In the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is one of the best areas to view Grizzly Bears in British Columbia. Add to this spectacular scenery and activities from fishing to heli hiking it is the perfect Canadian lodge experience.
Nestled into British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, this beautiful lodge offers luxury and adventure in a true off the beaten track setting
Grizzly bears abound from September to October, watch them fishing for salmon as you meander down the river by boat with your experienced guide
Enjoy fabulous hospitality, an intimate lodge setting and fantastic food with like minded guests and inspiring guides
Bring the family in the summer and enjoy nature’s bountiful experiences from fishing to mountain biking, Via Ferrata climbing through to heli hiking and First nations and valley tours
Hard enough to reach to be off the beaten track yet close enough to be easy to reach by air, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a little gem of a lodge, perfect for a true Canadian Wilderness experience yet still with some of the creature comforts of home.
With only 11 chalets and cabins, guests are ensured a personalised experience and in a stunning location. A stay at Tweedsmuir is all about the environment, whether you are a keen angler, love to hike in the wilderness, along mountain ridges or along river banks or if your simple wish is to get up close (but not too close) to the majestic grizzly bear, it is all here.
Just an hours flight from Vancouver brings guests into this magical spot. Days can be filled with exciting activities and evenings enjoying sumptuous freshly prepared meals whilst discussing the new experiences of the day and what is yet to come the next day. All meals are included in guests stay and are internationally inspired with a West Coast twist. These are beautifully complimented by a fine wine cellar with a focus on some of the best New World wines from British Columbia's vineyards.
The lodge is perfect for couples and families alike and is an ideal environment for older children in particular. The chalets lend themselves to family groups and there are one or two cabins which are perfect for a romantic escape just for two as well.
The guides and staff at the lodge are what really makes the guest stay. They are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and are there to ensure guests have the best possible experience, learn something new and go away with unforgettable memories. Choose from group tours or personalised guiding for an experienced just for you and your family. Sore high above the mountains by helicopter or drift along a river silently in one of the lodge's McKenzie drift boats, the perfect way to view wildlife safely.
The lodge offers a number of pre bookable packages and these include private tours for just you and your family…plus an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly guide
Tweedsmuir is best known for it's outstanding Grizzly Bear Viewing and during the months of September and October the easy of viewing makes the lodge one of the best places to head to. Viewing is all by drift boat ensuring minimal impact on the bears and a fantastic experience for the guests.
When to visit
Sir Edmund Hillary actually stayed in the Edmund Hillary Chalet - hence the name
The Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is located in Bella Coola, British Columbia within the pristine wilderness of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
9 hour direct flight from London to Vancouver followed by a 1 hour flight to Bella Coola and 45 minute transfer to the lodge. The lodge can also be accessed by road as part of a self drive itinerary or by ferry from Port Hardy once a week during the peak summer months.
Day 1 - Tweedsmuir - Grizzly Bear Safari 4N/5D
Your 5-day Grizzly Bear Safari begins with a relaxed first day as you arrive at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, flying over the impressive Coast Range mountains and the spectacular fjords which can be seen on route to Bella Coola.
Day 2 - Tweedsmuir - Grizzly Bear Safari 4N/5D
Rise early to catch the bears and wander down to the wildlife viewing station where you can observe these majestic creatures along this large stretch of river.
Day 3 - Tweedsmuir - Grizzly Bear Safari 4N/5D
Today you will have the opportunity to explore Bella Coola and the surrounding countryside, acquainting yourselves with the fascinating culture of the region and learning about the First Nations' history.
Day 4 - Tweedsmuir - Grizzly Bear Safari 4N/5D
Today you will go back to bear watching with a second early morning visit to the wildlife viewing station. Following breakfast you will head out on the water for a river drift on the lookout for more bears while they are still active.
Day 5 - Tweedsmuir - Grizzly Bear Safari 4N/5D
Today is your final morning at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. We highly recommend a final visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast but there are plenty of facilities to enjoy at the lodge should you prefer to keep it relaxed!
Grizzly Bear Viewing at Tweedsmuir
The Great Bear Rainforest is the perfect spot for grizzly bear viewing. Take to the river in the lodge's McKenzie "drift boats" which are non motorized so ideal for viewing the bears while they search for salmon whilst not disturbing them.