Bald Eagles in a tree
The wildlife in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is as varied and diverse as the landscape.
From lush coastal forests to the interior grasslands and mountain ranges, a wide variety of wildlife viewing opportunites can be experienced in this region.
Take a wildlife tour to the Great Bear Rainforest - one of National Geographic Traveler's 2013 "World's Best Trips" - and the only area in the world where the rare white Kermode (Spirit) bear is found. Marine life thrives here – a BC Ferries Discovery Coast ferry trip or one of many cruising adventures can provide memorable wildlife sightings.
The interior grasslands, plains and mountain ranges provide ideal habitat for bears, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bird life. A guided tour from Whitegold Adventures in Wells is an excellent introduction to the wildlife, history and scenery for which the area is famous. It’s even possible to snorkel with salmon with Kynoch Adventure Tours near Bella Coola.
Learn more about bear watching and bird watching or visit any of the region's parks and for the chance to see the wildlife, sights and landscapes that make the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast unique.
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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 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!
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 & 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.
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.
Bella Coola Mountain Lodge
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Join our tours with professional biologists to float tranquil rivers in search of wild grizzly & black bears. We may also see eagles, salmon, & other wildlife roaming & feeding in coastal streams & inlets from our expedition rafts & boats or on our ecological walking tours searching for grizzly bears. For a family friendly tour & something a little different & exciting, try our eco-rafting tours.
Kynoch Adventures & Bella Coola Mountain Lodge provide premier sustainable wildlife & wilderness tours throughout Bella Coola Valley & can arrange full itineraries including accommodation, meals, transfers & tours. From our beautiful lodge, to the majestic scenery & wildlife, BC's central-coast will be the highlight of your holiday.
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 98% sightings on 2013 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. Departure times may vary in the fall.
7001 Corbould Rd
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Our Grizzly Bear Tours have been selected by the Canadian Tourism Commission as part of their "Signature Experiences Collection"! Our tours run September through October. This is when the local rivers are teeming with salmon which draw the Grizzly Bears hoping to fatten up for the winter. At this time of year the Grizzlies are intent on fishing and are more tolerant of both other bears and people and are 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 the Bella Coola Valley.
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7793 Witte Rd
Big Creek, British Columbia
Big Creek Lodge is a working guest ranch hidden in the heart of the beautiful Chilcotin. The lodge & cabins have a Canadian Quality 4 star rating. The cedar log home country inn has floor-heated rooms, a large dining room which over looks the Big Creek & surrounding landscapes, a cozy fireplace & a large porch around the lodge will give you the real feeling of comfort. We offer cattle drives, horseback riding, pack trips, fishing & nature hikes. So if working like a cowboy/cowgirl is your dream or just relaxing & enjoying the peaceful scenery with a glass of wine from the comfort of our hot tub is what you wish, there's a place for you here. It is truly a vacation experience you have always dreamed of.
Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and 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.