Grizzly Bear Viewing Wilderness Lodges

There are few experiences that can rival viewing bears in the wild. The province of British Columbia in Canada is home to the rare white Kermode or spirit bear, more than half of Canada’s grizzly bears as well as a quarter of Canada’s black bears, so close-up viewing is almost guaranteed!

Sit quietly up on an elevated viewing platform to witness grizzly bears pouncing on and devouring spawning salmon. Drift silently in a riverboat and listen to a black bear and her cubs munch on vegetation by the water’s edge. Or visit the Great Bear Rainforest to catch a glimpse of an elusive white Kermode bear lumbering along a mossy riverbank.

Bear viewing in BC ranges from the impromptu spotting of bears next to highways to dedicated luxury adventures into the wilderness in search of these great creatures. Our range of guided bear viewing tours are the best way to ensure a safe and successful experience of viewing bears in their natural habitat.

Bear-watching is best in spring and fall. In spring, bears emerge from hibernation and hungrily seek out fresh shoots and sedges along riverbanks and low-lying areas. Boat tours are common during these months. In fall, spawning salmon provide a feast for bears looking to fatten up before hibernation. Bears (along with eagles and wolves) line the rivers to fish for their meals so during these months, viewing platforms are more commonly used.

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Canada Wilderness Lodges Accommodation

Below are some of our other recommended Canadian wilderness lodge accommodation options, carefully selected for their superior location, incredible wildlife and wilderness experiences, service and level of comfort.

Knight Inlet Lodge

A secluded lodge with a well-established reputation for excellent grizzly bear viewing from special tree stands or by boat depending on the season.

Sonora Resort

This Relais & Chateaux resort offers gourmet meals and a wealth of outdoor adventures in the heart of pristine wilderness without compromising at all on luxury.

Spirit Bear Lodge

Deep inside the Great Bear Rainforest, Spirit Bear Lodge provides visitors with a chance to view unique spirit bears, a rare subspecies of black bear sporting a white or cream-coloured coat.

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Grizzly Bear Viewing Lodges

British Columbia is prime bear watching territory, featuring excellent wilderness lodges that offer exciting opportunities to get up close to bears.

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Knight Inlet Lodge

This secluded lodge has a well-established reputation for excellent grizzly bear viewing from special tree stands or by boat depending on the season.

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Farewell Harbour Lodge

Family-run Farewell Harbour Lodge offers privileged access to the untouched temperate rainforests and rich marine life of the Broughton Archipelago.

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Great Bear Lodge

Great Bear Lodge is situated in a location of outstanding beauty in British Columbia’s aptly named Great Bear Rainforest.

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Spirit Bear Lodge

Deep inside the Great Bear Rainforest, Spirit Bear Lodge provides visitors with a chance to view unique spirit bears, a rare subspecies of the black bear.

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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Surrounded by mountains this award-winning lodge offers grizzly bear safaris that are recognised as one of Canada’s “signature experiences”.

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Khutzeymateen

Fly by seaplane to the pristine Khutzeymateen, Canada’s only grizzly bear sanctuary and head straight out on the boat with your guide in search of grizzly bears.

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Sonora Resort

This Relais & Chateaux resort offers gourmet meals and a wealth of outdoor adventures in the heart of pristine wilderness without compromising at all on luxury.

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Canada Overview

Why visit Canada? Spanning the top of north America from the Pacific to the Atlantic, this huge country offers majestic scenery, unspoiled wilderness and incredible wildlife and adventure opportunities. At the same time Canada is a modern country with sophisticated cities, world class accommodation and excellent rail, road and air network.

When is the best time to visit Canada? From May to September is the best time for cruising and touring in Canada when the weather is at its finest. Temperatures and daylight hours vary depending on latitude, and the coast is more moderate than inland regions which have long hot summers and very cold winters.

Grizzly bear viewing is generally good from June until October and Polar Bear viewing around Churchill is possible from July to November. November to April is the time for winter wonderland experiences, skiing, dog sledding and the Northern Lights.

What can I combine Canada with? Alaskan holidays like Inside Passage cruising and wildlife viewing. Canada can also be combined with Arctic cruising and ice based adventures.

How do you get to Canada? Fly to Vancouver in British Columbia for west coast touring and cruising, or to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal or Quebec City for eastern Canada.

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