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A grizzly bear walks at low tide in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island

(Tom Ryan photo)

Vancouver Island

Bear Watching

Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Vancouver Island is black bear territory, but grizzlies aren’t far away. Take a wildlife tour or go bear-watching in remote and wild areas of this region.

A short floatplane or boat ride from Vancouver Island leads to incredible grizzly bear watching in Knight Inlet and Bute Inlet. Interestingly, there have been a few cases of ambitious grizzlies spotted on northern Vancouver Island, presumably after swimming over from the mainland.

When driving through the more remote parts of Vancouver Island, there’s a good chance of spotting a black bear snuffling through grasses on the side of the road. To increase the odds of seeing a black bear, venture into the waters of Clayoquot Sound on a Tofino bear-watching tour or head to the Port Alberni boardwalk and gaze across the river.

Check with local Visitor Centres for information about bear-watching tours available on Vancouver Island.

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Bones Bay Lodge - Minstrel Island

Bones Bay
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
V0P 1L0
Toll-free
Phone509-413-1519

Clio Channel near Minstrel Island, Knight Inlet is home to Bones Bay Resort/Float Lodge. Centrally anchored in the remote, pristine waters of Bones Bay, our small, intimate guest lodge is perfectly located. We provide guests the option to book Wildlife Eco-Tours, Fishing Adventures or Combination Stays.

These unique opportunities appeal to individuals, couples or families wanting a diverse & exciting vacation holiday that will offer the experience of a lifetime. Join us at our remote lodge for custom designed, fully guided tours & adventures.

Tired of the everyday rat race? Make this 'Your Last Resort!'

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Campbell River Whale Watching & Adventure Tours - Campbell River

Discovery Harbour Marina
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 2L1
Toll-free877-909-2667
Phone250-287-2667

Campbell River Whale Watching & Adventure Tours invite you to experience some of the most spectacular whale watching, wildlife & grizzly bear viewing in the world. Our commitment is to offer our guests an experience of a lifetime, to explore the natural wonders of the Discovery Islands & Johnstone Strait. We pride ourselves on maintaining a high standard which guarantees our guests a safe, educational & memorable experience. Not only are our guides expert mariners, they are also certified naturalists whose love & ethical regard for marine wildlife is evident.

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Clayoquot Eco Tours @ The Whale Centre - Tofino

411 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free888-474-2288
Phone250-725-2132

Tofino's true eco-tour adventure company! Whales, bears, birds, hot springs; open & covered vessels. Local expert guides with a dedication to the local marine environment. Come in & see our complete 12 m (40 ft) whale skeleton. A true West Coast experience. Specially designed vessels allow a quieter more intimate experience.

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Eagle Eye Adventures - Campbell River

Discovery Harbour K Dock
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 8C9
Toll-free877-286-0809
Phone250-286-0809

We endeavour to provide you with the utmost in comfort & safety during your time on the water, to provide the best naturalists in the industry & of course to share the best possible whale & wildlife sightings with you.

By doing so we hope to promote a deeper understanding & appreciation of the whales & their fragile marine environment. We believe that doing all we can to support the research & conservation of these endangered animals is an essential responsibility of our business.

We consider it a privilege to be able to share Campbell River's whales & abundant marine life with you.

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Jamie's Whaling Station & Adventure Centres - Tofino

606 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free800-667-9913
Phone250-725-3919

We are your one stop for Adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original Whale Tour company and offer Whale Watching, Bear Watching and Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cruiser vessels. Offering several departures, 7 days a week, we can accommodate just about any schedule! Other Adventures include Kayaking, Cultural Canoeing, Meares Island hiking, sunset and harbour tours, float plane flights & more! Gift shops & lots of free parking (including motorhome/RV parking) available at both Tofino & Ucluelet locations. Complimentary dog kennels available in Tofino! We Guarantee our Whale and Bear sightings, ask us for details! Multi-tour discounts are also available. Book your authentic west coast adventure today!

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Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Sea Kayaking Tours - Port McNeill

1790A Campbell Way
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0N 2R0
Toll-free866-546-4347
Phone250-956-4617

Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from four to fifteen days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in wildlife & whale viewing or an expedition to Gwaii Haanas National Park for the ultimate in wilderness adventures. Family specific departures are available. All tours are fully inclusive & no experience is needed for most tours.

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Maple Leaf Adventures & Nature Cruises - Victoria

Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1Y2
Toll-free888-599-5323
Phone250-386-7245

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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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort - Nimmo Bay

Nimmo Bay
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
V0N 2R0
Toll-free800-837-4354
Phone800-837-4354

At Nimmo Bay in beautiful British Columbia, you define what it means to be brave. Fly to pristine coastal river to catch wild steelhead trout and salmon. Enjoy a helicopter adventure over the treetops of 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles) of wilderness, en route to lunch on a 10,00 year old glacier. Or test your courage by enjoying a brisk swim in the waterfall plunge pool. Enjoy a guided day of bear watching or whale watching, or a peaceful trek through the forest around the luxurious resort. You choose the adventure; Nimmo Bay provides the experience. This family-owned and operator business offers fresh coastal cuisine and first- class service, along with intimidate and relaxing wilderness experiences, helping you explore nature in its purest form.

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Ocean Adventures Charter Co. - North Vancouver

Toll-free
Phone604-812-9453

Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our motorized yacht, Great Bear II, is fully certified & inspected by Transport Canada annually, to help ensure your safety. Some of the best certified captains & crew. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy intimate experiences with nature & our photographers some of the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With a maximum of 6 guests per trip, our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter & experience the wild in wilderness!

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Ocean Outfitters - Tofino Adventure Tours - Tofino

368 Main St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free877-906-2326
Phone250-725-2866

Join Ocean Outfitters for adventures in Clayoquot Sound including: Guaranteed whale watching and bear watching; Coastal Hot Springs tours, Sea to Sky tours & Meares Island walks and Fishing Charters. We offer group tours and customized private charters aboard covered cabin vessels or a large Zodiac. Our drivers are very passionate about the area and our tours are fun, friendly, educational and encourage stewardship. While waiting for your tour to commence, have an organic coffee drink from our in-house espresso bar. Open year-round.

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