Grizzly Bear watching tour in British Columbia, Canada

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Responsible tourism: Grizzly Bear watching tour in British Columbia, Canada

We have the privilege to guide people into a remote wilderness area and take our responsibility as environmental ambassadors very seriously. We are committed to operating in a way that has only a positive impact on both the bears and our environment. We strive to produce as much of our power from local renewable resources such as microhydro, solar, and wind power as possible.

All of the food we buy is organic, when available. That ranges from organic fruit and vegetables, to dairy, dry food and free range eggs. Purchasing organic food is not only great for our guests, it also encourages the local suppliers to stock organic food. Another important value we hold is to only serve wild fish. Farmed salmon is posing a significant threat to the salmon runs of the BC coast. All of the fish and shellfish we serve is either caught at the lodge, or caught wild locally.

Through his work in developing a Bear Guide Certification Program in British Columbia, owner Tom Rivest is helping to ensure the sustainability of all commercial bear-viewing operations by educating new guides. The program teaches the importance of natural history interpretation of the bears and their environment, as well as how to view in a way that does not impact the safety or health of the bears.

Reviews of Grizzly Bear watching tour in British Columbia, Canada

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the bears in their natural habitat is fantastic. The operators are great and the food was wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pacific Coastal cannot guarantee that your luggage will get there on the same flight which can be a big problem if you are leaving Canada that day.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The operator used multiple environmentally friendly sources of energy, wind, hydro and solar. They fly out all the waste to reduced the impact upon the local pristine environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Susan,
I'm so sorry that you had a stressful time with Pacific Coastal on your return flight from Vancouver to Port Hardy. We will make sure to tell our future guests about the luggage restrictions on that flight, and help them come up with solutions for their excess luggage. It is possible that they could leave their luggage at their hotel in Vancouver, or perhaps store it at the airport in Vancouver. We will try to give them lots of advance notice so that they can plan for this. It was a pleasure to host you at the lodge, and we would love to see you again here one day. I hope that some of your photos of the mother and two cubs turned out well!

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Viewing the (many) grizzly bears in a natural environment without any interference with nature. Specifically, it was thrilling to see several mothers with cubs!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take layering clothing as it can be cold in the viewing platforms but warm other times. Take insect repellent and USE IT! I don't normally get bitten but this time I did. Take NO food or drink: it is all provided and is superb and plentiful. They also provide toiletries, so no need to take those either! And finally, be prepared to be amazed!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


There were no local people other than our hosts! The main population is grizzly bears. Part of the whole ethos of this operation is to care for the environment, so there was definitely minimal impact.

4. Any other comments?


We had a wonderful vacation! The tour was just a part of it, but probably the most special.

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