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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We came during the salmon run specifically to watch bears catching salmon and we were not disappointed. We have talked for years about doing this one day. We went out twice a day for three days to watch them by the side of the river and were entertained by the bears on each occasion. Food and organisation were excellent. They... More 

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GreatBearLodge, Owner at Great Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Brian. We are so glad to hear that you finally got to see the bears catching salmon after talking about it for years. You are right, we care very deeply about the environment around the lodge and do everything we possibly can to have little or no impact on it.... More 

Adelaide, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Our trip to Canada and Alaska including Great Bear Lodge had been 7 years in the making and saving! We spent the last 3 nights of our trip at the Great Bear Lodge on the Great Bear Nature Tour in September and what a way to end our holiday!!! Flying to the lodge in a "goose" was an experience in... More 

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GreatBearLodge, Owner at Great Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Donna and Bill, Thank you for your lovely review. It certainly sounds as though you got to see a wide range of bear behaviour, which we find fascinating. You were so lucky to see orcas! There are rare visitors within sight of the lodge, so it is always such a treat to see them. The humpbacks visit a little... More 

Cottonwood, Arizona
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30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We spent 3 days here on the Great Bear Nature Tour. The staff makes your feel comfortable the minute you get off the plane and step on the deck. The rooms are immaculate and super comfortable. All 3 meals you receive each day will make you feel like you are in a 5 star restaurant. We came home with at... More 

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GreatBearLodge, Owner at Great Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear that you felt as though this was an experience of a lifetime. It was great to hear that you felt comfortable as soon as you stepped off the plane. We are all very passionate about what we do, and love to share this amazing place with people.... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Loved the Lodge, its a wonderful comfortable building in a delightful setting, the photos we have are stunning. We had amazing bear watching experiences, they were so close and we sat and watched for some time, Mum's and their cubs. The food was disappointing, poor choices and the Pizza we had one night was just like we get at our... More 

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1 Thank Marian E
GreatBearLodge, Owner at Great Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Marian, Thank you for your review. We were very happy to hear that you enjoyed the bear watching and the lodge. We are so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the food while at the lodge. We certainly think that it is such a treat to eat wonderful food while in this wilderness setting, so we will... More 

Caloundra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

To visit the Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat feeding on the salmon run has always been a Bucket list item for us, The Great Bear Lodge did not disappoint. We must have seen at least 30 bears including a lot of cubs. Be prepared to go out in any weather though to make the most of your stay at... More 

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GreatBearLodge, Owner at Great Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed this item from your bucket list, especially seeing so many bears and cubs. The staff will be delighted to hear that you thought they did a tremendous job. I am so glad that you mentioned the gear at the lodge to help people stay warm... More 

London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The pros: The food was fabulous, varied, and plentiful. This includes the mountains of freshly baked cookies available all day as snacks. The room we had was very large, with a nice shower and toilet ensuite. The bed was massive and very comfortable. Our room didn't have a view over the inlet, but we spent so little time in there... More 

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5 Thank snowybennett
GreatBearLodge, Owner at Great Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We were so sorry to hear that you felt as though your experience at the lodge was crowded. At a third the size of some other wildlife lodges in British Columbia, we certainly aim to provide an intimate and personal experience. You are right in that our tours do not... More 

Lanark, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Luxury lodge accommodation. Ensuite facilities; views over inlet and mountains; 8 rooms in total. Only 16 guests max at any one time. Stayed in Grizzly Bear room. Corner room - excellent views and facilities. Plenty hot water. Food superb and freshly made. Cookies always available!! Wine, beers, cokes, teas, coffees, fresh fruit - all on tap. Loved every single minute... More 

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3 Thank Wag864
GreatBearLodge, Owner at Great Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. It brought a smile to my face to hear how much you enjoyed the lodge, the food and the gear, and most importantly the wildlife. You are right in that sometimes it takes a little patience while waiting for the wildlife. That always reminds me that we are so privileged to have truly... More 

Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

My wife and I had talked previously about seeing grizzly bears along the Central Coast of British Columbia. We live in Richmond, BC and had gone on safari in Africa. So, for our 35th wedding anniversary we decided to go on a 'domestic' safari. Making arrangements with Great Bear Lodge was very easy, connecting by email and their toll free... More 

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3 Thank KCMVancouver
GreatBearLodge, Owner at Great Bear Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the bears, staff, lodge, food, and talking with Tom. You are right, Port Hardy is a great place to see many birds, in particular the bald eagles that make it their year-round home. It is a nice way to... More 

Guernsey, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We travelled to GBL (5 day Great Bear Experience with APT ) and then to Knight Inlet Lodge (6 night package booked independently). Tom and Marg Rivest and staff greeted us warmly at GBL mid afternoon. Room basic but comfortable with wash basin in the bedroom and en-suite shower & toilet. All clean and functional. Food was well cooked and... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We recently stayed at the Great Bar Lodge for three nights and were impressed by the spectacular scenery and appreciated the caliber of the service to the guests by the staff of this remote lodge. The seaplane ride from Port Hardy was short, efficient and went without a hassle. The rooms are not minuscule and given the remote location, acceptably... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Great Bear Lodge is located 50 air miles from Port Hardy, British Columbia. The fully self-contained floating lodge is situated at an outstanding wildlife viewing location. This is a place of spectacular beauty where one can still find the silence and solitude of another era. From this location we operate our Grizzly Bear viewing program.The charming floating lodge has eight bedrooms. The common area is a comfortable place for relaxing and listening to natural history presentations from our willdife biologists. Each bedroom has an ensuite shower. The wind and solar powered lodge is in keeping with our commitment to low-impact ecotourism. Natural wood decks surround the lodge, a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying the beauty of the scenery. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Great Bear Lodge

Address: 6420 Hardy Bay Road | PO Box 1168, Port Hardy, British Columbia V0N 2P0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Port Hardy
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Bear Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Great Bear Hotel Port Hardy
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