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Vancouver Island

Wildlife Tours

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The Vancouver Island region’s diverse ecosystems make for some of the best wildlife viewing in British Columbia.

Popular wildlife activities on Vancouver Island include guided whale-watching and bear-watching tours, but there are many self-guided wildlife viewing opportunities as well.

Watch grizzly bears in Knight Inlet, view Roosevelt elk (found only on Vancouver Island), check out one of many bird watching areas or look for the Vancouver Island marmot, an incredibly rare mammal.

Enjoy seeing prolific marine life in Barkley Sound and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, snorkel with salmon and seals, watch sea otters play in kelp beds or spot wildlife from the deck of a working coastal freighter as it plies the waters of remote West Coast inlets.

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Tide Rip Grizzly Tours - Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
V0N 3J0
Toll-free888-643-9319
Phone250-339-5320

See grizzly bears in the wilds of Knight Inlet. Tours depart daily from Telegraph Cove, the whale watching centre on northern Vancouver Island, by covered boat. Watch grizzly bears eat salmon, eagles pick the scraps. Sea birds, dolphins, seals, black bears, grizzlies. We depart early at 7:00 am to assure grizzly bear sightings; we had 99% sightings on 2014 trips. June is our best month. We run in a covered boat with on-board washroom, then at the grizzly bear hot spot we switch to big open skiffs to get in close to the action. Lunch & light breakfast is included amidst the splendour of Knight Inlet. In the fall, bears eat salmon. Departure times may vary in the fall.

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West Coast Aquatic Safaris - Tofino

101 Fourth St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free877-5-WHALES (594-2537)
Phone250-725-9227

First Class Family Adventure, Excellent Value. Tour Tofino's wild side with West Coast Aquatic Safaris! Enjoy the West Coast of Vancouver Island's premiere wildlife and sightseeing aboard our all weather family tour boats, Wasco and Nanuq, both of which are Transport Canada safety certified. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will make your Tofino experience one to remember. Get off the beaten path and experience eco-tourism that is environmentally responsible, safe, and fun for the whole family! See why whale watching in Tofino truly is special, take a bear watching trip from the safety of our boat, visit local Tofino hot springs, and don't forget our seasonal safaris! West Coast Aquatic Safaris is accessible for all. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

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Whale watching Kayak Adventures - Port McNeill

2261 Haddington Crescent
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0N 2R0
Toll-free888-756-0099
Phone250-756-0094

Join us for the trip of a lifetime! Guided Orca Sea Kayaking. Explore the pristine wilderness from our comfortable basecamp located within the world-famous Orca and Humpback whale watching waters of Johnstone Strait. Experience whale and other wildlife watching at its finest - right in their habitat as you become one with nature and connect with your surroundings on an intimate, personal level that you will never forget. Previous kayaking experience not necessary. Expert guides ensure a safe paddling experience for the whole family. Our island basecamp is well established with a well-groomed trail network, private tent platforms with tarp roof and cozy tents, camp kitchen and hearty meals, zero-impact outhouses and camp shower facilities with heated water. Breakfast on the beach as Orcas pass closeby.

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Zeballos Expeditions - Zeballos

203 Pandora St
Zeballos, British Columbia
V0P 2A0
Toll-free866-222-2235
Phone250-761-4137

Sea Otter and Whale Watching boat tours off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. Based out of the village of Zeballos, these tours explore the waters of Zeballos Inlet and Nootka Island. As well as marine mammals, wildlife such as bear, deer and the occasional cougar can be spotted on the beaches. Marine, shore and pelagic birds can help fill out your lists! Tours last about four hours, including shore break. Packages can be arranged to include rooms and meals at Cedars Inn.

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A 3-Hour Sail - Victoria

Empress Dock 'A'
Victoria, British Columbia
V9R 4W6
Toll-free877-788-4263
Phone250-885-2311

Come explore the West Coast aboard Tall Ship Thane. Haul sails, climb rigging, fire cannon, whale watching, bring a picnic; alcohol permitted. Owned and operated by Rob McCallum, Tall Ship Thane was built by Len Pearson and is a model of Joshua Slocum's Spray. Join us for a historic marine adventure!

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Adventures Village Island - Campbell River

Toll-free
Phone250-488-7293

100% West Coast First Nations owned and operated, we are an outdoor adventure tour company located off of the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, BC on Compton Island. Kayak with whales, paddle to a grizzly or black bear habitat or go fishing for salmon, halibut or cod. Immerse yourself in the song, dance and storytelling of our people. Whether you want to hike old growth forests, or relax on our beach, our aboriginal guides will show you a side of British Columbia that you have never seen. We offer 1, 3 and 5 day packages, along with overnight camping, or rustic cabin accommodation. Come share this beautiful marine paradise with us. We can't wait to see you!

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Adventuress Sea Kayaking - Parksville

Toll-free866-955-6702
Phone250-755-6702

Come paddle with us! The scenery is spectacular here with mountain vistas, majestic old growth rainforests, expansive wilderness & captivating wildlife. What better way to see all of this, than to kayak the shores of beautiful Vancouver Island. Adventuress offers wildlife tours, rentals & lessons. Choose from fun day tours, sunset paddles and full moon howls in Nanoose, Parksville & Qualicum Beach. Families welcome. Want to up your adventure quotient? Join us for our weekend getaways & exciting multi-day excursions in the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Johnstone Strait & Broken Group Islands. Check out our all-women trips; all women-all fun! Every day an adventure. Live fully. Let Adventuress Sea Kayaking take you on a trip of a lifetime. All tours come with a certified guide, kayak, gear and instruction.

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AG-Fish Enterprises Salmon Fishing Charter - Quadra Island

Quathiaski Cove
Quadra Island, British Columbia
V0P 1N0
Toll-free
Phone250-285-2770

AG-Fish Enterprises specializes in saltwater salmon fishing charters in and around Quadra Island and Campbell River. A short 15-45 minute cruise from the docks at Quadra Island or Campbell River puts you in the middle of some of the best salmon fishing action.

The water around Quadra Island is sheltered & offer calm seas. For your comfort, our fishing is from 7 m (23 ft) covered sport fishing cruiser, which is Transport Canada Certified & approved. It features washrooms and some of the best equipment on the market.

Come join us for a fishing adventure of a lifetime!

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Alberni Charters - Port Alberni

2900 Harbour Road
Port Alberni, British Columbia
V9Y 7X2
Toll-free
Phone250-735-6503

Derby winning year-round saltwater fishing & exploring on half-day, full day or multi-day trips on the secluded & protected waters of Barcley Sound. Port Alberni to Poetts Nook , Bamfield to Ucluelet. Safe former fisheries vessel. Winter sports fishing here on Vancouver Island BC. This is a great winter activity for the whole family . Serene winter spring fishing on our HYBRID Oracle. Dingy to a secluded island for oysters prawns and crab for the barbeque. Underwater camera and futuristic technologies for a spectacular experience of our Pacific water playground. Worlds first automated speed controlled fishing Family, hardcore fishing, corporate or private couples time. Option to stay aboard your personal fishing lodge , or a guided day fishing charter.

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April Point Resort Fishing Adventures - Quadra Island

900 April Point Rd
Quadra Island, British Columbia
V0P 1N0
Toll-free
Phone800-663-7090

Set off from the resort in a 17-foot Boston Whaler and fish the waters of Discovery Passage with an experienced guide who shares your passion and excitement for fishing. Our guides are BC salmon fishing experts with a vast knowledge of the region and a deep respect for the sport. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler, your guide can set the hooks, offer new tips and techniques, and help you reel in the catch you've been waiting for.

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