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Grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest near the Douglas Channel

(Ian McAllister photo)

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BC Coast Wildlife Viewing

BC’s wild and rugged coast is home to a variety of wildlife, in the ocean, on the land and in the skies. Go whale watching along the spectacular coast and keep watch for Orcas and humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions. Along the shore you may be lucky enough to spot black or grizzly bears, or perhaps a grazing deer. And the province is home to a wide range of coastal birds, from bald eagles to great blue herons. Keep your eyes peeled, and your camera close by.

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Whale Watching in Vancouver

Upon leaving the dock, passengers are surrounded by incredible coastal settings and have the... Read more opportunity to see Orcas (killer whales), grey whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and other marine life like porpoises, dolphins and seabirds.  On some tours you can use onboard charts to identify individual whales, and even listen in through hydrophones to hear whales communicating underwater.  Whale-watching tours depart from downtown Vancouver and from nearby Steveston, located at the mouth of the Fraser River in Richmond.

Vancouver Whale Watch

Celebrating 16 years of whale watching, from the lower mainland, this adventure of a lifetime starts in picturesque Steveston, travelling through the spectacular Gulf & San Juan Islands.

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Whale Watching in Victoria

Fancy seeing a whale breaching in the wild? From the Inner Harbour, head out to sea to meet some of the Orca pods residing just offshore. Choose from a fast-moving inflatable Zodiac or comfortable covered boat; either way, you’ll probably see sea lions, seals and sea birds as well as whales in nearby waters.
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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Victoria

Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver & Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local w...
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Whale Watching from Telegraph Cove

See the ocean’s biggest attraction at Telegraph Cove. Whale watching boats and kayak tours... Read more leave from Telegraph Cove, as well as nearby Port McNeill and Alert Bay, to view some of the 200+ Orca (killer whales) in nearby Johnstone Strait. These magnificent creatures gather here, in one of Canada’s richest Orca habitats, to feed on the salmon runs and to rub their bodies on the area’s smooth stone beaches. Be sure to also look out for minke and humpback whales, porpoises, harbour seals and sea lions.

Stubbs Island Whale Watching

Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 37th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, the whale watching capital of BC, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait, Blackfish S...
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Whale Watching on the Pacific Rim

Up to 20,000 grey whales migrate along the coast here each spring. Join the people of Tofino and... Read more Ucluelet in welcoming them at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival held every March in both towns. Can't make it March?  You can spot grey whales, humpbacks and Orcas (killer whales) in the area all summer long.

Jamie's Whaling Station

We are your one stop for adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original whale tour company & offer whale watching, bear watching & Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cru...
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Great Bear Rainforest

Catch a glimpse of the Spirit Bear, also known as the Kermode bear, a white-coated black bear... Read more found only in the BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. This area is home to not only some of the last intact temperate old-growth forest in the world, but also to Orcas, humpback whales, eagles, sea lions, otters, porpoises, grizzly bears and black bears. Take the Discovery Coast Connector route to explore BC’s remote and beautiful central coast. Disembark at the village of Klemtu and tour the area with Spirit Bear Lodge, run by the local Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation.

Great Bear Lodge Nature Tours

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the ...
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Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

One of the best places in the world to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat is this seaside sanctuary northeast of Prince Rupert. The first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears, Khutzeymateen is accessible only by boat (or boat and floatplane). Home to about 50 bears, it is best visited between May and July (especially in May) when the bears can be seen roaming the shore. There is no land access in the Sanctuary, and the river estuary is only accessible with a licensed tour operator.
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Copper Beech Guest House

On-the-grid luxury: cell phone service, WiFi, espresso and cappuccino available.

Off-the-grid charm: funky décor, books, comfort food, time to relax, time to read, write & daydream.

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