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    Grizzly Bears

Grizzly Bear Adventure – 8 Days / 7 Nights


The central coast of British Columbia is known as the Great Bear Rainforest. This area is one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly bears and other wildlife. During spring, grizzly bears leave the mountains to graze on the sedges, succulents and grasses at the river estuary. A number of birds and other animals also inhabit the river estuaries. In mid-August thousands of salmon return. Enclosed viewing stands along the riverbanks allow you to watch the bears gorge themselves on fish in anticipation of their hibernation.


Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver! Overnight arrangements have been made for you at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. This is a magnificent airport hotel! Your hotel is located inside the main terminal which makes check-in for your flight tomorrow very convenient.
Overnight – Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

Day 2 – Vancouver to Port Hardy
Today you fly on your own from Vancouver to Port Hardy. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Stroll or jog along the seawall to the bustling harbour, where fishing boats, sail boats and float planes always seem to be coming or going. Port Hardy is rich in Native culture, and Native Art shops and galleries offer arts and crafts produced by local Native artisans.
Overnight – TBD

Day 3 – Port Hardy to the Great Bear Lodge
Today your grizzly bear adventure begins! Your seaplane flight from Port Hardy to the Great Bear Lodge departs mid-afternoon. Upon your arrival at the lodge, your hosts will be on the dock to welcome you to your wilderness retreat. Later this afternoon you have your first grizzly bear viewing. This evening you will be treated to a wilderness-gourmet meal. A wildlife biologist will present slides and videos, explaining the interaction of the grizzly bear with this unique ecology.
Overnight – Great Bear Lodge

Day 4 – Great Bear Lodge
The first viewing today is at dawn, but rest assured, you will be fortified with good coffee and fresh baked goods. A typical viewing session lasts about three hours. Brunch is served in the lodge late morning. Early afternoon will be spent exploring the surrounding area with a guide. In mid-afternoon you will venture out to see the bears again before having dinner in the lodge. On clear nights, the stars are amazing!
Overnight – Great Bear Lodge

Day 5 – Great Bear Lodge
The bears are most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours, which is why the viewing sessions are at these times. This afternoon you will take either a guided sea-kayaking tour of the estuary, or a boat cruise to explore the glacier-carved inlet. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to many animals, including grey wolves, otters, black bears, mink and bald eagles.
Overnight – Great Bear Lodge

Day 6 – Great Bear Lodge to Port Hardy
After one last session to see the bears, you will enjoy lunch at the lodge. Your flight from the lodge to Port Hardy is late this afternoon.
Overnight – TBD

Day 7 – Port Hardy to Vancouver
You have most of the day to enjoy Port Hardy, depending on your flight schedule. Once again we have conveniently arranged your hotel accommodations at the Vancouver Airport.
Overnight – Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

Day 8 – Vancouver/Home
We hope you have enjoyed this trip of a lifetime! Thank you for choosing Cartan Tours.

Tour Highlights:

  • 2 nights – Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
  • 2 nights – Port Hardy – hotel to be determined
  • Round trip air via seaplane from Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge
  • 3 nights – Great Bear Lodge, which also includes:
  • Welcome orientation at Great Bear Lodge, morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions guided by a wildlife biologist, wilderness gourmet meals including complimentary wine with dinner, slide show and video presentation of the local natural history, guided hiking, boat cruise or sea-kayaking
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel taxes and GST as applicable
  • NOTE: Itinerary changes can occur based on the activity of the bears, the hours of daylight, the tides and the weather
  • NOTE: You are responsible for your flight arrangements between Vancouver and Port Hardy

Dates & Rates – 8 Days / 7 Nights

  • Package departs daily or on select dates
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Season Land Only
May – June, 2018/19 on request
July – Aug, 2018/19 on request
September, 2018/19 on request
October, 2018/19 on request

COMING SOON:  This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.

You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.