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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645 Humboldt Street
Victoria, British Columbia
In operation since 1985, Five Star is Victoria's longest running whale watching company. Our purpose-built catamaran provides a smooth, exciting ride with plenty of room for everyone. Four options for viewing & photography include indoor heated seating, outdoor adventure seating, as well as a front & back deck, offering amazing unobstructed views. On-board, you will find complimentary hot chocolate & coffee, warm jackets & a washroom. Our veteran captains & enthusiastic marine naturalists have educated passengers for over 25 years. Our office is conveniently located at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, next to Miniature World in downtown Victoria. Our trips depart from Victoria's Inner Harbour.
33428 Harbour Ave
Mission, British Columbia
Join the adventure and discover the 'wild side' of BC with Fraser River Safari. View amazing scenery & diverse wildlife. Guests travel in comfort & style on board a heated, fully enclosed 'Safari Craft,' which is equipped for exploring the shallow braided river & sensitive ecosystem. Your guide & pilot will keep guests entertained along the way. Also enjoy our Winter Eagle Expeditions & experience the third largest wintering population of bald eagles in the unspoiled Harrison River and Chehalis Estuary. Perfect for couples, families & groups of friends or co-workers; groups of all sizes welcome; great photo opportunities.
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.
Cortes Island, British Columbia
For more than three decades, Hollyhock has offered guests an experience that sends them home transformed & inspired to engage in making the world better. Hollyhock is a non-profit centre offering cutting-edge programs with world-class instructors, a gathering place for pursuit of advanced knowledge & deep insights & the perfect place to "just be" amidst the kind of breathtaking island beauty that makes you remember why it's good to be alive. Yoga classes, bodywork sessions, kayak trips, forest hikes & amazing organic, gourmet meals await you. Guests are also welcome to visit without taking a program. Group bookings are also welcomed.
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.
2179 W Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Escape back in time and experience a retreat once reserved for Royalty
Discover Milner Gardens, a one-of-a kind woodland estate and 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 and tranquility as you meander through the woodland gardens lined with rhododendrons, cyclamen and trilliums.
Indulge in afternoon tea in the historic house overlooking the Strait of Georgia.
"One of the ten best public gardens in Canada"(Canadian Geographic Travel, 2008).
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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 & experience the Wild in Wilderness!
7425 Sechelt Inlet Road
Sechelt, British Columbia
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 rated #1 in Trip Advisor. New for 2014 Sechelt Inlet Zodiac tours! Come see spectacular scenery & wildlife from the comfort of our fast & fun Zodiac!
4265 Discovery Dr
Campbell River, British Columbia
Brant Peniuk started guiding at 14 years old & has been a Top Salmon fishing guide in Campbell River for the past 40 years. Brants Charter boat is a near New Grady White Gulfstream that is Transport Canada certified , comes with onboard washroom, huge deck for fishing, comfortable seating for up to 4 , heater & full electronics for safety. Brant is a Certified Tidal Angling Guide & will row his guests a chance for Tyee in August & early September for membership into the Tyee Club of BC. Fishing in our area is fantastic so fish with one of the best , Peniuks Sportfishing Adventures.
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!