Time of year
Sept - Mid Oct
Half or Full Day
Grizzly Bear Viewing and Tours in The Great Bear Rainforest
Note: Our Grizzly Bear Tours take place from September 1st until October 16th, when bear activity is at its highest. These tours are reserved for guests who have booked our Grizzly Bear Safari package. Note to non-guests: we are usually at capacity with in-house guests, however, occasionally there are spots available. Please contact us 1-2 days prior to your desired dates (we are unable to take bookings during bear season further in advance than that).
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, with 600 metres of frontage on the Atnarko River inside Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and the Great Bear Rainforest, 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!
We offer participants a couple of different ways to view grizzly bears and other wildlife: by River Drift and Guided Nature Walk.
Our Grizzly Bear Viewing has been selected by Destination Canada as a "Canadian Signature Experience"!
Grizzly Bear River Drifts
Gently float down the Atnarko, a river teeming in salmon and surrounded by the towering peaks of the Coast Range mountains. Make sure to scan the trees bordering the river for bald eagles! 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.
We offer a choice of drifting options;
- Small Group drifts in a raft (seats up to 6) or
- Private drifts in a McKenzie Drift Boat (sits max 4 depending on weights and water level)
All drifts are led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. The drifts start and end at the lodge. If you are a photographer, the Private option is best.
Grizzly Bear Ecology Walking Tours
Track grizzly bears on foot! Our Guided Walks are a more active way to look for bears. Our friendly, knowledgeable guides will use their experience and take you to various environments where they think there will be bears. On this tour participants will weave their way through the Great Bear Rainforest and learn to look for signs of bears, and how to react when they see one!
Like the River Drifts, it is possible to do this as a Private or Small Group tour.
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
- 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.
For each guest that stays with us during bear viewing season (September 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.