Bear Claw Lodge
WILDERNESS & WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE
Bear Claw Lodge is the base for exploring one of northwest British Columbia’s most stunning mountain valleys: Kispiox Valley (Gitxsan for “The Hiding Place”). Imagine a valley where the world’s largest strain of wild Steelhead and Salmon spawn in pristine mountain fresh streams where you may get the chance to see Grizzly and Black Bear fishing.
This is a place where mountain goats scale the craggy flanks of snow-capped peaks, and the call of the wolf echoes through old growth forests. The valley is home to ancient village sites and trails that hearken to a time before European contact, when the Gitskan people travelled and traded throughout this bountiful region. Historic ranches and homesteads are a living testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of early settlers.
A luxury wooden lodge, Bear Claw offers eight traditionally furnished rooms with sliding glass doors opening onto views of the river. Gourmet meals use local produce and guests are welcome to chat with the chef in the guest friendly kitchen.
Bear Claw Lodge
Day 1 : Arrival
On arrival at Smithers Airport you will be transferred to Bear Claw Lodge, your getaway for the next five nights. Upon check-in (around 11.30am-12pm), you are provided with lunch and a welcome orientation. After lunch, you have free time to explore the lodge. In the afternoon, appetizers and cocktails are served at around 5pm.
Day 2 : River Trip
The world famous Kispiox River, flows just steps in front of the lodge, providing great opportunity to experience the local serenity by raft, inflatable kayak, stand up paddle board or with wet suit and snorkel (enjoy lunch on the river). When the river is clear and the salmon are running, there is no experience quite like it! Snorkelling in the Kispiox is the closest feeling to flying, coming eye to eye with salmon, trout and other species of fish. Don’t worry, wetsuits are supplied by the lodge! You will return to the lodge around 4pm; appetizers and cocktails are served at around 5pm.
Day 3 : Cultural Day Tour
Leave for your Cultural Day Tour at around 10am. The Kispiox Valley and surrounding areas are rich in First Nations culture. With several villages in the area, the options for totem pole viewings are abundant. Guests will take a day trip with a guide to a few of the villages, to photograph some of the most famous totem poles in the world. A stop over at K’san Historical Village in Old Hazelton, a beautiful setting at the confluence of the Bulkley and Skeena Rivers, is also part of the journey. You will return to the lodge around 3-4pm. In the afteroon, you have the option to go horseback riding.
Day 4 : Khutzeymateen Trip
After breakfast, take a 50 minute float plane flight over the Coastal Mountains to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. You will join a 3 hour boat tour searching for grizzly bears in their natural habitat (lunch/snacks included). After the tour, you will return to Bear Claw Lodge via float plane. Return to the lodge where appetizers and cocktails are served.
Day 5 : River Trip
Depart the lodge around 10-11am to do river rafting, snorkelling or kayaking (enjoy lunch on the river). There is also an option to do horseback riding.Return to the lodge where appetizers and cocktails are served around 5pm.
Day 6 : Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Smithers Airport. You will arrive at the airport around 8.45am where you can connect with your flight (not included).
Smithers is located 4 hours drive from both Prince Rupert and Prince George in Northern British Columbia. Please call us for flight prices from Vancouver.