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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760 Island Highway
Campbell River, British Columbia
Escape into a true Canadian wilderness adventure with Discovery Marine Safaris! Our covered vessels depart daily from Campbell River, the gateway to the Island's unique wildlife sightings: watch awe-inspiring, giant killer whales breach high out of the water, follow playful dolphins & swift porpoises or observe majestic grizzly bears hunt for salmon in their natural habitat far from human civilization. We operate our tours with respect to the pristine coastal environment & its animals & our passionate guides will add the icing to your experience of a life time! WIR SPRECHEN DEUTSCH!
Discovery Harbour K Dock
Campbell River, British Columbia
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.
606 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
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!
1790A Campbell Way
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from 4 to 15 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.
Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
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.
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!
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!
8380 St. George St
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Pacific Yellowfin is not only a unique historic vessel in the Pacific Northwest with an incredible history, it also boasts unique features that differentiate us from other operators on the British Columbia coastline. Available for per cabin trips during June and September, or full boat charter anytime during our season. Off-season day cruises also available, please inquire.
Full boat charters are 100% custom and tailor made just for your group! We offer everything from gourmet dining, to truly wild bear and whale watching, to awesome water sports for all ages. There is something for everyone onboard the Pacific Yellowfin.
51 Wharf St
Tofino, British Columbia
We are committed to preserving the ecological value & timeless wonder of Clayoquot Sound. We strive to help visitors appreciate the coastal environment through fun, educational outings. Our programs emphasize the many connections between forest & ocean ecosystems.
Whether whale watching, bear watching, dipping into Hot Springs Cove or sea kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986.
We launch out of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach & Pacific Rim National Park. Tofino is part of Clayoquot Sound, a temperate rainforest area of beaches & fjord inlets.