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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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Discovery Marine Safaris LTD. - Campbell River

760 Island Highway
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 2C3
Websitehttp://www.adventurewhalewatching.com
Toll-free866-501-6722
Phone250-287-7008

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!

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Eagle Eye Adventures - Campbell River

Discovery Harbour K Dock
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 8C9
Websitehttp://www.eagleeyeadventures.com
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
Websitehttp://www.jamies.com
Toll-free800-667-9913
Phone250-725-3919

In operation since 1982, Jamie's Whaling Station & Adventure Centres is your one stop for adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Offering Whale watching on our 65 ft cruisers or high speed zodiacs. Bear watching & sea lion tours on a covered vessel or zodiacs. Hot Springs Cove, Kayaking, Cultural canoeing, hiking on Meares Island, water taxi for sunset & harbour cruises, scenic flights & more! Check out the West Coast's original whale watching company & check into some fun. Gift shops & lots of free parking (including motorhome/RV parking) at either of our Tofino or Ucluelet locations. Complimentary dog kennels too. We guarantee our Whale and Black Bear sightings, ask us how! Multi tour discounts 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
Websitehttp://www.kingfisher.ca
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 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.

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Maple Leaf Adventures & Nature Cruises - Victoria

209-1110 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1Y2
Websitehttp://www.MapleLeafAdventures.com
Toll-free888-599-5323
Phone250-386-7245

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2013) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a multi-day adventure cruise on the 28 m (92 ft) schooner Maple Leaf to really 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 a beautiful ship. 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 for information.

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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort - Nimmo Bay

Nimmo Bay
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
V0N 2R0
Websitehttp://www.nimmobay.com
Toll-free800-837-4354
Phone250-956-4000

Located at the base of Mt. Stevens, in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort exists at a different vibration than the rest of the world. Accessible only by helicopter, float plane or boat, Nimmo Bay offers something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned angler or have never touched a rod, our "Heli-Fishing" adventure is for you; our "Helicopter Adventures" is for people of all ages who are looking to explore 50,000 square miles of extraordinary wilderness-old growth forests, white sand beaches, hot springs & more. Our yoga & wellness activities will leave you recharged, relaxed & renewed.

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Ocean Adventures Charter Co. - North Vancouver

Websitehttp://www.oceanadventures.bc.ca
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 small group sizes mean our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature & our photographers the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With our small groups (maximum 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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Outer Shores Expeditions & Wilderness Tours - Victoria

360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9A 3S1
Websitehttp://www.outershores.ca
Toll-free855-714-7233
Phone250-244-1218

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!

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Remote Passages Marine Excursions - Tofino

51 Wharf St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Websitehttp://www.remotepassages.com
Toll-free800-666-9833
Phone250-725-3330

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.

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Sailcone Wilderness Fishing - Courtenay

10-3100 Kensington Cres
Courtenay, British Columbia
V9N 8Z9
Websitehttp://www.sailcone.com
Toll-free877-764-4286
Phone250-334-8858

Sailcone is an unparalleled BC Salmon Fishing Lodge for fly-in Salmon fishing, Halibut & Steelhead Adventures. Explore & fish in majestic Knight Inlet. Knight Inlet is British Columbia's longest & most exciting fjord - 95 miles of mountainous wilderness, huge waterfalls, ice fields, Grizzlies, Orca Whales, Humpbacks, Seals & Sea Lions.

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