Brown bears of Bella Coola,BC
Sept, 26th - Oct 2nd, 2013 (arrive in Vancouver 9/25)
7 participants (1 space currently available)
Consider joining us for a 3 night world-renowned fly-fishing (trout/salmon) extension.
Having hosted 60 bear workshops to date Chas extensive knowledge of bear (black, brown, polar) behavior translates into better imagery for the participant. Knowing what to look for ahead of time can often mean the difference in capturing a mediocre image, or the image of a lifetime.
In the autumn, when the salmon arrive to spawn, Bella Coola is host to one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears. Among these old growth forests, pristine rivers, stunning peaks, soaring eagles, and vast glaciers, there is one animal at the top of the food chain: it is the mighty grizzly bear. From the start of September to the middle of October. This is when the local rivers are host to teeming numbers of returning salmon which in turn draws lots of grizzlies hoping to fatten up for the coming winter. At this time of the year the grizzly bears are intent on fishing and are more tolerant of both other bears and people and are therefore much easier to observe.The McKenzie River boats are non-motorized and therefore do not disturb the bears in their natural habitat. The leisurely pace and silence offer a relaxed and peaceful way to travel the valley, as well as a completely unique opportunity for viewing wildlife up close and personal. At times guests may see as many as 15 different grizzly bears in a single float.
This is a First Class bear trip being held in one of the world's most beautiful locations. Our lodge is Stunning! There is a large living room and dining room with river rock fireplace; a sports bar with billiards table, games and satellite TV; a retail shop; and a guest media room with computer access and fax/telephone service. In addition there is WiFi access throughout the lodge, chalets and cabins. There is no cell reception at the lodge. Come nightfall, guests retreat to their own private chalets and cabins. In addition to the main lodge and chalets there is also a 1,200 sq/ft spa building with yoga stretching room, weights and exer-cycles, massage rooms, showers and a 12 person covered out door hot tub overlooking the lawn and the coast range beyond.
Day 1 – Arrive at the Lodge and get settled in, enjoy a tasty lunch and begin your adventure with our lodge orientation and bear safety briefing. You can explore the property and discover nearby trails, walk to the river or go visit the bear viewing platform 2 km east of the lodge. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for wildlife. The Salmon are spawning and provide an easy meal for Bald Eagles and Grizzly Bears. River Otters and Black Bears may also be spotted.to
Day 2 – Grizzly bear viewing and photography: This day includes a full day river float, with the express purpose of looking for and spending time photographing the magnificent Grizzly Bears. Bella Coola is home to the highest concentration of Grizzly Bears in North America. The fall pink salmon run attracts them and they are busy eating and putting on weight for the coming winter.
Day 3 – Guided Bear Viewing Photographic Nature Hike: enjoy a guided valley tour with short hikes to look for bear signs, such as tracks, salmon carcasses, rub trees with claw and bite marks, as well as places the bears dig out in the forest floor for their naps called day beds. In addition, there will be stops at the river and many superb vantage points overlooking the river to see spawning salmon, and the bears and eagles fishing for them.
Day 4 – Grizzly bear viewing and photography: This day will be your second full day river float for more opportunities to photograph the bears on the Atnarko River.
Day 5 – Guided Bear Viewing Nature Hike of the Bella Coola Valley, a drive up “the Hill”. You have the option to view the village, reservation and public artwork, and/or the Nuxalk art gallery in Bella Coola, and also explore the park, to find more bears to photograph. This is a flexible day of land exploration.
Day 6 - Grizzly bear viewing and photography: This day will be your third full day river float for more opportunities to photograph the bears on the Atnarko River.
Day 7 - Breakfast and a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the grounds and the view from the deck before you depart from lodge to catch your flight to Vancouver. Another detour to the viewing platform is possible if he group wishes to do one last bear viewing attempt prior to leaving for the airport.
Includes; Hotel (double occupancy) in Vancouver 9/25, round trip flights between Vancouver and Bella Coola, BC. airport transfers, all meals including soft drinks at the lodge, lodge accommodations (double occupancy), guide, photo instruction, drift boats.
Not included; alcohol at lodge, transportation to/from Vancouver, meals in Vancouver, lodging after Oct 2nd, guide/staff gratuities $200), 6% GST
Single occupancy at lodge $850
Single occupancy in Vancouver fee upon request.
* All inclusive 3 night fishing extension $1995
Participation only reserved on receipt of deposit $1000. Additional $500 dep for extension.
Deposit methods accepted; check made payable to Shoot the Light (address below), Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org, and credit card via a phone call to our office.
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