USA & Canada wildlife tour of the Pacific coast

“Nature and photography enthusiasts won’t want to miss this thrilling journey through some of the finest national parks in the Pacific Northwest.”


Portland | Mount St. Helens | Butte Camp Trail | Mount Rainier National Park | Olympic National Park | Hoh Rainforest | Rialto Beach | Sol Duc Hot Springs | Seattle | Pike Place Market | Vancouver Island | Victoria | Tofino | Clayoquot Sound | Bear watching | Whale watching by Zodiac | Stanley Park |

Description of USA & Canada wildlife tour of the Pacific coast

The scenery is the undisputed star of this 12-day adventure across the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in the craft beer paradise of Portland, you’ll travel through pristine and awe-inspiring natural landscapes with superb opportunities for wildlife-spotting. and plenty of scope for cultural diversions too in trendy cities such as Seattle and Vancouver.

Enjoy amazing views of the active stratovolcano Mount St. Helens from a beautiful hiking route. Admire the mighty Douglas Firs of atmospheric Mount Rainier National Park, where deer, elk and brown bear roam.

Olympic National Park, just west of Seattle, is one of North America’s most unique ecosystems, ancient rainforest dripping with moss gives way to a rugged Pacific coastline, strewn with vast piles of driftwood, from where you can often see whales, sea lions and otters.

Pausing briefly in Seattle, you’ll visit the famous Pike Place Market (great for foodies) and have the option to take in the views from the Space Needle, before continuing north to Vancouver Island.

Finally, you’ll explore the waters of the Clayoquot Sound by Zodiac boat from the laidback surfing town of Tofino. During the summer months, this unspoilt wilderness provides habitat for numerous animals, including: grey whales, orcas, bald eagles and bears. Travelling with responsible operators by Zodiac allows you to get up-close to wildlife without disturbing their natural behaviour.

Returning to Vancouver by the ferry as the tour winds to an end, it’s time to congratulate yourself on your foresight in bringing along a couple of extra memory cards for the camera.

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Responsible tourism

USA & Canada wildlife tour of the Pacific coast

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whenever possible.

We are proud supporters of the American Hiking Society, which champions conservation issues in the United States and represents millions of hikers committed to preserving America’s vast network of hiking trails and their surrounding ecosystems.

All water is safe to drink from the tap on this trip and we advise customers to bring a reusable water bottle from home, and not buy single use plastic bottles.

As it is quite possible that our groups will meet wildlife on the hiking trails, our tour leaders educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans.


Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers such as the hot springs visit in Olympic National Park. On top of this, our leaders will take the group to smaller family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

On this tour, we use specialist guides including a bear viewing guide on the included Zodiac trip, whale watching guide on the Zodiac tour. Both activities are conducted in a small Zodiac boat and at a safe distance so as not to disturb and interfere with wildlife in their natural habitat.

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