Day 1 Vancouver to Port Hardy/Great Bear Nature Lodge Depart from Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) for a 70 minute flight to Port Hardy. Upon arrival, transfer 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.
Day 2 Great Bear Lodge In the morning, you will be on the trail of the grizzly bear again after 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.
Days 3 Great Bear Nature Lodge 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.
Day 4 Great Bear Nature Lodge to Port Hardy 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.
Day 5 Port Hardy to Vancouver Transfer (not included) mid-morning to Port Hardy Airport for your return flight to Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal)