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The Atnarko River near Bella Coola
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Bella Coola

Bear Watching

Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

The Bella Coola Valley and adjoining Tweedsmuir Park are home to a large population of grizzly and black bears and bear watching has become a popular activity here.

The animals actively roam over a wide area late in the day and throughout the night and to the casual visitor can occasionally be hard to spot. Some, but not all bears tend to follow the ripening fruit and vegetation up into the surrounding hillsides during spring and summer, and then return to the valley floor in late August to feast on the spawning salmon.

When to Bear Watch in Bella Coola

Although visitors may spot bears while driving, knowing when and where to view bears and safely and more closely can be a challenge. Local Bella Coola Valley guides offer bear-watching trips and tours during the bear "season." These tours are either by boats that "drift" the rivers or take enthusiasts hiking to the best spots. Going with a guide is certainly the recommended approach, and will ensure that both bear and visitor are safe.

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16 Bear Watching in Bella Coola

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Great Bear Nature Tours - Port Hardy

Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
V0N 2P0
Toll-free888-221-8212
Phone250-949-9496

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the new lodge uses locally sourced woods and large windows looking onto the forest and fjord. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions and activities such as interpretive hikes and boat excursions. Tours begin in Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island, with a spectacular seaplane flight to the Great Bear Lodge. Voted by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth, and recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experience.

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Grizzly Bear Safari Tours - Minstrel Island

Knight Inlet
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
V0P 1L0
Toll-free877-764-4286
Phone250-334-8858

Our grizzly bear/wildlife safari is for the adventurous person wishing to see & photograph the most complete wildlife population of the BC coast. Grizzly & black bears, orca & humpback whales, white-sided dolphins, eagles, sea lions & many more. An adventure you'll never forget.

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Knight Inlet Grizzly Bear Adventure Tours - Knight Inlet

Toll-free
Phone250-337-1953

Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada's premier grizzly bear viewing destination. We have been featured in productions by the BBC Natural History Unit (2008), National Geographic, Time Magazine, Disney & many others around the world as the best place to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Situated in the lush Great Bear Rainforest, Knight Inlet Lodge caters to the wildlife enthusiast wishing unparallelled viewing opportunities for grizzly bears, whales, birds & many other species of animals. 2012 & 2013 Travellers Choice award winner.

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Spirit Bear Lodge - Klemtu

Box 401
Klemtu, British Columbia
V0T 1L0
Toll-free
Phone250-339-5644

Spirit Bear Lodge is located in the Kitasoo First Nation village of Klemtu, BC. With the lodge as our base, we travel in small groups by boat, exploring the temperate rainforest and ecological wonders of Princess Royal Island, home to the world's only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy. See the rare Spirit bear and majestic Grizzly bear, who inhabit the traditional territory of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation. Fabulous opportunities exist to watch and photograph these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

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Tide Rip Grizzly Tours - Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
V0N 3J0
Toll-free888-643-9319
Phone250-339-5320

See grizzly bears in the wilds of Knight Inlet. Tours depart daily from Telegraph Cove, the whale watching centre on northern Vancouver Island, by covered boat. Watch grizzly bears eat salmon, eagles pick the scraps. Sea birds, dolphins, seals, black bears, grizzlies. We depart early at 7:00 am to assure grizzly bear sightings; we had 99% sightings on 2014 trips. June is our best month. We run in a covered boat with on-board washroom, then at the grizzly bear hot spot we switch to big open skiffs to get in close to the action. Lunch & light breakfast is included amidst the splendour of Knight Inlet. In the fall, bears eat salmon. Departure times may vary in the fall.

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Tweedsmuir Lodge Grizzly Bear Tours - Bella Coola

7001 Corbould Rd
Bella Coola, British Columbia
V0T 1C0
Toll-free877-982-2407
Phone604-905-4994

Our Grizzly Bear Tours have been included in the Canadian Tourism Commission's "Signature Experiences Collection"! Tours run August to October when the rivers are teeming with salmon, drawing Grizzlies hoping to fatten up for the winter. At this time Grizzlies are intent on fishing and are more tolerant of other bears and people, therefore much easier to observe.

Accompanied by an experienced guide, our non-motorized drift trips are the perfect way to see the bears and wildlife of Bella Coola.

Advantages:
- Small groups! - Leave Vancouver in the morning and be bear viewing in the afternoon! - Superior accommodation

Accolades: - Founding member of The Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada - TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence & Traveller's Choice Award: "Top Small Hotels of Canada"!

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Adventure Quest Canada Tours Inc. - Campbell River

Coast Discovery Marina
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 8C7
Toll-free855-659-2327
Phone250-202-4921

Whales, Bears and Wildlife! Our West Coast Eco-Adventures take you into the heart of the Orca Realm of Johnstone Strait, the Discovery Island, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Cruise in style & comfort aboard our safe, covered cabin cruiser with onboard washroom, as we search for Killer Whales (Orca), Grizzly bears, Black Bears, Bald Eagles, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Seals & Sea Birds. Only company in town featuring kayaking boat-based day trips. Our Transport Canada certified boat & captains cater to small groups and families. Come for a scheduled trip or personalized adventure!

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Bella Coola Vehicle Rentals - Hagensborg

1655 Airport Road
Hagensborg, British Columbia
V0T 1H0
Toll-free
Phone250-982-2146

Bella Coola Vehicle Rentals Offer Clean, Safe & Reliable Options for Exploring the Beauty of the Bella Coola Valley Area. We feature Jeep Cherokee SUVs that can help you find trails & waterfalls that you might not get to with a regular automobile. - Fast and easy check-in & check-out - Custom packages available - Courteous Service - Pick-up and Drop-off available

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Bluewater Adventures - Bella Bella

Toll-free888-877-1770
Phone604-980-3800

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live-aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travelling with renowned naturalists and our skilled crew aboard 68' expedition yachts we keep watch for whales and other marine mammals, coastal birds and bears, old-growth forests and ancient native villages. We focus on animal behaviour, ecology, sustainability and local history. Small groups of 12-14 guests ensure quality, informality and a 'hands-on' experience for all aboard. Bluewater Adventures adheres to the principals of ecotourism by supporting local communities, promoting conservation, ensuring our practices are low impact, and by providing guests with world-class knowledge about the coast.

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Bones Bay Lodge - Minstrel Island

Bones Bay
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
V0P 1L0
Toll-free
Phone509-413-1519

Clio Channel near Minstrel Island, Knight Inlet is home to Bones Bay Resort/Float Lodge. Centrally anchored in the remote, pristine waters of Bones Bay, our small, intimate guest lodge is perfectly located. We provide guests the option to book Wildlife Eco-Tours, Fishing Adventures or Combination Stays.

These unique opportunities appeal to individuals, couples or families wanting a diverse & exciting vacation holiday that will offer the experience of a lifetime. Join us at our remote lodge for custom designed, fully guided tours & adventures.

Tired of the everyday rat race? Make this 'Your Last Resort!'

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