Spirit Bear Quest

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Run by: Wildlife Worldwide

Reference number: 10099

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Sail the shores of the stunning Great Bear Rainforest aboard an intimate chartered vessel, accompanied by award-winning wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, to search for the fascinating spirit bear and other wildlife.

Few places in the world are as evocative, ethereal and scenically spectacular as the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, whose intricate mosaic of forests, islands, fjords and mountains has a long history. While renowned for its healthy populations of grizzly, black and locally endemic spirit bears, the area is also home to an impressive diversity of other terrestrial and marine species – five types of salmon, wolves, mountain lions, numerous species of whales, sea lions, seals, mountain goats and various types of deer.

Aboard the ‘Island Roamer', a 21-metre custom-built ketch, we cruise the sheltered waterways, accompanied by an expert local naturalist guide.  In addition, to maximise the opportunities for bear photography, we spend time at a comfortable floating lodge where a number of close and accessible sites offer excellent grizzly and black bear viewing. Some strategic hides provide excellent photographic opportunities at prime bear locations where a considerable intimacy and variety of shots is achievable. 

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Fly to Vancouver
  2. Day 2: Fly to Terrace
  3. Day 3: Board Island Roamer
  4. Day 4: Sail into the Great Bear Rainforest
  5. Days 5-9: The heart of the Great Bear Rainforest
  6. Day 10: Wildlife cruise ends
  7. Day 11: Transfer to Great Bear Lodge
  8. Days 12-13: Great Bear Lodge
  9. Day 14: Fly to Port Hardy and Vancouver
  10. Day 15: Depart Vancouver
  11. Day 16: Arrive UK
  • Available*: Sep to Oct
  • Group size: 13
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £8,795 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £7,595 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Domestic flights Vancouver - Terrace & Port Hardy - Vancouver
    • Seaplane Bella Bella - Great Bear Lodge - Port Hardy
    • 1 night hotel in Vancouver
    • 1 night lodge in Terrace
    • 1 night lodge in Shearwater
    • 7 nights aboard Island Roamer
    • 3 nights Great Bear Lodge
    • Transfers
    • Photography tuition from Nick Garbutt
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Panga ride
    • Photography


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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