11 day safari

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Tour Highlights

Enjoy marine, river and mountain habitats

Chance to see whales and dolphins at Bella Coola

Walking bear safaris near the Atnarko river

Scenic flight from Nimpo Lake to Nuk Tessli

A lot of what we design here at Wildlife Trails is unique, wildlife focused and tailored around our travellers aspirations. However, this wilderness journey which takes you from marine, to river and finally mountains habitat is right up there with the most diverse and compelling offers for our Canada wildlife holidays. We kick off the tour with a bang, as as well as the scenic flight into Bella Coola and the incredible surrounding mountains, you then have the sea air in your lungs as you take a boat transfer from the harbour across to the historic Tallheo Cannery. A semi-private marine wildlife tour here is followed by some incredible brown bear encounters at the Great Bear Chaket, before you drive up to Nimpo Lake and fly into Nuk Tessli lodge. A superb Canada wildlife tour for those interested in wilderness and the path less travelled.

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Best time to visit - SEP


Day 1

Photo of the Pacific Gateway Hotel our choice for Vancouver Airport
Arrive into Vancouver and overnight at an airport hotel
On arrival at Vancouver international airport simply walk across to arrivals and take the free shuttle bus to the perfectly located Pacific Gateway Hotel

Accommodation : Pacific Gateway Hotel

Day 2

How to get to Bella Coola from Vancouver
Fly from Vancouver to Bella Coola
Take the free shuttle to the Vancouver South Terminal and connect with a morning flight to Bella Coola, departs 09:00 and arrives at 10:15; marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival you will be met by someone from Tallheo and transferred to Bella Coola harbour, where you will enjoy a scenic boat transfer to Tallheo Cannery

Accommodation : Tallheo Cannery

Day 3

Marine wildlife tours from Bella Coola to North Bentick Arm
Small group or private boat safari at Tallheo
Today we focus on the water. Depart from the Bella Coola harbour, skirting along the edge of the Bella Coola river estuary, looking for harbour seals and eagles. During salmon season, eagles congregate along the North Bentinck Arm to feed on the salmon returning to the spawning grounds of their birth. Guests can expect to see multiple eagles and their giant nests along the tree tops. Then we cruise past the historic Tallheo Cannery; looking for wildlife and enjoying beautiful scenery

Accommodation : Tallheo Cannery

Day 4

Best back country wilderness lodges  in Canada
Drive east to Nimpo Lake and take a scenic flight to Nuk Tessli
After breakfast you will pick up your hire car and drive 4 hours to Nimpo Lake; where your spectacular journey to the High Alpine mountains and lakes will start. You will enjoy a scenic 20 minute floatplane flight from Nimpo Lake to Nuk Tessli. After you get organized in your cabin, you'll make some sandwiches and go on a half day hike to the Look Out Point that will give you a great scenic view of the area you're going to explore on this trip

Accommodation : Nuk Tessli lodge

Day 5

Best hiking near Bella Coola Nuk Tessli lodge
Moderate hiking activities to enjoy the alpine scenary
After a good breakfast, we'll be going on a full day hike to Angealheart Lake. The hike starts with a short boat ride to the Sandy Beach, where the trail head is. After an hour of hiking up the forest we'll get above tree line and the beautiful view of Wilderness Mountain will be in our back, making us turn around quite often. Then, the hike will take us to Angelheart Lake, going through North Pass Lake. From Angealheart Lake we'll get a great view of the mountains to the South. After a short break we'll start out decent to Nuk Tessli where a warm hot tub will wait for you

Accommodation : Nuk Tessli lodge

Day 6

Where can I go canoeing near Bella Coola Nuk Tessli is our choice
Today we switch to gentle canoe paddling across stunning lakes
Today we'll take a break from hiking and try some canoeing. Our objective - Boundary Lake that is just on the Tweedsmuir Park boundaries. We'll start the day with a short ride the motor boat to the end of Nuk Tessli lake where we'll hike for about 150 m to Cohen Lake. On the way we might see some Bald Eagles and their nests. Then, we'll paddle Cohen Lake to it's end; enjoying the amazing feeling of true wilderness. At the end of Cohen Lake, we'll leave the canoes and hike 2 km to Boundary Lake through some beautiful meadows. At Boundary Lake we'll paddle to one of the islands and have lunch. To get back to Nuk Tessli, we'll go back the same way

Accommodation : Nuk Tessli lodge

Day 7

Best places to see bears in Bella Coola at the Great Bear chalet
Fly back to Nimpo Lake and drive west to Great Bear Chalet
If you didn't get the chance to go to Sunrise Point this is the time to wake up early and enjoy unforgettable moments. After breakfast you'll get the chance to sit down, relax and enjoy Nuk Tessli before the float plane comes to take you back to Nimpo Lake at 10:00am. You will then drive back west 3 hours to the ‘Great Bear Chalet’; where a beautifulyl prepared lunch will be waiting for you. Afternoon free to relax with the chance to see bears from the properties beautiful deck overlooking the meadows.

Accommodation : Great Bear Chalet

Day 8

Grizzly bear tours at Bella Coola
First walking safari looking for bears
After breakfast you will be taken by Jeff for a half-day guided small group (maximum 4 clients) walk looking for signs of wildlife. You will follow old trails through the forest, observe animal prints and have a good chance to see Black and Brown Bears

Accommodation : Great Bear Chalet

Day 9

Bear safari at Bella Coola during the salmon run
Beautiful river drift looking for brown bears catching salmon
After breakfast you will be taken for a half-day river drift in a Zodiac down the beautiful Atnarko river. Enjoy this quiet, informative non-polluting boat journey in the company of a local guide or biologist, as you view Grizzly Bears and Bald Eagles old trails through the forest, observe animal prints and have a chance to see Black and Brown Bears. The order or type of wildlife activities may change during your stay; depending on where Jeff thinks is the best chance to see wildlife

Day 10

Best grizzly bear lodges in Bella Coola
Repeat your favourite bear viewing activity from the lodge
The activities will rotate around what is shown above; but changes can be made depending on where the bears can actually be seen. It is not uncommon to see brown bears from the property itself and since there are only two rooms at the chalet, you would always feel like you are enjoying an intimate wildlife encounter as part of a small group.

Accommodation : Great Bear Chalet

Day 11

Fly back from Bella Coola to Vancouver
It will be a real wrench to leave the beauty of the valley, but after a final relaxed morning at the lodge, Jeff will drop you off at Bella Coola airport to connect with your return flight to Vancouver.

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £3950 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from May 2021 until October 2022


  • £100 donation to the Rainforest conservation foundation.
  • Return flights between Vancouver and Bella Coola
  • Flights from Nimpo Lake to Nuk Tessli
  • All meals at Great Bear Chalet and Nuk Tessli
  • All transfers and activities as indicated




  • Cost of international flights
  • Cost of applicable visas
  • Meals in Vancouver and at Tallheo Cannery
  • 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