Family Grizzly Bear Tours: A First Nations Wildlife Journey into the Great Bear Rainforest

Bring the whole family and experience British Columbia’s grizzly bears on an intimate and immersive wildlife watching tour. Join First Nation guides on a journey through the awe-inspiring waterways of their people’s traditional territories.

Now offering family style tours, children under the age of 10 can join in on the fun! Much like our Grizzly Bears of The Wild Tours, reconnect with nature and learn about First Nations culture in an all-in-one experience that combines respectful wildlife viewing with a sustainable tour through the super natural scenery of northern Vancouver Island and coastal mainland BC. 

Family tours accommodate those with children that do not meet the age requirements of the Grizzly Bears of the Wild Tour (minimum age of 10). Families with younger children can experience the same journey but as a private tour! The low and open vessel, the Zodiac Hurricane 630, takes a maximum of 6 guests on authentic adventures through the natural habitat of Western Canada’s grizzly bears. Pacific white-sided dolphins dance alongside the bow of our boat as we make the one hour and 45 minute journey from Port McNeill or the First Nations’ village of Alert Bay into the beautiful territory of the Musg̱a̱makw Dzawada̱’enux̱w.  Eagles soar overhead the shell-strewn beaches where ancient villages were once occupied by our people. Enjoy a continental breakfast as we navigate waters favoured by migrating orcas, and listen to your guide’s indigenous interpretation of local landscapes. 

Our adventure continues to wherever the best bear viewing opportunities are. Depending on the time of the year, the grizzlies will either be up the river fishing for salmon or along the coast foraging for other foods. If we head up the X̱a̱ḵwika̱n or Hada (August to October) river to discover the backcountry home of the grizzly bears we will leave the boat and respectfully place ourselves at a quiet and safe sitting area while we wait for our friends to show up. 

Grizzlies forage along the shoreline in the early season (July) and during this time we remain on the boat and explore the Kwakwaka‘wakw Nation’s beautiful coastline. Viewing grizzlies from the boat is for people that have less mobility and are too afraid to adventure through bear trails. 

After lunch, our traditionally trained guides chart us past old village sites, the birthplace of our ancestors, in the Broughton Archipelago. There we share stories about the historic and cultural significance of our existence and occupation of the area. This truly unforgettable wildlife experience ends in the Broughton Archipelago and Queen Charlotte Strait, where we often encounter the gentle giants of the Pacific: migrating humpback whales. 

"World Class Experience"

"Sea Wolf Adventures provided us with a world-class day of wildlife and culture. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to five different continents and this tour was one of the best I have taken. We watched six grizzly bears eat and play for two hours. Although we signed up for the Grizzly Tour, we had the opportunity to also see deer, seals, bald eagles, porpoises and whales.

My son commented that we saw more whales on the bear tour than the day before when we had taken an actual whale watching cruise. Our kids who are 11 and 7 wanted to rate the experience 15 out 5. They were fascinated with the bears but it might have also been all the treats that the crew slipped them. The boat was very easily accessible and comfortable, with lots of binoculars. Our frequent snacks, lunch and coffee were all delicious. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We highly recommend this tour."

Rob M - TripAdvisor

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6 people maximum. $3000 +GST for the day.
Subject to vessel availability. 

Departing Port McNeill 7:15am daily (July 15th through August 31st) from North Island Marina. Meet at MacKay Whale Watching at 7am, 1514 Broughton Blvd. Click here for directions.

Included in the trip:

  • boat transportation
  • breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks
  • binoculars
  • survival suits
  • cultural sustainability fee

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Important message for Grizzly Tour! This is a wilderness trip that requires participants to be able to walk through the forest on uneven ground (August to October). Come prepared with proper footwear and clothing for moderate hiking in the forest and on rocky terrain. Bear viewing areas are subject to change without warning due to weather or lack of sightings. If you like to adventure off the beaten path then you’ll like this experience!

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