Whales and Bears of British Columbia

Canada

From £6200 in low season
From £7900 in high season

based on 13 nights inc. flights

Prices are based on two persons

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  • Whale watching in Clayoquot Sound, Tofino

  • Guided grizzly bear walks with specialist biologists

  • Fishing in the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’

  • Wolves, otters, bald eagles and pine martin wildlife tours

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The lodge is open from early May through to late October and is predominantly set up as a bear viewing experience. The best time to visit is during the salmon spawning season when grizzly bears are at their most active fishing in the rivers. This is usually from early September to mid to late October. The lodge books up early during this time. In June and early July, bear viewing is still good as they come out of hibernation and forage in the grasses close to the river.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8245 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

Experience iconic wildlife in British Columbia, including scenic floatplane explorations, whale watching on Vancouver Island and bear viewing out in the wilderness at Great Bear Lodge.

  1. Days 1-3: Vancouver

    Your adventure begins in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver for two nights at the luxury boutique hotel, L'Hermitage Vancouver.  Explore the artisan markets, unique boutiques and postcard sights in Granville Island, or for a more active day, The Grand Bicycle Tour is perfect to experience sights including the world-famous Stanley Park, the Olympic Village and Chinatown.  For a taste of the city, head over to Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood and home to an array of eateries and a vibrant cocktail bar scene.

    Accommodation: L'Hermitage Vancouver (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-6: Victoria

    Taking the ferry over to the beautiful town of Victoria on Vancouver Island, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the colourful botanical gardens or venture out into the Pacific to experience the majestic migrating whales.  Back on land we recommend a Victoria bicycle tour through Beacon Park, the Inner Harbour and James Bay.

    Accommodation: Oswego Hotel (3 nights)

  3. Days 6-9: Tofino

    After collecting your hire car, you will drive up and along the coast before heading inland through Cathedral Grove through the 800-year-old, 75 m high ancient Douglas firtrees, before arriving into Tofino.  The magnificent west coast of the island is home to a rich abundance of wildlife including black bears and sea lions and during May over 20,000 migrating whales passing through the waters on their way to Mexico.

    Accommodation: Long Beach Lodge (3 nights)

  4. Days 9-12: Great Bear Rainforest

    Enjoy breath-taking views on your drive across the island before transferring to a seaplane to transfer you to Great Bear Lodge.  A team of specialist biologists will lead your stay over the next three days as you embark on exploring the surrounding ecosystem in search of your first sighting of a grizzly.  Late August to October during the five species of local salmon make their run, which provides the prime time to spot bears, however you may also spot these grizzly locals during spring and summer, albeit in smaller numbers.  The Great Bear Rainforest is also home to other wildlife and you may get chance to see grey wolves, black bears and even bald eagles. 

    Accommodation: Great Bear Lodge (3 nights)

  5. Days 12-13: British Columbia

    From the lodge, you’ll fly back to the small town of Port Hardy which provides comfortable accommodation for your overnight stay before connecting back to Vancouver.

    Accommodation: Quarterdeck Inn (1 night)

  6. Days 13-14: Vancouver

    The final evening of your adventure is back in the city of Vancouver for a final opportunity to enjoy the delights of the vast dining options available.

    Accommodation: L'Hermitage Vancouver (1 night)

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