The Bears of British Columbia

The province of British Columbia in Western Canada is home to large swathes of pristine forests which support a large population of Grizzly bears. The strong presence of apex predators is a common indicator of a healthy ecosystem and as such there is abundance of wildlife to encounter along the Canadian coast. Upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport you will collect your car and drive to your downtown hotel, an overnight stay will allow you the chance to explore this exciting and vibrant city. The next day you will leave your hotel and take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Vancouver Island and on to your accommodation at Campbell River which has affectionately been described as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’. Campbell River is a great place to relax and to soak up the landscape and local culture. The following morning you will drive to a nearby terminal and leave your car, your accommodation for this evening is the Knight Inlet Lodge. Inaccessible by road you will therefore take a thrilling 30-minute floatplane journey deep in to the wilderness. This hotel (or ‘flotel’) is built completely on cedar booms and floats on the Glendale River. The lodge is famous for its Grizzly Bear watching and observation platforms positioned along the river will give you a great chance to see these fantastic creatures hunting and feeding on their favourite prey, Salmon. After a night in the stunning Knight Inlet Lodge you will return to the bear watching platforms before taking a floatplane ride back to Campbell River in order to collect your vehicle and drive onwards to Tofino. The panoramic journey is around 140 miles and a stop at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the 800-year old Douglas Fir and Cedar is highly recommended. From Tofino you will search for Black Bears on a wildlife cruise around the Clayoquot Sound, the bears commonly leave the undergrowth to comb the shore for various food items at low tide. Your next stop is Victoria the historic capital of British Columbia and from here you will depart on a whale watching cruise. The waters around Victoria are perfect for a range of cetaceans, with the resident population of Orca being the species we hope to encounter. After your whale watching adventure the rest of the day is yours to explore Victoria before heading back to the Canadian mainland and a final day in wonderful Vancouver before you drop off your vehicle and fly home.

Why we love this trip

  • Vancouver has been voted the 3rd most liveable city in the world and you will get chance to enjoy it for yourself both before and after you explore the wilderness.
  • Vancouver Island is comparable in size to the Netherlands so there is lots to do and see.
  • A thrilling floatplane ride to the famous Knight Inlet Lodge, a ‘flotel’ not accessible by road and renowned for fantastic Grizzly Bear watching opportunities.
  • 4 different species of Salmon swim inland at different times during the season to breed which attracts large concentrations of terrestrial and aquatic predators.
  • The British Columbia coastline is a haven for marine mammals and along the migratory routes of Grey and Humpback Whales.
  • Ample opportunities to view and photograph Bald Eagles as they feed on the bountiful supply of Salmon.

Where

British Columbia, Western Canada

When

10-days in May to October

What to look for

Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Orca, Grey Whale, Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, Dall’s Porpoise, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Harbour Seal, Steller’s Sea Lion, River Otter, Bald Eagle, Harlequin Duck, Black Oystercatcher, American Dipper and much more.

Please contact us for further details.

Reference: RTT-TBC1, Supplement Codes: CH, F, SPS