An amazing and unforgettable adventure. That is how I would sum up the four days and five nights three friends (USA) and myself (Spain) spent at the Spirit Bear lodge in the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Great Bear Rainforest is a treasure of an incalculable beauty. You have to be there to understand that this trip it is not only about finding a Spirit Bear. It is a magical place that will take your breath away. We barely got to see the sunshine while we were there but the rain, fog, clouds that changed the scenery in seconds, the reflections on the water made us feel we were in another world.
If you add to the moment you get to the Spirit Bear lodge the staff and community of Klemtu treat you as family and the guides are professionals and very nice people then you have all you need to experience and unforgettable time.
Bears are wild animals that don´t follow a schedule and the Spirit Bear in particular a rare and elusive animal that very few people in this world have had the chance to see. So when we began this trip we were aware that we might not get to see one.
We saw black bears, grizzlies and on September 17, 2013 fate was on our side. We had the privilege to see the magnificence of this creature, the Spirit Bear, during the half an hour it gifted us with while it was fishing and eating salmon.
But as I said at the beginning of this review, this trip is not only about finding bears and the Spirit Bear in particular. In the Great Bear Rainforest we also had the chance to see humpback whales, killer whales, sea lions, seals, bald eagles, seagulls....It is a paradise for those who love wildlife. We got to see all of this thanks to the guides that stopped the boats to make sure we could see and take pictures.
The food was great, the rooms nice and everybody was extremely friendly at the Spirit Bear lodge.
Would I recommend this trip? Absolutely. My friends and I will remember this adventure for years to come!
- 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