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Grizzly bear family, Great Bear Rainforest
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Bear Watching

Grizzly bear watching in Bella Coola (Michael Wigle photo)

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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Outer Shores Expeditions & Wilderness Tours - Victoria

360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9A 3S1
Toll-free855-714-7233
Phone250-244-1218

Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness & cultural expeditions throughout Canada's Pacific Coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our 70' classic wooden 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 & visit First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, Pacific Rim National Park & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!

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Pacific Yellowfin Charters - Vancouver

8380 St. George St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5X 3S7
Toll-free866-640-5935
Phone604-321-2124

The Pacific Yellowfin is not only a unique historic vessel in the Pacific Northwest with an incredible history, it also boasts unique features that differentiate us from other operators on the British Columbia coastline. Available for per cabin trips during June and September, or full boat charter anytime during our season. Off-season day cruises also available, please inquire.

Full boat charters are 100% custom and tailor made just for your group! We offer everything from gourmet dining, to truly wild bear and whale watching, to awesome water sports for all ages. There is something for everyone onboard the Pacific Yellowfin.

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Remote Passages Marine Excursions - Tofino

51 Wharf St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free800-666-9833
Phone250-725-3330

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.

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Sailcone Wilderness Fishing - Courtenay

10-3100 Kensington Cres
Courtenay, British Columbia
V9N 8Z9
Toll-free877-764-4286
Phone250-334-8858

Sailcone is an unparalleled BC Salmon Fishing Lodge for fly-in Salmon fishing, Halibut & Steelhead Adventures. Explore & fish in majestic Knight Inlet. Knight Inlet is British Columbia's longest & most exciting fjord - 95 miles of mountainous wilderness, huge waterfalls, ice fields, Grizzlies, Orca Whales, Humpbacks, Seals & Sea Lions.

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Shearwater Resort Adventure Vacations - Shearwater

Denny Island
Shearwater, British Columbia
V0T 1B0
Toll-free800-663-2370
Phone604-270-6204

Shearwater Fishing Resort is a sport fishing fixture on the Central Coast of BC for almost 60 years. We didn't choose our location by accident - we centred ourselves in arguably one of the hottest Salmon fishing areas in the world. First Nations know this, commercial fishermen know this & sport fishermen are now learning this too! We truly do offer something for everyone's taste & budget.

Our inclusive fly-in packages offer the ultimate in first-class fishing getaways where everything is taken care of for you. Or choose to arrive by BC Ferries on a 'do-it-yourself' style package & take a more hands on approach.

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Whistler Blackcomb Resort - Whistler

4282 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Toll-free800-766-0449
Phone604-932-3141

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.

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Whistler Discovery Tours - Whistler

Toll-free888-501-4845
Phone604-966-7385

** BEAR VIEWING** '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 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.

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