7 day safari

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Tour Highlights

Visit the iconic Great Bear Rainforest

Low impact river drifts bear viewing

Walk on the wild side with expert local guides

Bear safari can be tailored to your requirements

Our love affair with the Bella Coola valley located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest has lasted nearly 20 years and was always one of the best bear viewing places in Canada. due to its ethical and responsible approach to grizzly bear safaris in British Colombia. Bear viewing without the sound of engines or need to waste precious resources is both intimate and sustainable and can lead to some of the most spectacular bear encounters in Canada. Leave the big cities behind and enjoy a Canada wildlife road trip like no other when you drive from Vancouver to Bella Coola for this budget Canada wildlife holiday.

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Best time to visit - SEP


Day 1

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Drive from Vancouver to Riske Creek
Pick up your hire car from Vancouver and drive 5-6 hours to Riske Creeke where you will overnight at the historic Chiltcotin Lodge. If time allows you can explore nearby Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park where it is possible to see Bighorn Sheep and possibly grizzly bears

Accommodation : Historic Chilcotin Lodge

Day 2

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Drive from Riske Creek to Bella Coola
The drive from Riske Creek to the Bella Coola valley is a classic scenic drive with very little traffic. Just before you reach the small community of Hasbourg, you will face the ‘The Hill’, which connects the Chilcoltin Plateau to the Bella Coola Valley. The 43-kilometre road descends some 1,800 metres with grades as steep as 18 per cent in places. Overnight at Bella Coola Mountain Lodge

Day 3

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Walking with the bears of the Bella Coola valley
After breakfast you will be taken for a half-day small group walk, guided by a local experienced Canadian guide and naturalist. During this walk we will be looking for all signs of wildlife and this informative walk is also good opportunity to learn more about bears and bear safety. You will follow old trails through the forest, observe animal prints and have a good chance to see Black and Brown Bears

Days 4&5

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Drifting with the grizzly bears of the Atnarko river
After breakfast you will be taken for a small group half-day river drift in a Zodiac down the beautiful Atnarko river. With a maximum of 6 guests, enjoy this quiet, informative boat journey in the company of a local guide or biologist, as you view Grizzly Bears and Bald Eagles.

Day 6

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Drive from Bella Coola to Williams Lake
After breakfast its time to leave the Bella Coola valley and retrace your tracks by driving the Hwy 20 back to Williams Lake where you will overnight at a beautifully located B&B just outside of the town. We could also look at other bear viewing tours near Williams Lake if you would like to extend your Canada bear safari?

Accommodation : Williams Lake B&B

Day 7

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Williams Lake to Vancouver
Sadly, this is the end of your Canada wildlife holiday and after your Bella Coola bear tour in the Great Bear Rainforest we hope that you will return home with unforgettable memories and a desire to return to Canada for more wildlife adventures

Pricing Info & Dates

£850 per person based on two people sharing and not including international flights

Valid for travel from August to October 2021 and the same period in 2022


  • £100 donation to the Rainforest conservation foundation.
  • 7 day car rental in a mid-size car for 2 drivers
  • Breakfast at Riske Creek
  • All transfers and activities as indicated


  • Cost of international flights
  • Cost of applicable visas
  • Meals in Riske Creek and Bella Coola
  • Gratuities for lodge 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