7 day safari

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Tour Highlights

Highest success rate in Canada for viewing Spirit Bears

Stunning location of the Spirit Bear Lodge

Incredible marine and terrestrial wildlife encounters

Tailor the tour to your requirements with bear and whale watching extensions.

Wildlife Trails have teamed up with an excellent First Nations community venture on one of these islands to offer the unique opportunity during the autumn salmon run to go in search on this rare and elusive spirit of the Great Bear Rainforest in the company of expert local guides. All bear viewing is conducted on foot, often involving patient vigils in natural hides. A boat is used to access remote locations on the surrounding islands and adjacent mainland where Spirit Bears are known to fish for salmon, or have been regularly seen in recent weeks, and the group (maximum 10 people) led by a local First Nations guide then hikes a short distance to a position offering the best view. Depending on the level of success with Spirit Bear sightings, there are also several locations in the area that the group can elect to visit in order to also observe Grizzly Bears in a similar fashion. The guides accumulate a great deal of knowledge about the whereabouts, habits and movements of Spirit Bears in the area from members of the community who come into contact with bears while working out in the field (e.g. forestry & fishery workers) in their traditional tribal territory, and from scouting locations themselves, prior to, and during the salmon season. 

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Best time to visit - SEP


Day 1

Best hotels at Vancouver Airport Pacific Gateway Hotel
Arrive in Vancouver and overnight
Arrive into Vancouver international airport and take the free shuttle bus to the beautifully located Pacific Gateway Hotel

Accommodation : Pacific Gateway Hotel

Day 2

Bear safari at Spirit Bear Lodge British Colombia Canada
Fly from Vancouver to Bella Bella, boat transfer to lodge
Take a flight from Vancouver South Terminal to Bella Bella. You will be met on arrival on transferred a short distance by minibus to a nearby jetty where you will take a scenic boat journey to the Spirit Bear Lodge. You will be met by your First Nations guides, who after lunch will take you on a guided interpretive walking tour of this fascinating native village and the surrounding area. They will take time to introduce you to various traditional medicine plants and food sources and talk about their peoples’ culture and traditional way of life.

Accommodation : Spirit Bear Lodge

Day 3

Spirit Bear safari in the Great Bear Rainforest
First day in the Great Bear Rainforest
Everyday at Spirit Bear Lodge is unique, we visit many diverse and awe-inspiring locations in search of wildlife. Tours vary depending on recent wildlife sightings, guest interests, and weather. Some days could be spent waiting patiently in one river system for wildlife to appear, while others could involve visiting several locations. The lodge has hundreds of remote cameras set up throughout the rainforest, so although all wildlife encounters involve an element of luck, they use science, data and planning to maximise your chances.

Accommodation : Spirit Bear Lodge

Days 4-6

Best place to see Spirit Bears in Canada with local guides
The quest for the Spirit Bear
We can spot this amazing animal at any time during our season, however, the most reliable viewing is linked to the salmon run. The salmon run varies year to year because of rainfall and other mysterious factors, we generally see the first salmon enter rivers between mid-August and the beginning of September. Sightings of the spirit bear in this wild landscape vary, but the search is as much a part of the experience as a sighting.

Accommodation : Spirit Bear Lodge

Day 7

Final morning at the lodge before your return to Vancouver

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £4000 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from August to October 2022


  • £100 donation to the Rainforest conservation foundation
  • one night in Vancouver
  • return flights between Vancouver and Bella Bella
  • boat transfers to and from Spirit Bear Lodge
  • All meals and activities while staying at the lodge


  • international air fares
  • cost of applicable visas
  • gratuaties at the lodge for staff and guides


Our clients say about us

Thursday August 29, 2019
Fantastic Canadian adventure

We had a two week holiday on Vancouver Island.. we went on a whale watching tour and saw Orcas, Humpbacks, Dahl porpoises, white striped Dolphins, seals and Sea lions. We then did a Grizzly bear...

By Chris and John
Tuesday September 19, 2017
Fantastic tailored holiday to North America the itinerary and arrangements were first class

Our slightly unusual request was to cover certain National Parks in the US and then visit British Columbia with the focus on Whales and Bears all within a restricted time slot and to ensure both...

By Paul and Sally
Tuesday November 22, 2016
Fantastic Polar Bear trip

Allan Blanchard from Wildlife Trails organised a holiday for myself and a friend to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to see Polars Bears. All the flights connections were spot on, arrived at Winnipeg...

By Annie and Viv
Sunday October 16, 2016
Bear and whale watching in British Columbia

Fantastic bear and whale watching experience in the Great Best Rainforest and on Vancouver Island. Different locations, tour operators and accommodation types, all of them great in their own...

By Patrick
Saturday December 5, 2015
Everything I could have hoped for

I specifically wanted to see Polar bears with plenty of photo opportunities. I had a 4 night stay in the Frontiers North Tundra Buggy Lodge, with 5 eight hour Tundra Buggy trips. I also stayed in...

By Meryl
Saturday November 14, 2015
Two weeks whale and bear watching in spectacular surroundings on Vancouver Island

A family (of four) self-drive holiday to Vancouver and Vancouver Island in late August and early September 2015. The holiday lived up to all our expectations. All the arrangements worked like...

By Graham and family
Wednesday October 7, 2015
Great Experience

I had a wonderful trip to the Bella Coola Valley in BC. Location and accommodation were excellent, the food a real treat especially in the Tweedmuire Park Lodge. Wildlife viewing on the river and...

By Barbel
Monday October 21, 2013
Bella Coola Bear Watching

Bear viewing holiday in British Columbia. We had 5 days at Tweedsmuir Park lodge, one on a guided walk, 1.5 on a river drift and the rest free time or we could have done some additional tours. All...

By Kevin