Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Black bears abound on the shores of Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds near Ucluelet.
At low tide, they gather on the shores in search of rock crab. Bear watching tours are taking their place as second only to whale watching. Visitors can tour by sea kayak or canoe, zodiac or cruiser to look for bears in the wild. Boats come close but maintain safe distances for both bears and people, so bring zoom lenses. The wildlife photographer has never had it so good.
Stop by the Ucluelet Visitor Centre for more information on tours.
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238 Matterson Dr
Ucluelet, British Columbia
Explore Barkley Sound's whales, bears, sea lions & more aboard our heated, washroom equipped, 12 passenger cruiser, M.V. Blackfish. 3 hr whale & wildlife watching: encounters with grey & humpback whales, black bears, sea otters, sea lions, sea birds & visiting orca whales await you in the magical waters of Barkley Sound. 6 hr Nature History Tour: travel through Barkley Sound on our day trip to the Broken Group & Deer Group Islands. Visit the village of Bamfield, beaches, galleries & learn about the rich history of shipwrecks & pioneers. Kayak transport service within Barkley Sound. Salmon & halibut fishing charters available.
360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness & cultural expeditions throughout Canada's Pacific Coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our 70' classic wooden schooner "Passing Cloud". Coastal cruising, sailing, sea kayaking & frequent shore excursions provide amazing opportunities to encounter whales, wolves, grizzly bears, Spirit bears, sea otters, seabirds & visit First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, Pacific Rim National Park & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!