When organising our trip to Canada, one of the things we really wanted to do was see grizzly bears in the wild, and Kynoch adventures made that possible.
We booked two tours with them, a boat trip down the river and a walking tour.
First we went for the boat trip with Jim. We didn't really know what to expect but were absolutely stunned to see bears, despite that being the point of the tour! The first one we saw was quite close, and we carried on by so as not to disturb him. Then we saw one further up the river on a log jam and later, some fishing for salmon in the river. We also saw some black bears. Jim was very respectful of them, and of course we had to make sure that we weren't approaching them and disturbing them. The surroundings were so quiet and peaceful, it was beautiful. We also saw several bald eagles flying overhead. There were snacks included on the tour too. It was an amazing experience. My husband was so enthralled that went back for another tour the next day with Fraser.
The second trip was a walking tour with Jeff Bray, who runs the Great Bear Chalet. Jeff took us out for a walk through the wilderness surrounding his chalet to see if we could see some bears, and we learnt so much along the way. Jeff is a fascinating guy and so knowledgeable. We saw a mother bear and two cubs a way along the river, and we stopped a while. They weren't very keen to come close to us understandably so we just waited for them to leave. Jeff also took us to his chalet and we were lucky enough to see bears from his deck. Just amazing.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
Bella Coola is a very special place, and all the guys who run these tours know that and want to show it, as well as preserving its natural beauty. It's definitely something I'll never forget.
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