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Grizzly Bears at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge


In the autumn, when the salmon arrive to spawn, Bella Coola is host to one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears. See grizzlies feasting on salmon. Explore the pristine Atnarko River in a McKenzie drift boat as part of a thrilling four-day all-inclusive package at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge.

Accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, the drift trips are the perfect way to see the bears and wildlife of the Bella Coola Valley. Guests may also walk through ancient forests in the company of a local guide. These unique holidays are recognised by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Signature Experience that showcases authentic, immersive and engaging tourism experiences for travellers.

Vancouver to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge


Fly from Vancouver (south terminal) on a scheduled morning flight with Pacific Coastal Airlines. On arrival you will be met and transferred (45-minute drive) to the lodge. After check-in enjoy lunch and then set up for a late afternoon drift on the Atnarko River, meandering between massive snowcapped peaks, to look for grizzly bears. Relax and enjoy the scenery, and watch for wildlife such as river otters and black bears. You may also see bald eagles and grizzly bears dining on the river’s salmon. Lunch and dinner are included.


Tweedsmuir Park Lodge


Wake up early and wander down to the wildlife viewing station as first thing in the morning is a great time to spot bears. The raised structure provides open lines of sight both up and down the river. After breakfast head out for a guided nature walk in the old growth forest of Tweedsmuir Park. Your guide, a naturalist, will show you how to track the bears and will point out various bear signs including rubbed trees with claw and bite marks, and bear day beds. A picnic lunch will be served, then continue exploring the park with a drive on the Tote Roads. At the end of the road there is a short, highly recommended hike to Stillwater Lake. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Tweedsmuir Park Lodge


Again this morning we recommend you check out the wildlife viewing station before breakfast. Then with your guide, meander down the Atnarko River in search of more bears. They are at their most active in the morning and evening which is also a great time to enjoy a quiet float. After lunch head back to Tweedsmuir Park for further exploration. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


End of Package


One last morning visit to the wildlife viewing station before breakfast. You will then be transferred back to the airport in time for your mid- morning flight to Vancouver Airport where your tour arrangements end.