Location of Adventure
British Columbia, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 12 Travelers
A very important feature of our British Columbia wildlife adventure is the limited group size, as nature is best experienced in small groups for a more intimate experience, plus a reduced impact on the environment.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, drinking water throughout the trip, services of NHA Expedition Leader, local guides and boat crew, airport transfers in Bella Bella or Terrace on Day 1 and final day, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip (Bella Bella and Terrace), alcoholic beverages (except for wine with dinner), some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
This adventure does not require a high degree of physical fitness. However, in order to reach the bear-viewing stand where we have the best chance of seeing spirit bears, you should be able to hike at least two miles over potentially muddy, slippery, uneven terrain with some inclines and obstacles such as rocks and tree roots. To reach the bear-viewing stand and to participate in the other scheduled shore excursions and activities, you must be able to climb up and down a small three-rung boat ladder in order to board motorized Zodiac rafts or kayaks. Please be prepared for water landings, in which you will climb out of the Zodiac or kayak and step into shallow water while wearing waterproof boots, before stepping ashore. You should also be able to undertake several short walks over potentially wet, muddy, rocky, uneven and sometimes trailless terrain. Kayaking is an option available to guests. It is easy to learn, though it does require an adventuresome spirit. Since we expect that most of our guests will have little or no experience, instruction and guidance are provided. Please note that waterproof rubber boots are required for this adventure and they will not be available on site, so every traveler must bring their own pair.
Important Information About This Trip
While this adventure focuses on spirit bears and humpback whales, as well as black bears and grizzlies, our ship-based journey grants us access to one of the most magnificent natural landscapes on Earth, which we will also experience through land-based exploration. Guests should be aware that spirit bears are rare, the coastal rain forest is very dense, and sightings can never be guaranteed. We spend three days in the spirit bear area and two full days at the spirit bear viewing platforms, offering multiple opportunities to spot them. The areas we visit provide the best chance for seeing the elusive spirit bears, and our naturalist guide and crew are adept at finding them. Photographers, please note that flash photography of wildlife is strictly forbidden while in the spirit bear viewing areas.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
We have pre-booked space for our travelers on flights from Vancouver to Terrace and from Bella Bella to Vancouver (or the reverse direction, depending on the direction of your itinerary). These flight times are not determined until late spring. We will notify you at that time so you may book your arrival and departure flights into and out of Vancouver. Please note that the cost of these flights is not included in your trip fee and will be assessed separately.