Bald Eagles in a tree
The Vancouver Island region has water to thank for its incomparable birding opportunities – more than 220 bird species are sighted here every year.
Ocean, marshes, lakes and rivers support a vast array of bird species, including bald eagles, brant geese and trumpeter swans. There are forests with birds such as owls and songbirds aplenty, too.
While bird numbers swell considerably during the spring and fall migrations, hundreds of species live year-round in the area, so anytime is a good time for birding on Vancouver Island. Some birding hotspots on Vancouver Island include Somenos Marsh Wildlife Refuge (Duncan), Courtenay River Estuary, Pacific Northwest Raptors, Swan Lake (Victoria), Esquimalt Lagoon (near Victoria), and Goldstream Provincial Park (near Victoria).
Most Vancouver Island birdwatching areas allow for self-guided birding tours, but there are also birding specific guided tours are available in some locations.
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Whiskey Landing Marina
Ucluelet, British Columbia
Treat yourself to an unforgettable West Coast adventure. Join us aboard our luxurious yacht for a relaxing whale & wildlife cruise. The Raincoast Maiden is a spacious yacht equipped with a washroom & comfortable seating inside & out. Enjoy the magical scenery of Barkley Sound with a taste of luxury & watch the area's abundant wildlife, which includes whales, bears, sea lions, seals, sea otters, eagles & sea birds. Binoculars available for guests. Our interpretive tours include a scenic cruise though the sheltered waters of the Broken Group Islands & an optional gourmet meal while at anchor. Romantic sunset cruises & private charters are also available.
1234 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
Eagle Wing Whale Watching offers excellent value & guaranteed whale sightings. Canada's 1st Carbon Neutral & 1% for the planet, eco-friendly, marine adventure & killer (orca) whale watching company. During the tour, view a variety of diving & shore birds. Extras include on board washrooms, hydrophones & a perfect safety record. This locally owned & operated family business offers you a chance to bear witness to one of nature's most incredible & inspiring creatures, the Orca Whale, in the Salish Sea. A 'treasure chest' of diverse marine wildlife awaits you. Rated #1 whale watching tour since 2007 on TripAdvisor. Victoria's premiere choice for your west coast adventure!
Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view & photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 10 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions & activities such as interpretive hikes & boat excursions. Tours begin in Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island, with a spectacular seaplane flight to the Great Bear Lodge. Voted by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.
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 and experience the Wild in Wilderness!
3272 Roper Road
Ladysmith, British Columbia
Plan an afternoon adventure. Located in the Yellow Point area of Ladysmith, our studio & gift shop is an experience worth seeing. We are a working studio with two International award winning Artist in house. We focus mainly on functional & decorative glass art, but also have gifts in our shop. The studio is located on a 5 acre estate with expansive gardens & a trout filled lake. Bring a sack lunch, see the gallery & then wander the gardens & rest on the provided picnic tables. The wild birds abound & seasonally.