Lords of the Wilderness Bear Viewing

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Go bear watching in Churchill & the Great Bear Rainforest

Witness polar bears and grizzly bears in their natural habitat and travel across Canada on VIA Rail’s The Canadian train. From the lush, abundant Great Bear Rainforest to the barren arctic tundra of Churchill – no safari better represents Canada’s immense diversity. Space is limited, so be sure to book early!

See grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest

Remote wilderness lodge experience

Sleep on board the iconic VIA Rail ‘Canadian Train’ 

Witness Churchill’s polar bears up close from a Tundra Buggy

Suggested length

15 days / 14 nights


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When to go

September – October

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  • Arrive in Vancouver
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    Arrive in Vancouver

    Welcome to our hometown — a famously lovely west coast city surrounded by mountains and the ocean.  

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    Fly to Campbell River

    This morning, depart Vancouver and fly to Campbell River to start your grizzly bear experience.   

  • Fly to Campbell River
  • Float Plane to the Great Bear Rainforest
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    Float Plane to the Great Bear Rainforest

    Your Knight Inlet Lodge experience begins.  

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    View Grizzly Bears

    Your Knight Inlet Lodge experience continues.  

  • View Grizzly Bears
  • Knight Inlet Lodge-Campbell River-Vancouver
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    Knight Inlet Lodge-Campbell River-Vancouver

    Travel back to Vancouver today.  

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    Explore Vancouver

    Spend the day discovering all Vancouver has to offer. Enjoy a day at leisure or ask us about adding a guided sightseeing experience.

  • Explore Vancouver
  • VIA Rail - Depart Vancouver
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    VIA Rail - Depart Vancouver

    Board The Canadian train in Vancouver and begin your journey east. Travel through the varied landscape of British Columbia's Fraser Valley.     

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    VIA Rail – Canadian Rockies

    Continue northeast through the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta — keep your eyes peeled for bears and elk!  

  • VIA Rail – Canadian Rockies
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Comfort Level

Hotel Accommodation

3 to 3.5 Star

VIA Rail Service

Economy Class
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'From' prices are per person, based on double occupancy and exclude taxes. Prices vary by departure date, the choice of activities, hotel selection and availability at time of booking.
Note: This trip can also be taken in reverse directions.
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Visit Victoria, BC

Visit Victoria, BC

Add a night or two to explore the old-world charm of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Visit the famed Butchart Gardens, go whale watching, or explore the seafront parks and museums. We recommend a stay at the Fairmont Empress - Victoria's stately crown jewel. Photo credit: Destination BC


These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

Insider's tip

From the peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the uninhabited islands off the coast of BC, via sunny resort towns of wine country, temperate rainforests that are home to some of the world's most charismatic creatures, crystal-clear waters, hoodoos and canyons and some of the most incredible sunsets you'll ever see, Western Canada really has to be experienced to be believed!

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What's included

Hotel accommodation
Meals whilst onboard the train
Unique guided activities such as dogsledding, cultural tours and more
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

Frequently asked questions

Our vacations are not typically ‘escorted.’ You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of ‘independent’ travel.

This allows you, with the help of our Canadian Insiders, to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, timeframe and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.

Your trip can be as rich as you’d like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can customize your trip and decide what you’d like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we’ll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you’re traveling with a group, we’ll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

We partner with many hotels across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Choosing a hotel is based on local availability and personal preference, and our Insiders will help you find the perfect place to rest your head so that you can have the best experience possible.

All our trips are personalized to fit our clients’ schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. When you request a quote you’ll be provided with the detailed information you need

Most of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada’s beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you’re keen to maximize your time onboard, we’ll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers in Canada are driven by tourism. You’ll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

The safest way to see a grizzly bear in the wild is on a guided tour. Most times you will see the bears from a boat, not on land. Our guides understand bear behaviour and are equipped to keep you safe, which usually means maintaining a respectful distance (so, no bear selfies — bring a good camera with a telephoto lens) and making sure the bears know you are there. Guides also carry bear spray, VHF radios in case of an emergency, and they are trained in first aid. Always listen to your guide's expert advice for a safe and memorable experience.

The best time to see polar bears is in October and November, during the annual fall migration. The polar bears congregate on the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill waiting for the water to freeze so the annual seal hunt can begin.

The polar bear migration is a special occasion, and it offers visitors a high probability of seeing the bears in the wild. Our specialized tour operators know the landscape extremely well, and will take you to places where bears are commonly spotted. There is no guarantee of a sighting, however.

Most wilderness lodge accommodations also provide activities such as hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, helicopter tours and more. Some of these can be pre-booked through Fresh Tracks, and some are arranged directly at the lodge.

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