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6 DAY GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST

CODE
GBRF
STARTING FROM
$3,490 USD
PLACES VISITED
Vancouver, Bella Coola
TRIP DESCRIPTION
During our spring departure, newly awakened grizzly and black bears feed on sedges, pink salmonberry blossoms in the shadow of the spectacular and still snow covered Coast Mountains. The mountains and deep fjords also harbour mountain goats that come down almost to sea level during springtime to feed. Our fall tour highlights focuses on the annual return of the salmon to spawn, which in turn draws the grizzly, spirit and black bears to the river estuaries. This is the time when whales, sea lions, orcas, seals, eagles and wolves are active as well.
Start Location: Vancouver End Location: Vancouver
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Dumpling Trail
  • Guided Half-day Grizzly Viewing and Rafting Tour
  • Nuxalk Petroglyphs Tour
  • Nature Interpretive Hike & Bears Tour
  • Totem Pole Tour of Bella Coola Village
  • Bella Coola Museum
  • The Kopas Store and Copper Sun Gallery
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and check in to your Richmond hotel. There will be some free time to explore the heart of interesting Richmond and we highly recommend walking the well-known ‘Dumpling Trail’ to get a feel of the city as well as its rich Asian heritage. A fast elevated metro train service also allows quick access to Vancouver city centre and its attractions. This evening, we will walk to a nearby restaurant and enjoy a welcome dinner to get acquainted with our group.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Fly to Bella Coola in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest

We will transfer to Vancouver’s South Terminal for a short flight to Bella Coola on a twin-engine turboprop plane. Flying over the fiords, mountain peaks and rugged terrain will give you an idea why so few roads exist in this relatively remote and pristine part of British Columbia’s coastline. On arrival, we will transfer to the Bella Coola Eagle Lodge before heading out on a walking tour to visit the Kopas Store, the Copper Sun Gallery, and the Bella Coola Museum. The museum provides an insight into the area’s varied history starting with the Indigenous people who have inhabited the region for thousands of years, then the early explorers, the coming of the first pioneer European settlers and the building of the ‘Freedom Road’. The Kopas Store and the Copper Sun gallery provide a showcase for the traditional Nuxalk peoples artwork and handicrafts as well as maps, jewellery and masks typical of the area. After dinner, enjoy an evening of leisure at the Eagle Lodge Inn by unwinding in their sauna and hot tub, or cozy up by the fire in this stunning mountain view lodge.
Overnight: Bella Coola
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Grizzly Bear Rafting Tour and Petroglyphs

Early this morning, we will depart for our first grizzly bear viewing experience! The guided riverboat tour will take you through the winding Atnarko River in Tweedsmuir Park. Make sure to bring your camera and look out for the abundance of wildlife, including bald eagles, black bears, and coho salmon that will jump out of the water right in front of you, and of course grizzly bears. This unique experience will give you the opportunity to possibly see bears feeding on salmon at the river level. Keep your eyes peeled as you float downstream on this steady river for a morning of excitement. Note that wildlife has its own mind and while we plan our trips during the best seasons and visit areas known for wildlife viewing, accompanied by experienced guides, we cannot guarantee sightings.In the afternoon, we will go on a Totem Pole tour with a Nuxalk local guide through the endearing village of Bella Coola. You will be led on foot by the banks of the river, to the traditional school in the Nuxalk territory. These totem poles tower over as they tell the smayustas (creation stories) of the past and present. We will also get the opportunity to visit a working carver's studio to see how these creations come to life.Enjoy another evening of leisure at the Eagle Lodge Inn with many amenities and activities to do. Challenge someone to a game of billiards or take your swing at on-site driving range greens. Alternatively, unwind with some vinyl records and enjoy the mountain views. Bella Coola Eagle Lodge is a paradise in the mountains.
Overnight: Bella Coola
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Full day guided tour of the scenic Bella Coola Valley

British Columbia’s central coast swathed in temperate rainforest hosts a tremendous variety of habitats. Today, we will depart on a tour of the beautiful Bella Coola region and learn about the geography and history of this stunning area. Some of the highlights of this tour include the Tweedsmuir National Park, Clayton Falls, Purgatory Lookout and the Snootli Creek Hatchery.
Overnight: Bella Coola
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Nature Interpretive Tour & Bears

This morning, we will have an early departure for a nature interpretive tour with the hopes of seeing grizzly bears and much wildlife including birds of prey, songbirds, and waterfowl, as well as deer, wolves, and smaller land mammals. This light to moderate hike will take you through Bella Coola’s scenic Great Bear Rain Forest as you learn about the ecology, habits, and geography of the surrounding area from professionally trained local guides. In the afternoon, we will journey through the Great Bear Rainforest on a Petroglyph Tour - rock carvings estimated to be over 5000 years old, a very sacred and spiritual place for Nuxalk people. This tour will be led by a local Nuxalk guide for the most authentic experience. We will listen to cultural stories and songs that echo through the mossy green forest walls as we trek through the well-groomed trail. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. This evening after dinner, you will have another evening of leisure at your own pace.
Overnight: Bella Coola
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Return to Vancouver

Today marks the end of your journey. We transfer to Bella Coola airport for our return flight to Vancouver and the end of our Great Bear Rainforest tour.
Meals: Breakfast
DATES & PRICES
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Sun, 24 Sep 2023
Sat, 30 Sep 2023
$3,490 USD
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Applicable taxes vary depending on travel destination and are not included. Please ask your sales agent what extra taxes will be payable for your tour.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 5 nights of accommodations
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Transportation including flight, boat, motorcoach
  • 13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
EXCLUSIONS
  • Credit card payment fees, where applicable
  • Attractions not listed
  • Meals not listed
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
  • Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
  • Winter Clothing Rental Package
  • Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
  • Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)

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What is the maximum number of travellers in a group?

Anderson Vacations specializes in Small Group Fully Escorted tours. If the tour is classified as a ‘Classic Tour’ up to 24 persons may join the tour although tours commonly travel with anywhere between 18 to 24 travellers. If the tour is classified as a 'Tour of Distinction’ only up to 18 persons may join the tour and many 'Tours of Distinction' travel with 12 to 18 travellers.

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After dreaming about travel to an exciting destination, arranging for time off work, booking your flights the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled. Anderson vacation's pre-Guaranteed tours take the uncertainty away from planning your travel and give you peace of mind to book our tours. Pre-Guaranteed Tours are group tours that we have already confirmed as certain to travel on the specified date. All 'Guaranteed Tours' will travel except in the event of a natural disaster or a catastrophic event that is beyond our control. They may already have the minimum number of people booked or else are tours that are known to be popular. Only select departures of tours are 'pre-Guaranteed'.

What happens if I book on a tour that is not Guaranteed?

We pride ourselves on providing “a small shared group experience.” In the event that we have fewer than ten participants on a tour we will offer a “small-group surcharge” to ensure that the tour runs as scheduled. This fee, which is up to 15% of the “land” portion of the tour, will be offered to you as an option to continue with the trip. This fee will cover the costs associated with handling a smaller group.

What is the average age of passengers for this tour?

Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+.

How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

Some tours are mainly coach based and may not be physically demanding while others may require walking inclines or on rough surfaces to access interesting locations. Please check with us and your booking agent carefully and discuss your mobility restrictions before completing any tour booking to ensure this style of travel is right for you.

Can you accommodate passengers with dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegan, vegetarian etc.)?

Yes, we do accommodate dietary restrictions (within reason) such as, food allergies, vegan, vegetarian, etc. There are many meals included on our fully escorted tours. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so we can ensure there are alternative meal choices.
Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes, we can assist you with airport transfers for you in most locations at a reasonable extra cost. Several tours have airport transfers already included. Please contact us for more details.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes, we can certainly assist with booking additional nights of hotel accommodation for you before and after your fully escorted tour. This is available upon request and subject to availability. Please inquire for further information and prices.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

I am a solo traveller. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel room with another same gender traveller. In this case, you will not be charged for Single Supplement.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire or contact us regarding this option, as prices and availability vary from tour to tour.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Yes, you can! Anderson Vacations works with many private groups and helps to customize a tour to traveller’s needs. Please contact us for more details.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate) and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.
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Seasoned Tour Guides Get a deeper understanding with storytelling tailored to your interests.
Space To Breathe We never max out buses even if we use the same size bus as the competition.
All Inclusive No hidden expenses along the way. Competitors offer activities as an extra - we don't
CLASSIC TOURS

The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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TOURS OF DISTINCTION

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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INDEPENDENT TRAVEL

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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INDEPENDENT TRIPS

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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