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Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge

Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary and Inlet Conservancy, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1X6 Canada
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Come to the northern edge of the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s north coast, to the K'tzim-a-deen (Khutzeymateen). Here, within the traditional territory of the Tsimshian nations, lives a wild population of coastal grizzly bears. Just south of the Alaska panhandle and located within Canada's only grizzly bear protected area, Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge is your home in the wilderness where you can visit with the grizzly bears in the wild. No roads, no towns...just wilderness and wildlife. Climb into the floatplane and take off from Prince Rupert, BC for a 20 minute flight over mountains and inlets to the Khutzeymateen. Our days are filled with searching for grizzly bears in the lush Khutzeymateen Inlet and estuary, with bald eagles, seabirds, seals, waterfalls and mountains.
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Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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Complimentary tea
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This was a trip of a lifetime. We were lucky to snag one of the last tours available for the season, and we now know why these tours get booked up so far out in advance. Simply put, the entire experience was magical and the half-day we spent in the Khutz was the highlight of our vacation. The incredible views we saw flying into, and out of, the sanctuary were worth the price of admission alone. We had been communicating with Jamie over email, and he wound up being our guide as well. What a guy! Super professional, knowledgable and passionate about the bears. He really cares about these beautiful animals and their habitat and shared so many stories with us. The conditions weren't ideal the day we arrived. The salmon wasn't as abundant as it should have been at that point in the season so the bears were feeding elsewhere out of sight. Jamie, however, was determined to find them and didn't give up for one minute during our entire tour. He was working really, really hard. Looking through binoculars and scanning the shoreline for activity. We, along with the other guests on the boat, resigned ourselves to not seeing any bears that day, and honestly, if we hadn't it would have been an incredible experience. We were in one of the most remote locations in the world and aside from our boat, there wasn't a sign of humanity to be found. And that's when we spotted a bear. It was a four-year-old they've come to know as Alphie. Jamie, who seemed as excited as we were, positioned the boat right up on the shoreline and got us very close to the bear so we could quietly observe this beautiful creature feast on some clams. It was incredible. We then rode back to the lodge and ate a delicious meal. We interacted with the other guests who were staying at the lodge. It felt like a big happy family. Everyone was beaming exchanging experiences in the Khutz. It's a magical place and I'm so glad we were lucky enough to experience it.
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What a wonderful lodge in a very remote location. Megan is an exceptional lodge manager and guide and she also piloted the zodiac. Her friendly, helpful, courteous, patient, upbeat demeanour was present, continually. Both Megan and Jarren always did their best to get the zodiac in position for best photos of seals, eagles, shorebirds and the one grizzly. The initial registration and information was handled efficiently and Jamie's response to initial questions was very helpful. The rest of the staff were all so very friendly and helpful including Neil, Jarren and Cat. Given the remote location the lodge/room was cosy, clean and comfortable. The bathroom in our building, spotless and the food, wine and happy hour was amazing!! We even hauled in our fresh seafood on one trip out in the zodiac. The float plane ride in and out was absolutely calm and scenic, Joel was a great pilot! We are returning again next summer and this may very well become an annual trip!
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This lodge is amazing. The service is impeccable, the food is some of the best I've ever had (and all the seafood was fresh caught), and the room was very comfortable and cozy. The staff goes out of their way to make sure everyone has everything they could need or want, including wine for evenings and a hot water bottle for bedtime. We saw so much wildlife, from seals at the lodge to whales and grizzly bears from the zodiac. So many bald eagles too. It was incredible. This place is very special and worth every penny. I would love to return in the future.
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There is nothing to be criticized. If you look for a close nature experience with a knowledgeable and experienced team ...this is it. Whales, bears, eagles, insights.... and much more. Jamie, Meghan and Neil, thank you for 3 wonderful days we will never forget. The lodge itself is super comfortable, clean and very well maintained! Neil, great cooking and wonderful deserts every day!!!! Hopefully we can be back sooner rather than later!
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Everyone who loves nature and particularly bears needs to put this on their bucket list. Our family's absolute favorite thing from our trip to Canada/Alaska which included other wildlife areas like Denali. So many bears, whales, seals, wonderful accommodation, amazing staff, fantastic food. There's nowhere that I know of that you can get this close to wildlife without disrupting them. Totally unbeatable experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Does Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.