Grizzly bear watching in Bella Coola (Michael Wigle photo)
British Columbia is prime bear watching territory. The province is home to the rare white Kermode (Spirit) bear, more than half of Canada’s grizzly bears, and a quarter of Canada’s black bears.
Perch in an elevated viewing platform and witness grizzly bears pouncing on and devouring spawning salmon. Drift silently in a riverboat and listen to a black bear and her cubs munching fresh grass sedges. Or catch a glimpse of an elusive white Kermode bear lumbering along a mossy riverbank.
Bear viewing in BC ranges from spotting a bear next to the highway to luxury wilderness adventure trips. It’s possible to view bears without a guide, but guided bear-watching trips are the best way to ensure a safe, successful experience of viewing bears in their natural habitat.
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209-1110 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2012) & a "Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure (2009). Take a multi-day adventure cruise on the 28 m (92 ft) schooner Maple Leaf to really experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords, explore ancient rainforests. A-list naturalists & guides lead you to intimate bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & accommodations. Queen Charlotte Islands, Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. By a leader in sustainable tourism, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. Visit us for information.
Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night. Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal British Columbia, kayak through glacial fed waters, amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
Located at the base of Mt. Stevens, in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort exists at a different vibration that the rest of the world. Accessible only by helicopter, float plane or boat, Nimmo Bay offers something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned angler or have never touched a rod, our "Heli-Fishing" adventure is for you; our "Helicopter Adventures" is for people of all ages who are looking to explore 50,000 square miles of extraordinary wilderness-old growth forests, white sand beaches, hot springs & more. Our yoga & wellness activities will leave you recharged, relaxed & renewed.
Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching, & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature & our photographers the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With our small groups (maximum 6 guests per trip), our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter and experience the Wild in Wilderness!
OuterShores offers multi-day wildlife & cultural expeditions along the BC coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our classic 70' schooner Passing Cloud. Coastal cruising, sailing, sea kayaking, & frequent shore excursions provide amazing opportunities to encounter whales, wolves, grizzly bears, Spirit bears, sea otters, seabirds & First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, West Coast Vancouver Island, & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!
51 Wharf Street
Tofino, British Columbia
We are committed to preserving the ecological value & timeless wonder of Clayoquot Sound. We strive to help visitors appreciate the coastal environment through fun, educational outings. Our programs emphasize the many connections between forest & ocean ecosystems.
Whether whale watching, bear watching, dipping into Hot Springs Cove or sea kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986.
We launch out of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach & Pacific Rim National Park. Tofino is part of Clayoquot Sound, a temperate rainforest area of beaches & fjord inlets.
4282 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
Spanning the distance between Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains, the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is breathtaking. The journey between the two mountains provides a 360-degree window into Whistler Blackcomb's alpine environment, its surrounding peaks, changing seasons & wildlife habitat. Looking for an epic hike to an ancient glacier? A gentle stroll on an alpine walking trail? A tour of black bear habitat? High tea at an alpine hut? Wine tasting on a mountaintop patio? The choice is yours with the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. From easy to epic, there's something for everyone.
'Exclusive Land Rover Excursions'. Our year-round scenic private/semi-private Eco-Tours will take you to areas rarely seen by most Whistler visitors; Morning/Evening with the Bears, Ancient Rainforest/Eagle Viewing Experience, Hidden Glacier Lake Hike/Snowshoe. Travel throughout the Coast Mountain Range to rarely seen scenic destinations in one of our rugged, well-appointed G4 series Land Rover LR3 to the most remote locations in the Whistler region. Take in the year-round amazing beauty of the area on several of our exclusive private/semi-private tours. Allow Whistler Discovery Tours to guide you on your unique adventure.