- Small group size hosted by two Wild Eye guides
- Incredible landscapes of British Columbia
- Wildlife viewing platform close to lodge
- Photograph Grizzly Bears from the desk, boat and on foot
Dates: September 9, 2017 - September 13, 2017
Guide: Gerry van der Walt & Phil Symonds
Cost: UDS 5,250 per person
Deposit: USD 1,575 to secure
Max number of Photographers: 8
Dates: September 3, 2018 - September 8, 2018
Guide: Gerry van der Walt
Cost: UDS 5,775 per person
Deposit: USD 1,735 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.
Day 1: On arrival, the staff at Tweedsmuir will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way. After check-in, your holiday will start with a lodge orientation and an informative bear awareness seminar. Your bear viewing commences with a late afternoon River Drift down the Atnarko River. Relax and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery and keep your eyes open for wildlife! The salmon are spawning and provide an easy meal for majestic bald eagles and impressive grizzly bears. River otters and black bears may also be seen. Small Group River Drift Bear Viewing is a unique experience only found at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and is the best way to see grizzlies. The bears are busy fishing and ignore your presence, allowing you to see them at their most natural. It’s also a great way to capture amazing photographs. The bears aren’t the only ones who will be feasting on a delicious meal; you will too, with a scrumptious 3 course dinner back at the lodge! Dinner is at 7:00pm every night.
Day 2: Wake up early and wander down to our Wildlife Viewing Station, which is for the exclusive use of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge guests. Early morning is a great time to spot bears and the raised structure provides open lines of sight both up and down the river. After checking out the platform you have a choice of a hot or continental breakfast, which is held every day at 8am. Afterwards, it’s time to head out for a Guided Nature Walk in the old growth forests of Tweedsmuir Park, the largest provincial park in British Columbia. Your guide, a naturalist, will show you how to track the bears and will point out various bear signs, including rub trees with claw and bite marks, and places the bears dig out in the forest floor for their naps called day beds A picnic lunch will be served in the field. After fueling up, there is time for one or two more small hikes to superb vantage points overlooking the river to see spawning salmon, and the bears and eagles fishing for them. It’s yet one more chance to capture a unique photo. To finish the day’s activities there will be another late afternoon Bear Viewing River Drift on the Atnarko River.
Day 3: The Bella Coola Valley is an extraordinary place with fantastic geography, pristine ecosystems and a rich First Nations heritage. This day will take you down valley to see the culturally Grizzly Bear Safari modified ancient cedar trees, the totem poles and the petroglyph gardens. Lunch will be a picnic at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord. This is also your opportunity to visit the Bella Coola town site and to shop at the art gallery for First Nations jewellery and masks.
Day 4: Check out the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast. Then it’s time to hit the river with your personal guide for a morning River Drift on the Atnarko in search of more bears! The bears are most active in the morning and evening and it’s a great time to enjoy a quiet float. A nutritious lunch will be served at the lodge before you head off with your guide to further explore Tweedsmuir Park. You will then head up to explore the park further including a drive up the Tote Road past old, abandoned homesteads brimming with character. This is prime bear habitat and sightings are common. At the end of the road there is a short, highly recommended hike to Stillwater Lake. This is a beautiful, pristine place that should not be missed! You will arrive back at the lodge in the late afternoon. Now you can relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck of the lodge, exchanging stories of wildlife seen with your fellow guests. Make sure to head back to the Wildlife Viewing Station before dinner.
Day 5 : Departure day! We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us. Since we’re flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver
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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