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A Typical Day at Spirit Bear Lodge

Each day in the Great Bear Rainforest is different from the next but here is a little bit of an idea of what you might expect the your experience to look like.

Everyday at Spirit Bear Lodge is unique, we visit many diverse and awe-inspiring locations in search of wildlife.

Tours vary depending on recent wildlife sightings, guest interests, and weather. Some days could be spent waiting patiently in one river system for wildlife to appear, while others could involve visiting several locations.

For the more adventurous, we offer hiking, kayaking, and canoeing options in some of nature’s most stunning places.

Kitasoo Xai’xais culture is integrated into each day through spending time with local guides, visiting cultural sites, and learning the history of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais people. 

Our staff share their intimate knowledge of traditional foods, medicinal plants, and stories passed down through generations.

Our goal is to deliver a transformative experience through complete immersion in nature by sharing our appreciation for the The Great Bear Rainforest

Sample Itinerary


Itineraries vary based on guest interests, weather and wildlife activity.

  • Pacific Coastal Airlines scheduled flight Vancouver to Bella Bella
  • You are met and assisted with a van transfer to the Bella Bella town docks
  • Our boat awaits, this is where your adventure begins!
  • Search for wildlife on your way to Spirit Bear Lodge for an afternoon arrival
  • After checking in, enjoy a late lunch and a welcome orientation
  • You will be guided to the traditional Big House for a unique cultural experience
  • Return to the lodge for appetizers, drinks followed by dinner and a relaxing evening
  • 7am breakfast, meet on the dock at 8am for a day of adventure
  • Activities may include:
  • wildlife/bear viewing
  • whale watching
  • kayaking or canoeing
  • hiking
  • visit ancient Indigenous cultural sites
  • We explore lush estuaries, stunning inlets with immense waterfalls and granite cliffs
  • Return in time for appetizers and dinner
  • Each evening may include a presentation or cultural discussion
  • After breakfast, pack up and depart the lodge by 8am to Bella Bella
  • Soak in the serenity of the Great Bear Rainforest your final morning with us
  • Depart on Pacific Coastal Airlines flight back to Vancouver
  • You arrive at Vancouver South Terminal where your package comes to an end
  • Breakfast and snacks included today



  • Good mobility is essential for travel on the trails and for embarking and disembarking our vessels onto rocky shorelines and beaches.
  • Guests must be physically prepared to encounter trails that can be overgrown, uneven and sometimes we make our own. 
  • We sit for long periods of time in the forest, sometimes in the rain, waiting for our chance to view wildlife.
  • We hike distances of up to a mile at each river or estuary we visit and sometimes we visit more than one river or estuary in a day.
  • Maximum of 10 guests per boat on day tours
  • We spend 2.5 to 4 hours on our transport vessels each day to reach our wildlife viewing destinations.
  • To maximize your wildlife viewing we spend 9-10 hours out in the field each day.