Wildlife Guide - British Columbia
Grizzly bears are traditionally very solitary creatures and so it is difficult to catch a glimpse of them in packs. However, you may view a group of them eating salmon from the fast-flowing rivers of British Columbia- this is one of the few times the bears will come together. The best time of year to visit the lush forestry is in the Spring, when the grizzlies are slowly emerging from hibernation. Females tend to give birth over the winter, so you may be lucky enough to witness a little cub’s first steps!
British Columbia offers a plethora of ways in which you can observe grizzly bears. Remember; grizzlies can become aggressive when approached so you should always travel with an expert guide. Book your holiday with us and soon you could be tracking bears through green forestry, only pausing at the best spots to try and make viewings a guarantee.
If you would like to stay in the heart of nature, The Knight Inlet lodge is just waiting to welcome you with open arms. This cosy lodge can be found along a 100km fjord carved by glaciers in the heart of British Columbia. It has a specially constructed viewing platform from which you have unparalleled views of the pristine wilderness that the grizzly bear calls home. You can also take a boat alongside the cove where you may spy their feasting on the grass, mussels and barnacles that surround it.
One of nature’s most elusive creatures, a sighting of the rare Spirit bear has an almost magical quality about it. Also known as the Kermode bear, scientists believe that there are only around 400 in existence and they can only be found in the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Great Bear Rainforest is a wild, breath-taking landscape that is home only to a First Nations community called Kitasoo, and the almost mythical Spirit bear. To discover these creatures, you will need to traverse lakes, rivers and lush woodlands, passing snowy peaks and icy fjords at every turn. Although the journey may be long, to witness the bear roaming freely makes it all worthwhile.
To truly immerse yourself in the experience, we recommend that you stay in the Spirit Bear Lodge. Decorated in the traditional style of a long house, you will have views of the Pacific Ocean from your bedroom and living area. Not only is this your best chance to see the Spirit bear, but keep your eyes peeled and you may also spot passing orca whales, dolphins and sea lions.
If you are visiting between May and October, you simply must take a whale-watching tour from either Vancouver or Victoria. Feel the wind hit your face as you cruise the waves on an open-air zodiac or relax on a more comfortable vessel with a viewing deck and indoor seating. Feast your eyes as you cruise alongside beaching orcas, humpback whales and Pacific grey whales. Why not make your trip even more unforgettable and kayak alongside them? Whatever you choose, the experience will leave you speechless.