Grizzly bear watching holidays in British Columbia, Canada

“Spend a week in the Great Bear Rainforest enjoying expert advice, wilderness-gourmet meals and some of the best bear and wildlife watching in the whole of BC.”


Vancouver | Port Hardy | Queen Charlotte Strait | orca, grey and humpback whales | the Great Bear Rainforest | grizzlies, grey wolves, otters, black bears, mink and bald eagles | expert presentations and guided walks | activities include: sea kayaking and glacier cruises |

Description of Grizzly bear watching holidays in British Columbia, Canada

If you're longing to go bear watching, British Columbia is certainly one of the best places in Canada to put your ambitions into action with a range of well-placed hides and scenic boat tours providing just a couple of ways to spot grizzlies in pristine wilderness areas, such as the Great Bear Rainforest.

Bear watching BC style is always best undertaken from the beginning of May right the way through to the autumn with bear watching expeditions setting out from Port Hardy by seaplane to help travellers reach a remote lodge set within the valley of British Columbia's central coastal area.

This type of tour takes you into some of the lesser-visited regions of Canada; bear watching then becomes a unique and exclusive experience with a maximum of ten travellers finding the entire valley at their disposal with specialist guides and resident biologists helping visitors piece together the habits and the habitats that form the exciting world of grizzlies in the wild.

Many of the grizzly bear hides also overlook the river with September and October providing the best time for bear watching in British Columbia as the bears follow the salmon heading back upstream to spawn. Taking a small boat out amongst the verdant grasslands aligning the waterways is definitely one of the best ways to get up close to grizzlies with high quality food sources providing the area with an abundance of coastal grizzlies in addition to larger brown bears, further inland within the Great Bear Rainforest.

Aside from grizzly bear watching, British Columbia is also well-known for black bears, Canadian wolves and iconic bald eagles with the Great Bear Rainforest location setting up a wealth of wildlife watching opportunities to complement the thrill of seeing a grizzly bear, first-hand.

Accommodation used on our six day Canada bear watching trips comes in the form of a two- floored floating lodge that's been designed for eco-aware responsible travellers wishing to maximise wildlife viewing without damaging the environment. The eco-lodge has five en-suite guest bedrooms with shared hot showers to be found on the communal floor alongside a lounge area with a well-stocked range of natural history books and information about the surrounding area.

Lodge staff are always on hand to chat about the indigenous wildlife and natural environment of BC with fascinating presentations and talks by resident wildlife experts adding to the occasion of evenings around the fireplace and meeting like-minded guests to chat about the sightings and experiences of the day.

The lodge has been designed with sustainability in mind with locally-sourced wooden decking used to complement solar and wind energy producing resources to further enhance the wildlife watching experience for responsible travellers in British Columbia.

Communal dining and socialising areas are ideal for those wishing to make friends and learn more about the environment with locally sourced meal ingredients and organic produce helping to create really special meal times with freshly caught local salmon roasted on a plank of cedar wood, certainly not to be missed. Complimentary wine and beer always add to the occasion of lunch and an evening meal with the potential to watch humpback whales in the estuary offering extra excitement to the experience of spending time at one of BC's best kept secret locations.

This specific six day bear watching in BC itinerary features one night in Vancouver, three nights in the Great Bear Lodge, one night in Port Hardy and one night on the plane although itineraries are designed to be flexible depending on the time of year that you're visiting.

No matter when you're thinking of coming over to this hidden part of British Columbia you can rest assured that your return transfer by sea plane from Great Bear Lodge to Port Hardy is included within the price; although sometimes guests wish that they could stay a whole while longer.

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Departure information

This 6 day tour departs on various dates from May through to October. Other durations and tours are also available, including combining it with a tailor-made tour of British Columbia, the Rockies and Alberta.
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Grizzly bear watching holidays in British Columbia, Canada


We are committed to operating our trips in a way that has only a positive impact on both the bears and their environment. The partners we work with, who organise the bear viewing trips, make the following statement about their ecotourism principles:

- Our grizzly bear viewing program is organized using the protocols developed at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC, of which we are one of the founding members. This management philosophy is consistent with our goal of safely viewing bears in a natural setting while eliminating or minimizing impact on them. While our first priority is the safety of our guests, our second and very important priority is the safety and health of the grizzly bears and other animals. The wildlife’s need to forage, rest, or travel takes precedent over our viewing activities or desire to get a closer look.
- We are ever diligent to ensure that bears do not have access to human food or garbage, thus ensuring that the bears in our ecosystem can remain truly wild. Here in British Columbia, they often say, “a fed bear is a dead bear”. We agree and go to extreme lengths to ensure that doesn’t happen.
- Each tour begins with a discussion on the environment we are entering, including our rules of behaviour to minimize impacts on the animals and plants.

Knowing that our environment is global in nature we also keep an eye on the big picture:
- We use organic shade-grown coffee and encourage our guests to do the same when they return home.
- All of our office paper is recycled, as are glass, aluminium and plastic containers.
- We strive to produce as much of our power from local renewable resources such as microhydro, solar, and wind power as possible


- We purchase organic foods whenever they are available; both for fresh produce and processed foods. If the choice is available, we purchase foods that have been locally grown.

1 Reviews of Grizzly bear watching holidays in British Columbia, Canada

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Difficult to choose 1 part. We enjoyed sea kayaking in Ucluelet, sitting watching the views with our tea picnic on Pyramid island in Jasper. Our black bear watching in Tofino and Whale watching excursion in Victoria were great fun too!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Those keen on whale watching, should book their tour with eagle wing and keep a spare day the next day. As in our tour, we did not see any whales on our scheduled excursion. Eagle wing let us come back the following day for free and we saw 2 hump backs!

The Via rail train was 15hours late! We learnt there that it was not unusual.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Well I hope so! At least our activities were all handled by locals. Some of them pledged to give part of their revenue to conservation or community work.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was very good!

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