Information for your wildlife tour

Here is some information that will be helpful when planning your stay at Great Bear Lodge.

Please call Great Bear Lodge before 5pm the day before tour departure to reconfirm. Our toll-free number is 1-888-221-8212, and our direct number is (250) 949-9496. At this time, we will give you the exact time and place of departure. The seaplanes normally depart from the Seaplane Base (6420 Hardy Bay Road) or the Port Hardy Airport at 3pm, although you will need to check in earlier. You will be required to sign a waiver to join the trip.

We have limited room available for luggage on our planes, so please plan to leave any excess luggage at our office in Port Hardy. The weight limit is 30 pounds (14 kgs), although of course we will make exceptions for photography equipment. We have duffle bags available at our office in Port Hardy if you would like to repack into one of those.

What to bring

  • Cameras. Tripods are helpful during the autumn season in the platforms. (Electricity is available at the eco-lodge to recharge batteries, but not for hairdryers!).
  • Binoculars will be provided for guests who do not have their own.
  • Light weight rain gear. We will provide heavy rain gear for serious downpours, however you might prefer a lighter raincoat if there are showers. We do provide insulated coveralls (see photo) that will help keep you nice and warm, as well as raingear including jackets, pants, hats and boots.
Guest at Great Bear Lodge
Enjoying a cup of tea while watching for otters

Please do not use perfumed toiletries, such as perfumes or colognes. We provide shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

Flash photography is not advisable as it disturbs the bears. Please ensure that you know how to turn off the flash on your camera.

You will be pleased to know that there is no internet service offered at the lodge, so you will be able to completely disconnect during your trip and immerse yourself in nature.

Our meals are served family-style, so please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Your trip is scheduled to return to Port Hardy between 4pm and 6pm, however that can be delayed due to wilderness weather. You should plan to stay in Port Hardy the night after the tour to avoid any stress if there are missed connections. We provide ground transportation on the day your tour begins and ends, as well as transfers to the airport the day after your tour ends, but you will need to make your own arrangements in Port Hardy outside of those days.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to share our local knowledge with you.