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Bird Watching

Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park, Squamish (Tom Ryan photo)

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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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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Milner Gardens & Woodland - Qualicum Beach

2179 W Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 1G1
Toll-free
Phone250-752-6153

Escape back in time & experience a retreat once reserved for royalty. Discover Milner Gardens, a one-of-a kind woodland estate & gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest. Find peace & tranquility as you meander through the woodland gardens lined with rhododendrons, cyclamen & trilliums. Indulge in afternoon tea in the historic house overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Please visit our website for listings of special events.

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Ocean Adventures Charter Co. - North Vancouver

Toll-free
Phone604-812-9453

Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our motorized yacht, Great Bear II, is fully certified & inspected by Transport Canada annually, to help ensure your safety. Some of the best certified captains & crew. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy intimate experiences with nature & our photographers some of the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With a maximum of 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 & experience the wild in wilderness!

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Pedals & Paddles Adventure Sports - Sechelt

7425 Sechelt Inlet Road
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A4
Toll-free866-885-6440
Phone604-885-6440

Come to Pedals & Paddles, one of BC's original kayak outfitters serving paddlers with exceptional service & equipment since 1991. Relocated in 2012 to a spectacular waterfront location with private beach on the shore of Sechelt Inlet, we offer rentals & tours from hourly to multi-day. Sechelt Inlet is a paddlers paradise where the mountains meet the ocean & where you can see eagles & heron flying above & seals & dolphins playing in the ocean...really! A safe & protected waterway, we are located at the end of the road, the adventure starts here!

Our guided kayak tours are top rated on TripAdvisor. Enjoy the new (2014) Sechelt Inlet Zodiac tours! Perfect choice for families with differing ages & abilities to do fun, memorable activity together.

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Seasmoke Whale Watching - Alert Bay

Toll-free800-668-6722
Phone250-974-5225

An eco-tour with the viewing of orcas, humpback & minke whales, numerous other marine mammals & seabirds while touring through the protected waters of Johnstone Strait & the Broughton Archipelago.

Departures are from: Alert Bay on Cormorant Island & the Alder Bay Resort on Vancouver Island. Our 4-5 hr "Sail with the Whales" tour offers exceptional service & value to individuals, families & small groups & includes fresh baked muffins & Devonshire Tea.

If you are looking for a unique & eco-friendly experience, join us, our carbon footprint is very small. There is no other whale-watching tour like it on the BC coast!

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Spirit Eagle Experiences - Ahousat

House 741
Ahousat, British Columbia
V0R 1A0
Toll-free
Phone250-670-2319

Aboriginal First Nations Eco-Cultural Experiences. Join us for a guided experience that will last for a lifetime. Experience our First Nations culture, our home & what we do today. Exchange stories with elders, local artists & singers. Enjoy traditional Aboriginal foods. Gather seafood, harvest hystuup from the reefs & fish for the tyee. Explore the Ahosuaht Hahoothee for spiritual connections, eagles, whales & other local happenings. Friends, Family & Storytelling.....See you soon.

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Stubbs Island Whale Watching - Telegraph Cove

24 Boardwalk
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
V0N 3J0
Toll-free800-665-3066
Phone250-928-3185

Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 36th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, the Whale Watching Capital of BC, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound & Broughton Archipelago Area.

You'll love our island, the magnificent mammals & bird species you'll see, and the friendly people you'll meet. Depending on the season, you may see Orca (Killer Whales), Humpback Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Dall's Porpoise, Minke Whales, Bears, Steller Sea Lions & various birds.

Cruise in comfort in our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa or the 40 foot (12 metre) MV Kuluta which have heated cabins & toilets, hydrophone (underwater microphone) so that you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.

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Subtidal Adventures Whale & Bear Tours - Ucluelet

1950 Peninsula Road
Ucluelet, British Columbia
V0R 3A0
Toll-free877-444-1134
Phone250-726-7336

March and April "Gray Whale Adventure" during the northern migration. May through October "Islands Whales and Bears" in this amazing see-it-all tour in Barkley Sound. A photographer's dream. "Bears and Birds" all the activity in Ucluelet harbour at low tide (best for bears). November to February "Broken Group Islands Sunset Cruise" or "Sunset Harbour Tour" featuring low angle light, sea lions, eagles, and no crowds. Choose the boat that suits your style, a fast and fun adventurous zodiac or a cosy enclosed cruiser. Our Guarantee - We can guarantee that if you do not go on a whale or bear watching tour, you will definitely not see a whale or a bear. Unfortunately, you will miss all the other amazing things our tours have to offer.

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Sunwolf Rafting - Brackendale

70002 Squamish Valley Rd
Brackendale, British Columbia
V0N 1H0
Toll-free877-806-8046
Phone604-898-1537

Owned by husband & wife rafting team, Jake & Jess Freese, Sunwolf is one of the only owner-operated rafting company in Sea-to-Sky country. A small company, committed to a more personal experience & we will only work alongside the best guides - professional raft guides with above industry standard certifications who are also the most fun on the river!

Throughout the summer, we offer spectacular whitewater rafting on class 1-4 rapids. In the winter, we offer Eagle Viewing Floats. Don't miss the opportunity to view Brackendale's bald eagles from a remarkable vantage point - the river.

Your rafting adventure will start & finish at our beautiful 2 hectare (5 acre) riverside property with hot showers, a fully licensed cafe & a hot tub with awesome views of the Tantalus Mountains!

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Valkyr Adventures - Fauquier

Toll-free888-482-5597
Phone250-269-7237

Experience backcountry skiing at its finest! Valkyr Adventures offers you two backcountry ski touring lodges to choose from with access to 11,000 hectares of terrain in the Valkyr Range. Our staging area is near Burton, 37 km south of Nakusp on Hwy 6W. From there you'll fly in by helicopter for a week in ski-touring paradise. Choose the program that best fits your ability & agenda: guided, self-guided, catered or self-catered. Both Valkyr lodges feature quality accommodation including indoor plumbing, WiFi, fully outfitted private bedrooms, cosy wood fired comfort & separate sauna hut. Ski season is December-April. For added adventure choose our Hut2Hut trip. Experience pure mountain bliss in summer too! Ramble from flower fields to mountain peaks. Multi-day trips are available July-September.

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