7 day safari

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Tour Highlights

  • The most diverse terrestrial and marine wildlife tour in Canada
  • Chance to see Grizzly and Black bear on small group boat tours
  • Suitable for everyone including families with young kids
  • This tour can be tailored to your requirements

Vancouver Island Bear Watching Tour

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. 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 black bear watching tours and whale watchign trips, there are many other outdoor activities which you can book direct, or just enjoy walking the famous Wild Pacific trail.

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Bespoke Wildlife



In the morning you will pick up your hire car and drive to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal where you will board a drive-on ferry to Vancouver Island. On arrival in Nanaimo, your gateway to the island, drive 3½ hours west to Tofino, a picturesque seaside town on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island where you will overnight at a ocean facing condo, complete with wraparound deck, kitchen, separate bedroom and dining area.

Accommodation : Ocean fronted condo with deck



Morning or afternoon departure for a 2½-3 hour whale watching trip to observe the Gray Whales on their northward migration to Alaska. A number of these whales remain in the coastal waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island throughout the summer, feeding and resting in the sheltered bays around Tofino and nearby Ucluelet. Orca & Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, and Sea Otters are also sometimes encountered on these trips. we can book larger boats if people prefer a more stable viewing platform.

Accommodation : Ocean fronted condo



Morning or afternoon departure for a 2½ hour boat trip to observe Black Bears foraging on the shoreline in beautiful and remote Clayoquot Sound. Rest of the day free for your own activities. Overnight at the same beautifully located condo.

Accommodation : Ocean fronted condo



Depart Tofino after breakfast and drive 3-4 hours east and north to Campbell River where you can stop for lunch. Then drive 2 hours further north to a picturesque cove near Telegraph Cove, where you will overnight at a small, secluded wilderness lodge

Accommodation : Wilderness Lodge Telegraph Cove



Depart from Telegraph Cove Resort aboard a 74-person semi-covered, custom-built express cruiser, this adventure will take you on a 3-hour fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour. We will probably book an afternoon departure for you, to allow you to recover from the long drive from Tofino and to enjoy the amazing views from your wilderness lodge.

Accommodation : Wilderness Lodge Telegraph Cove



After an early breakfast you will be collected from the lodge’s dock for a day trip by boat to observe the famous Grizzly Bears of remote Knight Inlet. During the 2 hour journey across to the mainland amid spectacular scenery, you may encounter Orca and Humpback Whales, Bald Eagles, and other wildlife en-route. On arrival in Knight Inlet you will transfer to a flat bottomed, open skiff (can approach closer to shore) from which you will spend 2-3 hours observing grizzly bears grazing on estuarine sedge grasses close to the shoreline, or foraging for crustaceans on the tidal flats.

Accommodation : Wilderness Lodge Telegraph Cove



Depart the lodge after breakfast and drive 4 hours south to Nanaimo, where you will bid a fond farewell to Vancouver Island and board the return ferry back to the mainland

Pricing Info & Dates

Costs £1200 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Valid for travel from May 2021 until October 2022


  • £100 donation to the Rainforest conservation foundation
  • Stays at some of the best wildlife lodges on the island
  • Car hire which includes 3 drivers and a free tank of fuel
  • All wildlife activities with a focus on small groups


  • Visa fees for visiting Canada
  • Fares for the ferry between Vancouver and the island.
  • Gratuaties for your guides on wildlife activities

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Our Clients Say About Us

Fantastic Canadian adventure

We had a two week holiday on Vancouver Island.. we went on a whale watching tour and saw Orcas, Humpbacks, Dahl porpoises, white striped Dolphins, seals and Sea lions. We then did a Grizzly bear r and saw lots of Grizzlies as well as loads of Black Bears. The highlight of the holiday was a three day kayaking trip which was fantastic. Kayaking with Orcas and Humpback whales was incredible Our holiday was completely organised by Wildlife Trails, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.. everything was planned to perfection and they made the entire holiday exactly what we asked for.

ByChris and John
Fantastic tailored holiday to North America the itinerary and arrangements were first class

Our slightly unusual request was to cover certain National Parks in the US and then visit British Columbia with the focus on Whales and Bears all within a restricted time slot and to ensure both ents an teenage girls could be entertained on the way. Our experiences will give us life long memories we will treasure, we enjoyed every aspect o the trip and saw amazing wildlife, the experiences surpassed our expectations. Wildlife Trails were fantastic in ensuring our arrangements and itinerary fitted perfectly with our requirements and the logistic went completely smoothly. Allan was flexible with us changing our mind on a few major thing before we finalised the tour and helpful in ensuring we had everything we needed both before and during our trip. THe service was first class.

ByPaul and Sally
Fantastic Polar Bear trip

Allan Blanchard from Wildlife Trails organised a holiday for myself and a friend to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to see Polars Bears. All the flights connections were spot on, arrived at Winnipeg per itinerary, had a night in the hotel there, all good, got to the railway station in good time to get the 2day trip to Churchill. The train was very comfortable, food fairly good, enjoyed the experience very much. Got a taxi to the blue sky B&B, where we had 7 nights, had been there before 3yrs ago, everything was excellent, food and accomodation very high standard, and Jennifor and Gerald really looked after us very well. Had 2 great day trips on the Tundra Buggy, where we saw 45 bears, mum and cubs, bears play fighting, some up really close to the buggy. Had a good tour with North star, managed to see polar bears up very close to the bus, and we also had 2 and half days with Nature 1st, who took us all around the churchill area to try and spot bears which we were very successful with about 8 bears in total. People/drivers all excellent, very knowledgeable, and we had a great time with all the people involved in our holiday. Everything went very well, Wildlife trails did a fanastic holiday for us, and we were lucky to see a total of 62 bears, including a bear lift from the polar bear jail of a mum and 2yrs old cub. it was great. thank you to all concerned for giving me and my friend such a fanastic time Have been with Allan and Kirsty Blanchard for many years, as they do all my wildlife holidays of which there as been many. Every time it is always great, arrangements as they should be, people who should be meeting me are always there so although I travel alone quite a bit, I feel very safe with Allan and Wildlife Trails organising the trip as things are all in place and I have no need to worry about anything First Class Tour Operator.

ByAnnie and Viv
Bear and whale watching in British Columbia

Fantastic bear and whale watching experience in the Great Best Rainforest and on Vancouver Island. Different locations, tour operators and accommodation types, all of them great in their own ht, the most impressive being the "Great Bear Chalet" in the BellaCoola valley. We saw plenty of grizzly and black bears, orcas and humpback whales Very pleasant experience, Allan did everything possible to make this combination of different tour components fit our limited timeframe - and our bucket of extra wishes! Very much looking forward to planning the next trip with "Wildlife Trails"

Everything I could have hoped for

I specifically wanted to see Polar bears with plenty of photo opportunities. I had a 4 night stay in the Frontiers North Tundra Buggy Lodge, with 5 eight hour Tundra Buggy trips. I also stayed in nipeg for a couple of nights before and after. The Tundra Buggy people were first class, with driver and guide being very knowledgeable, food was good, both in the Lodge and on board the Buggy. I was a little apprehensive about the long bunk room with 20 people but the inner and outer curtains provided good privacy and also sound deadening. Highly recommended. You have much more time in the area where the bears congregate that if you have a day trip for Churchill (which takes 2 hours each way to get to the area). In Winnipeg I stayed at Inn at the Forks - a good hotel in a lovely area. Also highly recommended. Everything was arrange with detailed consultation and consideration of what I wanted. I had used Wildlife Trails twice before and have always found them excellent.