Bald Eagles in a tree
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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Simoon Sound (Gilford Island)
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Sea kayak in comfort based from our oceanside or float-house
accommodations. Enjoy catered meals or cook for yourself. Guided
kayak tours & rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours & kayak transport. Acupressure massage is also available on-site.
910 Fern Rd E
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Discover the story behind Vancouver Island's ancient rainforests of giant trees, alpine flower meadows & turquoise mountain lakes; ocean tide pools; marine & other wildlife; salmon & bird watching areas. Year-round personal nature tours with a biologist trained by Interpretation Canada. Get to the right place in less time so you can spend more time exploring, learning, exercising & experiencing. Find secret places & special moments off the beaten path & discover the hidden creatures others don't know about. Have an authentic vacation that tells the story behind the scenery through thought-provoking & interactive programs. Snowshoeing & hiking tours.
1630 Island Hwy
Campbell River, British Columbia
Destiny River Adventures is currently the only government licensed, professional river outfitter on Vancouver Island.
We offer a variety of experiences including raft & snorkel with salmon tours, scenic river floats, family wilderness adventures, thrilling whitewater & multi-day river expeditions. Our trips focus on the whole river adventure - wilderness, wildlife & personal discovery are key to the exploration of our rivers & making your memories unforgettable. Our certified professional guides allow us to offer trips suitable for almost all ages & abilities on a variety of coastal rivers.
Bus charters & custom tours are also available throughout the year.
257 Glen Rd
Clearwater, British Columbia
Like you, we have a huge passion for travel and adventure! We specialize in guided sea kayaking expeditions, canoeing trips and hiking and backpacking adventures in British Columbia. All our hand picked programs are run by seasoned guides with in-depth knowledge and experience, leading you into a world of tranquillity and simplicity to encounter resident wildlife and diverse areas rich in history and culture. With a 30+ year history and thousands of happy clients around the world, Ecosummer Expeditions is the choice for your adventure and travel needs.
109 Maquinna Ave
Zeballos, British Columbia
At Island Tides Fishing Lodge, we offer our guests world-class fresh & saltwater fishing adventures for trophy salmon, halibut, steelhead & trout. Our guests enjoy fishing the waters surrounding Nootka Island for trophy chinook & coho salmon, halibut, lingcod or fishing some of Vancouver Island's top rivers & lakes for salmon, trout & steelhead. On all of our fishing & outdoor adventures, our guests are treated to true West Coast hospitality at our waterfront lodge which provides guests with all of the modern amenities of home, with first-class accommodation & outstanding meal service.
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.
209-1110 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2012) & a "Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure (2009). 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 intimate bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & accommodations. Queen Charlotte Islands, Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. By a leader in sustainable tourism, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. Visit us for information.
Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night. Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal British Columbia, kayak through glacial fed waters, amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.
Nimmo Bay, British Columbia
Located at the base of Mt. Stevens, in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort exists at a different vibration that 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.
1660 Telegraph Cove Rd
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Sea Kayak Tours from Telegraph Cove providing you with the best opportunity for the unforgettable experience of viewing orca or killer whales & many other marine mammals in their natural, wilderness environment.
2 hour, half day & day guided tours departing daily.
Guided tours from 2-6 days in the realm of the Orca, led by highly trained passionate guides, excellent equipment, meals that will delight & an overall experience that will safely provide you with life long memories, while causing the minimum impact on the area.
Call for last minute specials!
Kayak & equipment rentals available.