Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Canada

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Canada

Welcome to Grizzly country – with 60 acres of private land among the pristine mountains and rivers of Bella Coola, Canada, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is right at the heart of one of the healthiest bear populations in British Columbia.

In fact, with 600m of river frontage on this salmon-heavy stretch of water, it’s not impossible to see bears from the main deck, and a few have even been found napping on the lawn. And it’s not just the bears enjoying the hospitality – after a long day tracking grizzlies or enjoying hikes, fishing, mountain biking, valley tours or heliskiing (depending on the season), Tweedsmuir’s eleven timber chalets are a treat to return to, tucked into the trees surrounding a central lawn, with giant walk-in showers, eco-friendly gas fireplaces and king size beds.

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Luxurious Grizzly Bear Viewing

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Bella Coola British ColumbiaOriginally built as a hunting and fishing resort in the 1920s, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is now firmly committed to sustainable environmental principles, providing a relaxing refuge for those seeking out a more eco-friendly adventure.

You won’t find bottled water or pesticides on the premises, and the owners strongly encourage catch and release fishing. Food is local and seasonal – fruit, homebaked bread and fresh eggs for breakfast, healthy picnic lunches, and organic gourmet dinners served in the lodge dining room, warmed by the flames of a river rock fireplace.

And while there’s plenty to do, the lodge also lives up to its Nuxalk name, Stuie, which means ‘nice place to rest’, boasting a sauna/sweat lodge tepee, a yoga room, massage facilities and outdoor hot tub. You may come to see the bears, but you’ll leave having experienced so much more besides.

Accommodation

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is situated at the junction of the Atnarko, Talchako and Bella Coola valleys.  There is 600 metres of river frontage and stunning views of the aptly named Mt.Stupendous and Mt.Mellikan. It’s an exceptional location and has been a favourite place for local First Nations people to camp and fish for thousands of years. The lodge property is also know as Stuie which means “nice place to rest” in the Nuxalk language.

The main lodge building is the central location for socializing. 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 complimentary WiFi access throughout the lodge, chalets and cabins.

Come nightfall, guests retreat to their own private timber frame chalets and log cabins. There are a total of 11 guest chalets on the property, accommodating between 2-4 people per chalet. Most of the chalets (except for the Hillary and Cougar) are built surrounding a giant central lawn and have excellent views and lots of privacy, guaranteeing a serene setting for your holiday.

Facilities

  • Icelandic Pony Rides
  • Spa facility with 12 person outdoor covered hot tub
  • Cork floored gym for stretching and yoga, includes weights and exer-cycles
  • Sauna/Sweat Lodge Teepee
  • Large living room / dining room with river rock fireplace
  • Sports bar with fireplace, Foosball, table hockey, billiards table, darts, games and satellite TV
  • Massage Rooms
  • Guest media room with computer access, fax/telephone service
  • Wireless computer access throughout the lodge, chalets and cabins
  • Retail shop
  • Large central lawn including games: Bocce Ball, Croquet, Volley Ball, and Frisbee
  • Kid’s fishing pond
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Walking trails through old growth forests leading to river lookouts
  • 600 metres of river frontage
  • Walking distance to world class fishing holes
  • Laundry service
  • Paintball

Activities

Due to the lodges’ location in TweedsmuirPark, the largest protected park in British Columbia, guests can partake in a multitude of activities. These are just some of them;

  • Grizzly Bear Viewing – Located in the Great Bear Rainforest, our award-wining tours enable guests to observe grizzlies from non-motorized, comfortable drift boats on the Atnarko River. In addition to the boats, the lodge has a bear viewing platform for the exclusive use of guests
  • Scenic River Drifts – As the McKenzie Drift Boats do not use a motor, the silence offers the opportunity for viewing wildlife up close and personal (bears, eagles, fish, birds, deer etc)
  • Heli Hiking – Our helicopter adventures are designed to accommodate different levels of fitness and interest. From short leisurely walks to long strenuous hikes, where even ropes may be needed, each of our hikes has one goal in common: to expose our guests to wild and beautiful places that would otherwise be inaccessible.
  • Guided Fly Fishing – Drifting down the Atnarko in our McKenzie river boats, we stop at all the best fishing holes along the way, fishing for salmon and trout
  • Guided Nature Walks – Extraordinary walking tours in the Bella Coola Valley. From alpine to ocean, and old growth forest to volcano, these eco-escapes are ideal for all ages and abilities
  • Fjord Trips – Cruise the fjord and take in the magical scenery. Set prawn and crab traps, visit the ocean side hot springs, the giant cedar and the historic Tallheo Cannery…
  • Valley Tours – Explore the local geography and the culture of the Nuxalk First Nations people. Stops can include the ancient petroglyphs, the harbour, and WalkerIslandPark……
  • Bird Watching – Warblers, Ptarmigans, Water Dippers, Bald Eagles, Hummingbirds, Owls, Falcons, Hawks and Kingfishers can be spotted in and around the lodge and park…..

Location

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge may seem remote…and it is….however it is very easy to get to. Guests can arrive by BC Ferries via the incredible Inside Passage,  or arrive by vehicle via Highway 20 or take a scenic 1 hour flight from Vancouver flying through the fjords of the CoastRangeMountains.

Guests flying in from Vancouver can leave the hustle and bustle of the city and then be floating down a serene river that very evening, looking for bears and other wildlife!

Notes on getting there

Tweedsmuir Park lodge is located on Corbould Drive, just 100m of Highway 20, 60km east of the town of Bella Coola.

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