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Bears & Whales of British Columbia

The awe-inspiring west coast of British Columbia is home to some of the most incredible creatures in the world! Grizzly and black bears, orca and humpback whales, not to mention bald eagles, sea lions, salmon and otters! The opportunity to watch these animals in their natural environment is a memory that will not easily fade. After a brief exploration of Vancouver, set out into the wild and spend six awesome nights, based out of two first class lodges, both sheltered by BC’s breathtaking coastal wilderness. Travel by float plane and helicopter, hike in alpine meadows surrounded by snow capped mountains and glaciers, float on a drift boat down a pristine river teaming with spawning salmon. Learn about the history and traditions of the First Nations people of this region. Imagine tracking a grizzly bear deep into the woods and observing a pod of orcas at play, all on the same day...

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally-supported, private trips. We've applied the hallmarks that we’re known for to our British Columbia adventure tours: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Enthusiast
Vancouver to Vancouver
8 Days / 7 Nights


Price per person from: $9,995
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Best Time to Visit

  • Jan
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Day by Day

Welcome to Vancouver! Spend some time settling into your hotel, exploring this vibrant city on your own, having some dinner at any one of the fabulous restaurants in the city and preparing for a big day tomorrow.

Meet your city guide and circumnavigate Stanley Park. Ride to Granville Island, Vancouver’s favourite local market, before catching your flight to the island town of Port Hardy. Take a float plane into Nimmo Bay and your home for the next three nights.

Start the morning with a hike in the Great Bear Rainforest before heading out by boat through the Broughton Archipelago to watch the orcas feed and the eagles soar. Visit a magnificent waterfall and marvel as a school of white-sided dolphins play in the bay.

Swing by Fife Sound and watch the magnificent sea lions bathe in the sun. After lunch, parents enjoy some relaxation at the hotel as the kids explore the Broughton Archipelago, setting crab traps and adventuring with resident naturalist.

Board a private helicopter and soar over the mountains for the opportunity to see Grizzlies feeding on salmon. Hike among wild orchids and heather before flying to the top of a 10,000-year-old glacier for a scotch with glacier ice.

Head into the woods to explore the upper valley and Tweedsmuir Park with a professional bear guide. The afternoon includes a number of short hikes to track bears, stopping along the river to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Take a motor launch out onto the fjord to the estuaries looking for Grizzlies and black bears. Visit the old salmon canary and raise some prawn and crab pods before stopping to see the area’s totem poles, a magical place sacred to the Nuxalk people.

Enjoy breakfast and one last hike along the Esker trail, providing opportunities to look for bears and try some fishing, before catching a flight to Bella Coola airport and onward back to Vancouver.

Hotels

Four Seasons, Vancouver

Open the drapes and welcome in plenty of natural light and impressive city views at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the natural beauty of Vancouver has influenced the décor of these luxury accommodations. The on-site Red Cedar spa and indoor/outdoor pool facilities make this a perfect place to relax with family.
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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Port McNeill

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is an intimate resort located in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. It offers an endless array of activities including bear watching, fishing, hiking, glacier tours, whale watching and kayaking. While visiting, you will stay in your own private cabin, feast on fresh coastal cuisine and relax in cedar hot tubs while listening to the sounds of the remarkable onsite waterfall. View hotel website »

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Bella Coola

The historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is an inviting, family-style wilderness lodge nestled within Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Originally built in 1929 as a hunting lodge, it was later rebuilt to accommodate those seeking out a more eco-friendly adventure. After a busy day, you can enjoy the spa, soak in the outdoor hot tub, or simply retire to the lodge deck for drinks before dinner. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Enthusiast

There is a wide variety of activities on this trip that range from walking to rock climbing, fishing to wakeboarding! But there are always options to suit your comfort level.

Gear

British Columbia Adventure Tours

Bears & Whales of British Columbia

The awe-inspiring west coast of British Columbia is home to some of the most incredible creatures in the world! Grizzly and black bears, orca and humpback whales, not to mention bald eagles, sea lions, salmon and otters! The opportunity to watch these animals in their natural environment is a memory that will not easily fade. After a brief exploration of Vancouver, set out into the wild and spend six awesome nights, based out of two first class lodges, both sheltered by BC’s breathtaking coastal wilderness. Travel by float plane and helicopter, hike in alpine meadows surrounded by snow capped mountains and glaciers, float on a drift boat down a pristine river teaming with spawning salmon. Learn about the history and traditions of the First Nations people of this region. Imagine tracking a grizzly bear deep into the woods and observing a pod of orcas at play, all on the same day...

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally-supported, private trips. We've applied the hallmarks that we’re known for to our British Columbia adventure tours: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

What's Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated with wine (selected by B&R)
  • Services of guides
  • Use of all equipment required for activities
  • All special events and private tours
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.Learn more about our guides »

Accolades

“We had an unbelievable week on our honeymoon trip! We can't stop talking about the biking, eating, beer, kayaking, fishing & wine. We'll definitely be exploring more Butterfield & Robinson trips in the future as well. We consider this trip just the beginning of a series of fabulous future vacations!”

— Alison & Chase Curtin,
Bespoke BC Biking 2012

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When Zita Cobb went back to Fogo, the tiny island of her birth just off the coast of Newfoundland, she returned with not just an executive pedigree, but a vision.
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