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Grizzly bear viewing at Knight Inlet

8 days from £1345* 1 review

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Canada bear safari: A visit to Vancouver Island really showcases the sheer diversity of wildlife, both marine and terrestrial, found in the Pacific Northwest and offers plenty of varied wildlife activities at a very affordable price. About 300 miles long and 70 miles wide, the best and most cost effective option to explore the island is a self-drive tour which gives you the freedom to visit multiple locations and fully experience all that it has to offer.

The northeast of the island offers easy access to both Johnstone Strait, the best place in the world to see Orcas in the wild (as well as Humpback Whales), and the remote coastal inlets on the adjacent mainland where Grizzly Bears still maintain a stronghold, far from any human encroachment. Our Grizzly Bear safaris consist of a full day trip to Knight Inlet to view Grizzly Bears feeding in the estuaries.

The rugged west coast of the island is on the annual migration route of the Gray Whale, large numbers of which pass by off the coast en-route from Mexico to Alaska, and is also one of the best places in North America to see Black Bears. Sightings of Humpback Whales and Sea Otters are also possible off the west coast, and Bald Eagles and Sea Lions are more or less a certainty.

The popular seaside community of Tofino on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island is a great destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Besides the excellent bear and whale watching, there’s plenty for all the family to see and do. The village of Tofino itself is charming, and the area has miles of sandy beaches and lots of self guided walking trails in nearby Pacific Rim National Park that showcase the rugged coastline and old growth temperate rainforest. It is also a watersports mecca with excellent sea kayaking and sport fishing, and a thriving surf culture with numerous surfing schools offering trial lessons and courses for all ages. This is our most popular Canada bear safari, because as well as offering outstanding value for money, it also provides some of the most diverse and exciting wildlife viewing in western BC.


This is a Private Tour

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    Arrive in Vancouver and overnight at Pacific Coastal hotel.

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    Pick up hire car and take ferry to Nanaimo. Drive 4 hours north to Port McNeil and overnight at a wilderness lodge.

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    Full day small boat visit to Knight Inlet (estuary viewing; not the stands!) for a Grizzly Bear Safari.

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    Half-day whale watching tour to Johnstone Strait with Stubbs. Afternoon free to see wildlife from the lodge, such as otters and black bears if you are lucky.

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    Morning 3 hour whale watching tour for Orcas with Stubbs followed by drive to Tofino.

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    Morning or afternoon Black Bear viewing tour by 12 passenger rib boat.

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    Morning or afternoon whale watching tour by 12 passenger rib or larger vessel if preferred.

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    Drive back to Nanaimo for the return ferry (cost not included) to Vancouver.


​Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge at Port McNeil and self-catering Condo with ocean view at Tofino: No meals included.

Contact Wildlife Trails for a detailed itinerary.

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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights

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