Our Bear Watching Tours for 2019 will start up mid-April from Tofino. The Black Bears will be waking up from winter hibernation hungry and looking to forage on the coastline. Vancouver Island has the highest density of black bears in North America, and a total estimated population of 12,000. 

Unlike whale watching, which ventures out on the open ocean's waves, bear watching is done from covered vessel with a viewing deck, or open Boston Whaler boat on the calm inside waters in and around Tofino Inlet. This is where black bears can be witnessed at low tide, as they approach the shore on their quest for nutritious shore crabs by turning over beach boulders and rocks. 

What you need to know about our Bear Watching Tours:

Departure Time: This changes daily on the low tide, call our office or check on the online booking feature to see what time we are going on the day you would like to go out.

Tour Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

Is The Tour For All Guests: Absolutely, we take you out in calm and protected waters. This tour is recommend for all ages!

Best Time to See Black Bears: On really low tides! Sometimes the tours leave at 6:30 am or 5:00 pm. All our best tours for viewing wildlife are on the lowest tides. Early morning tours are pretty amazing with light, the inlet waking up and the sunrise!

What Do We Need To Bring: Please dress warmly, bring your camera and sense of adventure!

Is This Tour on A Boat or Do We Get Out: The tour is on the boat! The Whale Centre offers safe and respectful Bear Watching experiences. You will observe wildlife on shore from the comfort of our vessels.

For more information please read about this Bear Watching Tour.

Bear Watching Tour, Tofino