Pyna-Tee-Ah Lodge
Bear Whisperer™ & Ultimate Bear Whisperer™– Walk with bears & grizzly viewing lodge or RV park

Explore this magnificent natural region where mountains and lakes meet. Walk among the trees and the birds while searching for animals to observe such as grizzlies and caribous. You’ll feel as you are part of their environment and that you make one with nature. Time flies while enjoying the fresh mountain air and such amazing natural décor.

INCLUSIONS

Bear Whisperer™ inclusions:
• Accommodation for 3 nights at Pyna-teeah Lodge or in RV Park with water and power hookups
• 4-6 participants per guide, maximum capacity 12 participants

Ultimate Bear Whisperer™ inclusions:
• Accommodation for 3 nights at Pyna-teeah Lodge
• Enhanced guided viewing sessions at closer vantage points to the bears
• Walk with the Bear Whisperer™ among the bears in boreal forest and along rivers
• High adventure experience with more bears during high activity fall feeding season
• Maximum 2 participants per guide for more intense bear viewing and personal service
• Full wading gear, (chest waders and wading boots), rain gear and boots – body and boot size required at time of booking

Both options include:
• Meals: Full board starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 4
• 2 days of bear watching
• Complimentary guided Gold Rush Trail tour, kayaking or canoeing on Quesnel Lake (2 – 4 hours), offered to guests checking in at the lodge at 13:00*
• Provincial Taxes and Federal GST
• Gratuities

Not Included: Flights, gratuity to drivers and guides, city tax to be paid locally, beverages, personal expenses, travel insurances, optional tours or all other item not mentioned in present itinerary

• Passengers need to be in good physical condition and must have good mobility (able to hike for several hours)

• All guests are required to sign a waiver of liability prior to departure (absolute waiver of liability for Ultimate Bear Whisperer™ option)

• Guests must be physically fit to participate in the Ultimate Bear Whisperer™ package. They will be in full wading gear, as they will be wading in and crossing the Salmon River. Body and boot size must be provided at the time of booking.

Packing suggestions:

Essential equipment for all seasons: good waterproof rain gear, jacket, pants and hat or hood on jacket, sturdy hiking/walking shoes (no sandals), and warm clothing that can be layered. The weather changes quickly and excursions take place rain or shine. Snow showers and cold winds off the mountains can occur in early September, especially in the Mitchell River area. Guests must be prepared with essential equipment as they will leave the lodge for the entire day during excursions (only returning to the lodge in the evening). Bring a camera (with telephoto lens if you have it), binoculars, day pack sack, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses and personal toiletries.

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT PYNA-TEE-AH LODGE


Arrive independently at Pyna-tee-ah Lodge in the afternoon (check-in at 13:00), or fly to Williams Lake and get a transfer (not included), and attend a meet and greet orientation accompanied by a welcome happy hour at 17:00. Complimentary guided Gold Rush Trail tour, kayaking or canoeing on Quesnel Lake (2 to 4 hours) will be offered to guests checking in at the lodge at 13:00*. After dinner at 18:30, the evening is yours to relax in the lodge, explore the old gold rush village of Likely, or take a walk along the nearby Quesnel River. (D)
Accommodation: Pyna-tee-ah Lodge or RV Park for 3 nights
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DAY 2 PYNA-TEE-AH LODGE


After an early morning breakfast at 05:00, you will set out on full-day excursion of bear viewing. Depending on the season, the method which you observe the bears may vary. In the spring, you travel by vehicle (4X4 and/or multi-passenger ATV) into the lowlands and valleys in the Cariboo Mountains where you disembark and hike into areas where grizzlies, moose, deer, wolves and black bears feed on the new shoots of spring grasses. This is the best chance to catch a glimpse of bear cubs enjoying their first spring with their mothers. In the summer, you hike into the high country to observe the massive grizzly bears feeding in the high alpine basins. In summer, follow the bears through the boreal forest and mountain berry patches to the high alpine of the Cariboo Mountains or on the Cariboo River that receives an early Chinook Salmon run. In the fall, the tour is conducted by boat and jet boat to the bear viewing area of Mitchell River (or on one of the other rivers in the Cariboo Mountains area). The estuaries of Quesnel Lake are spawning grounds for Pacific sockeye salmon which in turn lure grizzly bears where food is plentiful and to prepare for a long winter hibernation period. Wolves may also be seen eating the fish on the riverbanks during these bountiful months. Other wildlife sightings may include moose, beavers, deer, mountain caribou, mountain goats, lynx, otters, eagles, woodpeckers, blue herons, cranes, raptors and songbirds throughout the year. A packed lunch will be provided on the excursion. You
will return to the lodge in time to refresh and relax at happy hour before dinner. The evening is at your leisure to stroll through the village, socialize in the lodge or outside in the new gazebo, play a game of horseshoes, or simply sit and relax outdoors or play a game of pool in the games room. (B/L/D)
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DAY 3 PYNA-TEE-AH LODGE


Today you partake in a second day of bear watching after breakfast, travelling to one of the major river or departure areas. Arriving at the river you board a powerful jet boat and travel up the Cariboo River where you will spend the day watching bears, moose, birds and other wildlife while learning firsthand about this unique ecosystem. A packed lunch will be provided to enjoy in the early afternoon. Return to lodge for happy hour and dinner at 18:00. (B/L/D)
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END OF TOUR

Enjoy your last morning at the lodge before packing and departing independently (check-out is 10:00). (B)

*Choice of activity can be advised at the time of booking, but the final decision will be made by the guide, depending on the weather conditions and other factors, on the day of arrival. No refund will be issued to guests who miss these activities due to late arrival or other circumstances.

How to Get Here

Airlines
Fly in to Williams Lake, our nearest major centre, which hosts a commercial airport with three flights daily to and from Vancouver.
Round trip ground transport for the pleasant and scenic drive (approximately 60 miles) from Williams Lake Airport can be arranged or, if you prefer, rent a vehicle and drive yourself to Pyna-tee-ah Lodge at Likely.

Local Airports
For a bird’s eye view air transport by floatplane or wheel plane to the nearby airstrip can be arranged or fly your own plane. If you aren’t familiar with “bush strips”, please land at Williams Lake airport and drive out or someone of the lodge will meet you. Likely airstrip coordinates N 52° 37′ W 121° 30′ – 3200 foot gravel strip at 3,225 feet elevation. Williams Lake Airport Operations (1.250.989.4713).

Driving Directions
From Vancouver via the scenic Fraser Canyon on Trans Canada highway No. 1 to Cache Creek, then north on Highway 97 to Williams Lake or via Whistler on the Pemberton highway to the historic Hat Creek Ranch where it joins Highway 97 north. Just south of Williams Lake (about 60 miles / 90 km) at 150 Mile House turn east onto the secondary paved highway which leads to the communities of Likely and Horsefly. At the top of the hill, the road ‘Y’s’. Stay to the left on the paved road that goes to Likely. As you come into Likely you cross the Quesnel River. At the end of the bridge, turn left and follow the road approximately a quarter mile (½ km) downriver to Pyna-tee-ah Lodge. Driving time from Williams Lake is about an hour. Driving time from Vancouver is about 8 hours.

** Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to special events, operation hours/days and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment.

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