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Wildlife of Canada

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Wildlife of Canada

Hi all,

Would like to go Whale and Bear watching in August. Where in Canada is best for this type of activity and can trips be arranged locally on arrival, or would it be best to arrange through a tour operater in the UK before travelling?

Any help would be much appreciated. Many thanks.

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1. Re: Wildlife of Canada

You can arrange your whale watching trip once you arrive. You want to make sure the ocean is smooth before you venture out. Victoria is better for whale watching than Vancouver, as the tour is not as long and you do not have to cross as much open water. If you are lucky you can see bears on the North Shore in Vancouver. We have several regional parks where during the summer bears are sighted.

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Cheers, thanks for that.

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Well, ocean for whales and forests and remote wilderness for bears. So, that rules out Saskatchewan. ;> Next questions: what kinds of whales and what kinds of bears? Polar bears -- Manitoba. Humpback Whales -- Nova Scotia.

If you want to come to BC, then you can certainly go on whale watching and bear tours here. The whales are usually Orca (killer whales) in the inland waters or grey whales on the outer coast of Vancouver Island. Bears are black and grizzly. Bear spotting is probably most predictable during the salmon run which starts in Sept and runs through the autumn.

Here's what our provincial tourism office has to say on the matter:

hellobc.com/en-CA/…BritishColumbia.htm

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Orcas are seen in our Gulf Islands, meaning Saltspring, Mayne, Pender, Saturna, Galiano. On the link following, you will see that the boats from Victoria have less distance to travel than from Vancouver. However, it takes 3 hours one way to travel from Vancouver to Victoria, including a 1.5 hour ferry ride. Choosing a whale watching tour will then depend on where you plan to be and how you want to fill your days.

http://www.princeofwhales.com/map_blue.html

It is possible to go on grizzly bear watching tours (all day) out of Telegraph Cove and Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island.

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Also orcas at the north end of Vancouver island (Broughton Archipelago) and we've seen humpbacks there...put whale watching/bear watching into search box on BC forum and you'll get past posts.

Orca can be seen in the Gulf Islands as mentioned..bears a bit harder although they pop up when you least expect them ( had them in our back yard last 5 years in May & June)..have seen bears in Manning Park, Grouse Mountain ( not the ones at the top but just wandering the mountain, Whistler, Bella Coola Valley, Nimpo Lake, north end of Vancouver island, Qualicum Fish hatchery, plus many other spots...but a warning..bears are harder to see than many other wild animals ..that's why the tours from the north end of the island are popular. ..and I'd prebook if you want to do one of them as they do get filled up.

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You can do both on Vancouver Island in Tofino, British Columbia - this is a highly suggested trip!!!

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Northern Vancouver Island in August is a good place to see whales (orcas) in Johnston Straight and bears in Knight Inlet. A base could be Port Hardy. However, the more time you spend on the water/in nature the more likely you are to see the animals. You could base yourself in Port Hardy and do day trips to these locations. However, if the purpose is to see bears and orcas you could look at something like this: bluewateradventures.ca/site/our_adventures/n… or this: www.kayakbritishcolumbia.com/tour1e.html or this: http://www.grizzlytours.com/

All pretty pricey but an option to consider.

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Many thanks to everyone for contributions.

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