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Grizzly Bears, Canada

British Columbia Grizzly Photography with Sue Flood

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Prices Start from
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14/09/208 Days £9,595 ex. flightsSue Flood10 LIMITED Reserve your place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Grizzly with Salmon, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada 1

Expert tuition from Sue Flood

Photograph grizzly bears in peak salmon run season under the guidance of photographer Sue Flood.

Pure Lake, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada 2

Great Bear Rainforest

Explore the interior forests of British Columbia with groves of ancient valley cedars.

Grizzly Bear, Canada 3

Bear viewing platforms

Private use of bear viewing platforms – perfect for photography tuition.

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Dano Pendygrasse 4

Tweedsmuir Lodge

Stay at Tweedsmuir Lodge – a member of the Magnificent Seven Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Vancouver - Bella Coola
  • Day 3 - 7
    Bear Viewing at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
  • Day 8
    Bella Coola - Vancouver
Grizzly bear
Grizzly bear, Knight Inlet, Canada

Great Bear Rainforest

British Columbia is one of the best regions in the country for bear viewing largely due to the Great Bear Rainforest. This extraordinary tract of pristine temperate forest covers the west and northern coast of British Columbia to Alaska and is home to a vast number of grizzly and black bears, and the elusive Kermode bear – the spirit bear.  This region is also home to wealth of wildlife including whales, orcas, sea otters, dolphins, sea lions and a plethora of birds including the beautiful bald eagle.

Grizzly with Salmon, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Grizzly with Salmon, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada

Great Bear Rainforest Wildlife

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to humpback and orca whales, Stellar sea lions, wolves, grizzlies, black bears and the elusive spirit bear. This wildlife resides throughout the coastal islands with only a few species found in localised areas. As with any wildlife viewing, there are no guarantees, however, with an experienced naturalist guide onboard we won’t leave anything to luck.

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Dano Pendygrasse
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Bear Viewing Lodges, Canada

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

You will be staying in the comfortable Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. The Lodge is located 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.

We love Tweedsmuir for its warm hospitality, but most notably, for its exceptional bear viewing.

Grizzly bears fishing salmon
Grizzly bears fishing salmon, Knight Inlet, Canada

Photography experience

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. Therefore, you don’t need to be an experienced photographer to join. The maximum group size of just ten people will allow Sue time to spend time with you at different locations to help you get the perfect shot and develop your wildlife photography skills.

Time will be spent photographing some wildlife in low light conditions so it might be useful to have a tripod and be familiar with how you can use your increased ISO to photograph in darker conditions. There are restrictions of red-coloured low-intensity light to ensure the wellbeing of the wildlife.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides 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 expert.


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 the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

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

What is excluded

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


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge £££££

  • Canada
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Tweedsmuir Park 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. Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a riverfront property with majestic mountain views. Accommodation comprises of 9 chalets, housing 2-4 people in each, most of which are located around the central lawn where bears are frequently spotted. A large spa house, yoga room and a 12 person covered outdoor hot tub ensure a comfortable wind down after a day in the wilderness.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

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14/09/208 Days £9,595 ex. flightsSue Flood10 LIMITED Reserve your place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this expert-led group tour, please get in touch. They would love to help. We hope you can join us on this tour.

01285 601 784

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With an average group size of just eight to ten people our group tour itineraries enable you to travel to some of the most intriguing regions of the world in the company of experts guides in the field and, of course, with likeminded people.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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