Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (JF Bergeron photo)
British Columbia has more than 1,100 different wildlife species and some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
Spotting wildlife in BC can take place at unexpected times and places. Hiking, boating and even driving BC’s highways present opportunities for wildlife viewing. Bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goats, bears, whales, and sea lions are a few of the wildlife species that can be seen here.
For the best experience, consider a professionally guided wildlife tour. Trained guides and naturalists take visitors into natural environments safely, informatively and in comfort.
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Yellowhead Hwy 5
Blue River, British Columbia
The River Safari is an unforgettable 1 hr ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, in the heart of the world's only inland temperate rainforest.
Located in the picturesque Monashee Mountains, the River Safari is an activity that both the seasoned adventurer & the not-so-daring can both enjoy. Safaris are accessible to all ages & abilities.
Our custom built, eco-friendly boats will voyage through the mountains' glaciers & jade-coloured waters in search of bear, moose, eagle & osprey, & many other magnificent creatures seen during this breathtaking wilderness experience!
With departures every 30-60 mins, reservations are not necessary. Come & board our next safari. Beverages & snacks are available on our large covered picnic deck & help complete the perfect Canadian outdoor experience.
1739 Oberg Johnson Rd
Golden, British Columbia
Enjoy a fun & educational buffalo tour! Experience 'Chester' our 1088 kg (2400 lb) bull sire & his herd roaming freely on our ranch. Learn about native buffalo history, zoology & ranching. See replicas of artifacts made from buffalo & hear personal stories of living with the buffalo. Relax in our breathtaking mountain setting. Leave with unforgettable photos & memories. Our buffalo are free to roam so sometimes you may have to wait for them to come into view.
Ride along with us as we take you into Sasquatch country that so few have ever experienced. Listen as your guide talks about the best evidence found to date pertaining to existence of the creature known as "Sasquatch." Let us tell you what we believe the Sasquatch to be and how and why it has remained elusive for so long. Your adventure is sure to be a most memorable one, filled with on-location eye-witness accounts, beautiful scenery, and plenty of amusing anecdotes. Extended or personalized adventures are available.
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 and includes fresh baked muffins & Devonshire Tea.
If you are looking for a unique and Eco-friendly experience, join us, our carbon footprint is very small. There is no other whale-watching tour like it on the BC coast!
2537 Beacon Ave
Sidney, British Columbia
Breaching, spyhopping, bow riding, tail slapping - if these terms aren't familiar, you probably haven't been on a whale watching tour.
Sidney Whale Watching, located in the Cannery Building at the foot of Beacon Avenue, offers 3 to 3 1/2 hour tours starting right from Sidney's waterfront! We are the closest company to the whale foraging grounds which means less travel time & more whale time! Learning about the traditional territory along the way & viewing all the other animals that call this place home is a one of a kind experience.
Klemtu, British Columbia
Spirit Bear Lodge is located in the Kitasoo First Nation village of Klemtu, BC. With the lodge as our base, we travel in small groups by boat, exploring the temperate rainforest and ecological wonders of Princess Royal Island, home to the world's only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy. See the rare Spirit bear and majestic Grizzly bear, who inhabit the traditional territory of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation. Fabulous opportunities exist to watch and photograph these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
1119 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
SpringTide's 61' Marauder IV provides the perfect platform for whale viewing & photography with 360° viewing decks & a terrific sound system to capture underwater vocalizations. Expert Biologists provide informative lectures, while you enjoy free hot beverages, comfortable indoor/outdoor seating & spacious washroom facilities.
Charter Marauder for your private events.
Just for the thrill of it, suit-up for a Zodiac tour! Naturalist interpretations throughout your excursion covering biology & behaviour of whales, marine mammals & birds.
3 hour tours from April through October.
Day trips, including transportation &/or hotels are available from Vancouver & Seattle.
Sportfishing Charters Available on 42' Sportfish Yacht.
5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
Enjoy a unique marine wildlife EcoTour of the Steveston Harbour, Fraser River Estuary & Gulf Islands. Our private group tours depart from Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site in Steveston, to special destinations. View spectacular marine wildlife, explore pristine forest & marine ecosystems & discover ancient historic sites. You will see whales, sea lions, dolphins, seals, eagles & seabirds, depending on the season & tour. Different tours each season! Travel in comfort & safety aboard our custom EcoTour boat Archie V, a 6.7 m (22 ft) aluminium boat with spacious viewing deck, enclosed & heated cabin with large observation windows & seating for 6 guests.
12551 No 1 Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
Departing historic Steveston village, 'Gateway to the Orcas', join us for a cruise through the Gulf Islands in search of orcas & other whales. Along the way, be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, porpoises & aquatic birds, as well as the majestic bald eagles.
The boats are semi-enclosed with an upper viewing deck. The small group size of 23 passengers allows you freedom to move around the vessel. We are an owner-operated company & each tour is fully narrated. We have on-board washroom facilities & complimentary water & coffee are provided. Pre-ordered lunch is also available.
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 34th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait & Broughton Archipelago Area.
Depending on the season, you may see Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoises, Dall's porpoise, Humpback Whales, Bears, Steller sea lions, various birds, Pacific white-sided dolphins, & our famous Orca (killer whales).
Cruise in comfort in our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa which has heated cabins & toilets, hydrophone (underwater microphone) so that you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.