Great Bear Lodge

Location: British Columbia | Canada

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Owned and run by experienced wildlife biologist Tom Rivest, the Great Bear Lodge is a charming floating lodge located in one of the world’s richest grizzly bear habitats. Perfectly poised to make the most of the surrounding wildlife mecca, it’s not just grizzlies that you’ll be able to see but also wolves, river otters, pine martens, harbour seals and bald eagles – so camera at the ready!
Perfect forNature lovers, outdoorsy types and those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunity
In the knowThis is one of the best places to spot grizzly bears, and Great Bear Nature Tours is rated by National Geographic Adventure as one of the best adventure travel companies on Earth. So its no surprise that the BBC used Great Bear Lodge as its base while filming Secrets of our Living Planet

Recommended for...

  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Setting & Views
  • Adventure
  • Eco-tourism

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Great Bear Lodge is remote and secluded, nestled in a beautiful valley in the Great Bear Rainforest, north of Vancouver Island. It floats on a deck on the waters of an estuary, at the mouth of a salmon river.

Rooms at Great Bear Lodge

The two-storey floating lodge has eight comfortable bedrooms, each with king or twin beds, a solar-powered shower and stunning views.

Food & drink

All of your meals, drinks and activities are included in your stay. Meals are eaten around a communal table and are delicious - the lodge makes the most of local and fresh ingredients, and typical dinners might include freshly caught wild salmon roasted on a cedar plank with a marinade of maple syrup, mustard seeds and balsamic vinegar.

The sitting room, overlooking the ocean, has a drinks fridge which you can help yourself to, including beers, wines and spirits, and freshly-baked cookies are available daily. You are also surrounded by expansive wooden decks, which are just perfect for enjoying a glass of wine while taking in some of British Columbia’s most pristine and remote scenery.


The lounge is a lovely place to relax and listen to natural history presentations given by the knowledgeable wildlife biologists, as well as an ideal place to read a book from the extensive library and socialise around the fireplace.

Activities at Great Bear Lodge

There are two bear viewing sessions scheduled each day, led by the award-winning and knowledgeable guides, where you’ll have the opportunity to see the bears in their natural habitat. If you travel in spring, you’ll be taken to the estuary to watch the bears graze on grasses and sedges and engage in mating rituals. The mountaintops will still be snow-covered and the valley floor is full of flowers and berries. if you travel in autumn, you’ll be able to see the bears demonstrating their own fishing styles as they hunt for Pacific salmon along the coast, and the cubs feed in the river.

As well as birds, you can see deer and birds such as bald eagles, waterfowl and warblers in spring, and the salmon run in autumn attracts fish-eating birds such as gulls, bald eagles and ravens. 

For all activities, you will be provided with gear such as raincoats, wellies, scarves and hats, and each room is provided with a pair of binoculars which you can take with you. 

In between bear viewing, you will be able to join a guided activity such as an interpretive walk to spot bear tracks, a visit to a viewing platform on the river or a boat trip to waterfalls or out into the estuary.  

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Hotel location

Great Bear Lodge is located 50 air miles from Port Hardy, British Columbia, a short and scenic floatplane ride away. 

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