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Grizzly Bear Tours & Rates

Our grizzly bear tours, whale watching and wildlife viewing tours offer spectacular opportunities.

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3 Night Package:

  • Low Season- July1 – July31 – $2320Cdn per person before taxes
  • Shoulder Season – May25 – June30/Aug1 – Aug24 – $2537Cdn per person before taxes
  • High Season – Aug25 – Oct15 – $3009Cdn per person before taxes
  • 2 nights at Lodge, 1 night in Campbell River

4 Night Package:

  • Low Season – July1 – July31 – $3056Cdn per person before taxes
  • Shoulder Season – May25 – June30/Aug1 – Aug24 – $3363Cdn per person before taxes
  • High Season – Aug25 – Oct15 – $3835Cdn per person before taxes
  • 3 nights at lodge, 1 night in Campbell River

Our prices are based on Double Occupancy. The Single Occupancy fee is an additional $700 Cdn before taxes

The last night of all of our packages is spent at one of our included Campbell River hotels

Extra Day / Night

  • $750 Cdn per person before taxes.

We require a 40% deposit to secure your booking (fully refundable within 90 days of your arrival) and full payment due 30 days prior to your arrival

We also offer several photography based trips.  These will include our normal tours with an emphasis on photography, plus some extras with editing and instructional presentations in the evening.  The trips will be a minimum of four nights at the lodge and  a maximum of 4 guests per guide.  Tours will be guided by a trained photographer with extensive knowledge of the area.

Please inquire for more information.

Our Seasons

Low Season: July1 – July31 – Grizzly Bear viewing is done primarily by boat in the estuary and lower river.  We enjoy a high success rate finding Grizzly Bears although number of bears tends to be a bit lower as the berries are ripening in the forest and the salmon have not yet arrived.  On a 4 night trip we explore another river area by truck and on foot.  By the last week of July there are usually salmon arriving in this river and we are sometimes lucky to watch the bears attempting to catch the early salmon.  Humpbacks are plentiful and the resident Orca usually show up in early July.  Weather is usually good with cloudy mornings and breezy sunny afternoons.

Shoulder Season:  May25 – June30 & Aug 1 – Aug24 – Grizzly Bear viewing is done by boat in the estuary and lower river.  We view the bears feeding on shellfish and sedge grass.  Salmon are usually starting to arrive and we are often lucky to view the bears chasing fish in the lower river.  On a 4 night trip we explore another river by truck and on foot.  There are usually lots of salmon in this area at this time and we often are able to view bears feeding on them.  Humpback and Orca viewing is usually excellent.  Weather is good with foggy mornings and sunny afternoons being the norm.

High Season:  Aug 25 – Oct15 – Grizzly viewing is primarily done from viewing platforms.  This is the time of year to view the grizzlies feeding heavily on the salmon.  Our upriver platforms are located in prime pink salmon spawning areas and bear numbers are usually excellent.  On the 4 night trip we explore another river area by truck and foot.  Bears are usually spread out, busy feeding on the plentiful salmon.  Humpback and Orca viewing is excellent, although the resident Orca generally leave the area by the end of September.  Weather in September is great.  By October things cool off and the weather becomes less reliable although this varies year to year.

These seasons are meant as a general guide to what you can expect during our different seasons.  Of course these are wild animals and conditions (weather, salmon numbers, berries, salmon timing, tides etc.) vary each year.  Regardless of the season and conditions at Sailcone’s Grizzly Bear Lodge we will strive to find the best viewing possible and leave a lasting positive impression of this wonderfully diverse area.

What’s Included

  • Float Plane Transportation to/from Campbell River to Our Lodge
  • Accommodation, including the last night at one of our included hotels in Campbell River, on Vancouver Island.
  • Cruiser Suits – to keep you warm and dry.
  • Safari boats with guide, 2 to 4 guests per boat.
  • Delicious gourmet dinners and large picnic lunches

A 40% deposit is required to reserve your date. This is 100% refundable 90 days for more prior to booking dates.

Not Included

  • Taxes
  • Fishing License, if required.
  • Last Day Dinner in Campbell River.
  • ‘Cab fare from sea plane office to hotel, if required.

Hotel in Campbell River

Your hotel will be the Anchor Inn, located by the ocean in South Campbell River.

Please use this link to request Trip Availability and to receive our current brochure.

Grizzly Bear Tours and Lodge Packages

Our 3 Night Trip

  • An evening boat cruise for black bears on the afternoon of your arrival
  • A day viewing grizzly bears in Knight Inlet (Estuary viewing May 24-Aug 24), (River viewing stands Aug 25-Oct 15)
  • A day viewing sea mammals (Orca, Humpback Whale, Sea Lions, Dolphins etc)

Our 4 Night Trip

Includes an extra day spent exploring our wild river. Spawning salmon (Aug-Oct), walks through the rainforest and potential sightings of Grizzly and Black Bears. If river conditions are poor due to weather we will spend the day viewing grizzly bears in Knight Inlet instead.

If you’d like to add an optional day or two it often enhances the quality of your viewing and gives you time for a side trip or two. Serious photographers should plan at least one extra day.

  • Add 1 Night: 4 Night Trip includes Wildlife Wild River.
  • Add 2 Nights: 5 Night Trip includes 2 days at our Grizzly Bear river.
We reserve the right to change the schedule based on weather conditions and viewing quality.

Sailcone’s Grizzly Bear Lodge respectfully operates on the territories of the Mamalilikulla, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, Namgis, Da’naxda’xw Awaetlala, Tlowitsis and Ma’amtagila  First Nations

Sailcone’s Grizzly Bear Lodge is also a proud member of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association  who promotes conservation activities for marine mammals in our area

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    Biggs Orca

    In our area we have two types of Orca. We have the residents and the Biggs (aka transient). Although quite similar in size and appearance their behaviour is quite different. The resident Orca show up in the summer and usually remain in the area until the fall. The Residents feed exclusively on fish, and enter the area to feed on salmon. Their primary food source is the chinook salmon, which is the largest of the 5 species. To a lesser extend they also feed on other types of salmon, lingcod, squid and various other species of fish. They will never feed on marine mammals and despite their name tend to leave the area during the winter months. They are very social and often vocalise. On the other hand the Biggs can be spotted year-round. They feed on marine mammals with harbour seals (like the ones in the picture) being their main food source, although propose, dolphins, sea lions and otters are also commonly on the menu. These animals are much “stealthier”, traveling quickly and vocalising much less. This is because they are on the hunt for mammals which can detect their calls. The Biggs below circled this particular rock several times, but in this case were unsuccessful in catching a seal off guard.

    The Biggs Orca were named after Dr. Micheal Bigg who pioneered Orca research in the area. He realised that individual whales can be identified by their dorsal fin and saddle patch. This led to the creation of a thorough catalogue of animals and their family structures, which are organised by clans, pods and matrilines.

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