There are many places around the world to go bear viewing. You can even enjoy some of those places from the comfort of your own home by watching remote web-cams. However, we believe our Coastal BC grizzly Bear trips offers a very unique and one-of-a-kind bear experience for three reasons:
Exclusivity – The entire northern half of the great bear rainforest and all of the lands adjacent to the Kitlope River representing approximately 322,020 are managed by the park service. There are no roads or private cabins on these lands. No jet skis or water skiers. When you are our guest, you have exclusive and proprietary access to those lands so you can enjoy the bears in their natural setting with minimal human interference. We have purposely limited our guest size to 6 persons at a time so we can provide you with a personal, high-quality bear viewing experience like no other. Your high-quality private cabin offers all the amenities and comforts of home. You can choose to stay in communication with the outside world or insulate yourself from it altogether during your stay.
Knowledge – All of us have an intimate knowledge of the area, its plants, animals, history, and its unique Native culture. We have a strong desire and passion to share that knowledge with you and show you the things we find exciting and wonderful every day. This knowledge assures your visit with us will be safe, fulfilling, and memorable by providing you with a rare and unique opportunity to glimpse the world as the coastal grizzly Bear sees it.
Respect – The Great Bear Rainforest is the ancestral home of the Haisla people. It is also a place where grizzlies can continue living in an untarnished environment as they have for millennia. We feel this place is sacred and deserves our utmost respect and care. Haisla core values require that we be good stewards of this important resource. Consequently, we do everything we can to minimize adverse impacts on the land and on the animals. When we are in the field we strive to follow the same trails and stay quiet and in groups so that we do not startle bears. We will not “push” bears just for a better look or photo. We will leave an area just as quietly as we entered it. An old Haisla saying teaches us that “if you respect the bear, the bear will respect you”.
Over the past decade, there has been a steady increase in demand, popularity, and interest in mountain goat tours. For good reason! These high-adventure trips provide an incredible experience. The scenery, the remoteness, the extreme terrain, and the mountain goats themselves all add up to an unforgettable adventure. More and more people are seeing the excitement in tracking these animals with a camera instead of a gun.
Mountain goats are totally unique animals. Although they share a subfamily with sheep and ibex, they belong to their own unique genus with no other members. There is nothing else like them in the world. This lends to their mystique and their allure as one of North America’s most interesting animals to see in the wild.
Here in northern British Columbia, we hike and photograph an extremely remote area with a healthy mountain goat population. Not only do we have good numbers of goats, but this area also holds some big, trophy billies as well. This area is an ideal place to see mountain goats, in terms of both quantity and quality of the experience.
Fox, moose, Black Bear, Lynx,
Guests will experience an eco-tour to Morice Lake on this excursion. Led by a naturalist, this half-day tour brings guests to explore the ecological treasures of northern BC. Stroll along the boreal forest trails and learn about the varied ecosystems, plant, and animal species that make living in the boreal forest such an adventure. A unique experience awaits guests as they walk in the woods along the lake.
During the tour, guests will activate all of their senses while sipping the sustainably-harvested wild BC Chaga mushroom tea and a BC salmon treat.
Our bear viewing trips also include a stop at one of the most remote Hot Springs in the proving.
The Brim River flows into Owyacumish Bay about 10 miles away from where we do some bear viewing. At the mouth of the Brim River is the Brim River Hot Springs which features a very cool, undeveloped hot spring and pristine old-growth forest. The park is 500 acres (202 ha) of backcountry wilderness and has no visitor facilities.
The name Brim River is thought to have been conferred by Captain Pender of the Royal Navy, though the reason for the name is unknown. The Haisla name for the river is Uyagemis, meaning 'facing west'. The Brim River and nearby Owyacumish River are in the stewardship area of the Haisla Blackfish clan.
The Brim River Hot Springs Protected Area and the adjoining Owyacumish River Provincial Park epitomize the rugged terrain and spectacular scenery of the British Columbia north coast. The rivers flow through narrow valleys with steep, bare rock walls interspersed with numerous waterfalls, all of which are surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Kitimat Range. The remoteness and pristine condition of the area, combined with the estuarine interface, ensures high value habitat that is valuable for diverse wildlife species.