A wonderful few days of guided adventure of hiking and river floats. Magnificent scenery of mountains, fjords, glaciers and rivers with more optional activities of helihiking and via Ferrata. The lodge is set in in landscaped grounds surrounded by mountains and the river beyond. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place.
A group of four (two couples) travelled by car from Vancouver. The last part of the drive was on an un-paved road - we read about it but it was much smoother than anticipated and an easy drive. My husband and I stayed in the Grizzly Lodge - the King bed was ever so comfortable and the lodge was clean, cozy and well stocked with towels and toiletries. The staff catered to our dietary requirements well - food was superb all three nights! (They even pack you a lunch if you take a full day tour!). We took a full day walking tour with Jessib on one day - he was so knowledgable and we all felt comfortable knowing his years long experience being in grizzly bear territory. We knew that seeing grizzly bears was about being in the right place at the right time so we had low expectations, but were pleased that each stop Jessib took us on - we saw bears. (Safely viewed across the river!!). On day 2 we took a morning River Drift with Woody. Would highly recommend this. We were very lucky to have been stopped in the boat when a bear wandered out from the trees to grab a salmon before our very eyes. We stayed a good distance away (would recommend taking binoculars and a good camera) but the bear chose to walk in our direction, ate a fish and casually walked away. The guides are great at reading the bears and we felt very safe at all times. Later that day, after a great hot tub, we witnessed a bear come onto the grass right in front of the cabins to eat the clover - such a treat! We spent a few hours on the viewing platform each morning (early!) and late afternoon and managed to see many bears catching fish from right in front of the platform. On our last morning we saw Momma bear and her triplet cubs play fighting in the water! I would recommend putting extra time in there as it really is right place at the right time! There are no guarantees with seeing wild animals so we know we were very fortunate, and the tours and time spent on the viewing platform made such a difference! One of the guides, Ellie, spent some time on the Viewing platform answering some questions on the bears - she was so great to talk to and has known many of the bears for years! It was a once in a lifetime experience for us! We were incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to come to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge - it's a beautiful location, ever so peaceful (only 10 cabins so felt very exclusive!), great food, amazing employees who go above and beyond - and the wildlife was a huge bonus :) (Aside from all the grizzlies, we saw a black bear, mountain goats, eagles and all different types of birds!) Can't wait to come back! Covid note: We were given hand sanitizer, face masks, gloves etc in our rooms. Facemasks had to be worn in the cars for tours. Sanitizer stations are set up before you go into the lodge/hot tub/gym etc. The staff all wore masks. Life jackets were left for 48 hours before the next person would use them - every effort has been made to adhere to Covid guidelines here - we felt very well looked after :)…
Maybe it was because this was our first trip post-Covid, but the Lodge far exceeded our expectations. The quality of the chalets (including the beds and bedding) was excellent, the food was varied and really delicious (and was served by the loveliest staff), the guides were friendly and knowledgeable and the setting was sublime. I would come back anytime, and will encourage all of my friends and family to visit this really special place.
We stayed October this year and the experience was mind blowing! All the staff and guides were so friendly, passionate and knowledgeable, it really shone through in the service given. The restaurant servers even anticipated our preferences each day, with beverage choice waiting for us pretty much as we sat down. We did the Via Ferrata (twice, as it was so fun!), bear viewing float (twice, which was equally as spectacular). The guided interpretive hike was super interesting and horseback riding in the old growth forests gave a truly wild experience! I think our favorite feature is the ability to wake up early and nip down to the bear viewing platform. Some of the time you don't even need to go to the viewing station, they're on the lawn waiting for you!
We were so lucky the Lodge had space at the last minute. As we drove down The Hill in torrential rain with plans to camp, we found our initial camping plans were going to work out. They went out of their way to accommodate us for one night, helping however they could, and even willing to run a pile of baby laundry through for us. The main lodge and cabins were beautiful and the setting was amazing, we only wish we could have stayed longer. Staff were friendly and everything felt extremely covid-safe.