Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
At a Glance
Lovely lodge set in spectacular mountain scenery
Fantastic grizzly bear watching in September and October directly from the lodge
Maximum group size of 6 for all bear viewing experiences ensures a personal experience
Superb local guides offering fascinating local insight and hidden places for bear viewing
Comfortable cabin style accommodations, some large enough for families
Luxurious main lounge and dining room with sumptuous cuisine served
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is open from June to October each year. Grizzly Bear season is from 01 September to 14 October, this is by far the best time to see grizzly bears, other bears may be seen during other times.
The weather in this area of British Columbia is generally warm throughout the season, however, due to the mountainous nature of this part of British Columbia, conditions can change rapidly and rain, wind and even snow can occur at any time. We suggest guests dress in layers and pack for cool and warm conditions. Waterproofs are essential.
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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.
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 personalized 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 personalized 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.
There are just 11 guest chalets at the lodge accommodating up to four guests in each. Most have views over the giant central lawn and have plenty of peace, quiet and privacy.
The Loft Chalets, Eagle, Black Bear, Bobcat, Coho, Caribou and Coyote feature a Queen bed on the lower level and a Double Bed and Single Bed in the Loft. They have en-suite bathrooms and lovely views.
The Grizzly Log Chalet has a King bed and a Single bed in the loft area (steep ladder), has a gas fireplace and walk in shower. This is an ideal chalet for couples.
The Sir Edmund Hillary Chalet has a Queen bed and en-suite shower room
The Cougar Chalet has two Queen beds and a sitting area and limited views. Would accommodate a family happy to share together.
The Owl and The Fox Fisherman's Cabins are more basic with two bedrooms, one with a Queen bed and one with bunk beds and one bathroom. These have wonderful views but are a lot simpler than the other accommodations.
All chalets and cabins have private bathrooms and most have gas stoves. There are no TVs or radios in the accommodation, however, WiFi is available throughout the lodge and in each guest chalet.
Families are very welcome at the lodge and the experience lends itself well for slightly older children in particular. There are no specific children's programs or babysitting services available though.
For kids there is lots of room to play and run on the central lawn, a fishing pond and a 10 hole Frisbee golf course in the woods. In addition, there are lots of both outdoor and indoor games available, including Foosball, table hockey, and billiards.
The lodge has some excellent facilities for when guests are not out exploring. These include a spa facility with 12 person hot tub, sauna / sweat lodge teepee, small gym with yoga and stretching area and exercise bikes and massage room
There is a central lounge and dining room complete with welcoming river rock fireplace, a sports bar with games and satellite TV as well as a guest media room. WiFi is available throughout the lodge.
There is also a small retail shop.
The activities are the main reason for heading to Tweedsmuir. Close to the lodge guests will find walking trails and a frisbee golf course. Mountain bikes are available for guests and the lodge has 600 meters of river frontage and is within walking distance of world class fishing holes. Rods and tackle are available for a small charge and the lodge promotes a "catch and release" policy. On the edge of the Atnarko River, inner tubing and swimming are popular during the high summer months.
Signature Activities are available for additional charge:
Grizzly Bear Viewing by drift boats with a maximum of 4 people per boat. This incredible experience is unique to Tweedsmuir and is only 15 minutes walk from the lodge. 2-5 hour trips available
Scenic River Drifts along the picturesque Atnarko and Bella Coola Rivers in search of bears, eagles, wolves and deer - suitable for all ages
Guided Fishing - either fly fishing or river drift fishing. Fishing equipment and technique are season dependent, guests can fish for King Salmon or Trout
Guided Nature Tours - half and full day private guided tours can be arranged to suit guest needs, walking abilities and ages
Heli Hiking - full day guided tours into spectacular scenery, length and difficulty of the hikes is guest dependent and all ages are welcome. View emerald green lakes, high mountain vistas and walk along polished granite ridges. Snacks and picnic lunch provided.
More trips are available, ask for details
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.
Location & directions
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
The Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is located in Bella Coola, British Columbia within the pristine wilderness of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
How to get there
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.