Great Bear Nature Tours

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Journey to a lodge in the heart of the Great. Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. One of the best areas in the world to view grizzly bears, it is also home to animals such as bald eagles, coastal wolves, black bears and mink. The self-contained lodge, your retreat in the wilderness, uses wind and solar power. A quality experience is ensured with a small group size and an experienced biologist as guide.
Member since: 13 Nov 2003

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

Great Bear Nature Tours is proud to work in cooperation with the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation. The peoples of this nation have granted us permission to operate on their ancestral lands, for which we are happy to contribute a user fee.

We encourage our guests to spend at least one night in Port Hardy before and after their tour with us. This benefits local accommodation, restaurants, tourism operators, transportation companies and retail stores. All transportation needs are filled from local operators, including seaplanes, boat charters and land transportation.

All supplies are purchased locally in town, when available. Anything that is unavailable is purchased in the closest large town, Campbell River.

Environmental responsibility

The new Great Bear Lodge uses solar and wind power generation. A floating lodge ensures that terrestrial animals and plants are not impacted to the same degree as with a land-based lodge

Our goal of safely viewing bears in a natural setting while eliminating or minimizing impact on them. A perfect viewing experience for is where we see the bears but they don't see us.

Each tour begins with a discussion on the environment we are entering, including how to minimize impacts on the animals and plants.

Social responsibility

Lloyd McGill, co-owner of Great Bear Nature Tours, is proud of a mutually respectful relationship with the Gwa'sala-'Nakwakda'xw First Nation which spans three generations.

Great Bear Nature Tours has plans to employ people from the Gwa'sala-'Nakwakda'xw Nation as we expand our programs. We are especially excited about the opportunity for them to become the storytellers of our lodge.

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