There are few experiences that can rival viewing bears in the wild. The province of British Columbia in Canada is home to the rare white Kermode or spirit bear, more than half of Canada’s grizzly bears as well as a quarter of Canada’s black bears, so close-up viewing is almost guaranteed!
Sit quietly up on an elevated viewing platform to witness grizzly bears pouncing on and devouring spawning salmon. Drift silently in a riverboat and listen to a black bear and her cubs munch on vegetation by the water’s edge. Or visit the Great Bear Rainforest to catch a glimpse of an elusive white Kermode bear lumbering along a mossy riverbank.
Bear viewing in BC ranges from the impromptu spotting of bears next to highways to dedicated luxury adventures into the wilderness in search of these great creatures. Our range of guided bear viewing tours are the best way to ensure a safe and successful experience of viewing bears in their natural habitat.
Bear-watching is best in spring and fall. In spring, bears emerge from hibernation and hungrily seek out fresh shoots and sedges along riverbanks and low-lying areas. Boat tours are common during these months. In fall, spawning salmon provide a feast for bears looking to fatten up before hibernation. Bears (along with eagles and wolves) line the rivers to fish for their meals so during these months, viewing platforms are more commonly used.