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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
Best for: Off the beaten track, Spectacular scenery, Wildlife
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a superb wilderness lodge near Bella Coola in northern British Columbia. Best known for its grizzly bear viewing, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge offers wonderful Canadian hospitality and one of the country’s finest wildlife adventures.
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Magnificently set beneath well-named Mount Stupendous and bordering two salmon rivers that in September and October draw some of the world’s highest concentrations of grizzly bear, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a very special place. While the bears are understandably the star attraction, you can come at other times of year (the lodge is open from June to late October) and enjoy superlative wilderness adventures such as heli-hiking and fly-fishing, go on a nature walk in old growth rainforest or head out by boat and look for orcas and dolphins in the stunning coastal fjords. The area even has its own micro-climate with significantly less rain than many other bear lodges.
Most of the chalets are built around a large central lawn, and it’s not uncommon to see a bear nonchalantly lumbering across the grass. Options range from simpler fisherman’s cottages to the more luxuriously finished chalets, and all have wonderful views and a welcoming rustic feel to them.
The main building is the hub of Tweedsmuir and a place for socialising and comparing your day’s adventures with fellow guests in front of one of the two huge fireplaces. Meals are superb gourmet affairs featuring fresh seasonal local produce such as seafood, berries and wild mushrooms. There is also spa and fitness centre, a sweat lodge and, best of all, a covered outdoor hot tub overlooking the lawn and the coast range beyond. In addition there is complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the lodge and free mountain bike hire.
The staff and guides at Tweedsmuir are what really what set the lodge apart. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic, they really go out of their way to ensure you have an amazing and authentically Canadian experience. Most guests opt for one of the three-, four- or five-night all-inclusive packages. In September and October these include (depending on length of stay) river-drift excursions in silent boats to view grizzlies and other wildlife – an amazing experience unique to Tweedsmuir, a guided bear-tracking walk, visits to the river-front wildlife viewing station, an interpretive rainforest hike and an exploration of the Bella Coola Valley’s First nations heritage. At this time of the year the grizzly bears are intent on fishing and are more tolerant of both other bears and people and are therefore much easier to observe. If you’d rather go à la carte, you can simply add on whichever activities appeal.
When to go
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is open from June to October each year. Grizzly Bear season is from 01 September to 14 October, this is by far the best time to see grizzly bears, other bears may be seen during other times.
The weather in this area of British Columbia is generally warm throughout the season, however, due to the mountainous nature of this part of British Columbia, conditions can change rapidly and rain, wind and even snow can occur at any time. We suggest guests dress in layers and pack for cool and warm conditions. Waterproofs are essential.
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