Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park, Squamish (Tom Ryan photo)
Bird watching is plentiful throughout all regions and seasons in British Columbia.
Thanks to a large number of protected wildlife sanctuaries, British Columbia's position along the Pacific flyway, and an impressive national, provincial and municipal parks system, many species (including uncommon and endangered) visit areas of the province.
Birders can indulge in their passion all year round, but the best time to see the widest range of species is during spring and fall migrations. Take a bird watching tour to head out with an experienced guide that knows the area and where to find local bird species.
Bald eagles, great blue herons, pilated woodpeckers, golden eagles, snowy owls and trumpeter swans are just a few of the hundreds of species of birds that can be included on a birding checklist in British Columbia.
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2628 Hwy 95
Parson, British Columbia
Immerse yourself in the serenity & wonder of the world-famous Columbia Wetlands. Witness the wetlands come alive as you float quietly past beaver dams, osprey nests & a heron rookery. With over 300 species of mammals & birds & the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, our Columbia Wetlands Adventures are a nature-lover's dream come true! An on-board guide will amaze & entertain you with their knowledge of the history, ecology & wildlife of the area.
We also offer canoe & kayak rentals for those who want to create their own adventure. We are a short drive from Golden, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort & Radium Hot Springs.
1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
The Wildlife Area is an impressive 6,800 ha (17,000 ac) Ramsar designated wetland habitat located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3. From May to October, naturalists are on-site at the Interpretation Centre to provide guided canoe & walking tours (May - August), trail maps & information. Easy 24/7 access to 32 km of dyke trails & 2 viewing towers allows you a chance to view some of the close to 400 species of wildlife sighted in the area. Hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, canoeing & fishing are some of the ways to enjoy the amazing scenery of the wetland.
3827 - 35th St
Osoyoos, British Columbia
Great Horned Owl Eco-Tours Limited offers outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, a variety of unique, educational excursions & exciting learning opportunities in & around Canada's only desert. Birdwatching & Nature Adventure Tour: multiple stops in a mecca for bird watching. Fractured Rock Gold Mine: visit the historic gold mining town of Hedley & pan for gold on the Similkameen River.The Complete Okanagan Experience Tour starts with a walk in the desert, followed by a tour of a 212 ha (700 ac) organic farm & to complete the day, wine tasting at 3 wineries. All tours include transportation, lunch & refreshments.
5090 Mackinnon Rd
Peachland, British Columbia
Parrot Island Sanctuary is nestled in beautiful Peachland in the Okanagan Valley. We take in parrots from all over Canada and give them a wonderful permanent home. We have a gift shop with great parrot souvenirs. Please bring your camera.
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Whiskey Landing Marina
Ucluelet, British Columbia
Treat yourself to an unforgettable West Coast adventure. Join us aboard our luxurious yacht for a relaxing whale & wildlife cruise. The Raincoast Maiden is a spacious yacht equipped with a washroom & comfortable seating inside & out. Enjoy the magical scenery of Barkley Sound with a taste of luxury & watch the area's abundant wildlife, which includes whales, bears, sea lions, seals, sea otters, eagles & sea birds. Binoculars available for guests. Our interpretive tours include a scenic cruise though the sheltered waters of the Broken Group Islands & an optional gourmet meal while at anchor. Romantic sunset cruises & private charters are also available.
1234 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
Eagle Wing Whale Watching offers excellent value & guaranteed whale sightings. Canada's 1st Carbon Neutral & 1% for the planet, eco-friendly, marine adventure & killer (orca) whale watching company. During the tour, view a variety of diving & shore birds. Extras include on board washrooms, hydrophones & a perfect safety record. This locally owned & operated family business offers you a chance to bear witness to one of nature's most incredible & inspiring creatures, the Orca Whale, in the Salish Sea. A 'treasure chest' of diverse marine wildlife awaits you. Rated #1 whale watching tour since 2007 on TripAdvisor. Victoria's premiere choice for your west coast adventure!
Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view & photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 10 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions & activities such as interpretive hikes & 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.
6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, live entertainment, a wildlife refuge & much more. In winter, enjoy snowshoeing, outdoor mountaintop ice skating, sleigh rides & the best in local skiing & snowboarding. Ideally situated overlooking the city, Grouse Mountain's restaurants showcase some of the best of BC, from fine dining at The Observatory to flavourful après in Altitudes Bistro. Visit our newest attraction, The Eye of the Wind, Vancouver's iconic wind turbine.
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!
70002 Squamish Valley Rd
Brackendale, British Columbia
Summer Rafting - Elaho River Expedition:
Over 18 kms of whitewater! The Elaho valley is an unspoiled wilderness with old growth forests, hanging glaciers, cascading waterfalls & two mighty class IV rivers to conquer!
Summer Rafting - Cheakamus River Adventure:
Float on crystal clear waters through the Paradise Valley, a haven for wildlife. With stunning views of the Tantalus Mountains & a few fun splashes along the way!
Winter Eagle Viewing Floats:
Brackendale is the World Eagle Capital! Don't miss the opportunity to view our record breaking number of bald eagles from a remarkable vantage point - the river - with one of our knowledgeable guides.