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Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge

Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary and Inlet Conservancy, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1X6 Canada
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Come to the northern edge of the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s north coast, to the Khutzeymateen. Here, within the traditional territory of the Tsimshian nations, lives a wild population of coastal grizzly bears. Just south of the Alaska panhandle and located within Canada's only grizzly bear protected area, Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge is your home in the wilderness where you can visit with the grizzly bears in the wild. No roads, no towns...just wilderness and wildlife. Climb into the floatplane and take off from Prince Rupert, BC for a 20 minute flight over mountains and inlets to the Khutzeymateen. Our days are filled with searching for grizzly bears in the lush Khutzeymateen Inlet and estuary, with bald eagles, seabirds, seals, waterfalls and mountains. We are trained and certified under the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC.
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Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary and Inlet Conservancy, Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1X6 Canada
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Christine M wrote a review Sep 2023
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Having always wanted to see wild grizzlies safely, I researched many operations up the coast of BC, but the Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge fit me best - small group tours, ease of travel from Vancouver, no fitness requirement and staying in a remote (spotlessly clean) wilderness floating lodge with only wild neighbours. As a somewhat shy senior, I need not have worried about fitting in. The Khutzeymateen team could not have been more welcoming and our mixed little group of couples and solos, pros and amateur bear watchers quickly became buddies. You will never feel unsafe with Jamie and his team of guides who, between exploratory trips, joined us for delicious hearty meals, sharing stories and much laughter. This trip is all about the bears, so if you love bears, don’t let anything stop you from this unique experience. Far better to spend your travel $ on a short unforgettable experience than hit the tourism mainstream of museums, beaches, and crowds.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Anna L wrote a review Aug 2023
Brantford, Canada163 contributions126 helpful votes
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If you are having any doubts or 2nd thoughts about coming here, please let me dispel those now. This is one of the most incredible wildlife trips I've done, and that includes several safaris, gorillas, orangutans etc. Khutzeymateen is up there with those types of wildlife experiences. The Bears: We saw many bears all day, every day. Bears swimming; bears eating; bears fighting; bears playing; cubs frolicking; a mommy protecting her babies from an aggressive male. The list goes on. We were there in early July (July 6-9) and were so fortunate to see all of this. Tip: when out on the boat, layer up as it can be cold to start with and then it gets warmer as the day gets later and when you're still, watching the bears. When the boat is moving, you may want to wear (or bring) a hat, neck warmer, windbreaker and/or fleece. The wind can make it quite cold, especially in the morning. The Guides: Jerron, Franco and Jamie are so knowledgeable and I learned sooo much about bears and the habitat around them. I can't say enough about how much their expertise enhanced our trip. And they are just really cool, genuine people who clearly love their job. The Lodge: This is not a fancy hotel for those of you who may be looking for that sort of thing. There are shared bathrooms (there were 10 of us there when we visited, sharing 3 washrooms and 2 showers and we had no issue with this). They are immaculately clean all the time. The rooms have comfortable beds and somewhere to put your things. There is a living room adjacent to these rooms - some bedrooms are on the ground floor and some are upstairs. Everyone eats in the kitchen and the food is excellent. Shout out to Neil who does all the cooking. It was consistently healthy, tasty and there was plenty of it without being wasteful. There are kayaks and paddleboards available. You may prefer to use these in the morning when the water tended to be completely flat. We did go out in the afternoon in between bear sighting, and it was still great, even if a little choppier. This is just a recommendation for those who may not be fully confident kayaking or paddleboarding but still want to have a go. There are lots of chairs out on the open deck which is a lovely place to sit, relax and take in the mountains and the water. Accessing the Lodge: We arrived by boat from Prince Rupert. The sea was a little choppy so if you get sea sick, take something before setting off. We saw orcas in the harbour on our way out and humpback whales on the way back in. The captain of this boat is fantastic - clearly experienced and was kind enough to stop and let us spend some time watching the whales. Note: What helped make this experience as wonderful as it was is the privacy and quiet of the lodge. It is the only place you can stay overnight and visit the grizzlies. One other boat comes out there with tourists on a day trip, but it is not allowed to go as far into the Reserve and it's full of people all vying for position - with no guarantee of seeing the bears as the bears are often much further in the Reserve. When you are out on the water, there is no one else there - just you, the other guests, the guide and of course the birds and bears . Price: Obviously this is not a cheap getaway, especially for 4 days. But I am assuming if you're reading this, you already know that. We were a little hesitant at first given the expense, but have absolutely no regrets for putting out this kind of money - including flying to and from Prince Rupert. It was worth every penny: The privacy of the lodge; the experiences watching the bears; the whale and bald eagle sightings; the top-notch guides; the stunning beauty of the wilderness; the quality of food; the cleanliness and convenience of the accommodation - all worth it as it's not like any other experience you're likely to have if you want guaranteed grizzly sightings in the wild. Again, I can not recommend this place enough. If you are booked to come, you will have an incredible, unforgettable experience. And if you're thinking of coming, don't think any longer - just book.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Ryan_Gunther wrote a review Jun 2023
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This has been a dream vacation for several years and it exceeded expectations. The bed was comfortable, the food was amazing, and the surroundings are unmatched. But most importantly, there were bears, all day every day. Closer than I'd thought possible.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Roadglideguy wrote a review May 2023
Victoria, Canada6 contributions2 helpful votes
I cannot express how amazing this trip was for my four friends and myself. The staff was super accommodating and went out of their way to provide anything you needed. The food was absolutely amazing and there was lots of it. The internet service was better than what I get at home. The lodge owner Jamie was a wealth of knowledge and exposed us to the Bears and his general passion for the area. We saw about 18 bear total with several repeats. On the way in there were 8 to 10 Orcas and a Minke whale which I understand is not a common occurrence. The area is absolutely breathtaking and we had several "National Geographic moments". Take good rain gear for those times you're not wearing a flotation suit. I think it was one of the best wilderness experiences I've ever had.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Robert Larmer wrote a review May 2023
Coquitlam, Canada5 contributions2 helpful votes
Dad and I went to the Khutzeymateen lodge in May of 2023. There is truly no bad points to speak of. So this review will just explain what you can expect: Food: The food is made by an experienced chef who takes a great deal of pride in his work and uses any opportunity to explain his choices in cooking. He is extremely enthusiastic about food, cooking, and those who eat his food. He wants to make clients happy. Every single meal was delicious. We had everything from BBQ Chicken, freshly caught crab, pork tenderloin, seafood pasta. Each meal was unique. The desserts ranged from apple crumble to lemon meringue pie. Everything was made from scratch and made hours before eating. Bears: We saw multiple bears every single day. Typically you would get to within 10 yards of a bear. The photo opportunities are plentiful. By comparison I went to Tanzania on safari and I would say that your proximity to these animals is comparable to what you would see in Nogorongoro Crater. You are right up beside them. The animals are habituated to boats so don't care or even appear to notice your presence. We saw bears grazing, hunting for clams, wrestling with each other, and on one occasion we saw one large boar chase off two younger adult bears. Staff: The staff are all extremely friendly and go out of their way to make you comfortable. Guides, cooks, and Jamie all are approachable, friendly and extremely interested in the wildlife. The other guests were all likeable and friendly. It was a relaxed atmosphere. Lodge: The rooms are spacious, the beds are very comfortable, lots of pillows and blankets as you want. If you under-dress they provide warm suits to keep you cozy during the bear viewing. Washrooms are great, lots of hot water to spare for everyone. It was peaceful and quiet in the evening and truly relaxing. I cannot stress this enough: if you go away to relax this is the trip for you. I can say this was one of the best trips I have ever taken. I expect it will takeoff and become bigger and more popular as the years go on. It is truly pristine untouched wilderness. It shouldn't be missed for anyone who is interested in wildlife.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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jonnnyboy wrote a review Dec 2022
Victoria, Canada96 contributions11 helpful votes
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It all started with a float plane ride from Prince Rupert. Not the greatest weather, but to be expected for the area. We arrived @ the lodge after the half hour flight. Weather had improved after our arrival. There were 9 of us in total staying for the 4 days. Accomodations were more than satisfactory. Amenities were shared but you never felt like you had to wait. 3 washrooms 2 with showers. Common area was setup with couches and a wonderful wood burning fireplace, which kept us toasty and warm. After settling in our rooms, we all got on our zoot suits and prepared for our afternoon on the zodiac in search of the grizzly bears. After a short ride down the inlet, we were greeted with our first of many bear sightings. Absolutely amazing to see these huge animals in their natural habitat. Upon our return to the lodge, we were treated to the first of many fantastic meals prepared from scratch by the chef! Not enough power to run a microwave ! Such a variety of food he turned out ! Always coffee on in the morning along with homemade granola and fresh fruit. This served prior to a phenomenal hot breakfast prior to heading back out on the zodiac. Our weather was outstanding for the rest of our stay. Met some interesting people who were there for the same reason we were. We were fortunate enough to take one our afternoon trips to head out into the open ocean in search of whales. We weren’t disappointed as we were treated to a bunch of humpback whales bubble feeding. Truly an amazing site ! We wish we could have stayed longer ! We will definitely be making the return trip in 2023. A definite bucket list trip should you get the chance !!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Erik S wrote a review Sep 2022
Hailey, Idaho10 contributions21 helpful votes
Phenomenal bear viewing experience via oversized, roof covered zodiacs--perfect for this wheelchair user to be able to see lots of bears up close. Most of the bears seem accustomed to the zodiacs and so allow your to get quite close for extended periods of time, allowing for superlative viewing not easily found elsewhere. The floating eco-lodge run by Jamie & Becky is unique and full of character, and functionally accessible for a wheelchair user to get around, with a little help on and off the seaplanes and zodiacs. We also took advantage of their sea kayaks and cooking hot sauna as well. The food was by far the tastiest, freshest, and healthiest by far we experienced on a monthlong trip to mutliple wildlife lodges in Alaska & BC. We'll be back!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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RJP wrote a review Aug 2022
Winchester, United Kingdom227 contributions224 helpful votes
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This lodge has been run by Jamie for the past 7 yrs since he purchased the rights. It is the only floating lodge or accommodation in the Khutzeymateen national park. They have 8 double rooms although in practice our 3 teenage children were each given their own double room. So we shared the whole lodge with only 1 other family. The area round the lodge has become quite famous as recently both the Netflix series “wild Babies episode 8” and the Disney plus series “growing up animal episode 1” were filmed around the lodge with the film crews staying here. The location for the lodge is stunning and wonderfully isolated. Jamie has built a very special place here. The price includes 2 x 3 hr boat trips a day on their large rib to watch the bears. Jamie has names for most of them and like humans they all have their distinct personalities. It was amazing and a real privilege to spend time watching so many bears in their natural environment. We went in late august when the bears were catching salmon which was interesting. I believe the mating season in May and June can also be a good time to go. Or alternatively whale watching was also available and that too was great but for us the bears were the stars of the show. Neil the chef cooks some great food and deserves a special mention. He will also cook separate meals to accommodate food preferences. Amazingly they do have good WiFi via satellite. If you have an interest in seeing bears in their natural environment will not regret staying here .
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Faye W wrote a review Jul 2022
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This floating lodge on the inlet up from Prince Rupert is a hidden gem. If you want to see 15-20 different grizzlies including moms and cubs, this is THE place to go. Great food, safe boating, comfortable accomodation and a unique experience. Definitely should be on everyone's bucket list.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Darryl Casey wrote a review Jul 2022
Brantford, Canada181 contributions59 helpful votes
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This was a truly remarkable experience, everything was excellent! The flight into the lodge through the mountains was amazing. It takes about 20 minutes to fly through the mountains and land next to the lodge. We were treated like royalty from the moment we stepped off the plane. Be ready because as soon as you step off the plane you will be whisked away in a zodiac to go searching for bears for 3 hours. Upon return lunch is waiting for you. Neil the chef is outstanding and prepares fantasic meals everyday. Jamie who runs the lodge has a lifetime of experience with grizzly bears. His knowledge of the bears in the Khutz is amazing. We were lucky enough to see many Bears and lots of other wildlife (eagles, harbour seals, humback whales and many type of birds). On this trip we photographed Alfie, Scout, Spruce, Blondie, Big Mama and Hot Chocolate. It was a truly magical experience. We went in early July and it was perfect. We highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed. Thank you to all the staff for an remarkable time. We wil be back someday.
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