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Grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest

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The Great Bear Rainforest

Be in awe of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest and one of the most pristine natural environments in the world. A wild and remote area with unique wildlife viewing opportunities. This is the only place on the planet to see a Kermode (Spirit) bear, a sub-species of the black bear distinct because of its white fur. In the Great Bear Rainforest, untamed forests border pristine ocean waters teeming with wildlife.

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Bear Watching in the Great Bear Rainforest

The only place in the world where you can see the elusive Kermode (Spirit) bear, a black bear with white fur. Several operators offer bear watching tours of remote valleys, islands and estuaries, including trips to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary. Here one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears on the planet live amongst rugged mountain peaks and old-growth rainforest.

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Knight Inlet Lodge

Canada's premier grizzly bear viewing destination, Knight Inlet Lodge has been featured in productions by the BBC Natural History Unit, National Geographic, Time Magazine & many others around the world as one of the best places to view wild grizzl...
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Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

One of the best places in the world to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat is this seaside sanctuary northeast of Prince Rupert. The first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears, Khutzeymateen is accessible only by boat (or boat and floatplane). Home to about 50 bears, it is best visited between May and July (especially in May) when the bears can be seen roaming the shore. There is no land access in the Sanctuary, and the river estuary is only accessible with a licensed tour operator.

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Great Bear Nature Tours

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the ...
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Tweedsmuir Lodge Grizzly Bear Tours

Home of the Grizzlies! Located in the Great Bear Rainforest amongst the mountains & pristine rivers of Bella Coola.

We're a one hour flight from Vancouver: fly in the morning, then view bears that afternoon. Join a private or semi-priva...

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Boating and Sailing in the Great Bear Rainforest

Cruise alongside 1,220-m (4,000-ft) fjords that rise out of an ocean teeming with whales, dolphins and other marine life. As eagles soar above, walk ashore to visit a First Nations village, immerse yourself in a natural hot spring and enjoy a gourmet lunch on a remote, sandy beach.

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Bluewater Adventures

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live-aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travellin...
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Infinity Yacht Charters

Experience the largest yachts (24m-35m / 80'-114') for charter in BC. Private yacht charter is the ultimate way to experience the BC coast's unique combination of natural beauty, wildlife and culture and one of the few ways to reach many stunning ...
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Maple Leaf Adventures

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2015) & a "Best of the World" by National Geographic Traveler (2013). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords,...
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Aboriginal Experiences in the Great Bear Rainforest

Learn about centuries of local First Nations culture as you discover the history of this majestic place. Take an interpretive tour, view petroglyphs and hear stories that have been passed down for  generations.

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Spirit Bear Lodge

At the village of Klemtu, a tiny mid-coast First Nations community, guides from Spirit Bear Lodge can take you on a guided tour of the wilderness. Look for the Kermode, or Spirit bear, an all-white black bear revered by the local Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation.
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Kayaking in the Great Bear Rainforest

Experience the tranquility of the Great Bear Rainforest as you meander through a series of channels, coves and sprawling archipelagos. Get up close to whales, dolphins and sea lions as you paddle past white sand beaches, unblemished rainforest and ancient First Nations villages.

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Mothership Adventures Columbia III

Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak ...
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Fishing in the Great Bear Rainforest

Visit the waters off the Great Bear Rainforest for the fishing trip of a lifetime. The ocean here is filled with halibut and a variety of salmon, including Coho that regulary weigh in over 14kg/30pds. For the ultimate fishing experience, have a helicopter take you to a remote stream or lake where nobody has fished in weeks, and catch your limit of trout, char and steelhead. A variety of fishing lodges will cater to your every need.

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Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from four to fifteen days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in w...
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Shearwater Resort Adventure Vacations

Shearwater Resort is a sport fishing fixture on the Central Coast of BC for nearly 70 years. We didn't choose our location by accident - we centred ourselves in arguably one of the hottest salmon fishing areas in the world. First Nations know thi...
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Places to Stay

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Bailey Bridge Campsite & Cabins

Located on the banks of the beautiful Bella Coola River. We offer seven, one room cabins (bring your own bedding/towels), kitchenettes which include fridge, stove, microwave and dishes.

27 campsites which provide, large and spacious RV s...

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Bella Coola Cumbrian Inn

We offer quiet, well-maintained secure accommodation at affordable rates. Enjoy accommodation designed with fleetwood enhanced with top quality furnishings for your relaxation & comfort. Rooms & suites are equipped with one or two double, queen, o...
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Shearwater Resort & Marina

Located on the beautiful Central Coast in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia - Shearwater welcomes you to relax & enjoy the many wonders available. We offer world class eco/fishing adventures, bear viewing, whale watching, hiking, boati...
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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Nestled amongst the towering peaks of the Coast Range Mountains & in the Great Bear Rainforest, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is situated on private property within British Columbia's largest provincial park. Leave the hustle & bustle of Vancouver in the ...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to the Great Bear Rainforest

The majority of Great Bear Rainforest consists of roadless wilderness, making transportation... Read more very limited. Most accommodation and tour operators provide instructions on how to reach their location. You can fly into Klemtu, Ocean Falls, Bella Bella and Bella Coola. Bella Coola is also accessible by car; a 6.5 hour drive from Williams Lake. BC Ferries offers scheduled car and passenger service to the area via the Inside Passage route and the Discovery Coast Connector route.

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BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Inside Passage Ferry

Take a ferry ride on British Columbia’s Inside Passage. BC Ferries’ Northern... Read more Adventure sails among the islands and fjords of BC’s remote mid-coast, home to mountain peaks, tall stands of fir and cedar, driftwood-strewn coves, remote First Nations communities, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Watch for seals, eagles, dolphins and even whales en route.  The Northern Adventure sails year-round from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert; summer sailings are all in daylight, so you won’t miss a moment. From Prince Rupert, you can continue by ferry to Haida Gwaii, or follow the Yellowhead Highway east.

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