Canadian Grizzly Bear Adventure


Award winning Grizzly Bear Viewing, where luxury meets wilderness in your own private chalet Bella Coola, British Colombia, Canada – the perfect place to be when the local rivers are host to teeming numbers of returning salmon which draws lots of grizzlies hoping to fatten up for the coming winter – that is when we’ll be there to watch the grizzly bears as they are intent on fishing and are therefore much easier to observe. Accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, our drift trips are the perfect way to see the bears and wildlife of the Bella Coola valley.
The McKenzie River boats are non-motorized and therefore don’t disturb the bears in their natural habitat. The leisurely pace and silence offer a relaxed and peaceful way to travel the valley, as well as a completely unique opportunity for viewing wildlife up close and personal- on some occasions, our guests see up to 15 different grizzly bears in a single float. Join us as we explore the ancient Great Bear Rainforest in the company of a local guide whilst staying in private chalets at the award-winning Tweedsmuir Park Lodge.
Before we fly up to Bella Coola on our wilderness adventure, we’ll all meet up in Vancouver for a couple of nights to explore Vancouver and enjoy a welcome dinner together.


  • Day 1 - Arrival in Vancouver
  • Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing
  • Day 3 - Vancouver - Bella Coola - River Drift looking for bears!
  • Day 4 - Guided Nature Walk & Afternoon drive
  • Day 5 - River Drift on the Atnarko in the morning, Guided Nature Walk in the afternoon
  • Day 6 - Full Day Valley Tour; optional helicopter sight-seeing tour
  • Day 7 - River Drift in the morning. Guided Nature Walk in the afternoon
  • Day 8 - Bella Coola to Vancouver
  • Day 9 - Farewell from Vancouver


Day 1: Arrival In Vancouver

Upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport we'll be met at the airport and transferred directly to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Our hotel is in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Some nearby attractions are Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium and a host of restaurants, museums and galleries. On-site amenities include the restaurant, bar, a health club and indoor pool.

Included Meals: none
Accommodation: 4* Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
Activities: Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to hotel. Time at leisure.

Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll head out on an orientation tour to see the sights of Vancouver: Granville Mall, Canada Place cruise ship terminal, Robson Street, Chinatown and historic Gastown, city centre and financial district, Granville Island as well as Stanley Park with totem poles, Prospect Point, Lions Gate Bridge and English Bay beaches. The tour includes admission to FlyOver Canada which an amazing virtual flight ride in which you will “take off” into a huge domed screen to enjoy a breathtaking flight across the country.

This afternoon we’ll go on a waterfront sightseeing adventure. We’ll begin by cruising along the Vancouver Inner Harbour, then soaring up to 55 Km/h as we cross the Burrard Inlet. Along the way our experienced, qualified and passionate skippers will provide a fascinating array of information, highlighting the sights of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, Northshore, English Bay, False Creek and many more. We’ll enjoy our welcome dinner at Joe Fortes Seafood and Chophouse which is within a short walking distance from the hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: 4* Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
Activities: Morning Sightseeing by coach. Afternoon cruise Vancouver Inner Harbour. Welcome dinner.

Day 3 - Vancouver - Bellacoola - River Drift Looking For Bears!

Full breakfast at leisure at the hotel. Direct transfer to Vancouver International Airport South Terminal. Check-in with Pacific Coastal Airlines for the flight to Bella Coola, flight duration approximately 1 hour. On arrival,our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way. After check-in, your holiday will start with a lodge orientation and an informative bear awareness seminar.

Your bear viewing commences with a late afternoon River Drift down the Atnarko River. Relax and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery........and keep your eyes open for wildlife! The salmon are spawning and provide an easy meal for majestic bald eagles and impressive grizzly bears. River otters and black bears may also be seen. Small Group River Drift Bear Viewing is a unique experience only found at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and is the best way to see grizzlies. The bears are busy fishing and ignore your presence, allowing you to see them at their most natural. It’s also a great way to capture amazing photographs. The bears aren’t the only ones who will be feasting on a delicious meal; you will too, with a scrumptious 3 course dinner back at the lodge! Dinner is at 7:00pm every night.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Activities: Fly from Vancouver to Bella Coola, British Columbia. Afternoon River Drift Bear Viewing experience.

Day 4 - Guided Nature Walk & Afternoon Drive

Wake up early and wander down to the Wildlife Viewing Station, which is for the exclusive use of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge guests. Early morning is a great time to spot bears and the raised structure provides open lines of sight both up and down the river. After checking out the station you have a choice of a hot or continental breakfast, which is held every day at 8am. Afterwards, it’s time to head out for a Guided Nature Walk in the old growth forests of Tweedsmuir Park, the largest provincial park in British Columbia. Your guide, a naturalist, will show you how to track the bears and will point out various bear signs, including rub trees with claw and bite marks, and places the bears dig out in the forest floor for their naps called day beds. A picnic lunch will be served in the field. In the afternoon, continue exploring the park with a drive on the Tote Road past old, abandoned homesteads brimming with character. This is prime bear habitat and sightings are common. At the end of the road there is a short, highly recommended hike to Stillwater Lake. This is a beautiful, pristine place that should not be missed! You will arrive back at the lodge in the late afternoon. Now you can relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck of the lodge, exchanging stories of wildlife seen with your fellow guests. Make sure to head back to the Wildlife Viewing Station before dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Activities: Guided Nature Walk and afternoon park drive.

Day 5 - River Drift On The Atnarko In The Morning, Guided Nature Walk In The Afternoon

Check out the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast. Then it’s time to hit the river with your personal guide for a morning River Drift on the Atnarko in search of more bears! The bears are most active in the morning and evening and it’s a great time to enjoy a quiet float. A nutritious lunch will be served at the lodge before you head off with your guide to further explore Tweedsmuir Park. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides know the area well and have mapped numerous short hikes to superb vantage points overlooking the Atnarko River to see spawning salmon...and the bears and eagles fishing for them!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Activities: River Drift and Guided Nature Walk

Day 6 - Full Day Valley Tour; Optional Helicopter Sight - Seeing Tour

The Bella Coola valley is an extraordinary place with fantastic geography, pristine ecosystems and a rich First Nations heritage. This day will take you down valley to see the culturally modified ancient cedar trees, the totem poles and the petroglyph gardens. Lunch will be a picnic at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord. This is also your opportunity to visit the Bella Coola town site and to shop at the art gallery for First Nations jewellery and masks. Then, before heading back to the lodge, it’s time for a helicopter sightseeing tour of the mountains surrounding the Bella Coola Valley (optional extra excursion). The towering peaks and glaciers are some of the most stunning in all of British Columbia and will leave you inspired.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Activities: Sight-seeing Bella Coola Valley. Bella Coola town visit. Sightseeing by helicopter.

Day 7 - River Drift In The Morning. Guided Nature Walk In The Afternoon

Similar schedule as Day 5; begin your day with a morning River Drift on the Atnarko. In the afternoon your guide head out on a Nature Walk to explore the park. It’s our last full day and one more chance to look for grizzly bears!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Activities: River Drift and Guided Nature Walk

Day 8 - Bella Coola To Vancouver

Departure day! We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us. Check-out is 11am so you can take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. On arrival in Vancouver we’ll transfer you from the airport to Vancouver for our final night together.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: 4* Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
Activities: Bella Coola to Vancouver

Day 9 - Farewell From Vancouver

Full breakfast at leisure at the hotel. You will be transferred from the hotel to meet the departure flight home that you have arranged.
Depending on departure time of the flight enjoy optional activities.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: none
Activities: Transfer to hotel

Canadian Grizzly Bear Adventure

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Whats Included

  • International economy return flights from London Heathrow [LHR] / Vancouver airport [YVR] / London Heathrow [LHR]
  • Return economy flights Vancouver/ Bella Coola / Vancouver
  • Meet & Greet at the airport on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport on the final day.
  • Transport in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle.
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary.
  • 4* Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary.
  • English speaking tour guide.

Whats Not Included

  • Drinks.
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides or rangers etc.
  • Visas, travel and medical insurance.
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above. Any meals not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Any optional activities offered.

Important Information

  • We will depart from LHR to Vancouver Airport [YVR] on Day 1 and return from Vancouver airport [YVR] on Day 9.
  • Please be aware that the planes to and from Bella Coola only allow maximum 50 lbs (23 kgs) luggage per person plus maximum 25 lbs (11 kgs) carry-on. If needed, luggage can be stored at the hotel in Vancouver.
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable.