My husband and I recently did a 5 day package at the Lodge. Tim and his staff do an excellent job of welcoming their guests and making everyone feel at home in this clean and comfortable lodge. The guides and boat captains are fantastic, and are knowledgeable and willing to provide a lot of information. We were fortunate to spend time with Phil, who is doing a PhD, and he was very helpful in schooling us on bear behaviour and the research that is being done. We saw black and grizzly bears, as well as whales, porpoises and seals. It is wonderful that the Lodge supports research and conservation efforts, and this was key in our selection of the Lodge. Vern took us on tours to cultural sites and on a lengthy hike, and it was nice that you can have a range of experiences at the Lodge, customized by Tim according to what you are interested in seeing and doing. The one suggestion I would have for improving the experience would be direct transport to the Lodge instead of stopping in Shearwater. The lodging in Shearwater, although clean, was below what I was expecting, and it really seemed like a wasted overnight stopover when the option exists to fly directly to Klemtu. I would also say that if you are vegetarian, grab one of the wrapped items for your pack off of the breakfast buffet as on two of the days, the lunch cooler had no vegetarian option. The rest of the time, for breakfast, evening and other lunches, they ensured that vegetarian options were available so Im sure that it was just a mix-up of coolers, but it isn't great to be out for a full day without a veg option. Overall, we had a terrific trip and would like to thank Tim and his staff, as well as the very friendly Klemtu residents, for a wonderful experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spirit Bear Lodge Wildlife, Bear Watching Tours and Native Culture in BC's Great Bear Rainforest Visit the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Explore the natural habitat of the Spirit Bear and home of the world’s only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy. Unique tours in the ancestral lands and traditional territory of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation. ... more less