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Discover the Great Bear Rainforest: The Bella Coola Valley

An intimate & immersive wilderness experience at one of BC’s top luxury lodges

Enter a world of pristine rivers, lush valleys and coastal cliffs on this all-inclusive multi-day getaway to the luxurious Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. Nestled in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, this Climate-Positive-certified wilderness lodge offers world-class service in an awe-inspiring setting and acts as your homebase to explore the spectacular Bella Coola Valley.

Embark on guided small-group excursions through the region’s diverse landscapes, discovering the jagged Pacific coast, the temperate rainforest and the Chilcotin Plateau. Wildlife viewing, delicious chef-prepared meals and deluxe on-site amenities add to the magical experience.

4-6 Days from $2985/person CAD
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Day 1: Arrive at the Lodge

For those choosing to arrive by air, enjoy the short 70 minute scenic mid-morning flight from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal direct to Bella Coola. Marvel at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord network as you fly overhead.

Upon arrival at the Bella Coola airport, you will be met by your guide for introductions. They will assist you with your bags before transferring you ~45 minutes to the lodge.

If you are arriving by car, we recommend arriving no earlier than 14:00. If you arrive early, enjoy a bite to eat in the main lodge or relax with a cocktail on the sun deck.

Upon arrival at the lodge, you will be given a detailed orientation of the the lodge, its amenities, and the wildlife viewing stand.

Check-in to your chalet is at 16:00. A three course dinner is served at 19:00 each night.

Day 2: Explore the Great Bear Rainforest

Atnarko Scenic River Drift
Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

Guided Interpretive Walk
To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world.

They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

Day 3: Explore the Great Bear Rainforest

Via Ferratta Climbing Adventure
This assisted climbing experience provides participants with a spectacular self-propelled mountain adventure, amazing scenery, and an exciting feeling of exposure with low risk.

Our experienced guides will help guests up short rock faces, across thin ledges and along ridge lines, all at their pace, making sure they can make the most of the stunning natural landscape in a safe manner. There are two route options; a moderate vertical ladder route and a more advanced route that includes 2 aerial wire bridge sections with overhead support cables. The guide, with input from the guests, will determine which route to take. Perched atop the two climbing routes is a lookout deck with stunning views of the Bella Coola Valley and its surrounding peaks. Here guests can celebrate their journey to the summit and enjoy an optional charcuterie board and sparkling water for $25 per person (minimum 2 people).

Guided Bella Coola Valley Hike
Discover extraordinary hikes with the support of a local guide. These hikes are a step above your ordinary walk in the park. The scenery is jaw dropping and the forests and rivers remain pristine. Options include: an easy stroll along the Tote Road for a glimpse into Bella Coola’s pioneering past; a moderate loop trail that follows in the footsteps of Sir Alexander Mackenzie on his epic crossing of Canada in 1793; or a vigorous and exercising climb up to elevation points to enjoy views of the valley, waterfalls and mountain views.

All tours are are led by one of our experienced local guides. They will share their interests in wildlife, geography, forest ecosystems and photography to ensure that the guest experience is truly memorable and well spent.

These eco tours involve approximately 2 hours of hiking on forest trails and tracks. The pace varies from moderate to vigorous walking based on the difficulty level of the trail and fitness level of the group.

Day 4: Explore the Great Bear Rainforest

Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley
The Bella Coola Valley is located at the heart of an extraordinary area where the world’s most extensive interconnected fjord system, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest, and a very dramatic mountain landscape of glaciers, plunging creeks, pristine rivers, and granite cliffs converge. Much of the area is now protected as part of either the Great Bear Rainforest or Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

Our guides will explain the forces of nature, heavily influenced by glaciation, that gave rise to the landscape and continue to shape it’s evolution. They will also provide an overview and point out examples of human history in the valley. From totem poles and culturally modified cedar trees to the logging and commercial fishing that underpinned the valley’s recent economy, humankind has left its mark on the landscape. Guides will also touch on the Salmon lifecycle, Nuxalk First Nations history, and the spectacular environment from the glaciated peaks down to valley bottoms.

It is not possible to see all the valley has to offer in one day so please advise your guide of your preferences and interests, whether it be the interface of the valley with the fjords or more on the inland aspects of the valley, and they will create the perfect outing.

Day 5: Depart from the lodge

Enjoy one last peaceful morning in the forest and another delicious breakfast before saying goodbye to the Bella Coola Valley. After checking out at 11 am, you’ll transfer to the airport or ferry terminal for your return home.



  • Transfers to and from the Bella Coola airport or the BC Ferries terminal on arrival and departure days
  • Accommodation (double occupancy) in beautiful, private timber frame chalets at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
  • All food and non-alcoholic beverages (hot or cold breakfast, lunch menu or picnic on the trail, apres snacks, and multi-course dinners)
  • A complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival (one per group)
  • Two half-day or one full-day guided activity on each full day of the package (no activities on arrival or departure day)
  • Guide service by certified wilderness guides
  • All safety equipment; lifejackets, rain gear, radios, umbrellas, binoculars
  • Use of all self-directed indoor and outdoor recreation equipment
    • Games area with billiards table, foosball table, dart board, satellite TV, and a retail shop
    • 1,200 sq/ft spa building with a yoga stretching room, weights and stationary bikes, cedar
      sauna, showers  12 person covered outdoor hot tub.
    • Access to wildlife viewing stand, lawn games (Axe throwing, frisbee golf, bocce, and corn hole) and mountain bikes
  • Local ground transportation

Included day touring options include:

  • Scenic Atnarko River Drifts
  • Via Ferratta
  • Guided Interpretive Nature Walks
  • Guided Bella Coola Valley Hikes
  • Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley Tour
  • Guided Hikes in the Rainbow Range

Not Included

  • Helicopter Adventures
  • River Fishing (included as an option in Private packages)
  • Glacial Fjord & Hotsprings Tour
  • Alcohol
  • Retail purchases
  • Staff Gratuities
Travel Details

Primary Location

Bella Coola, British Columbia


June 23 - August 31

Pricing Details

Contact us for more information and pricing!

  • Semi Private packages = Social Value. Our semi private packages offer the knowledge and expertise of experienced guides in a fun and social setting. The itinerary is set and groups feature no more than 6 participants per guide. Family and friend groups can be larger than 6 if they wish; however, we will not group more than 6 individuals from separate groups together. There are two-half-day or one full-day guided activities included on each full-day of the program. There are no activities on arrival or departure day. If a guest wants to substitute an activity from the sample itinerary for something else, they can do so, but the substituted activity is subject to additional fees on top of the package price. This can be done in advance or while at the lodge. Activity substitutions are not guaranteed unless they are made at least 14 days in advance.
  • Private packages = Flexibility Exclusivity. Whether you’re looking for adventure or prefer to explore at your leisure, our private packages offer guests the exclusivity of a private guide as well as the ability to tailor their itinerary based on their personal interests and physical fitness level. If a guest wants to curate their own itinerary, this can be done in consultation with our team. All members of the group must agree to the same activity at the same scheduled time. If they wish to do different activities, additional guides can be hired to facilitate two separate activities at the same scheduled time. Activity substitutions are not guaranteed unless they are made at least 14 days in advance.
  • 25% deposit is required at the time of booking with balance due 90 days prior to travel
  • While it is possible to see grizzly bears in the spring and summer they usually don’t arrive to the Bella Coola Valley until the end of August. Those interested in seeing bears should check out our Grizzly Bear Safari package.
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Optional Extras

  • Helicopter tours
  • River fishing
  • Glacial fjord & hot-springs tours
  • Flights to and from Bella Coola
  • Pre and post hotel nights in Vancouver

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