Grizzly bear cubs in Bella Coola at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. Photo: Mike Wigle.
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Grizzly Bear Viewing and Grizzly Bear Tours

Bella Coola Grizzly Bear Viewing & Grizzly Bear Tours. Photo: Mike Wigle.

Unique Grizzly Bear Viewing Location and Grizzly Bear Tours

The Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, with 600 metres of frontage on the Atnarko River inside Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, is situated in the middle of one of the healthiest bear habitats in British Columbia. From the chalets and from our main lodge deck, it is often possible to see bears wandering past and occasionally we even catch them napping on the lawn!

Our Grizzly Bear Viewing has been selected by the Canadian Tourism Commission!

Nevertheless, the best way to view the bears is to float the Atnarko River in one of our McKenzie drift boats. The groups are small and the pace leisurely. Most importantly, because the bears are feasting on spawning Salmon, they are well fed and as a result are more tolerant of each other as well as people drifting by. On some occasions, our guests see 15-20 different Grizzly Bears in a single float!

We offer small group drifts in a raft (seats up to 6) or private drifts in a McKenzie boat (sits max 3). 

All drifts are led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. The drifts start and end at the lodge. If you are staying with us then there is no commuting to get to see the bears. They are all around and therefore you have more time to enjoy your wilderness experience.

The Grizzly Bear Viewing trips are in the autumn, from late August to the middle of October. This is when the local rivers are host to thousands of returning Salmon and the Grizzly Bears are intent on fattening up for the winter. We want to give you the best Grizzly Bear viewing possible, so we only have a maximum of 4 guest per drift boat!

Drop in Grizzly Bear Tour (rates available upon request).

Our Grizzly Bear Tours take place from August 22nd until October 15th, when bear activity is at its highest. While we only reserve spots for our guests participating in our  Grizzly Safari packages, it is possible from time to time, that we have available spots for drop in. Contact the reservations office or the lodge for availability. These seats will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

What to Bring for Grizzly Bear Watching

  • Good worn in hiking shoes. Low or medium cut shoes are suitable for most hikes
  • Small backpack for lunch, snacks, fluids and personal gear
  • Comfortable pants
  • Shirt, fleece or sweater
  • Fleece or knitted hat, baseball cap or sun hat
  • Thin gloves
  • Change of socks
  • Wind jacket and pants or thin rain gear
  • 1 litre water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Camera with a large memory card for all those great shots
  • Binoculars
  • Personal medication if applicable

 Important note:  Guests will be required to sign a waiver prior to this tour.

The Brown Bear Research Network


Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a proud supporter of the Brown Bear Research Network. We recognize the importance of preserving wildlife and the environment for future generations. Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a proud supporter of the Brown Bear Research Network to help promote understanding & conservation of grizzly bears For each guest that stays with us during bear viewing season (late August to mid October), we make a donation to this great cause. The Brown Bear Research Network's mission: "is to fund and facilitate innovative and progressive research on brown (grizzly) bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Through empirical scientific research, we aim to gain an insight into the current state and population trends of brown bears on the west coast." To learn more, view Brown Bear Research Network the website.