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Combine the beautiful Pacific Coastal city of Vancouver with a once in a lifetime bucket list stay at an amazing floating lodge nestled in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Great Bear Lodge is a short flight from Port Hardy, British Columbia in an area known as one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly bears and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Great Bear Nature Tours offers a world-class Grizzly Bear viewing programme.
Available on selected dates May – October 2019
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Upon arrival into Vancouver International Airport, make your way independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Vancouver’s fascinating past and present come together in your tour today that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain forests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, the Arts and Financial Districts, and Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, where you visit the First Nations Totem
Poles. Continue across the Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over the Capilano River before you walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side where many unique experiences await. Return to downtown Vancouver and get ready
to engage all your senses as you step out into Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven for all things local and hand-made, including delicious food, coffee, tea, eclectic artwork, and west coast music. Carry on through bustling Chinatown and continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver.
Full day at leisure to explore more of this beautiful city.
Late this morning depart from Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) for 70 minute flight to Port Hardy. Upon arrival transfer (included) to the town of Port Hardy for lunch (own cost) and to explore the town. Mid-afternoon you will be transferred to the float plane base for your scenic flight over the Queen Charlotte Strait to the floating lodge. After a brief introduction to the lodge you will go on your first Grizzly Bear excursion.
In the morning, you will be on the trail of the grizzly bear again after some good coffee and breakfast. A typical viewing session lasts three hours. After a morning of adventure, you will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax. Spend the early afternoon exploring the surrounding area with a guide. A popular activity is the interpretive rainforest walk, examining bear sign and the general ecology of the area. In mid-afternoon you will venture out to see the bears before returning to the lodge for dinner. On clear nights, the stars are amazing.
As your stay at the lodge continues, you begin to settle into the natural rhythm of the valley. The bears are generally most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours, which is why we focus our viewing sessions on these times. Over the course of your stay we will take you to a variety of sites, depending on the bear activity.
For the afternoon recreation today we may take a guided sea-kayaking tour of the estuary, or a boat cruise to explore the glacier-carved inlet. Or you may prefer to relax and enjoy the view from the lodge. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to many animals, including grey wolves, otters, black bears, mink and bald eagles.
After your parting session with the bears you will enjoy lunch at the Great Bear Lodge. You will be returned to Port Hardy in the afternoon between 4pm and 6pm. Due to unpredictable weather conditions for flights around the lodge and Port Hardy we have included a nights accommodation in Port Hardy.
Transfer (not included) mid-morning to Port Hardy Airport for your return flight to Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal), and upon arrival make your way to your Vancouver City hotel where you will spend your last evening.
Today your adventure ends when you transfer independently to Vancouver Airport for your return flight back to the UK