Great Bear Rainforest Tour
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$1,830 USD
Vancouver, Bella Coola, Great Bear Rainforest
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 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
  • Vancouver sightseeing
  • Scenic flight over British Columbia's spectacular coastal scenery
  • Misty fjords and snowy peaks
  • Abundance of wildlife including grizzlies
  • Free time to explore the Great Bear Rainforest area
Arrive Vancouver

Experience Vancouver, a vibrant metropolitan city nestled between the mountains, the vast Pacific Ocean, rainforests and scenic parks. Vancouver is a walkable city, and locals take pride in welcoming visitors with clean, safe and vibrant streets.
Overnight: Vancouver
Full day Vancouver Sightseeing

Included today is a Hop-on-Hop-off Pass, which is a fun and flexible way to see the best of Vancouver! Take a bus, stop at a location, browse around for as long as you want and then hop back onto the next coming bus to move onto the next attraction! You will experience downtown Vancouver at leisure as the bus circles through a series of cultural districts, seaside points of interest, and Stanley Park. Clear top buses for stunning views, rain or shine, and full commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin. During your stop at Canada Place, we recommend the FlyOver Canada experience nearby. The show utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while the film takes you away on an exhilarating 8-minute journey across Canada, from east to west. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride's motion to create an unforgettable experience. During the other stops, we suggest exploring Stanley Park and seeing the Lion's Gate Bridge spanning the entrance to Vancouver's port. The longest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed it offers unparalleled views of the harbour and English Bay beyond. Travel to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and walk among the towering trees of this temperate rain forest and learn the ways of the local Indigenous people. Walk across the world's longest foot suspension bridge to the other side of the river where you can climb to the tree canopy and stroll through the "Treetops Adventure" walkway high above the canyon floor and the river below.
Overnight: Vancouver
Fly to Bella Coola in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest

Transfer to Vancouver's South Terminal for a short flight to Bella Coola. Flying over the fiords, high mountains and rugged terrain will give you an idea why so few roads exist in this relatively pristine part of British Columbia's coastline.On arrival, transfer to the Bella Coola Valley Inn before heading out to explore the Kopas Store, the Copper Sun Gallery and the Bello Coola Museum. The museum provides an insight into the area's 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, jewelry and masks typical of the area.
Overnight: Great Bear Rainforest
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. On the full day bus tour, you get a comprehensive overview of the history, the culture, landscapes and the biodiversity of the area. Depending on the weather and the exact time of year, you will visit some or all of Bella Coola area highlights including the Clayton Falls Recreation Site and Tidal Estuary Waterfalls, the First Nations Salmon Smokehouse (only when operational), the Snootli Creek Fish Hatchery, stroll to the Walker Island Giant Red Cedar Grove, visit the Norwegian Heritage House, stop at the BC Parks public Grizzly Bear Viewing Stand (during season), do a short walk to the Burnt Bridge Creek Lookout at the southern edge of Tweedsmuir Park, and visit viewpoints to Mt Stupendous, Mt. Nusatsum and Mt. Defiance.
Overnight: Bella Coola
A day of wildlife viewing on the water

Board an ocean going boat and depart on a guided day tour of the ocean fiords and inlets to see several sites built by settlers and learn about the history and settlement of the area. We cruise by Hanging Glaciers and stop in Bachelor Bay at the sandy beach and visit Seal Rock. The views to the east of Mt. Nusatsum and to the west of Bentinck Spire are spectacular.All the while, the captain will be on the lookout for wildlife as you cruise into the mouth of the Salmon Spawning Creek at Green Bay to view the tidal estuary in search of grizzlies, black bears and wolves. Heading out around the point into South Bentinck Arm you may have opportunity to see seals, dolphins, humpback whales and orcas.You will have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in the natural mineral hot spring nestled in a rock crevice with crystal clear waters. After a soothing soak in the hot springs, we cruise to a quiet little emerald green harbour at the trailhead of the famous Big Cedar Tree while our captain prepares a nice onboard lunch as we enjoy watching the seals and eagles. Departing the bay, cruise up to a vertical granite bluff to view a very impressive display of ancient First Nation pictographs that tell stories of long ago. Heading north out of the fjord we keep an eye out for dolphins. Our cruise ends with arrival back at the Bella Coola Harbour late afternoon. The 8 hour cruise covers approximately 50 nautical miles of remote marine wilderness with many spectacular sights.
A free day to explore Bella Coola Valley

A number of guided bear viewing walks and boat cruises are available for you to re-visit any of the locations that we may have seen over the previous days. In addition, Indigenous craftsmen and artisans have several galleries and workshops to showcase their exquisite carvings and artwork. Further, having an unstructured day allows you to re-schedule any of the activities that you may have had to cut short on account of inclement weather.
Return to Vancouver

We transfer to Bella Coola airport for our return flight to Vancouver and the end of our Great Bear Rainforest adventure.
$1,830 USD
All prices are per person based on double occupancy and subject to local taxes - GST, PST or HST.

* The below itinerary is an independent package, it can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget. Please do not hesitate to call one of our travel specialists for a customized package.
  • 6 nights comfortable hotel accommodation
  • Hop On Hop Off bus sightseeing in Vancouver
  • Flights to and from Bella Coola as specified in the itinerary
  • Sea cruise and day tour in Bella Coola for wildlife
  • Meals unless specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Applicable government taxes
  • Tips and gratuities

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Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking airport transfers for you! Some tours have airport transfers included already. Please inquire for further information and pricing.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking additional nights of accommodation for you before and/or after your fully escorted tour! Please inquire for further information and pricing.

Can you assist with booking flights?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking your flights for you! We do not recommend you book any flights until you receive your booking confirmation directly from Anderson Vacations Tours, as some tours are not pre-guaranteed. Please inquire for further information and pricing.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire about this option, as pricing may also vary and it will be subject to availability.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Anderson Vacations Tours can work with private groups to customize a tour to your needs. Please inquire for further information and pricing.
Tour Questions

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+

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

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo Travelers can choose to pay the single supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share, we also have a Twin Share option that is offered for the majority of our tours. This means you will be sharing the hotel rooms with another single, same gender traveller who also books the Twin Share option. If this is the case, there will be no single supplement charged to either of you. If we are unable to match you with another Twin Share traveler, there may be a single surcharge applied to cover the full cost of the rooms on some of our longer tours. Please enquire before finalizing your booking for full details.

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

This tour has a low level of physical demand, although there may be some activities or sightseeing tours that require walking short distances. Please inquire if you have any mobility restrictions before completing your booking to ensure this tour is right for you.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for this suitcase is 32 kilograms/60 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages. Please 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 the 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 Tours guidelines.

What is your recommended spending amount for non-included meals?

The suggested allowance for non-included meals is $40.00 — $60.00 CAD per day (includes tipping).

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

Yes! 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 and arrangements made for you.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For your convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals stated on the itinerary are included in the price of the tour. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 15-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Motorcoach Driver and Tour Director are left to your discretion. We recommend $4.00 - $5.00 CAD per person, per day for your Motorcoach Driver and $6.00 - $7.00 CAD per person, per day for your Tour Director. if you can't find your
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