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“Positively inspiring and deluxe”
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Spirit Bear Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
1 review
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“Positively inspiring and deluxe”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

Our room at Spirit Bear Lodge was spacious, clean, with a beautiful view, a giant bed and we slept like logs. The service was beyond excellent and staff always welcoming. We were pampered at every turn.
The lodge is full of light with comfortable reading areas conducive to quiet and reflection.
The food was excellent, copious, and the table always elegant and inviting.
The excursions to the estuaries were exceptional, each day holding new surprises. The guides and skippers impressed us with their expertise and understanding of the rainforest dynamics.
It was wonderful to meet local First Nation staff and visit the Big House at Klemtu.
We also met people from around the globe, and scientific researchers. Everything at Spirit Bear Lodge expresses deep and serious concern for the protection of this precious wilderness.
An exceptional experience!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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spiritbearlodge, General Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 23 August 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us at Spirit Bear Lodge!
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Bullsbrook
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We recently stayed for 7 nights at this lovely remote lodge. Tim and his staff make you feel welcome right from the start.
Our room was very comfortable and the food was plentiful and delicious.
Each day you take a cut lunch with you and as many snacks as you want to keep the hunger at bay while out bear viewing. You go out on a 90 minute boat ride to the different viewing areas, which are accessed either by stepping off the boat onto rocks or via a zodiac. Some areas had easy access, including a lovely boardwalk, others were a little more rugged trails through the rain forest.
We were very privileged to see the beautiful spirit bear on 2 occasions, as well as the Grizzly and black bear. It was recommended that if you want to see spirit bear you should stay at least a week which we did, and glad of it. We were at the start of the season, early August.
The guides were knowledgeable and eager to please.
It's fabulous to see such a well organised venture run by the local First Nation people, the Kitasoo and XaiXais.

Room Tip: All rooms had beautiful views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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spiritbearlodge, Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are very proud of our local community who support our operation in so many ways. Although not all of our guests get to see the Spirit Bear, you are right that longer stays do increase your chances of seeing this special animal.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2013

I stayed at Spirit Bear Lodge for 5 nights in September 2012. It has taken me some time to process the experience. My friends were amused I would step so far out of my comfort zone, being a not-much-travelled townie more likely to visit a European capital city than a rainforest. It was, and still is, a tremendous privilege to have seen black bears, grizzlies and the lovely spirit bear in their own habitat. The tours were well planned, and I also enjoyed a day seeing cultural artefacts within range of Klemtu, a day in which only one bear revealed itself somewhat distantly. But in those few days I had learned to have patience and enormous pleasure in the moment; the landscape and whole atmosphere of the place is extremely rewarding.
Spirit Bear Lodge is very comfortable, my room was spacious and well furnished and the food was great, all very welcome after a long day outdoors. The lodge staff, guides, boat captains and people of Klemtu were friendly and welcoming.
Initial outlay for the package is high, but it is good value: once you arrive at the lodge, everything is laid on. For me, a real once in a lifetime experience and a store of happy memories. The magic moment sighting of the spirit bear still makes me smile, as does the chance encounter with a grizzly cub learning to swim while its mother had a good wash in the river.

Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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spiritbearlodge, Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 8 February 2013
Thanks for your review Judy. We are so pleased you were able to spend time with a Spirit Bear. We are investing heavily in more research on this special animal. We have recently partnered with two universities and have over 40 remote wildlife cameras set up throughout our region to provide more data on the Spirit Bear. This will enable us to increase the chances for our guests to get a glimpse of this rare and unique bear.
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

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.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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spiritbearlodge, Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 28 September 2012
Thanks for your feedback. We really appreciate knowing what we do well and what we can improve upon. We will be implementing a system to help our kitchen staff and lunch prep staff track guests who require special meals to ensure they get what they need in this regard.

In regards to the Shearwater stay, that night is built into our program to ensure smooth logistics to Klemtu. We know that guests are anxious to join us in Klemtu and by having a pre-night in Shearwater we can ensure that any weather delays are minimized. In the 3 years of operating with these logistics we are proud of not having missed a departure despite fog and weather delays that have affected others. But we will continue to look for ways to add value to this pre-night so that it seems less a wasted day and more part of our program. Thanks again for the great feedback.
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2012

I was in Klemtu for work so did not have the same type of experiences as most of the other travellers who went on tours through the rainforest and had guides. My experience is based solely on my stay at the lodge.

My room was well appointed with a mini fridge, couch, table, two beds, and a great view of the water. The room was clean and relatively new feeling. The staff were friendly and most of the time I would see them around they would be vacuuming, changing linens etc. The only thing is, if you had questions for the staff, they were not as readily available/accessible as they were usually busy doing other work.

In the common area, there were comfortable couches to relax on and a big long tables for meals/working on. There was also a large kitchen in the common area and I had access to it to cook my own meals (as mentioned, I wasn't there as part of a tour so made my own food). If you are one of the few travellers there for business, I would recommend bringing your own food in as there is only one very small corner store type place to buy food.

Overall, I very much enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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spiritbearlodge, Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 26 September 2012
Thank you for the review. As noted in the review, your stay was during our 'off-season' when we offer 'accommodation-only' services to guests who are doing business in Klemtu. During our tour season we offer all-inclusive packages from Vancouver which include round trip air, meals, accommodation and guiding to see grizzly bears and spirit bears. In addition, during tour season our tour guests have exclusive access to the lodge as the facility is not open to non-tour guests.
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

How wonderful to be welcomed by the small and friendly community of Klemtu. This must be one of the best ways to visit a remote and beautiful part of the coast in BC, take in the scenery, see some wildlife and meet the local people. The Lodge was very comfortable, we were well looked throughout our stay. The guides and boat skippers tried their hardest to get us in the best places to see wildlife, amongst other sightings we were very fortunate to see the rare and beautiful Spirit Bear - amazing!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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spiritbearlodge, General Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 19 September 2012
Thanks for the review. The community of Klemtu is very proud of their community-owned business Spirit Bear Lodge. The staff, from guides to skippers to housekeepers and chefs, are all invested in doing their best to make sure guests have a positive experience. Thanks for contributing to the conservation economy of the Great Bear Rainforest. The bears thank you too!
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2012

My wife and I had a wonderful experience here. We are avid wildlife photographers and adventure travelers. This was a great experience. Our guides Doug, Vern and Chantelle were fantastic; often getting us in perfect position to view the bears and take wonderful shots. We got great photos of black bears and grizzlies, as well as the coveted Spirit Bear herself!!! The staff at the lodge took great care of us with great food and clean rooms. They even took the time to take special requests for vegetarians. Our host, Tim, also did a great job customizing our schedule based upon what we wanted to see and what degree of difficulty of hike we wanted to do. The people of Klemtu were very warm and welcoming. We often went for strolls at night, and were welcome everywhere we went. Fantastic Trip! I would go back in a heart beat!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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spiritbearlodge, Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge, responded to this review, 16 September 2012
Thanks very much for the review. It is very special for the small community of Klemtu to receive guests from all over the world. So we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much. We hope to see you again!
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Property: Spirit Bear Lodge
Address: 540 Kitasoo Road | General Delivery, Klemtu, Kitimat-Stikine District, British Columbia V0T 1L0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kitimat-Stikine District > Klemtu
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Klemtu
Number of rooms: 12
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 

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