Enjoy a boat ride from the Tofino harbour and travel the calm, protected inter-tidal waters around Meares Island, around 20 minutes from Tofino, to explore the scenic inlets to find Black Bears. When the tide rolls out, the Black Bears lumber from the rainforest down to the shoreline in search of their next meal.  From a safe distance, watch the bears forage the shoreline for their favourite delicacy, rock crabs and fish. In May, we see the sow with her new cubs in tow teaching them how to forage for food on the beach. Your knowledgeable guide will share with you information about Black Bears, local history and other wildlife that you may come across such as Bald Eagle's, Seals, Harbour Porpoises, Wolves, Blue Herons and River Otters. The Black Bears come out of hibernation in April and they stay in the Tofino area until October when they head to the rivers to feast on salmon. Our Tofino Bear Watching Tour is suitable for families and guests who prefer flat and calm water.

We offer Bear Watching Tours on both Covered Cabin Cruiser Boats and Open Boston Whaler Boats.

Please note that daily departure times vary with the tidal schedule.

BEAR WATCHING TOUR - OPEN BOSTON WHALER BOAT

TOUR DURATION: 2 - 3 HOURS

DAILY DEPARTURE TIMES: Vary daily with tides, see our BEAR WATCHING Schedule here.

BEAR WATCHING RATE:

Adult: $109
Senior (65+) & Youth (13-18): $99
Children (4-12): $79
Ages 3 & Under: FREE

Prices do not include tax (5% GST) + fees

*Read our Cancellation Policy.

*Read our Guarantee for Sightings.


BEAR WATCHING TOUR - COVERED CABIN CRUISER

TOUR DURATION: 2 - 3 HOURS

DAILY DEPARTURE TIMES: Departure times vary with tides, see our schedule here.

BEAR WATCHING RATES:

Adult: $109
Senior (65+) & Youth (13-18): $99
Children (4-12): $79
Ages 3 & Under: FREE

Prices do not include tax (5% GST) + fees

*Read our Cancellation Policy.

*Read our Guarantee for Sightings.

BEAR WATCHING TOUR TOFINO
TOFINO BEAR WATCHING TOUR
Tofino BeAR WATCHING TOUR
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When is the best time to go Bear Watching in Tofino:

  • We offer Bear Watching Tours in Tofino from April to early October from Tofino. Our departure times change daily with the low tide when the Black Bears like to come down to the shoreline to forage for food.

What to expect: 

  • Observe wildlife on shore from the comfort of our open Boston Whaler Vessels.

  • This tour is on calm and protected waters, perfect for those who may not have their “sea legs” or have back injuries.

  • Watch Black Bears come out of the rainforest down to the shoreline to forage on crabs, fish and barnacles.

  • Please note that daily departure times vary with the tidal schedule.

  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as your knowledgable guide shares information about Black Bears and other inlet wildlife.

  • A favourite tour for photographers and bird watchers alike.

  • We also see Bald Eagle's, Seals, Osprey, Harbour Porpoises and Blue Herons on this tour.

  • On the Tofino Bear Watching Tour your guide is positioned at the centre of the vessel to provide you with information about the bears, Clayoquot Sound and answer your questions.

  • Learn more about Vancouver Island Black Bears.

What you need to know: 

  • Tofino Bear Watching Tour is 2.5 hours.

  • The tour has experienced, qualified and passionate guides to answer all your questions.

  • Departure times are daily based on the low tides. Call us to find out departure times!

  • We use open 12 passenger open Boston Whaler vessels, better for black bear viewing. Ask about our covered cabin cruiser option!

  • You are provided with protective floatation suits, gloves and toques.

  • Best time to go on a Bear Watching Tour in Tofino is from April to October.

  • We start to see the new Black Bear Cubs in late May.

  • The Bear Watching Tours are on calm and protected waters, recommended for everyone.

What to bring on your Bear Watching Tour:

  • We recommend you dress warmly with layers: sweaters, long pants, close toe shoes, a warm hat and maybe a windbreaker to wear under your Mustang Survival Suit. 

  • Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, video, binoculars and your sense of adventure! 

Important Information

  • Make sure you read our booking policies before processing your reservation.

  • Check in time for the Bear Watching Tour is 30 minutes prior to departure time at our office at 411 Campbell Street. 

  • An eco wildlife conservation fee of $3 will be added to each fare in support of maintaining the ecosystem in Clayoquot Sound.  

  • Add 5% GST tax to all tours. 

  • We reserve the right to add a fuel surcharge (currently $4.00).

  • Multi-tour discounts, 10% off second and additional tours

  • Group rates available for 8 or more. 

  • Reservations are recommended.

  • When booking online you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of your booking. 

  • This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. 

  • Prices are subject to change.

  • Parking is available on our property but if the lot is full here is some parking information. 

    Please book online or call us toll free 1-888-474-2288


TOFINO BEAR WATCHING TOUR 


GUEST TESTIMONIALS

Kicked off early with John, who went out of his way to take my wife and I out early this morning. We had an amazing experience! The weather was perfect, we saw seven bears, played hide and seek with seals, and got shouted at by an angry crow. John was very easy to talk to and had no problems answering our questions. Definitely worthwhile. Would go again.
— Vaughan
Excellent ! Thanks to Artie for the great bear watching tour. We saw at least 8 bears and they were great to watch ! The Whale Centre provides tours that highly respect the animals and their behaviour. It felt so privileged to be part of this fantastic experience!
— Benedicte