How to respect local wildlife
Follow local regulations: Rules are in place to protect the environment, as well as the wildlife and the people who call this area home. Educate yourself before you set out into the wild, for example by visiting the Quatse Salmon Centre, located in Port Hardy. This facility is dedicated to salmon conservation, enhancement, and education on North Vancouver Island, and it is an excellent place to learn about the salmon’s connection to the rest of the coastal ecosystem.
Observe wildlife from a distance: Always keep a safe and respectful distance from wildlife, and never approach or follow any animals you may encounter while exploring. The best way to observe wildlife is with a reputable local tour operator who knows where to find the animals and how to view them safely. Sea Wolf Adventures is an Indigenous-owned company that organizes grizzly viewing tours, boat trips in search of marine animals, and other culture-focused adventures throughout the region.
Never feed animals: The saying is true, sadly—a fed bear is a dead bear. An animal that becomes used to human intervention will naturally seek out humans, so it’s imperative that you refrain from feeding any animals, including birds or fish.
Store food securely: There are several bear caches available along popular trails, including in Cape Scott Provincial Park, but if there are no bear caches where you are hiking or camping, it’s your responsibility to know and follow food and trash storage guidelines.