Our thoughtful experts are ready with ideas, inspiration and advice for your next journey.
Discover the waterfront Spirit Bear Lodge, located in the small village of Klemtu and nestled within the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. Surrounded by striking mountain ranges and coastal fjords, guests can experience a magnificent array of wildlife, learn about the native culture and join spectacular bear watching tours.
The architecture of the Spirit Bear Lodge harks back to the traditional long houses built by West Coast First Nations. Designed with comfort in mind, each bedroom is complete with a King Size bed, private bathroom and views over the lush rainforest and ocean beyond.
Guests can share stories and enjoy delicious meals in the lodge's Great Room, sitting around the cedar wood dining tables or lounging on comfy couches. The Great Room interior is adorned in local Tsimshian artworks and has 20-foot high windows, boasting magnificent views over the pristine Pacific Ocean, where orcas, white-sided dolphins and sea lions can sometimes be spotted.
Spirit Bear Lodge is all about adventures, encouraging guests to discover the cultural and natural wonders of British Columbia's wild coast. Guests have the chance to spot an abundance of wildlife such as Grizzly and Black bears, wolves, whales, and the rare Spirit Bear, renowned for its beautiful pure white fur.
Visitors can explore the natural habitat of the Spirit Bear and visit the world's only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy on Princess Royal Island, led by knowledgeable local Kitasoo guides. The guides' extensive knowledge of both the area and the behaviour of the Spirit Bears lead to regular sightings of the bears foraging for berries or feasting on salmon. Guests can also discover the fascinating history of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais people, on guided tours through their ancestral lands and ancient villages.
Why we love it
The local guides' awareness of the bears movements mean that whether standing under the forest canopy or atop a rocky outcrop, guests have the rare chance to get close-up viewing and photographic opportunities of the bears as they forage for roots.