Great Bear Lodge is a charming, self-contained floating retreat dedicated to Grizzly Bear viewing programmes. Set amidst remote and pristine scenery, the two-storey lodge was originally towed to the area each season by owners Tom and Marg and has just eight ensuite guestrooms.
Powered by wind and solar energy the lodge is committed to low-impact tourism.
Tucked away on a small inlet 50 miles North of Vancouver Island and only accessible via sea plane, Great Bear Lodge is located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia.
A stay at Great Bear Lodge is all about the magical scenery and wildlife right on the doorstep. Although simple accommodation, the owners of the lodge have created a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere and additional lodge facilities include:
- A communal sitting area with fireplace where natural history presentations are given by resident wildlife biologists and guests gather to chat over a glass of wine
- Wooden decked, seating area with panoramic views of the surrounding scenery
- Dining area serving delicious meals created using freshly caught and locally sourced ingredients (wherever possible)
Two bear viewing sessions are scheduled for guests each day, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Sessions take place when the bears are at their most active and can be observed from hidden viewing platforms on land or from boats when the bears move from the river into the estuary. Each season offers a unique bear viewing experience and the area is a prime location for the salmon run in the autumn.
Why we like it
Great Bear Lodge isn’t just a business to the owners, it is a passion. If you are a wildlife enthusiast seeking up close encounters alongside true wildlife experts, then Great Bear Lodge is for you.