Knight Inlet Lodge, 240 km (150 mi) northwest of Vancouver Island, is situated in the last intact temperate rainforest in the world. Operating under an agreement with the five First Nations whose traditional territories surround the lodge, this wilderness sanctuary sustains a dense grizzly bear population. You can book two- to six-night stays that include wildlife boat cruises, interpretive tracking tours, 4×4-accessed hiking, kayaking, and more.
In the Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park, located in the traditional territories of the Mamalilikilla, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, Da’naxda’xw Awaetlala, and ‘Namgis First Nations, you can find Farewell Harbour Lodge. This remote wilderness retreat sits on 30 acres of waterfront and offers four- to six-day stays to see orcas, humpbacks, and grizzlies on immersive day trips, with the lodge as the perfect home base.
The Great Bear Lodge sits on the traditional territory of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation and is accessed by air from Port Hardy, on Northern Vancouver Island. This eight-bedroom lodge offers twice-daily grizzly bear-viewing opportunities. Watch these incredible creatures feed on salmon from the viewing blinds in the nearby estuary, or while on board small boats that carefully navigate the river. Guests can often see wolves, black bears, river otters, eagles, and seals, too.
A 45-minute boat ride from the coastal town of Lund on BC’s Sunshine Coast sits Klahoose Wilderness Resort. This newly opened, Indigenous-owned and -operated resort in Desolation Sound offers three- and four-day packages with all meals, boat access, grizzly-bear viewing, and whale watching led by Indigenous guides.
Farther inland, Nemiah Valley Lodge is nestled in the Chilcotin Mountains, a region that the Zeni Gwet’in and Tŝilhqot’in Nations call home. Here you can book three- and four-night stays with opportunities to see moose, fox, eagles, grizzlies, and black bears. This area is also home to the last wild horse preserve in North America, stewarded by local Indigenous communities.
If you want to visit Northern BC, check out the Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge. Located on the northern edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, this lodge offers the quickest access to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary, home to one of the largest populations of coastal grizzly bears in the world.