Great Canadian Safari
Great Canadian Safari
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
This nine-day tour is the very best of British Columbia scenery, wildlife, and base camps. You'll go everywhere from the bustling Vancouver city-center to the most remote coastal peaks and sea-shores.
from $9,595 pp 9 Days/8 Nights $1,066/Day
GREAT CANADIAN SAFARI
VANCOUVER | BELLA COOLA | PORT HARDY
We all dream of adventuring to a place with staggering mountains, hidden trailheads, and turquoise waterfalls. A place where grizzlies outnumber tourists and the cedar trees are ten times your age.
This place is a lot closer to home than you might expect; it's British Columbia, and it's absolutely beautiful. Our nine-day itinerary takes you to remote locations where you won't get cell service even if you try. Starting from a plush base camp in Vancouver, you'll fly over tremendous mountain peaks to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge to encounter bears and the laid-back lifestyle of a place unspoiled by tourists. Then you'll sweep across ocean inlets to Nimmo Bay, landing belly-first in the water in a seaplane with as much character as the outpost itself. This is the ultimate adventure and the very best of British Columbia, and it's all yours.
PHOTO BY: Travis Burke
Days 1, 2
START IN VANCOUVER
Even though British Columbia is a mere plane ride away for most of us in North America, it is nearly impossible to fly all the way to the backcountry in one day. Solution? A couple of nights at the Loden Hotel in the Coal Harbour District in Vancouver. We could've stayed a week, there is so much to do in Vancouver. Awarded for its personalized service and with an ideal location in the heart of the city, the Loden is Vancouver’s sanctuary, and it serves as the perfect base camp to get your bearings at sea level. Expect touches such as chocolates on your nightstand, dreamy beds, and insider recommendations for places to dine and explore nearby. And now with dedicated guides to take you trail running and cycling during your stay, the Loden meets our GO standards and then some. It's easily our favorite place from which to explore the city before you dive into the wild.
Days 3, 4, 5
WILD WITHIN REACH
Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
"Indian legend tells of a restless wolf, who lived beyond the mountains, setting out to seek new hunting territory. He picked up a small box-like object in his mouth and padded away, descending the deep canyons past rushing water, until he came to a place where the river ran slow and the mountains spread wider. Needing rest, he dropped the box; it grew into a house and hence into the village of Stooick, which means a pleasing place to rest."
-First Nations Legend
"Stooick" has been shortened to "Stuie," and it's the location of Canada’s historic Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, one of the first lodges on the west coast of Canada. A three-night stay here is the prescription for anyone feeling the urge to unplug. Nestled on 60 acres of private wilderness within Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, it is one of the few lodges in the largest protected park in British Columbia (i.e. you have it all to yourself). You'll come in via Bella Coola Airport after an hour's prop-plane trip from Vancouver. The dramatic views from the plane will set the stage for what's to come: sweeping mountain vistas sliced in two by the beautiful Atnarko River, grizzly bears galore during the salmon spawn in the late summer and fall, and trails on which you can hike, mountain bike, or ride horses without ever needing to yield for oncoming traffic. Being at Tweedsmuir is like having an entire national park to yourself, and if you're anything like us, you'll think that's pretty cool.
PHOTOS BY: Travis Burke
Days 6, 7, 8
The Pacific Northwest is known for lush evergreen forests, soaring totem poles, and misty outdoor endeavors. Nimmo Bay fulfils these expectations and over-delivers with stunningly beautiful landscapes and beyond-cushy accommodations. Originally an old float house, the outpost now comprises nine private intertidal cabins, a dining room that feels just like home (except that it's floating), and a sensational dock to host nightly bonfires and the occasional yoga class. Off the docks, Nimmo Bay and has access to over 50,000 square miles of untamed wilderness via helicopter. But even if you don't tack on the additional heli-ride, you'll find your schedule overflowing with activities. Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, yoga, hiking, bear-watching, and fishing are all on the menu. Just want to relax? Sit in the cedar-paneled hot tub underneath a waterfall with a bottle of the local IPA. Then consider extending your stay, because something tells us you won't be ready to head home.
PHOTOS BY: Jeremy Koreski & Travis Burke
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
- A true Outside-style adventure, closer to home than you'd ever imagined
- Exclusive access to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and the remote Great Bear Rainforest
- Bookend your stay at Vancouver's central Loden Hotel before catching flights to and from the backcountry
- Enjoy delicious meals and sensational cabins at both locations to complement your adventures in the wild
- See the coast over the wings of a 1939 Grumman Goose sea-plane
- Hike, paddleboard, kayak, horseback ride, track grizzlies, and more
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