Some Answers to our Most Frequently Asked Questions by Spirit Bear Guests

If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us and we will be happy to be of service.

Why should I choose Spirit Bear Lodge?

Spirit Bear Lodge is a business owned and operated by the Kitasoo/Xaixais people. As many of the benefits as possible stay in the community helping the Kitasoo/Xaixais to develop a sustainable economy, and preserve the last intact temperate old growth forest in the world and the animals who make their home here. All aspects of our tours are given thoughtful consideration with the goal of producing the best possible experience for our guests. We have had the privilege to host guests from every corner of the globe on our unique eco-tours and each year some of our guests are repeat customers. Our tours are physically and mentally satisfying vacations that are structured to be safe, fun and educational.

Are your tours suitable for me?

Anyone is eligible to participate in one of our tours as long as they have an enthusiastic attitude and enjoy traveling in a small group. No previous experience is required for most of our tours. Our aim is to produce trips that can be enjoyed by people of every level of expertise, from novice to expert. While none of our tours are particularly strenuous, guests should have a certain amount of agility, and should be able to clamber in and out of boats on your own. Regular exercise before any outdoors trip will add to your enjoyment, but our tours are geared towards anyone in good health and an active lifestyle.We feel that positive attitude, and an open mind is more important than being in super shape.

Will I be required to sign a waiver?

As is standard in the adventure and nature-based tourism industry in British Columbia, all guests are required to have completed a waiver, release of liability and assumption of risks document prior to joining any of our tours. This is a legal document which you should read and understand prior to signing. You can view this document in advance of booking by clicking on the following link: https://goo.gl/WT73qo

What is the chance of seeing a Spirit Bear?

Spirit Bear Lodge offers wilderness viewing experiences that give guests the opportunity to see and learn about white Spirit Bears, black bears and grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Often Spirit bears can be difficult to locate since only about one in ten black bears are white. Because Spirit Bear Lodge is a local operator and travel the territory extensively throughout the year, our guides know the best locations to view bears. Spirit Bear Lodge has had great success viewing Spirit bears and often guests can view them quite close. Guests will be lucky and privileged to see a Spirit Bear.

What about children?

The minimum age for our tours is 12 years old.

What about the weather?

Klemtu and the surrounding area lie in the heart of the world’s last remaining, pristine coastal temperate rain forest, so it is not uncommon to get rain even during the summer months. We consider this a very small price to pay for the opportunity to experience the rich and diverse ecosystem found in our unique part of the world. Guests must come prepared for all types of weather as outlined in the equipment list provided.

What about clothing and equipment?

A list is included with your guest package that you will receive after we process your deposit. If you have any questions our office is available to offer expert advice on the selection of clothing and equipment. You can also view our equipment list for detailed information on what to we recommend you bring on a tour.

We recently sat down with one of our past guides, Jamie Scarrow, and asked him about what he would recommend to photographers who come to Spirit Bear Lodge to capture the ultimate Spirit Bear shot. Jamie has guided guests all over the world to photograph exotic wildlife.  Here is Jamie's advice:

"In terms of what gear to recommend for guests, the simple answer is for
them to bring their entire kit if possible. If this is not possible, likely
due to airline weight restrictions, then they must decide what gear is most
useful for the conditions we are taking them into.

As we typically do a fair bit of hiking/walking, big telephoto lens can really be a burden
to carry in and out of the bush, so I tend to recommend lighter gear. So mid
range telephoto lenses in the 300-400mm range are a good choice - wide angle
lens for the beautiful scenery too. A tripod is good to have because of the
dark conditions we tend to shoot in. Waterproof protection for their gear is important
with all the rain. A polarizing filter might come in handy too."

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