Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Bear watching in this diverse landscape can range from horseback pack trips through mountain meadows to coastal boat-based tours scouting for white Kermode (Spirit) bears in misty fjords.
See giant grizzlies pawing for salmon in rivers near Bella Coola or Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Or head into the Cariboo or Chilcotin mountains to look for grizzlies and explore their dens.
If Kermode (Spirit) bears are the goal, head to the Great Bear Rainforest - one of National Geographic Traveler's "World's Best Trips" for 2013. This is the only area in the world where these white bears can be found.
Check with local Visitor Centres for information about bear-watching tours available in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region.
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4911 Quesnel Forks Rd
Likely, British Columbia
CTC Signature Experience (2012). Grizzlies, wildlife, birds and nature. Simply amazing natural and intimate encounters with nature and wildlife in the Cariboo Mountains - grizzly bear watching with the 'Bear Whisperer', bird watching, amazing alpine hiking, and winter moose, wildlife and wolves snowshoeing adventures. Observe the cycle of life of the salmon and bears on the rivers. New heli-adventure. Experience world-class fly fishing for legendary wild trout and salmon on the gin clear pure uncrowded rivers of the Cariboo mountains. Fully guided, all-inclusive holiday adventure packages. Truly unique Canadian wilderness adventures giving you lifetime memories and life changing moments in nature.
Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
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 new lodge uses locally sourced woods and large windows looking onto the forest and fjord. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions and activities such as interpretive hikes and 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, and recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experience.
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
Our grizzly bear/wildlife safari is for the adventurous person wishing to see & photograph the most complete wildlife population of the BC coast. Grizzly & black bears, orca & humpback whales, white-sided dolphins, eagles, sea lions & many more. An adventure you'll never forget.
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.
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.
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
See grizzly bears in the wilds of Knight Inlet. Tours depart daily from Telegraph Cove, the whale watching centre on northern Vancouver Island, by covered boat. Watch grizzly bears eat salmon, eagles pick the scraps. Sea birds, dolphins, seals, black bears, grizzlies. We depart early at 7:00 am to assure grizzly bear sightings; we had 99% sightings on 2014 trips. June is our best month. We run in a covered boat with on-board washroom, then at the grizzly bear hot spot we switch to big open skiffs to get in close to the action. Lunch & light breakfast is included amidst the splendour of Knight Inlet. In the fall, bears eat salmon. Departure times may vary in the fall.
7001 Corbould Rd
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Our Grizzly Bear Tours have been included in the Canadian Tourism Commission's "Signature Experiences Collection"! Tours run August to October when the rivers are teeming with salmon, drawing Grizzlies hoping to fatten up for the winter. At this time Grizzlies are intent on fishing and are more tolerant of other bears and people, therefore much easier to observe.
Accompanied by an experienced guide, our non-motorized drift trips are the perfect way to see the bears and wildlife of Bella Coola.
- Small groups!
- Leave Vancouver in the morning and be bear viewing in the afternoon!
- Superior accommodation
- Founding member of The Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada
- TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence & Traveller's Choice Award: "Top Small Hotels of Canada"!
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Coast Discovery Marina
Campbell River, British Columbia
Whales, Bears and Wildlife! Our West Coast Eco-Adventures take you into the heart of the Orca Realm of Johnstone Strait, the Discovery Island, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Cruise in style & comfort aboard our safe, covered cabin cruiser with onboard washroom, as we search for Killer Whales (Orca), Grizzly bears, Black Bears, Bald Eagles, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Seals & Sea Birds. Only company in town featuring kayaking boat-based day trips. Our Transport Canada certified boat & captains cater to small groups and families. Come for a scheduled trip or personalized adventure!
1655 Airport Road
Hagensborg, British Columbia
Bella Coola Vehicle Rentals Offer Clean, Safe & Reliable
Options for Exploring the Beauty of the Bella Coola Valley Area.
We feature Jeep Cherokee SUVs that can help you find trails &
waterfalls that you might not get to with a regular automobile.
- Fast and easy check-in & check-out
- Custom packages available
- Courteous Service
- Pick-up and Drop-off available
Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live-aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travelling with renowned naturalists and our skilled crew aboard 68' expedition yachts we keep watch for whales and other marine mammals, coastal birds and bears, old-growth forests and ancient native villages. We focus on animal behaviour, ecology, sustainability and local history. Small groups of 12-14 guests ensure quality, informality and a 'hands-on' experience for all aboard.
Bluewater Adventures adheres to the principals of ecotourism by supporting local communities, promoting conservation, ensuring our practices are low impact, and by providing guests with world-class knowledge about the coast.