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Grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest near the Douglas Channel

(Ian McAllister photo)

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BC Coast Wildlife Viewing

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.

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Whale Watching in Vancouver

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.

Vancouver Whale Watch

Celebrating 16 years of whale watching, from the lower mainland, this adventure of a lifetime starts in picturesque Steveston, travelling through the spectacular Gulf & San Juan Islands.

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Whale Watching in Victoria

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.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Victoria

Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver & Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local w...
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Whale Watching from Telegraph Cove

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.

Stubbs Island Whale Watching

Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 37th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, the whale watching capital of BC, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait, Blackfish S...
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Whale Watching on the Pacific Rim

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.

Jamie's Whaling Station

We are your one stop for adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original whale tour company & offer whale watching, bear watching & Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cru...
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Bear Watching Tours on Vancouver Island

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.

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Subtidal Adventures Whale & Bear Tours

In March & April experience the "Gray Whale Adventure" during the northern migration. May through October we offer "Islands Whales & Bears". This is an amazing see-it-all tour of the Barkley Sound - a photographer's dream. "Bears & Birds" provides...
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Tide Rip Grizzly Tours

See grizzly bears in the wilds of Knight Inlet. Covered boat tours depart daily from Telegraph Cove, the whale watching centre on northern Vancouver Island. Watch grizzly bears eat salmon & eagles pick up the scraps. You may also see sea birds, do...
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Knight Inlet Grizzly Bear Adventure Tours

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 vi...
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Great Bear Rainforest

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.

Great Bear Lodge Nature Tours

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the ...
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Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

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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Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge Ltd.

Located within the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge is your home and gateway to view Grizzly Bears in a natural and unspoiled wilderness area.

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Wildlife on Haida Gwaii

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.

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Maple Leaf Adventures & Nature Cruises

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2015) & a "Best of the World" by National Geographic Traveler (2013). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords,...
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Coastal Birds

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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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

Located on Victoria's Inner Harbour, Spinnakers is a sight to see. We were a pioneer of the North American craft-brewing renaissance & are Canada's oldest brewpub.

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Blind Channel Resort

Blind Channel Resort is your oasis on BC's wild coast; located on West Thurlow Island in the spectacular coastal Great Bear Rain Forest. Book a memorable tour, dine in the colourful Cedar Post Restaurant and experience this truly breathtaking par...
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Reef Point Oceanfront B&B

Luxury, oceanfront cliff top B&B. Romantic oceanfront suites located on a cliff overlooking the wild Pacific Ocean - adult only property. Seclusion awaits you here with a choice of two luxury suites with king or queen beds, fireplaces, kitchenette...
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Tofino Paddlers Inn

Bright and simple, this popular accommodation is located on the waterfront, overlooking Meares Island and Tofino Harbour. We offer six attractive rooms with deluxe futons, 100% cotton sheeting and bed covers. There are two bathrooms with showers a...
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Telegraph Cove Resorts

We offer cottages, a small hotel, a wooded campground, a pub/restaurant, washrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a boat launch, store, marine fuel and freezer facilities.

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Knight Inlet Lodge

Canada's premier grizzly bear viewing destination, Knight Inlet Lodge has been featured in productions by the BBC Natural History Unit, National Geographic, Time Magazine & many others around the world as one of the best places to view wild grizzl...
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ACKU Inside Passage Cottages

Enjoy Denny Island on a sheltered, quiet tidal ocean inlet. Choose from our three level house (sleeps up to six) or our cozy cedar cottage (suitable for two). Full kitchens have new appliances & a pristine three piece bathroom in the cottage & fou...
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Copper Beech Guest House

On-the-grid luxury: cell phone service, WiFi, espresso and cappuccino available.

Off-the-grid charm: funky décor, books, comfort food, time to relax, time to read, write & daydream.

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