Grizzly bear and wildlife holiday in British Columbia, Canada

“A four day, tailor made trip in the Cariboo Mountains, British Columbia, bear watching with a celebrated ‘bear whisperer’. Oh yes. Stay in a remote lodge on the Quesnal River where life is as quiet as a whisper too.”


Bear watching in British Columbia | Cariboo Mountains | Stay in wilderness lodge | Grizzly bears | Moose | Caribou | Wolves | Cariboo River salmon run | Quesnel Lake

Description of Grizzly bear and wildlife holiday in British Columbia, Canada

This is a spectacular wildlife holiday in British Columbia, in particular because of the presence of the awe-inspiring grizzly bear, a solitary giant considered the master of its environment. Join guides with over 30 years of experience on foot, by drift boat or four wheel drive exploring the idyllic wilderness in search of the great grizzly bear. The wilds of British Columbia are home to this mighty bear, a rare temperate rainforest and the world's deepest lake fjord. Nestled in the Cariboo Mountains is Pyna-tee-ah Lodge where you will join Gary Zorn; better known as the ‘Bear Whisperer’. Gary has devoted his life to studying the social hierarchy, habits, habitat and body language of these creatures. Get up close and personal with wild animals such as moose, caribou, wolves and birds of prey, ideal for photography and just experiencing nature in its rawest form. This trip allows you an authentic opportunity to view grizzly bears in the pristine wilderness whilst under the safe guidance of someone who has immense passion and respect for these powerful animals.

About your accommodation

This intimate and rustic lodge is located on the Quesnal River, British Columbia, at the base of the spectacular Cariboo Mountains. Pyna-tee-ah lodge has 6 cosy double rooms alongside a large social space housing a warming rock fire, perfect to relax by after a day in the pristine wilderness. Your hosts create a homely, atmosphere that allows the perfect environment to relax and talk with new friends. Meals at the lodge consist of homemade, locally sourced, Canadian fare, lovingly prepared in the dining room. Gaze out to the landscaped grounds leading onto the wild of the mountains from a timber gazebo whilst enjoying a warming drink or simply taking it all in with a good book.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Grizzly bear and wildlife holiday in British Columbia, Canada

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A sense of stewardship and regard for the waters and lands and commitment to combining good management with maintenance and enhancement of the unique ecosystem and life it sustains with their “leave only footprints” philosophy ensures it will be maintained for future generations. A comprehensive knowledge of the geography of the land, wildlife, flora and fauna, and natural history of their area provides guests with a well rounded wilderness experience – an opportunity to simply enjoy and learn about the area.

Wildlife viewing can be done without disturbance to the animals or habitat. At times you will get up close and personal with some of the animals, particularly the grizzly bears that inhabit the Mitchell River area during the annual salmon run. Not to worry, the lodges hosts have years of experience with these bears. Gary has become known as “the Bear Whisperer™” because of his passion for the big bears and the knowledge of their habitat, habits, and body language and his understanding of their actions and reactions.

The lodges goal is to put people on the ground with the wildlife in the animal’s habitat to observe and let the animals be the educator creating a direct human/animal connection to nature. People learn how to be part of the forest engaging all their senses. It’s education by osmosis that creates lifetime memories and life changing moments.

Good eco-tourism practices through self education help make your trip more enjoyable and aids in the protection of the natural areas you venture into. During your trip maximise your positive impact.

Documenting your trip and your observations gives you a lifetime of memories and something to share with future generations. We always appreciate receiving copies of your pictures and stories, too. It creates a unique personal connection with you and helps us to make our trips and better, to recognise potential problems and lets us share your unique feelings and observations with others.


Family owned and operated,. the lodge created their business from a passion for the big bears and the outdoors. The hosts live at the lodge in Lively, BC, year round and employ locals to operate daily workings in the lodge.

Wildlife trips are operated by the lodge's Canadian host or local community guides familiar with the local wilderness. The lodge is renowned for its country style gourmet fare, homemade from locally sourced ingredients. Clients love the authentically Canadian hospitality and family oriented homey atmosphere that totally speaks relaxation for all visitors.

Awarded The Canadian Signature Experiences collection award the lodge offers an introduction to the best Canada – and Canadians – has to offer. It shows the world what Canada’s about and the experiences waiting for you. Total immersion and pure connection with nature puts you on the inside of the forest, seeing with the eyes of the forest. Become one with nature and the wild creatures.

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