We did a 6 day stay with Spirit Bear Lodge, starting 8/31/2013. The manager and staff were great, to the person, the setting is spectacular and the lodge, absolutely lovely. The chef, Nolan, was enormously attentive to each of our quirks (I am gluten free!) We loved our exposure to the First Nations people both on staff and in the town. The general manager and the guides were smart, kind and great fun as were the boat captains. Special kudos to Chris, Cael, Vern, Brandon,Tony and Rob. Examples: early in the trip we had a lovely day out on the water and tramping the trails and saw nothing but salmon...BUT, on the way back, we ran into humpbacks who were 'bubble netting"...something none of us had ever seen...we were enthralled with the activity and stayed out more than an hour extra just to watch what looked to us like a choreographed show of how they were eating...as they surfaced and dove in unison. Fabulous. The guide 'sand captain's initiative and the ability to be flexible (we came in much later than planned) made our day...and then some. These are the joys of staying at a small lodge! Then, on the last day, my 72 year old husband took a tumble on some slippery sedge (one of his walking sticks broke!)...really banged himself up....and Chris got a lovely branch and whittled quite a walking stick for him, way more attractive and useful than the one that broke....Chris prides himself on survival skills for good reasons!!! So go forth and indulge at this destination and don't be frustrated if you don't see spirit bears...there is so much more about the place that will fill your soul with pleasure.
- 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