Tweedsmuir Park Lodge - Bella Coola

Three- or Five-Night Stay at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge in Bella Coola, BC

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Historic Wilderness Lodge with Grizzly-Bear Tours

Each autumn in Bella Coola Valley, grizzly bears flock to the Atnarko and Bella Coola Rivers to fill up on spawning salmon before hibernating for the winter. At the nearby Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, you can board a small boat and quietly approach the bears, spending several hours in the serene river watching them nap, eat, and play. The grizzly-bear tour is just one of many adventures offered by the rustic lodge—others include a fishing trip to remote sections of the Atnarko River, and helicopter-skiing excursions. You can use your included C$50 credit toward one of these unique, immersive tours, which have helped Tweedsmuir earn a spot in the Canadian Tourism Commission's Signature Experiences Collection.

The lodge itself is a day's scenic drive from Vancouver’s airport or a 45-minute drive from the quaint town of Bella Coola. Nestled near the base of Mount Stupendenous, the lodge sits atop 60 acres of its own personal wilderness reserve. Nearby, prawns and crabs fill a series of fjords, and evergreens loom above the Atnarko River, where you can fish for trout or five species of Pacific salmon. Though it's not uncommon to see bald eagles, otters, and bear cubs on the property, the animals have never been known to disturb guests, and Tweedsmuir shares bear safety guidelines, such as “Don’t punch bears.”

After days spent reeling in fish, bring your catches to the onsite restaurant, where chefs will prepare, cook, and season them with spices grown in the lodge’s herb garden. The 12-person outdoor hot tub attached to Tweedsmuir’s spa provides a perfect vantage point for the surrounding natural beaty. Inside the private log cabins, natural-wood furnishings evoke the outdoors, and WiFi keeps you connected with those at home.

Bella Coola, British Columbia: Abundant Wildlife and Rustic Scenery

The Bella Coola Valley is home to one of British Columbia’s largest protected provincial parks, surrounded by the Coast Mountains and lush forests. Wildlife flourishes in these woods, and on one of Tweedsmuir’s guided tours, you might see wolves, cougars, blacktail deer, and mountain goats. Thanks to the valley’s scenic backdrop and abundant rivers, fishing, kayaking, and sailing are also popular pursuits.

In quaint downtown Bella Coola, you’ll find Kopas Store, a historical general store dating back to 1937. For more historical context, stop into the Bella Coola Museum, housed in a 19th-century log cabin. Here, the Freedom Road exhibit takes an in-depth look at the construction of the first major road that led out of the valley.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two adults in a loft cabin. Up to two kids 11 or younger stay free. Combine two Groupons to extend your stay.

  • Option 1: C$429, three nights (up to a C$777 value)
  • Option 2: C$685, five nights (up to a C$1,295 value)

Included in all options:

  • Daily breakfast (a C$42 value/day)
  • C$50 credit toward a wilderness tour

Total value: Up to $1,505

Book by: 10/1/12
Travel by: 10/15/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Main lodge with games, billiards, and dining room
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Onsite spa with 12-person hot tub
  • Walking trails
  • Frisbee golf course
  • WiFi
  • Recreational equipment, including mountainbikes and inner tubes
  • On-site gym

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 10/1/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 10/15/12
  • Not valid 8/11, 8/18, or 8/26-9/13
  • Limit 3 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability; call ahead to ensure preferred date
  • 60-day cancellation notice required or fee of 25% Groupon price applies; 30-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • 12% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Loft Cabin

  • One queen bed, one double bed, one single bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: C$20 for guests 12 or older; guests 11 or younger stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

The lodge website has more detailed information regarding how to get there.

  • By plane: about 29 miles (47 km) from Bella Coola Airport (QBC)
  • By car: about 485 miles (780 km) northwest of Vancouver
  • By shuttle: about US$138 (C$140; divided among your party) roundtrip from QBC
  • By ferry: BC ferries, from Port Hardy to Bella Coola, runs June–mid-September

Traveler's Tips

  • As there are only 10 cabins, lodge staff highly recommends calling or emailing ahead of time to ensure availability for your preferred date.

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