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What types of bears can I see?

In Canada there are three species of bear which you may see and which are area dependent: black bears, brown bears and polar bears.

green tick Grizzly/Brown & Black Bears
Knight Inlet Lodge, Campbell River - Bella Coola - Great Bear Lodge, Port Hardy - Chilcotin, Goldbridge - Eco Adventures, Williams Lake - Khutzeymateen, Prince Rupert
green tick Black Bears
Whistler - Tofino - Chilcotin, Goldbridge - Riding Mountain, Manitoba - Sacacomie, Québec - Sacré Coeur, Québec
green tick Polar Bears
Churchill, Manitoba - The Arctic Cruise
Bear watching in Canada - the bear facts

Whilst it is true to say that bears can be found in most rural states in the US and Canadian provinces, there is only a realistic chance of viewing them in the remote areas. To ensure this is done efficiently and safely we highly recommend that you participate in one of our carefully organised trips as detailed below.

Bella Coola Wildlife Viewing
In the Bella Coola area of British Columbia, you are always sure of a wide variety of local wildlife including the large resident populations of Grizzly and Black bears. As the nights begin to shorten, salmon start to swim up the Bella Coola River towards their spawning grounds and grizzly Bears in particular come down to the river’s edge to fish for the salmon. You observe the bears going about their feeding in the company of native guides.

What to see: Grizzly Bears / Black Bears
Bear and Whale Watching - Knight Inlet Lodge
We offer special packages to one of the most remote parts of British Columbia known as Knight Inlet. Accessible only by seaplane, the lodge accommodates a maximum of 30 people at one time, offering comfort, great food and an ideal base to see wildlife. There is a resident population of 50 grizzly bears which can normally be seen every day whatever the season. Seals, sea lions, porpoise, dolphins and minke whales are all in the area. From mid- August the killer or orca whales arrive to add to the wealth of wildlife viewing.

What to see: Grizzly Bears / Seals, Sea lions / Dolphins / Orca Whales
Polar Bear Watching in Churchill
From mid October to mid November, polar bears congregate around the town of Churchill. They are waiting for the sea ice to form to allow them to resume the hunting of their basic food, the seal. We offer a variety of trips ranging from one to six days in length, most incorporating a trip on the tundra buggy to give that up front and personal experience safely. There is also an option in early July, as the bears leave the pack ice and the beluga whales arrive in Churchill. Early booking is essential as access is limited.

What to see: Polar Bears
Whistler Black Bear Watching
This 3 hour trip departs the base of Blackcomb mountain at 6am or 6pm. Rising above Whistler Village are the vast hemlock-cedar forests of Whistler Blackcomb. These forests provide diverse food and shelter for some 50 black bears. Experience the pristine views of wildlife, glacial peaks and memorable sunsets in a 4x4 vehicle. Visit active bear dens, daybeds and feeding sites.Witness evening play between a mother and her cubs. Your local guides have been observing these bears for a long time and are experts in finding the bears for close, but safe viewing. Early booking is essential.

What to see: Black Bears (possibly also black bear cubs)
Tofino Black Bears Tour
Along the west coast of Vancouver Island the resident population of black bears have discovered a surprising food source, rock crabs. Surprising as it seems, these large creatures gently pick their way along the seashore foraging amongst the rock pools and eating these delicacies with great gusto. It is quite common to see bears accompanied by their cubs, who often take it upon themselves to play in and around the rocks. Our trip departs from Tofino or Ucluelet in a high speed zodiac to catch them as they forage. This trip is obviously tide dependent and therefore the exact viewing time is normally advised three months prior to your trip.

What to see: Black Bears / Seals / Bald Eagles / (Possibly Whales)
What to do next

We would suggest you ring us and talk through your ideas. We will then prepare a choice of trips that fit your travel plans. This will include a quotation of high quality insurance tailored to meet the needs of this type of experience.

We are able to arrange everything for you and will
support you throughout your experience.

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