Great Bear Rainforest Family Tour
COVID-19 UPDATE: This tour will operate like our Grizzly Bears of the Wild tour and is going to be on a per person basis; not strictly for families. There is currently no government restrictions prohibiting inter-provincial travel so we are welcoming guests from throughout BC, Alberta! Your safety is our highest priority and want to let guests know that the bear and whale watching community operates within a strong federal regulatory framework for COVID-19 that naturally creates a culture of safety between you and our staff.
Discover British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest and the grizzly bears that call the world’s largest temperate rainforest home. Our boat-based tour is an immersive wildlife viewing and Indigenous cultural experience that’s specially customized for your family.
What will we see?
Our boat-based Great Bear Rainforest Family Tours on the inlets of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest lets guests reconnect with nature and learn about First Nations culture in an all-in-one experience that combines respectful wildlife viewing with a sustainable eco-tour through the supernatural scenery of northern Vancouver Island and coastal mainland BC. Viewing bears and other wildlife from the safety of our boat gives our guests peace-of-mind when taking this tour with their children. We provide binoculars for each person in the boat, so you feel up close and personal to all the wildlife we see both on land and sea, but always from a safe distance.
Where do we go?
This eight to nine-hour tour leaves from Port McNeill at 7:30 am. Travelling from the docks we head to Glendale Cove in the Southern portion of the Great Bear Rainforest. Our local, Indigenous guides are extremely knowledgeable of this area, its history, and culture and will share stories about points of interest along the way. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided by Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro as well as snacks and refreshments throughout the day.
Keep an eye out for migrating orcas while you listen to your guide’s Aboriginal interpretation of local landscapes, as mighty eagles soar overhead the shell-strewn beaches, where ancient villages were once occupied by our people. Grizzlies forage along the shoreline in the Glendale Cove area and during this time we explore the Kwakwaka‘wakw Nation’s beautiful coastline by boat. Viewing grizzlies from the boat is a safe way to experience the wonder of the wildlife while the bears forage for food in their natural habitat. After lunch, catered by Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, 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.
What kind of boat will we travel on?
Safety and reliability are our highest priority for you and your family. Our vessel, a Zodiac Hurricane 630, is an ex-Coast Guard boat that provides a comfortable and extremely safe ride throughout the day. This uncovered vessel takes a maximum of seven guests on authentic adventures through the natural habitat of Western Canada’s grizzly bears. Although there’s no washroom on board, we make plenty of pit stops for bathroom breaks!
You and your family are outfitted with floater survival suits, which keep you warm all day long. All our guides are certified with all the applicable Coast Guard certifications and first aid. Learn more about our vessels.
Tour Length: 8 to 9 hours
Group size: Up to 7 people
Minimum age: 10 years old
Departs: Port McNeill daily at 7:30 am (July through October) from North Island Marina. Meet our office at 7am, 1514 Broughton Blvd. Click here for directions
- Zodiac vessel and guide
- Dedicated Indigenous tour guide and cultural ambassador
- Cultural stewardship fee
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drink, catered by Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro
- Flotation survival suits
What should you bring?
We provide everything you need to enjoy the day, but here are some extras you may want to consider bringing:
- Insect repellant
- Medication (if needed)
- Hats (toques or beanies) and sun hats
- Breathable, non-cotton clothing is recommended, but not essential
- Good, sturdy footwear
- Binoculars (not necessary)