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Canada: Grizzly Bears

Bella Coola, British Columbia
September 30 - October 6, 2014

* Maximum 7 participants *

By nature and wildlife photographer: Oliver Klink

The Bella Coola Valley is a gem of natural beauty within the Central Coast of British Columbia. The Valley boasts a temperate climate that encompasses the Coast Mountains, crystalline rivers and inland regions.

The region has an alluring history with the First Nations Nuxalk people (pronounced Nu-hawk) dating back to 10,000 years, and incredible wildlife and scenery.

In the fall, during the salmon run, the Valley attracts one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears. They all gather along the McKenzie river for their last feeding of the season before their hibernation. The bears are big and wear their nice furry coat. Black bears, eagles and various birds also congregate to feed on spawning salmon.

We'll photograph the bears from our daily private river drift boat trips, from a platform reserved for the guests at our lodge and from other vantage points along the river. The leisurely pace and quiet non-motorized boat trips offer a relaxed and peaceful way for viewing wildlife up close and personal.

The surrounding is breathtaking with old growth forests, pristine rivers, and stunning peaks. We'll also have the opportunity to visit one of the ancient First Nations site with petroglyphs and the local town of Bella Coola.

Our accommodation is first class. The owner, nicknamed the "Swede", has built a stunning lodge, which has one main building and multiple private chalets. There is a large living room and dining room with river rock fireplace; a sports bar with billiards table, games and satellite TV; a retail shop; and a guest media room with computer access and fax/telephone service. In addition there is WiFi access throughout the lodge, chalets and cabins. There is also a 1,200 sq/ft spa building with yoga stretching room, weights, massage rooms, showers and a 12 person covered out door hot tub overlooking the lawn and the coast range beyond.

This region is still unknown to most wildlife photographers. Be one of the few to experience unique views, great sceneries, and photograph wildlife in their natural habitat.

Hope to see you in Bella Coola in September.


What to bring

  • Travel to Bella Coola (QBC)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips to guides

Registration: $5,900
(double accommodation)
Deposit: $1,000


NOTE: Deposit is non-refundable

Full payment is due by:
July 31, 2014 (by check)


Closest Airport:
Bella Coola (QBC), British Columbia

For additional information, email Oliver Klink or call 408-910-6701.

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Images Copyright © Oliver Klink