  • Breaskfast.
  • River drift on Atnarko River.
  • Lunch.
  • Presentation: Lightroom Cataloging and Processing.
  • River drift on Atnarko River.
  • Dinner 

6 September 2018:

  • Early morning photography from viewing deck.
  • Breakfast
  • River drift on Atnarko River.
  • Lunch
  • Presentation: Advanced Lightroom Techniques.
  • River drift on Atnarko River.
  • Dinner

7 September 2018:

  • Early morning photography from viewing deck.
  • Breakfasy
  • River drift on Atnarko River.
  • Lunch
  • Presentation: Photographing the landscapes of Tweedsmuir
  • Walk and landscape photography.
  • Dinner
  • Presentation: Image crit and feedback.

8 September 2018:

  • Early morning photography from viewing deck.
  • Breakfast
  • Check our and transfer to Bella Coola.
  • Charter flight from Bella Coola to Vancouver.

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River Drifts:  For our safari we have arranged to start our drifts at 08:30 instead of 09:00 which will give us the opportunity to get onto the river before anybody else.

Tip: To increase your chances of seeing bears, it is best to be pro-active. We strongly suggest visiting our guests-only Wildlife Viewing Platform located on the river, just 300m from the lodge, in the early morning before breakfast and in the evening, before or after dinner.

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Accommodation – Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

A member of The Magnificent 7 – Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada, the historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a classic Canadian wilderness lodge set on 60 acres of private land within British Columbia’s largest protected provincial park.  Originally built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing lodge, today the resort accommodates those seeking a more eco-friendly adventure as well as a relaxing refuge from the pressures of modern life.

The lodge is situated at the junction of the Atnarko, Talchako and Bella Coola Valleys.  There is 600 metres of river frontage and stunning views of the aptly named Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Mellikan. It’s an exceptional location and has been a favourite place for local First Nations people to camp and fish for thousands of years. The lodge property is also know as Stuie which means “nice place to rest” in the Nuxalk language.

Tweedsmuir park Lodge - Grizzly Bear Safari

The main lodge building is the central location for socializing. There is a large living and dining room complete with a well stocked bar and river rock fireplace; a games area with billiards table, satellite TV, foosball, table hockey and a retail shop.  There is complimentary satellite Wi-Fi access throughout the lodge and chalets.

Come nightfall, guests retreat to their own private chalets. There are a total of 9 guest chalets, all with air-conditioning, and can accommodate between 2-4 people per chalet. All of the chalets are built surrounding a giant central lawn and have excellent views and lots of privacy, guaranteeing a serene setting for your holiday.

Tweedsmuir park Lodge - Grizzly Bear Safari

In addition to the main lodge and chalets there is also a 1,200 sq/ft spa building with yoga stretching room, weights and exer-cycles, massage rooms, showers and a 12 person covered outdoor hot tub overlooking the lawn and the Coast Range beyond.

The lodge is situated just off of Highway 20 about 63 kilometres east of the Bella Coola town site and 385 kilometres west of Williams Lake. This is the eastern end of the Bella Coola Valley and neighbours the dry Chilcotin Plateau. The high pressure air mass on the plateau influences the weather at the lodge creating a microclimate. The lodge area receives on average 70% less precipitation then what Environment Canada posts for the Bella Coola town site.  Most of the time it’s sunny at the lodge and on some occasions it’s the warmest place in Canada!

Tweedsmuir park Lodge - Grizzly Bear Safari

The surrounding environment is stunning. Rising above the valley floor are the majestic Coast Mountains, to the west is the largest fjord system in the Americas and to the east the high Chilcotin Plateau.   It is a bio-diverse and spectacular wilderness, home to the totemic wildlife of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Tweedsmuir park Lodge - Grizzly Bear Safari


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