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.
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.
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.