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Bear Watching Lodge – British Columbia

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Bear Watching at Great Bear Lodge

Picture courtesy of Great Bear Nature Tours.


One of our favourite places for bear watching is bringing a new floating lodge in to commission this year. Great Bear Tours are located on a beautiful salmon river in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Colombia, Canada and has featured on BBC programmes about bears and their environment.

The new lodge is a floating one and will have larger rooms with en suite facilities for their few, lucky clients. During the autumn when bear viewing – fishing for salmon – is at its height the lodge is host to just 16 clients. For the rest of the year the number of visitors are limited to 10 making this a very exclusive experience.

They have also 2 new bear viewing sites and to see how close you could be to these wonderful animals view some of their clips on their website www.greatbeartours.com.

Bear Watching at Great Bear Lodge

Picture courtesy of Great Bear Nature Tours.


Bear viewing, both grizzly and black, can go ahead during the spring and summer and the wilderness is home to many other animals, including wolves, deer and a host of birds.

This is “must” for lovers of bears but because numbers are limited it does need booking well in advance. If you are interested or want more information, then get in touch on Tel: 01323 446550 or  Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk



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Vicki Tester



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A little while ago, we reported on a group of seven lodges in Western Canada that have joined forces to establish the Magnificent 7. These lodges are all individual, and independent and all have something unique and very special. We were tickled therefore by the following ‘facts’ they sent through the other day – do you believe them all?

7  Beary Interesting Facts About Polar, Grizzly and Black Bears…

Autumn is approaching and this means prime bear viewing season is upon us. All of us in the Magnificent 7 have a soft spot for these amazing creatures. In celebration of this time of year, we wanted to share 7 interesting facts about this wondrous species…

1. Polar bears can easily swim non-stop for 100km and can swim about 10km per hour.

2. Many historians believe that polar bears were used as bloody entertainment in ancient Rome.

3. Polar bears and grizzlies are now mating creating bears called Pizzlies or Grolars. This hybrid bear was first confirmed back in 2006.

4. Polar bears can weigh up to around 1500 lbs, grizzlies up to 800 lbs and black bears up to 600 lbs.

5. 75% of the grizzly and black bear diet is comprised of berries, leaves and nuts. The polar bear, on the other hand, mostly prefers seals.

6. The spirit bear is actually a black bear that carries a recessive gene making its fur a creamy white.

7. When US president Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a black bear on a hunting trip, a cartoon featured the event and the name ‘Teddy’s Bear’ was born.

For more information about these any other holidays to Canada, drop us an email at  info@experienceholidays.co.uk, call us on 01323 446550, or take a trip to our website at www.wexperienceholidays.co.uk

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