Wildlife Group Tour

Canada Group Tour - British Columbia Grizzly Bear Photography

Photograph Grizzly bears under the expert guidance of Sue Flood

8 days

from £8,995pp
  • Photograph grizzly bears in peak salmon run season under the guidance of photographer Sue Flood
  • Stay at Tweedsmuir Lodge - a member of the Magnificent Seven Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada
  • Private use of bear viewing platforms - perfect for photography
  • Explore the interior forests of British Columbia with groves of ancient valley cedars

Explore the wilderness and wildlife of Bella Coola at one of British Colombia's premier bear viewing lodges. Known as the gateway to the great bear rainforest, Bella Coola is a remote wilderness home to prolific wildlife. In the peak salmon run season, the grizzly bears are drawn to the rivers to feast on the spawning salmoon, providing one of wildlife's greatest spectacles.

Why should I join this tour?

Sue flood is one of the top wildlife photographers in the world and has previously spent time photographing bears at this lodge, as well as in other regions of British Colombia. The above shots were all taken by Sue during a previous trip to Tweedsmuir. She will be accompanied by a selection of local naturalist guides who will offer further insight into bear behaviour, and the flora and fauna of this region. Spend days floating along the river photographing bears and exploring the impressive west coast scenery, marked by lush forests, rivers and towering mountains.

DO I HAVE TO BE AN EXPERIENCED PHOTOGRAPHER TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS TRIP?

No you don’t.  You don’t even have to be a photographer to join. Whether you have a simple point and shoot camera, or a sophisticated SLR, Sue Flood will be on hand to give you tips on how to improve your photography skills. With a maximum of 10 people in the group, Sue will be able to offer one on one tuition both in the field and back at the lodge. This personal tuition will ensure you make the most of your time with the bears and hopefully capture some truly memorable moments on camera. The day to day itinerary will be planned with photography in mind so expect early mornings to capture the best light and times of day when the wildlife is at its most active. 

WHAT IF I AM A SINGLE TRAVELLER?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Host.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

WHERE WILL I STAY?

You will be staying in the comfortable Tweedmuir Park Lodge. The Lodge is a relaxed family style lodge in the heart of Bella Coola, British Columbia. It is one of the top wilderness lodges in Canada and an ideal spot for viewing grizzly bears.

how fit do I need to be?

Daily tours will be aboard a small river boat with three people plus a guide in each of the boats, giving ample room for photography. The on-shore terrain may be uneven and guests will need to be able to get in and out of the boat. Additional walking tours are available but are on an optional basis.

IS SEPTEMBER THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL?

Yes, September is the peak of the salmon run in this area. The rich salmon spawning streams draw the bears in high numbers to the rivers, which allows for more predictable sightings and thus hopefully, offering fantastic photographic opportunities. 

What other wildlife MIGHT I see?

As well as grizzly bears this area is also home to black bears, wolves, cougars, mountain goats and an array of birdlife.



Departing on:
  • 7th September 2018

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

DEPART UKARRIVE UKPrice Excluding Flights (£)Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
7th Sep 2018 14th Sep 2018 £ 8,995 £ 1,050 call Sue Flood Limited
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what is included

  • 1 Night accommodation in Vancouver
  • 6 Nights accommodation at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
  • Accompanied by Sue Flood throughout whilst in Canada
  • Daily activities as listed
  • Domestic flights within Canada
  • Full board at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
  • Local guides at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

what is excluded

  • Canadian Visa
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals in Vancouver
  • Travel insurance

TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, OUR GROUP TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS STANDARD. WE CAN ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON YOUR BEHALF AND THE ABOVE IS AN INDICATION OF COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Vancouver


You will be staying at Loden Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Fly Vancouver to Bella Coola


Transfer to hotel.


Bear Viewing at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Explore the Bella Coola Valley to get close sightings of the grizzly bears that reside here. In autumn, the bears patrol the Atnarko River to feed on salmon spawning in the rich waters. View the bears from the unique vantage point of river floats, affording unobstructed sightings. When she first came here, Sue Flood was astounded by the photographic opportunities provided by these floats. She will lead the float tours with the support of three local and knowledgeable guides. Sue Flood will take turns between floats to offer private tuition and guidance.

Float tours are recognised as offering the greatest exposure to the grizzly bears and as such each day will focus on two float tours in order to offer the greatest photographic opportunity during this expert led trip. Other excursions will be available as a substitution and can be arranged on arrival or prior to the tour.

During your stay, there will be the opportunity to explore the coastal mountains scattered with glaciers, deep canyons and cascading waterfalls. This will offer the chance to sight other wildlife including black bears, moose, mule deer and the elusive wolverine. Explore the old growth forests, learn of the history of this region and how the First Nations community interact with the landscape and wildlife.

Back at the lodge, grizzlies are frequently seen on the expansive lawns overlooking the river. Sit on the deck of your cabin and watch the mothers with their cubs or take the short and secure walk to the bear viewing platform overlooking a prime stretch of the river. There is no end to the photographic opportunities.

Evenings will offer the chance to reflect on the day's adventures and Sue will spend time discussing photographic techniques and offering advice to the group. This is a relaxed affair as part of an evening and not a set programme. It remains optional for each participant to join with group discussions or relax in the main lodge or back at your individual cabin.

Bella Coola is one of the gateway points to the Great Bear Rainforest. The Bella Coola Valley is the dominant feature of the area stretching 50 miles, between the Coastal Mountain ranges. With lush temperate forest and one of the largest fjord systems in the Americas, this area supports an abundant wildlife population including grizzly and black bears, mule deer, moose, beavers, mountain coats and deer.

Bella Coola lies 100km inland from the outer Pacific and such the rainfall is lower than the main coastal regions. The summer months of July through to September tend to be dry and sunny.

The small town of Bella Coola supports a strong First Nations community of the Nuxalk people (Nu-hawk) that date back 10,000 years. Some of the finest artisan craftsmanship in woodcarving and ceremonial dress is displayed here and museums across the world feature art from this region.


You will be staying at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Full board

Day 3

You will be staying at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Full board

Day 4

You will be staying at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Full board

Day 5

You will be staying at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Full board

Day 6

You will be staying at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Full board

Day 7

You will be staying at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Full board

Day 8

Transfer to airport.

Fly Bella Coola to Vancouver

Fly Vancouver to London

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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a relaxed family style lodge in the heart of Bella Coola, British Columbia....

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Your guide on the trip is Sue Flood, a photographer, author, wildlife filmmaker and conservationist. Sue was an Associate Producer on the award winning BBC series 'The Blue Planet', and also more recently worked on Planet Earth. Both The Blue Planet and Planet Earth featured several animal behaviours which were filmed for the first time, and Sue obtained unique images for the series. Her photographic highlights include diving with humpback whales in the South Pacific, face-to-face encounters with leopard seals in the Antarctic, filming polar bears in the Arctic, and photographing the wildlife of Zambia. But above all, Sue is great fun to be with - while your photographic prowess will improve under her tuition, you are also guaranteed a fun and rewarding time in her company.

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Min 6 / Max 8

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Sue Flood

Departure Date (S):

  • 7th September 2018

The tour may involve daily walks and will have a faster pace in certain areas. The pace of this tour will be quite busy, expect long travel days and very little time at leisure.

"Sue was an amazing photography teacher and exceeded all expectations. I have come away with far more knowledge than anticipated and the information shared around her experiences was fascinating."

SARAH JANE, CANADA TOUR WITH SUE, 2015

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