Welcome to the Great Bear Rainforest, a true wilderness gem located in British Columbia’s Central Coast region. Our nature-based tour is designed for you to explore this coastal temperate rainforest that boasts stunning natural beauty, unique wildlife, and an unforgettable Canadian wilderness experience.
On this adventure, you’ll have the chance to see magnificent grizzly bears, black bears, and lots of spawning Salmon. You will also see bald eagles and marine life such as dolphins and seals as you journey through the great bear rainforest’s fiords by private boat . Explore the rivers with local Bear biologists on a unique river drift tour.
This is a lodge based tour, where your local guides will take you to explore the beautiful Bella Coola Valley , its stunning scenery, hidden forests and abundant Grizzly Bears and wildlife.
Outside of Wildlife viewing, our Great Bear Rainforest Tour offers guests the chance to explore the alpine by local hikes and scenic walks through giant cedar groves and breathtaking alpine lakes perched next to glaciers. We offer a variety of guided soft activities to experience this incredible part of British Columbia’s natural wonderland. As you explore the great bear rainforest, you’ll learn about the area’s unique ecology and how it is protected by the indigenous communities who have lived here for thousands of years. You’ll also discover how these communities have a deep spiritual connection with the land and its inhabitants.
Don’t miss the chance to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the great bear rainforest and its breathtaking nature. Join us on this unforgettable journey and discover the magic of this extraordinary place, and one of Canada’s best kept secrets in Bella Coola BC.
There are many scenic flights you can take in this world, but the one from Vancouver to Bella Coola certainly ranks among the top. Flying along the spine of the Pacific Coast Mountains on Pacific Coastal Airlines, it is a breathtaking 75-minute flight. It will send you soaring, physically and spiritually, over the endless fjords, ice fields, and beautiful Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia.
As you look out the window on your flight, you will be amazed by the abundance of glacial ice. It is a sparkling introduction to your Great Bear Nature Tour. Landing in the deep glacially carved Bella Coola wilderness valley, you are astounded from the moment your guides pick you up from the airport and whisk you away into this breathtaking natural paradise.
Grab your water gear since we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the fjords of the spirit bear rainforest. We join our local skipper for a welcome boat cruise to Eagle Rocks. Here we can view nesting bald eagles and towering mountains rising from the ocean floor. While you relax and enjoy a fine crisp wine or a cold brew on your first day away from city life, you can fully embrace the inspiring natural beauty of Bella Coola.
Rising early before your guides whisk you off to join our local bear biologist who will take you on an educational bear tour to view Grizzlies & other wildlife. You will embark on a unique river drift tour to enable viewing grizzly bears in their natural habitat. The grizzly bears this time of year come down from the high alpine and mountains to feed on spawning salmon in the rivers and side channels before winter sets in. As a result, the bears are preoccupied with feeding making it a perfect time to observe.
It is a morning of discovery. We learn from our bear guide about the magnificence of grizzly bears as we observe in their natural environment on this great bear nature tour. The resulting lessons will remain with us a long time. You drift along the river in a non-motorized boat and marvel at the view with its towering mountains. First, you see soaring bald eagles, then abundant salmon running in the waterways, and the breathtaking sites of this peaceful habitat in action.
An afternoon hike in National Geographic’ lush rainforests to discover a world of new life and ancient life. The evening will be spent at our great bear rainforest lodge for a delicious dinner and relaxation.
You are off for a wonderful four-wheel drive excursion to the alpine treasure above. There you will discover the towering peaks and cascading waterfalls that consume the spectacular valley. Your guides drive you up on rough 4×4 roads which make for a difficult passage because they are seldom traveled by anything but the elements themselves. But, the trip is worth it when you overlook the breathtaking Coast Mountain wilderness and fjords below. Incredible hikes can be experienced from up here due to your unique unexplored vantage, which journey through the alpine environment of the spirit bear rainforest.
It’s our final morning, so we’ll set off to discover some local must see’s. There is a grove of ancient cedar trees dating more than 500 years old. The giant trees of this Great Bear Rainforest Tour change your perspective of the world most of all. It is especially relevant as you prepare to return to civilization. When your guides return you to the airport for your afternoon flight to Vancouver, you will conclude your visit to the beautiful Bella Coola wilderness but probably carry the memory of it with you for a lifetime.
Location & meeting time – This tour starts in Bella Coola (QBC) and is reached via a domestic 1.15 hr scenic flight from Vancouver ( YVR) with Pacific Coastal Airlines. The tour starts around 11;00 am on Day 1.
Average cost 1 way is between 250-350 CAD. This flight is a stunning scenic flight along the spine of The Coast Mountains, and worth every cent. You’ll see vast glaciers and Ice fields, Fiords and BC’s expansive wilderness.
Location & estimated completion time – This tour completes on day 4 in the afternoon. Guests should book the later flight of 2;30 pm for departure, with Pacific Coastal Airlines to return to Vancouver. Please note we suggest guests flying internationally, to stay the night in Vancouver on this final day, to allow for bad weather/ flight delays when flying out of Bella Coola.
We recommend you stay at least 1 day in Vancouver prior to our tour departure. Vancouver is a wonderful city to explore with lots on offer in the area. You will need to spend 1 night in Vancouver before catching the domestic Pacific Coastal Airlines flight from Vancouver (YVR) – Bella Coola (QBC). We suggest booking the first flight out on the day of the tour, which usually is between 9:30 – 10:00 am.
As we will be exploring a temperate rainforest and the alpine, we suggest bringing outdoor wear for temperatures ranging between 5 C and 20 C. Oftentimes when we are waiting for wildlife, we can get chilly.
Here are a few key items to bring with you.
Rain jacket, down jacket, windproof jacket, long pants, shorts, wooly hat & gloves, merino or thermal underlayers, merino or thermal tops ( we don’t suggest cotton for activities like walks and hikes etc, only for lodge wear)
Camera , sunglasses and good pair of sturdy footwear such as hiking boots with high ankle support or good sturdy sole.
Yes, the Great Bear Rainforest is open to visitors, and our tours provide a safe and responsible way to explore the region’s wildlife and natural beauty. We suggest travelling with local operators such as ourselves, as a responsible way to protect the Grizzly Bears and Wildlife, while also giving back to the local communities we visit. We partner with the very best guides and spread the love to the Great Bear rainforest’s many wonderful locals.
Our tours require you to start from Vancouver , and catch a domestic 1.15hr flight into Bella Coola BC (QBC) with Pacific Coastal Airlines. It’s a stunning scenic flight along the spine of The Coastal Range.
Our tours take you to the best spots for wildlife viewing,including a river drift tour with local Bear Biologists .We also include Great Bear Rainforest boat tours for a unique perspective on the region’s coastal landscapes. Our tours offer a variety of modes of travel so you can experience the very best of The Great Bear Rainforest.
There’s so much to see and do in the Great Bear Rainforest, from bear viewing and wildlife photography to cultural experiences and hiking through the temperate rainforest and alpine areas of the Coast Mountains Our tours offer a range of activities to suit every interest and preference.
Ben is our lead guide and founder, also known as the legendary wilderness man. He’s at home in the backcountry, and has been guiding people from around the globe in both Western Canada and New Zealand for over 27 years. He holds a deep passion for all things ecology, history and geology with a really great sense of humour. Ben ensures our trips are memorable, safe and inspiring, and you’ll leave feeling a deep sense of connection to the land and its people. When he’s not guiding you can find him exploring remote wilderness areas or riding bikes with his kids.
Lead river guide & Professional Biologist active in Pacific Salmon and Grizzly Bear conservation, habitat protection, and habitat inventory and compensation work throughout BC’s central coast areas of the Great Bear RainForest. Fraser grew up in Bella Coola and as the primary Grizzly Bear viewing guide and ensures standards are met for Commercial Bear Viewing , and previous member of the Board of Directors of the Bear Viewing Guide Association of BC (CBVA)
Traveling with us means you are embarking on an adventure that has been created with a deep passion, that you’ll explore from a sense of inspiration and connection. You’re supporting a small family business that shares the love with small remote communities.
Our tours offer unique quality wilderness experiences with creature comforts and will surely be a highlight in your life, with memories that will last a lifetime.
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• Fully Guided Bella Coola Wilderness Adventure Package • All Transport Described in the itinerary within Bella Coola • Professional Guides • 1 Grizzly Bear Wildlife Drift Tour with local Biologist • 1 Boat Scenic Boat Cruise Of The Fjords + Eagle Wildlife Tour • 3 Nights Beautiful Lodge Base Accommodation • Delicious Gourmet Meals 3 Breakfasts , 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners • 4 Wheel Drive Scenic Alpine Tour • Alpine Day Hiking • Sightseeing & Hiking
31 August - 03 September 2023
16 September - 19 September 2023