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Whale and bear watching

Just started to plan a possible trip to Vancouver in August or September. Please could someone help with the itinerary. Our main aim is to see as much wildlife as possible. We would fly from the UK stay in a b&b for 10 days and take all trips out from there. Is this feasible or will it be extremely expensive. Also, would August or September be better for both sightings. All ideas and suggestions would be so helpful. Am now checking out b&bs on site - any others would be useful. Thanks.

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1. Re: Whale and bear watching

You can set up for Whale watching tours in Vancouver but not really for bears. There are bears in their natural habitat at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver (accessible easily by the sea bus and transit). As for costs...that is up to you and your tastes. Hotels as well as B&B's in Vancouver are not really cheap. You may be better to do a few days in Vancovuer and then head over to Victoria (Vancovuer Island). There is regular tranport and reasonable costs. In Victoria you cna hire a car and head up to the Tofino region for the trees et al. Hope this helps.

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If your "main aim is to see as much wildlife as possible" do not plan to stay in Vancouver. Sure there is wildlife around the city but BC has much better places to visit for wildlife. For the most abundant and diverse wildlife at that time of year consider northern Vancouver Island. Orca, humpback whales, bald eagles, dolphins, sea lions, sea birds, black bears, and grizzly bears (on the adjacent mainland coast) can all be seen.

Once in Vancouver you can either fly with Pacific Coastal Airlines www.pacific-coastal.com to Port Hardy or rent a car, take the ferry to the island, and then drive up the island (allowing you to stop and explore other areas along the way) The flight takes about an hour and 15 minutes and for the ferry/driving option plan on 7 to 8 hours from Vancouver with no side trips (make a ferry reservation to ensure you don't have to wait too long).

Late August or early September offers a good mix of wildlife and weather. The kids are back in school in early September so the number of tourists on the north island drops significantly then (even though this is often the best time to be here)

I would suggest Hidden Cove Lodge www.hiddencovelodge.com as a good place to base yourself. Mackay Whale Watching www.whaletime.com will pick you up at the lodge's dock as will Tide Rip Grizzly Tours www.tiderip.com and Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures www.kingfisher.ca will pick you up for a day of kayaking with wildlife. For additional ideas for day trips and things to do in the area check out tripadvisor.com/Travel-g499144-c112905/Port-…

Edited: 03 May 2010, 01:34
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Im going to knight inlet lodge for 2 nights all meals included and hope to see many bears in September.From Vancouver we fly to Vancouver Island for an overnight stop then a float plane back across to the Vancouver side.Seems alot of messing about and is expensive but feel sure this will give me the best opportunity to see bears as it is the salmon run season.They also do whales and other wild life tours.Put Knight Inlet in the search also think a previous post mentioning Grizzley Tours will take you to the same place.You cannot drive up from Vancouver direct as there are no roads.

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Thank you all for your replies. I will start planning!

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we are going in August to Vancouver and Tofino (plus some other places) and we arranged bear and whale tours through Jamie's (www.jamies.com) and we stay in a nearby b&b called Chelsea's, so we can walk over there.

Hope this helps; any other comparisons for your tour schedule and the why's of our choices, please send PM. Hope this helped

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