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Best Canadian wilderness lodges, Spirit Bear lodge
Best Canadian wilderness lodges
Location, location, location is always in our minds when we search out the very best wildlife lodges in Canada. For the Spirit Bear lodge the incredible floatplane journey you make from Bella Bella to arrive right by the ocean facing lodge is part of the whole amazing experience. Since our visit in 2004 the lodge has been renovated to a higher standard to include private ensuite accommodation throughout, without losing its inherent natural feel or removing it from the natural environment it is a reflection of. The 'Great Room' is an architectural triumph, with stunning 20 foot high ocean view windows allowing you to look out for marine life such as Orcas and Pacific white-sided dolphins.
All wildlife activities are based in small groups and normally start with a small engine boat transfer to the key wildlife locations where you will encounter amazing Canadian wildlife; such as grizzly and black bears, bubble netting humpback whales, orcas, sealions, dolphins and of course the amazing Spirit or Kermode bear. For clients focusing on the Spirit Bears they will need a good level of fitness and flexibility, as the best chances to see them are walking in the old growth Great Bear rainforest. Obviously there are tree roots, brambles, rocks and wet landings (wellies and waders can be rented) to negotiate and you need plenty of patience as you can be out in the field all day with packed lunches in changeable weather conditions.
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