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BC Great Bear Rain Forest, British Columbia Bear Wildlife Tours, Vancouver Island Whale Watching Cruises, British Columbia Bear Tours
Western Canada Outdoor Nature Adventure Tours, Great Bear Rainforest Tourism, Spirit Bear of Northern British Columbia, Wildlife Photo Tour
Great Bear Rainforest
WLV#15 - 4 Day Great Bear Rainforest /Port Hardy
Overview: The Great Bear Explorer tour focuses on the white Kermode bears of Princess Royal Island as well as the large grizzly bears, which roam the coastal estuaries. This tour offers the best chance for guests to view and learn about these fascinating creatures in their natural environment.

The Spirit Bears: The Spirit bear or Kermode bear is thought by scientists to be a genetic variation of the black bear that roams throughout British Columbia. They believe that the presence of a single recessive gene in these creatures is responsible for the white coat that as many as one in ten of these bears is born with and retain throughout their lives. While the Kermode bear has been sighted in northeastern British Columbia and as far east in North America as Minnesota, it lives in the greatest numbers on the islands off the north-central coast of British Columbia. White coat Kermode bears are found most frequently on Gribbell Island and Princess Royal Island, situated between the coastal mainland and the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Scientists believe there is such a high concentration of the white coat Kermode bears on these islands because they are geographically isolated from other black bear populations.Scientists estimate there are 1,200 black and white Kermode bears in the coast area that stretches from around the northern tip of Vancouver Island northwards to the Alaska panhandle. On Gribbell Island, up to 30 per cent of the bears can be white while on the larger Princess Royal Island, about 10 per cent have the white coat.

The Kermode white bear fascinates geneticists and wilderness lovers. Scientists, keen to isolate the gene that causes the white coat, are conducting DNA analysis on the bear so that they can determine how common it is elsewhere on the continent. They also want to determine whether the Kermode white bear is a race or simply the product of a concentration of a gene in a given area. Researchers have been analyzing fur samples from "rubbing" trees used by the bears, and have set out snares across trails to capture hairs to examine for genetic information.

Accommodation: in a newly build lodge. All rooms with private bath. The lodge features also dining room, laundry & lounge areas.
Rates per Person in CAD$
Month
Duration / Departure Rate per Person
June 27 August 03 (Low Season)
August 04 August 24 (Mid Season)
August 25 October 19 (High Season)

4 Days every Friday
4 Days every Friday
4 Days every Friday

On Request
On Request
On Request
Services Included
3 Nights Lodge Accommodation
All Rooms with private Bath
All Meals
Interpretive Guides
Evening Cultural Program
Bear Viewing Tours
Transportation to Bear Viewing Areas
Rain Gear
Park User & First Nations Fee
Choice of Kayak Tour, Scenic Cruise, Forest Walks|
GST Tax
PST Tax