The Tweedsmuir Adventure
6 Nights / 7 Days
- Vancouver discovery
- A magical stay at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge surrounded by wildlife
- Spot the bears in the area
- Head to Atnarko River and see spawning salmon
Day 1: Meet and greet in Vancouver by your driver and private transfer by SUV to your hotel (30 min). Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2: A free day to acclimatise and discover the city. OPTION (not included): Vancouver Naturally Private guided Tour. Includes: Rockwood Adventures guide, transfer to/from hotel, park and entrance fees and Rockwood coordination. This private guided tour is a perfect combination of great scenery, historical interpretation, and a chance to breathe in pristine rainforest air. Walk along the seashore. Once you arrived at Beaver Lake, the wonders of Vancouver’s coastal rainforest await. Marvel at the giant cedars, and towering Douglas firs and hemlock. Next, it’s off to discover the downtown neighbourhoods, Your nature guide offers an in-depth look at Vancouver’s natural beauty and history. Discover the West End, YaleTown, Chinatown, and Gastown. You’ll have memories of an enlightening encounter with the untamed Vancouver. A once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll share with friends for years to come. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 3: Private transfer from your hotel to the South terminal around midday. Enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival, the lodge staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way. After check-in, your holiday will start with a lodge orientation and an informative bear awareness seminar. Your bear viewing commences with a late afternoon River Drift down the Atnarko River. Relax and enjoy the amazing mountain scenery, and keep your eyes open for wildlife! The salmon are spawning and provide an easy meal for majestic bald eagles and impressive grizzly bears. River otters and black bears may also be seen. Small-Group River Drift Bear Viewing is a unique experience only found at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and is the best way to see grizzlies. The bears are busy fishing and ignore your presence, allowing you to see them at their most natural. It’s also a great way to capture amazing photographs. The bears aren’t the only ones who will be feasting on a delicious meal; you will too, with a scrumptious 3-course dinner back at the lodge! Dinner is at 7:00 pm every night. Overnight at Tweedsmuir.
Day 4: Wake up early and wander down to our Wildlife Viewing Station, which is for the exclusive use of Tweedsmuir Park Lodge guests. Early morning is a great time to spot bears and the raised structure provides open lines of sight both up and down the river. After checking out the platform you have a choice of a hot or continental breakfast, which is held every day at 8 am. Afterward, it’s time to head out for a Guided Nature Walk in the old-growth forests of Tweedsmuir Park, the largest provincial park in British Columbia. Your guide, a naturalist, will show you how to track the bears and will point out various bear signs, including rub trees with claw and bite marks, and places the bears dig out on the forest floor for their naps called day beds. A picnic lunch will be served in the field.
In the afternoon, continue exploring Tweedsmuir Park with a drive on the Tote Road past old, abandoned homesteads brimming with character. At the end of the road, there is a short, highly recommended hike to Stillwater Lake. This is a beautiful, pristine place that should not be missed! You will arrive back at the lodge in the late afternoon. Now you can relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck of the lodge, exchanging stories of wildlife seen with your fellow guests. Make sure to head back to the Wildlife Viewing Station before dinner. Overnight at Tweedsmuir.
Day 5: Check out the Wildlife Viewing Station before breakfast. Then, it’s time to hit the river with your guide for a morning drift on the Atnarko River in search of more bears! The bears are most active in the morning and evening and it’s a great time to enjoy a quiet float. A nutritious lunch will be served at the lodge before you head off with your guide to further explore Tweedsmuir Park. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides know the area well and have mapped numerous short hikes to superb vantage points overlooking the Atnarko River to see spawning salmon…and the bears and eagles fishing for them! Overnight at Tweedsmuir.
Day 6: We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast. Take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking the shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. Private transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 7: Private transfer to Vancouver international in time for your flight.