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Fly to Vancouver. You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel at the heart of the historic port area, with three nights to spend in this dynamic city. Known as the ‘Pacific Pearl’, Vancouver is undeniably picturesque with the perfect balance between natural spaces and urban landscaping. The downtown area is dominated by the lush Stanley Park, 400 hectares of dense, centuries-old forest as well as beaches, eateries and miles of scenic hiking and biking trails.
The city also appeals with its bustling streets and eclectic markets, its vibrant cosmopolitan areas like Robson Street – Canada’s answer to Rodeo Drive – and trendy shopping districts like Granville Island with its cobbled lanes and artisan studios.
Stay: Three nights in a double room at Fairmont Pacific Rim – bed & breakfast
Today you set off to discover one of the largest tracts of intact temperate rainforest left on Earth, otherwise known as the Great Bear Rainforest. You’ll catch a flight from Vancouver to Bella Bella, followed by a short boat transfer to Shearwater Resort where you’ll spend one night. The following morning you’ll take a 90-minute water taxi ride to Spirit Bear Lodge.
The lodge is situated in the quaint fishing village of Kletmu, home of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations people who have lived here in the forest for centuries. The village sits in a remote archipelago of tiny islands and offers some of the finest bear viewing in the region. During your stay you’ll enjoy guided excursions in search of the iconic grizzly bear as well as the more elusive Kermode bear (also known as the spirit bear). You’ll have the chance to observe these magnificent animals foraging for roots in late spring, gorging on wild berries in summer and feasting by the river during the salmon spawning season in late summer/autumn. Other activities on offer include guided rainforest walks, cultural tours and sea kayaking along the southern shores of Kletmu.
Stay: One night at Shearwater Resort and three nights in a double room at Spirit Bear Lodge – full board
Your adventure comes to a close. Board your international flight back to London.
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