Grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest near the Douglas Channel
BC’s wild and rugged coast is home to a variety of wildlife, in the ocean, on the land and in the skies. Go whale watching along the spectacular coast and keep watch for Orcas and humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions. Along the shore you may be lucky enough to spot black or grizzly bears, or perhaps a grazing deer. And the province is home to a wide range of coastal birds, from bald eagles to great blue herons. Keep your eyes peeled, and your camera close by.
Upon leaving the dock, passengers are surrounded by incredible coastal settings and have the... Read more opportunity to see Orcas (killer whales), grey whales, humpback whales, minke whales, porpoises, dolphins and seabirds. On some tours you can use onboard charts to identify individual whales, and even listen in through hydrophones to hear whales communicating underwater. Whale-watching tours depart from downtown Vancouver and from nearby Steveston, located at the mouth of the Fraser River in Richmond.
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Fancy seeing a whale breaching in the wild? From the Inner Harbour, head out to sea to meet some of the Orca pods residing just offshore. Choose from a fast-moving inflatable Zodiac or comfortable covered boat; either way, you’ll probably see sea lions, seals and sea birds as well as whales in nearby waters.
See the ocean’s biggest attraction at Telegraph Cove. Whale watching boats and kayak tours... Read more leave from Telegraph Cove, as well as nearby Port McNeill and Alert Bay, to view some of the 200+ Orca (killer whales) in nearby Johnstone Strait. These magnificent creatures gather here, in one of Canada’s richest Orca habitats, to feed on the salmon runs and to rub their bodies on the area’s smooth stone beaches. Be sure to also look out for minke and humpback whales, porpoises, harbour seals and sea lions.
Up to 20,000 grey whales migrate along the coast here each spring. Join the people of Tofino and... Read more Ucluelet in welcoming them at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival held every March in both towns. Can't make it in March? You can spot grey whales, humpbacks and Orcas (killer whales) in the area all summer long.
A large number of black bears call Vancouver Island home, and they can be seen most easily in a couple of key areas. Boat tours leave from Tofino, on the Island’s west coast, and take you to secluded spots around Clayoquot Sound that are frequented by the area’s black bear population. Alternatively, a stroll along Port Alberni’s Victoria Quay can mean some pretty spectacular four-legged scenery. Another option is a tour into Knight or Bute inlet to see black bears and grizzlies. Boat and floatplane tours leave from the east coast of Vancouver Island, from Campbell River, Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill.
Catch a glimpse of the Spirit (Kermode) Bear, a white-coated black bear found only in the... Read more BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. This area is home to not only some of the last intact temperate old-growth forest in the world, but also to Orcas, humpback whales, eagles, sea lions, otters, porpoises, grizzly bears and black bears. Take the Discovery Coast Connector route to explore BC’s remote and beautiful central coast. Disembark at the village of Klemtu and tour the area with Spirit Bear Lodge, run by the local Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation.
One of the best places in the world to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat is this seaside sanctuary northeast of Prince Rupert. The first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears, Khutzeymateen is accessible only by boat (or boat and floatplane). Home to about 50 bears, it is best visited between May and July (especially in May) when the bears can be seen roaming the shore. There is no land access in the Sanctuary, and the river estuary is only accessible with a licensed tour operator.
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These remote islands off the coast of Northern BC have been called the “Galapagos of the North.” Because of their distance from the mainland, several subspecies unique to the islands thrive here. For example, the black bears on Haida Gwaii are known for their large size, particularly their jaws and teeth. The islands are also home to a large population of Sitka black-tailed deer, the surrounding waters are teeming with colourful and varied sea life, and among the bird population you will find adorable tufted puffins.
Look to the skies (or along the beaches) off the BC coast, and you’re in for a treat. Bird lovers should pack their binoculars and be on the lookout for such raptors as bald and golden eagles, osprey and peregrine falcons, among a host of other birds. Watch for a variety of cormorants and grebes, mergansers and black oystercatchers. Great blue herons are a very common sight, and if you’re lucky you may spot a tufted puffin.
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