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We invite you to come & enjoy an all-inclusive stay at our wilderness retreat.

Awaken to a chorus of birdsong, absorb the radiance of the morning sun, immerse yourself in the ceaseless song of the river, while you sip on your Oso Negro espresso. Relax on the deck & experience grizzly bear viewing at its finest, as Mother and cubs graze on wild greens ten feet below you.

Savour our home-made almond flour, "bear smart" blueberry pancake breakfast with Canadian maple syrup, before accompanying your hosts for walks of reverence along the trails of this grizzly kingdom.

Every season harkens in different bear viewing opportunities. Spring at the Chalet is marked with the return of this territory's dominant male grizzly bear - "Hank", inspired by Henry V and my grandfather. His sole mission is most ancient, he seeks females in estrus. Over the years that he has shared his home, we have come to know Hank to be a most powerful yet, benevolent king.

As the days lengthen into summer, native plants, insects and birds thrive in the meadow below us. Resident female grizzly bears bring their cubs here to forage on succulent greens. Black bears and mule deer are also regular grazers. Where there are deer, wolves and cougar are never far behind. You may feel the awe that comes from hearing, or seeing these elusive beings. We are very fortunate to share this land with other megafauna such as moose, lynx, and wolverine.

Autumn brings the return of pink salmon to the Atnarko River. Spring salmon also begin to die at this time, having fulfilled their exhaustive commitment to the next generation. Resident and transient grizzly bears come to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park to take advantage of this salmon feast. Being situated on the bank of the Atnarko, allows us a front row seat to this annual spectacle. The Atnarko/Bella Coola River is the 'heart' of this valley; the salmon, the 'blood' - the 'Circle of Life' still churns in this intact ecosystem.

Itineraries

Day 1- Arrival at Chalet

Begin Exploring

After lunch, the group can choose to explore the Atnarko River by float raft or stretch their legs on the trails alongside the river. Or, relax on the deck and experience grizzly bear viewing at its finest, as Mother and cubs graze on wild greens ten feet below you. Lunch and Dinner. Guests will always be accompanied by your hosts - accredited guides in good standing with the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C. and members of Bella Coola Ground Search & Rescue.

Day 2 - Outrip from Chalet

Float Rafting or 'Walk with Reverence'

On this day (or actually any of the next three days) you have a choice to float raft in the morning or explore our trails during the afternoon - or switch them around.
We share an interpretive adventure, either drifting the river, or hiking along the ancient trails of this grizzly kingdom. We strive for something more than a 'bear tour'. Our hope is to "re-wild your Spirit" - immersing you in some of the most ecologically diverse and culturally significant, salmon and grizzly bear habitat that remains on earth. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

We'll share an interpretive adventure, either drifting the river, or hiking along the ancient trails of this grizzly kingdom. We strive for something more than a 'bear tour'. Our hope is to "re-wild your Spirit" - immersing you in some of the most ecologically diverse and culturally significant, salmon and grizzly bear habitat that remains on earth.

Day 3 - Outrip from Chalet

Float Rafting or 'Walk with Reverence'

Our rafting excursions on the Atnarko River are led by accredited rafting guides. Mid August through October is when the chances of observing grizzly and black bears fishing for salmon are at their peak. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Here, in this wild environment, it’s the promise of encounters that quickens the heart. Each time you encounter a bend in the river, or turn a corner on the trail, there is the promise of a sighting. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 - Outrip from Chalet

Float Rafting or 'Walk with Reverence'

As you will have discovered by now, no day is the same. Our front door opens into over 981,000 hectares of some of the most ecologically and culturally important, wild Pacific salmon and grizzly bear habitat left in North America. The grizzly and black bear, mule deer, moose, wolves and Woodland Caribou, and the changing seasons are akin to a live picture show. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5 - Departure Day

Back to Civilization

After breakfast it’s time for good bye hugs (or fist bumps) Ideally, you can drag yourself away by 10:00 am. Upon reflection, we hope you’ll find that every day at the Chalet has been an adventure, one you will always remember. We don't simply sell rooms, meals and 'bear tours'. We offer life changing experiences - a place to forge extraordinary memories to empower your story.

We include:

  • Shuttle to & from Bella Coola Airport (if required)
  • Transportation/fuel costs for all excursions
  • Accommodation (2 private suites with 3 piece bath)
  • Gourmet meals prepared w/ local, fresh ingredients
  • Professionally Guided Bear Tours (accredited members of the Commercial Bear Viewing Assoc. of B.C.)
  • Half day eco-rafting trip (subject to availability &/or environmental conditions)
  • WiFi internet, housekeeping, laundry, & more.

Accommodation includes two private queen bedroom suites, each with its own three piece ensuite bath. Our maximum capacity is four people (although we have a futon for a fifth person). Consequently, we can promise exclusivity in your stay - perfect for your 'social bubble".

Meals start with lunch on Day 1 and conclude with breakfast on Day 5.  Meal favourites include:

  • The Chalet coffee - Oso Negro espresso + "secrets"
  • Bear smart' blueberry/almond flour pancakes & Canadian maple syrup
  • BBQ'd organic "beer can" chicken with roasted veggie medley
  • Wild Spring salmon BBQ'd to perfection
  • Pesto, pesto, pesto pasta - your choice, traditional fresh basil or 'wild' stinging nettle

Chalet dessert specialties include: Deep dish Pecan Pie, "Best-ever" Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Cheesecake w/ Blueberry Amaretto sauce, Lavender Creme Brulee to mention a few. We're all about happy endings..

Trip insurance.

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    Alex & Petia Stefanova

    “It does not get any better than this! Thank you.”

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    “My brother and I spent five days with Jeff at the Great Bear Chalet at the end of August. Jeff was an superb host. We dined in style the Great Bear Chalet; way, with fresh local veggies and fruit, combined with barbequed ribs, pork, and my personal favorite, homemade pesto pasta. All the food was prepared by Jeff in the comfort of the Chalet. We stayed in the guest room on the main floor, a very comfortable room and bathroom with terrific wildlife and first nations artwork on every wall. We really had the impression that his Chalet was our Chalet for those few days.
    We had freedom to walk out on to the spacious deck and sit in the morning sun listening to the river go by only a few hundred feet away, while a great misty mountain towered over us. The Chalet is immersed in the wild (inside Tweedsmuir provincial park), with great windows throughout to view the ever present wild life. We were lucky enough to hear a bear making his way through the bush, as well as to see a bushy tailed fox right below us.

    Each day we did something new in the region. Jeff knew the area so very well, as well as the best places to see grizzly bears, and on our first day we saw a mother grizzly and her two one year old cubs. The second day we ventured on a long walk down a trail next to the Atnarko river and saw yet another mother grizzly and her two cubs, this time two years old. We were maybe twenty feet away, and the mother grizzly made eye contact with us as we slowly back away as a group. It was an amazing moment for my brother and I. We were both overcome with awe, and yet felt completely safe thanks to Jeff’s in depth knowledge of these great animals.

    We also enjoyed a river rafting experience, and to finish the trip we made the long drive up Freedom Road into Alpine country. It was here that we hiked through the fire scorched alpine, with beautiful creeks and meadows combined with wild flowers popping up left and right. We came back with some extraordinary pictures, particularly of the vast alpine country that overlooks on to snow laden Pacific Coastal Mountains.
    Overall it was the best trip experience I have had in years, and I look forward to doing it again soon! Jeff was so very knowledgeable as both a bear guide and host to the region. We felt at ease in his Chalet, and received an all inclusive, comfortable experience that far exceeded our expectations. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience British Columbia’s natural beauty the way it should be experienced, fully immersed in it all. I have come back with pictures, stories, and inspiring knowledge of our great outdoors in this province, especially of the true king of the region, the mighty grizzly bear!”

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    “We ended a weekend of sunshine and the last green of the season with a moody day of fog and rain. But the bears were out every day! We loved the Chalet – its comforts, beautiful location along the great bear highway, and the fantastic meals Jeff served us. But what changed us was our experience with the bears – on their terms, in their home. Jeff helped us see with the “bear’s eye view”, which opened up a new way of seeing. We’re grateful for an enjoyable weekend and a great life experience! All the best”

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    “The Chalet is a wonderful home, complete with rustic wooden beams, massive windows that allow for views in all directions, two floor to ceiling stone fireplaces ( one in the great room and the other in the dining room) and two wonderful guest suites, complete with their own bathrooms. One is situated upstairs, with views to the river, and the other is on the main floor, situated to make you feel as though you are nestled in the forest. Probably one of the most remarkable aspects of the Chalet, is that it is off the grid, and this sustainable way of living receives top marks from me.”

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    “Well it took me awhile to find you, your fabulous home and amazing surrounds Jeff, but I am so glad I chose the Chalet experience of all options. Your passion is a gift, your hospitality wonderful and the experience you share – unforgettable! Bear hugs & kisses”
    “Well it took me awhile to find you, your fabulous home and amazing surrounds Jeff, but I am so glad I chose the Chalet experience of all options. Your passion is a gift, your hospitality wonderful and the experience you share – unforgettable! Bear hugs & kisses”

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    “Jeff, It has been an amazing week, thank you for your hospitality and for sharing with us all your knowledge and experiences with the majestic grizzlies. Our encounters will be remembered forever, we take Bella Coola’s rivers, trees, meadows, lakes and grizzlies in our hearts. The Chalet is a magical place… Thank you Jeff.”

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    “Dear Jeff & Bindi,
    Thank you. For sharing your piece of paradise with us, for the delicious meals, great conversations, for your knowledge and respect of this area and the bears. It was a dream come true to see the bears and to experience them with you & your peaceful, respectful manner – we could not have picked a better guide or experience. We came as strangers, left as friends and we will always think of you and Bindi whenever we see grizzlies forever after. Jeff, I am so happy I was able to return to complete my five days here with you and Bindi – our time with the bears & together walking through this magical place you call home has been beyond my wildest dreams! Great food, great fun, great friendship & great conversation – hope to do this again!”

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    “Thank you so much for having us share your home with you. The food and drink was “pretty good” (you’re not a bad chef Jeff!) although you need to remember – pecan pie needs to be served warm with whipped cream! The bears were awesome – fair dinkum we were so lucky to have such great weather & to see so many bears. It will take some doing for the experience to ever be bettered – ridgie didge!! See you down under! Thanks for the memory! P.S. HTFU!”

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    “What can we say? It has been an amazing weekend and it has changed our views forever about bears. Your passion, understanding and knowledge of them is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life with us and for the amazing food, walks and boat trip yesterday. We have a life time of memories.”

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