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Spirit Bear Lodge

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Experience an ancient culture, spectacular wildlife viewing, stunning landscapes and reconnect with nature. Immerse yourself in true wilderness on a grand scale, deep in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Spirit Bear Lodge is Indigenous owned, offering exclusive access to wildlife viewing areas and cultural sites within the Kitasoo Xai'xais traditional territory.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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300 Spirit Bear Drive General Delivery, Klemtu, Kitimat-Stikine District, British Columbia V0T 1L0 Canada
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Bella Bella Airport34 mi
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of course, the rooms are just so perfect with a huge picture window overlooking the inlet. When we first arrived and literally looked out the window for the first time a whale breached right in front of the window. incredible. the food is simply sumptuous but this is not the
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Response from Michelle B, Front Office Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge
Responded Dec 17, 2018
Thank you Meesoun! We are so happy you enjoyed your time at the lodge. Warm Regards
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Book early. Hubby booked over a year in advance and gave it as a Christmas gift. It was fantastic. We saw a Spirit Bear after sitting in the rain for over 4 hours. As cold as I was I wasn’t heading back to the boat to warm up. The bear fished for 45 mins or so before leaving
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Response from Spirit Bear Lod... R, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge
Responded Oct 22, 2018
Thank you Anita for some great advise to future travellers. You are absolutely correct when explaining that our tours may not be suited to everyone. When it comes to bear viewing operations we do operate differently than some other lodges. Our tours are suited for those wanting not only to view bears and wildlife, but for those who want to immerse themselves into the rainforest by walking along the creeks and forests, seeing, feeling and touching the pristine environment. Guests can expect to do wildlife viewing on the ground in the estuaries, along creek beds and in zodiacs, as you mentioned. We rarely visit areas that have built structures such as a viewing platform as other lodges may use, but we do offer seat cushions to take out into the field for some comfort. We are so glad that this trip was well suited for you and that you were lucky enough to see a Spirit Bear during your visit, as almost all of our guests are keenly interested in seeing a Spirit Bear, but only about 50% of our guests will be fortunate enough to see one. Warm regards, Michelle
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It is very easy to run out of superlatives for this place. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, everyone is simply geared up to make sure you get the most out of your short time there. We arrived on 26 September after an uneventful flight from Vancouver to Bella
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Response from Michelle B, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge
Responded Oct 19, 2018
Incredible description of your time with us Varnacle66, thank you for taking the time to tell your story! I hope you are holding on to some of the magic you experienced....
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I agree with all the other reviews, our stay here was truly wonderful. There is a lot of organisation required, as guests come and go everyday, but it all runs like clockwork. The accommodation is simple but spacious and the food is delicious and generous. The trips are
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Response from Michelle B, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge
Responded Oct 18, 2018
JandD681, it sounds like you embraced your time in the Great Bear Rainforest, thank you for sharing.
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We truly enjoyed our 5 night/6 day stay at the Spirit Bear Lodge. The lodge is very nice and the food was excellent. The guides were all wonderful and truly passionate about what they do. We felt like we were well taken care of. The experience of seeing the bears in the wild
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Response from Michelle B, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit Bear Lodge
Responded Oct 18, 2018
Thank you shw_11, it is so important to us to hear from our guests and get feedback on their experience with us!
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Cozy rooms with private bath and ocean view
Each room had their own art work out front.
Windows overlooking water. The room is much nicer than I could capture in this photo.
Excellent beds and very spacious and exceptionally comfortable rooms
I had actually emailed them last week and the email address I used is the one on the web Site and did get a reply. Try calling the phone number.
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There were some teenagers when we were there and they enjoyed it, there is wifi at the lodge. Its not just about bears, it's the whole eco -system, as well as bears we saw salmon, whales, orca, porpoise, eagles, loons, kingfishers, seals etc. Oh and grizzlies, black bear and Spirit bear, we were honoured. Also the First Nation people, their stories and history, indeed the history of Canada, coming from Australia maybe they can relate to that.
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Mid-September was perfect as the salmon are running and the bears are getting fat ready for hibernation, so they are out and about. Good time to see the Spirit Bears. We saw more than one. Also saw lots of cubs trying to fish. However, we did have to book 18 months in advance to get a room in September.
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Hello Jessica, We spend a fair bit of time on our 13 passenger crew boats travelling to and from our wildlife viewing areas as they are typically about a 90 minute boat ride away from the lodge. While our skippers travel in more protected water when they can, we can be exposed to more open water and rough seas at times. We travel at between 17 and 25 knots, which is much faster than a typical sailboat. As someone who also experiences motion sickness, I have never been affected by it on our boats, however, some of our guests have occasionally experienced motion sickness. It would be a good idea to bring whatever helps you just in case (wristbands, candied ginger, medication etc.). I hope that helps. Please don't hesitate to contact our office if you have any further questions.
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Thanks Shirley for responding to minnieimber. I'll add that we do typically use our small zodiacs to get to or from the beaches where our larger vessel can not land. As Shirley says, this is typically in protected water. However we do travel upwards of 90 minutes one way to the bear viewing areas each day in open waters using 30 foot, 10 passenger water taxis where you could experience significant wave activity. Our skippers are very experienced and do try to minimize the discomfort when conditions are rougher but sometimes this is not always possible. Sometimes the conditions are glass like and sometimes they can be 'bumpy' - it all in mother nature's hands! I hope this helps. As Shirley says please contact our reservations office if you require further details.
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"They are all the same, perfect."
"All rooms are identical and have the same view"
"All 12 rooms are good. All have an excellent view."
"I was good where I was. Top floor extreme left."
"All the rooms are well appointed."
CanadaBritish ColumbiaKitimat-Stikine DistrictKlemtu
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