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4 Day Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary and Wildlife Tour in British Columbia, Canada
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Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, British Columbia V8G 2W5, Canada

Adventure Canada Wildlife Tour

Sheltered by the Coast Mountains, just south of the Alaska panhandle on British Columbia’s wild north coast, lies the K'tzim-a-deen (Khutzeymateen) Inlet. Here, within the traditional territory of the Tsimshian Nations, lives a healthy and indomitable population of coastal grizzly bears. Enjoy these intimate moments with the great brown bears and experience the diverse ecology of a pristine coastal ecosystem.

  • Starting and ending point: Prince Rupert
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Grizzly bear, whales, seals, eagles

Highlights

  • Grizzly bears viewing
  • Explore the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary
  • Witness and interact with grizzly bears in their natural habitat
  • Return floatplane transportation from Prince Rupert
  • Daily meals and beverages
  • 3 nights accommodation

Styles


3 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Prince Rupert Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
09:00

You will be provided with three nights’ accommodation at Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge. Located within this unique conservancy and grizzly bear sanctuary, the Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge is your home in the rainforest where you can visit with the incredible grizzly bears in their wild habitat.

The lodge in the Khutzeymateen was built to blend in with the wilderness, with seals and river otters swimming underneath the living room. Charmingly rustic, the lodge has six private bedrooms, two shared washrooms with showers (and lots of hot water), a wood-fired sauna and a lounge area with a cozy woodstove.

They also have an outdoor fire pit, sea kayaks, stand up paddle boards, incredible views of the ocean and the mountains and room to move and stretch out. They also have satellite Wi-Fi but they encourage you to turn off the outside world and be there in the wilderness with the bears.

Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge is the only permitted lodge within the Khutzeymateen Protected Area. The floating lodge lets you enjoy cozy comfort in the rainforest with room to stretch out and appreciate the quiet of the wild.

Program

Depart from Prince Rupert, British Columbia for the Khutzeymateen by float plane. When you arrive at the lodge you will dress warmly in floatation suits and head out on the boat. The days are filled with viewing grizzly bears, seals, bald eagles, seabirds, waterfalls, and more. You will move with the tides, daylight, and weather to view and photograph the beauty of the Khutzeymateen.

The tour includes an orientation by the BC Parks K'tzim-a-deen Rangers at the Visitor Centre in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. Learn about Tshimshian culture and history, and how the sanctuary is managed.

The tour boat is designed to view bears quietly in shallow water throughout the inlet's extensive sedge flats, starting directly across from the lodge. The covered tour boat also ensures that you can focus on the bears rather than keeping your camera gear dry. At the lodge, you can relax by the fire, take out the kayaks or paddle boards, or enjoy the wood-fired sauna.

From mid-May to the end of June is very active with numerous bears feeding on the sedge throughout the inlet. Spring is also the mating season and big males travel throughout the inlet looking for potential female mates. It is also very common to view bears digging clams at low tide.

Seasonally, the bear viewing changes based on the available food sources for the bears. At the end of July, the sedge starts to dry out and becomes less palatable for the bears. There tend to be fewer bears to view in this time as they move on to other food sources out of view, such as berries in the subalpine. In the summer months, Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge add humpback whale viewing to the tours as they congregate nearby to feed, including the unique practice of “bubble net feeding” where the whales blow bubbles and surface together vertically to feed.

In the late summer and fall the creeks and rivers are alive with spawning salmon. Five species of salmon return to the Khutzeymateen River with abundant pink salmon flooding the creeks and rivers, becoming a late summer and fall staple for grizzly bears.

Viewing opportunities are excellent throughout May to October. While there is no guarantee that the bears will appear, the probability of viewing these amazing animals is very high. The Khutzeymateen is world renowned for the predictability of viewing grizzly bears in a wilderness environment.

Location

This wildlife tour will take place at Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. It is established in 1994 as Canada's first and only grizzly bear sanctuary, the Khutzeymateen protects the entire watershed of the Khutzeymateen and Kateen Rivers and the foreshore of the Khutzeymateen Inlet.

The Khutzeymateen Inlet Conservancy was added in 2008 to further protect the intertidal and foreshore habitats of the inlet. Approximately 60 bears utilize the diverse and rich coastal habitats including numerous estuaries throughout the inlet.

Managed by British Columbia Parks and the Tsimshian Nation, the protected area is monitored by First Nations Rangers on a floating camp and visitor center in the park.

Features

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Sauna
  • Stand up paddle boarding

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • River

Food

For this tour, you will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The chef will also prepare snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. They will provide you with wine or beer with dinner. The meals are all fresh and healthy, all served at the dining table made from local red cedar.

Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge can accommodate any special dietary requests including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other allergies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Adventure activities

For fresh air and exercise pilot a stand-up paddleboard, search for sea stars and connect with the sounds and smells of the ocean and the rainforest. Kayak along the steep rock walls of the inlet to waterfalls, accompanied by curious seals.

Tsimshian culture

The K'tzim-a-deen is within the traditional territory of the Gitsi'is Tribe of the Allied Tsimshian Tribes. The Gitsi'is Tribe and Lax Kw'alaams Band work with the Ministry of Environment to collaboratively manage the park and conservancy. You will meet the K'tzim-a-deen Rangers, learn about their culture and how the area is managed.

Whale watching

July through September is a great time to view humpback whales bubble net feeding at the nearby entrance of Work Channel. It may also be possible to view killer whales as they visit the Khutzeymateen Inlet.

What's included

  • Bear viewing (6 hours a day)
  • Stand up paddle board and kayaks
  • Fishing gears for casting and jigging
  • Daily meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Return floatplane transportation from Prince Rupert
  • Outdoor campfire
  • Wood fired sauna

What's not included

    How to get there

    Recommended Airports

    Arrival by ferry / boat

    BC Ferries has several sailings a week from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert in the summer months. The Alaska ferry from Seattle stops in Prince Rupert en route to Alaska. Car rentals are available in both Terrace and Prince Rupert.

    Airport: Prince Rupert Airport Airport transfer included: Prince Rupert Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

    Cancellation Policy

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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