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Prince Rupert

Bear Watching

Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

One of Prince Rupert's most well-known and remarkable excursions entails viewing wild grizzly bears in their natural habitat in the Khutzeymateen Sanctuary, located about 28 miles northeast of the city.

Grizzly Bear Watching at Khutzeymateen

The Khutzeymateen Sanctuary, also called "Valley of the Grizzly," is the only one of its kind in Canada. The park's name is a Tsimshian First Nations word that means "sheltered place of fish and bears." Established in 1994, the park contains one of the largest populations of grizzly bears – about 50 – in British Columbia. The bears are protected from human activity and live freely, though people can observe them quietly from boats offshore.

Along the shoreline, the magnificent creatures run, play and feed on salmon, mussels, barnacles and nutritious sedge, a grass-like plant that grows in the area. Though sightings aren't guaranteed, tourists rarely return disappointed. Companies estimate a 90%-plus success rate.

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Prince Rupert Adventure Tours - Prince Rupert

C2-215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
V8J 1A2

Experience one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. Come aboard & let Prince Rupert Adventure Tours show you some of the most stunning & magnificent displays of wildlife that Northern British Columbia has to offer. Enjoy grizzly bear viewing in the famous Khutzeymateen 'Valley of the Grizzly'. See these legendary giants in their natural environment. Watch humpback whales flashing their unique tails as they dive to feed. Watch orca whales as they follow the migrating salmon. Along the way, you'll encounter stellar sea lions, harbours seals, eagles, blue herons & more. It is truly an unforgettable adventure experience of a lifetime.

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Bluewater Adventures - Bella Bella


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.


Maple Leaf Adventures & Nature Cruises - Victoria

Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1Y2

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2014) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords, explore ancient rainforests. A-list naturalists & guides lead you to special bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites that are not accessible to the general public. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & comfy accommodations aboard beautiful ships. Private ensuite staterooms available. Destinations: Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. Operated by a leader in sustainable tourism since 1986, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. We welcome you to contact us or visit our website.

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