The only permanent residents of the Klemtu area, the Kitasoo/Xaixais people have lived in small villages along the rivers and bays long before European settlers. Many Kitasoo/Xaixais believe the Spirit Bear holds supernatural powers, with folklore stating that ‘Raven made one in every ten black bears white to remind the people of a time when glaciers covered this land.’ Witness this majestic bear up close on a journey that will take you from bustling Vancouver to peaceful Klemtu, British Columbia on a wildlife viewing experience of a lifetime!
Upon your arrival in Vancouver, you’ll be whisked away in a private Sedan for your transfer to the luxurious Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore at leisure, you may wish to stroll the nearby seawall and take in the views of world-famous Stanley Park. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in a Fairmont Gold room.
Today you’ll cover a lot of ground, as you explore some of Vancouver’s most famous landmarks along with some little-known gems. Visit lush 1,000 acre Stanley Park, marvel at the spices and herbs in bustling Chinatown and head over to the North Shore as you take a refreshing stroll through a coastal virgin rainforest. Enjoy a picnic lunch complete with fine china and linens, the luxurious way to take in your surroundings. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in a Fairmont Gold room.
Today a private transfer will deliver you to YVR Airport’s South Terminal, where you’ll board your two-hour flight to Bella Bella. Upon your arrival, a short transfer will take you to the Bella Bella dock, where you’ll board your water taxi to Klemtu, and the Spirit Bear Lodge. After an informative welcome orientation, enjoy a buffet dinner followed by an evening presentation on coastal ecology. Accommodations are at the Spirit Bear Lodge in an ocean-view room.
Days 4 & 5
Over the next two days you’ll experience full days of bear viewing. Visiting estuaries, bear viewing sites, waterfalls and rivers you’ll be on the lookout for black bears, grizzly bears and of course majestic spirit bears. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may also spot coastal wolves, black-tail deer, bald eagles or humpback whales. In the evenings, retire back to the lodge for a hearty supper and educational evening presentations. Accommodations are at the Spirit Bear Lodge in an Ocean View room.
Today enjoy one final morning exploring the Great Bear Rainforest. You may choose to kayak along the shores south of Klemtu, or enjoy a cultural tour or rainforest walk in the Great Bear Rainforest. Mid-morning you’ll board your water taxi returning to Bella Bella, where you’ll catch your returning flight to Vancouver. Safe travels!