Great Bear Lodge

Great Bear Lodge
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6420 Hardy Bay Road
Port Hardy, British Columbia
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Reviewed by Kimberly Lisagor

The wildlife show begins before you even leave the lodge: barn swallows zoom in and out of their mud nests in the roof; a family of common mergansers glides across the glassy water off the deck; two harbor seals—one named Bob, and the other Not Bob—sun themselves on a floating log nearby.

But the main attraction is the bears. Twice a day, wildlife biologists lead grizzly bear-viewing tours from Great Bear's base at the end of the Smith Inlet, an isolated corner of British

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Room Types
Lodge Room
Recreation & Amenities
Birding,Hiking,Kayaking,Photography,Wildlife/Nature Programs
Closest Airport
Tofino Airport (136.8 miles)

Great Bear Lodge is located 50 air miles from Port Hardy, British Columbia. The fully self-contained floating lodge is situated at an outstanding wildlife viewing location. This is a place of spectacular beauty where one can still find the silence and solitude of another era. From this location we operate our Grizzly Bear viewing program.

The charming floating lodge has five bedrooms. The common area is a comfortable place for relaxing and listening to natural history presentations from our willdife biologists. Each bedroom has a washroom, with hot showers located downstairs. The wind and solar powered lodge is in keeping with our commitment to low-impact ecotourism. Natural wood decks surround the lodge, a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying the beauty of the scenery.

Wilderness-gourmet meals await you at the lodge on your return from the wilderness. A typical dinner might feature freshly caught salmon roasted on a cedar plank with a marinade of maple syrup, mustard seeds and balsamic vinegar. In between bear viewing sessions you will be able to join a guided activity such as sea-kayaking or an interpretive hike, or you may choose to relax with a book from the extensive library.

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