Tofino’s Bear Watching season runs from April to October. The Bear Watching Tour departs from the Tofino harbour and travels the calm, protected inter-tidal waters of Clayoquot Sound to find the Black Bears. When the tide rolls out, the Black Bears lumber from the forest 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. Sometimes we see the sow with her new cubs in tow teaching them how to forage for food on the beach. Cubs will come out onto the beach starting in May with the sow. View Black Bears in the natural habitat in the protected inlets of Clayoquot Sound. Your knowledgeable guide will share information about Black Bears 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. This Bear Watching Tour is recommended for everyone and especially those sailors who prefer flat and calm waters. 



  • $109.00 – Adult 

  • $99.00 - Senior (65+)/Student(19+)/Youth(13-18)

  • $79.00 - Child (4 - 12)

  • Free - Ages 3 + under

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

*Read our Cancellation Policy.

*Read our Guarantee for Sightings.


Bear Watching departure times vary daily with the low tide. Please call 1-888-474-2288 to ask us for departure times on the day you would like to go out Bear Watching from Tofino.

When is the best time to Bear Watching in Tofino:

  • We offer Bear Watching Tours in Tofino from late 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.”

  • 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 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.

What you need to know: 

  • Bear Watching Tour duration 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.

  • 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, closed toed shoes 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 10 or more. 

  • Online bookings must be made 24 hours in advance, to book a tour in the next 24 hours please call our office to book (250) 725-2132. 

  • 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. 

Vessel Information

Our open air 12 passenger Boston Whaler vessels are excellent for viewing and photographing wildlife. With quiet, twin high horsepower engines you are ensured a safe and exhilarating ride through the waters off Tofino. The driver is located in the centre of the boat to ensure they can communicate with guests. This Bear Watching Tour from Tofino is available mid-April to late September. As long as the Black Bears and the weather cooperate we will take out tours!

We recommend advance reservations on all our tours. Please call us toll free 1-888-474-2288 to book.

Wildlife Mad Hatter's joined us on a Bear Watching Tour, read their blog post! 

Bear Watching tour, Tofino



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