Spirit bear safari and wildlife tour in British Colombia, Canada
6 days from £2790* 1 review
Canada Wildlife Holiday: North America’s rarest bear is the all-white Kermode or Spirit Bear which is a genetic variation of Black Bear born white due to both parents possessing a rare recessive gene. They can occur in any black bear population but the greatest concentration of Spirit Bears is found on a small cluster of densely forested islands off the central coast of British Columbia where 1 in 10 bears are born white. On one of the smaller islands in the group the ratio is as high as 1 in 4. The Spirit Bear has great spiritual significance to the First Nations population of these islands who consider its appearance an extremely good omen, and among North American fauna it is considered to be something of a holy grail which few outsiders have seen, let alone photographed.
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 and fishery workers) in their traditional tribal territory, and from scouting locations themselves, prior to, and during the salmon season. Join Wildlife Trails on this unique Canada Wildlife Holiday for the chance to see Spirit Bears in the wild.
This is a Small Group Tour
Overnight in Vancouver at the Pacific Gateway Hotel
Fly to Bella Bella and then transfer by boat to the Spirit Bear Lodge
Three days of boat safaris combining short to medium walks in old growth rainforest. The focus will be looking for spirit bears, but good chances for brown bears and humpbacks.
Fly back to Vancouver via Bella Bella. End of your tour
All meals included at Spirit Bear Lodge. B&B at Vancouver
Contact Wildlife Trails for a detailed itinerary.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights