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The Wonderful Wildlife of BC


BehereBC 2010 - see magical wildlife, including Orca whales, bald eagles, and grizzly bears.

In the grizzlies' equivalent of their backyard, let expert guides get you up close and personal with these majestic animals or simply catch your own private glimpse of nature's wonders as you travel.

Knight Inlet Lodge, set amidst the dramatic snow-capped peaks of Canada's rugged coastline, north of Campbell River and tucked into Glendale Cove, is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia.

It is not uncommon for up to 50 bears to be within 10 kms of the lodge in the peak autumn season, when the salmon are returning to the river. From this base visitors can take a whale watching tour on Johnstone Strait, frequented by the local resident Orca whales, head out for a rainforest hike, or take a sea kayaking tour.

Grizzly Bear Tom Rivest
Great Bear Nature Tours

For the ultimate in luxury adventure travel and ecotourism, experience King Pacific Lodge, located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on BC's west coast. From this luxury wilderness lodge explore the remote islands and view grizzly bears frolicking in the waters, or fish for salmon in the estuaries.

Expect to see grizzly bears, black bears and spirit bears and benefit from the knowledge of expert local native Gitga'at First Nation guides.

For an experience on the move, Bluewater Adventures' small cruise ship tours explore the Great Bear Rainforest's Islands and a wilderness alive with eagles, ravens, salmon, bears and wolves.

Vancouver Island is also a world class whale watching destination. Day trippers launch off from the provincial capital of Victoria on the island's south east corner with 'Prince of Whales', for memorable eco-adventures by zodiac or hard bottomed boat.

Aside from the resident Orca pods, Orca, Gray, Minke and Humpback whales all migrate through the summer months and are easily sighted from the quirky west coast surf town of Tofino, five hours drive from Victoria, or with Stubbs's Island whale watching in Telegraph Cove on the north eastern tip.

If train travel is your thing, the Skeena train linking Jasper and Prince Rupert in the province's remote northern region is for you. Sightings of black and grizzly bears are common from the luxury of your viewing cabin.

Or simply spot the region's many other inhabitants - moose, elk, eagles and wolves are all on the agenda - as you tour the province by car.

BC offers a feast of wildlife watching options. So what are you waiting for?

Published // April 2010

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