Great Bear Rainforest Family Tour

Discover British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest and the Grizzly Bears that call this largest temperate rainforest in the world home. Our private, boat based tour is an immersive wildlife viewing and Indigenous cultural experience that’s specially customized for your family. This once in a lifetime experience is that should not be missed for any visitor to BC’s historic west coast.

The Perfect Family Adventure

Our private, boat based Great Bear Rainforest Family Tours on the inlets of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest are perfect for families of all ages. This family tour 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.

Being a private tour for your family gives our guides the flexibility to focus on finding the best possible spots to view grizzlies from our boat. Tours can also be adapted to focus on preferred wildlife to create a family-friendly adventure that appeals to everyone.

What Will We See?

Keep an eye out for migrating orcas while you listen to your guide’s Indigenous 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 as the bears forage for food in their natural habitat.

After lunch, your traditionally trained guides chart you 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.

Our Boat & Safety Protocols

Our vessel, a Zodiac Hurricane 630, is an ex-Coast Guard boat, which provides a comfortable and extremely safe ride throughout the day. This uncovered vessel takes a maximum of six 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 of our guides are certified with all the applicable Coast Guard certifications and first aid.

Safety and reliability is our highest priority for you and your family. Click here to learn more about our vessels.

"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

Trip Itinerary

This 10-hour tour leaves from Port McNeill at 7:15 am and returns at 5:15 pm. Travelling from the docks we head to Glendale Cove in the Southern portion of the Great Bear Rainforest. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided as well as snacks and refreshments throughout the day. We will also take regular bathroom breaks. Our local, indigenous guides are extremely knowledgable of this area, it’s history and culture.


What ages can go on this tour?

We recommend 6 and up can join this tour. 

What should we bring?

We provide everything you need to enjoy the day but here are some extras you may want to consider bringing.

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Medication if needed
  • Hats (Toques or Beanies) and sun hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Breathable, non-cotton clothing is recommended but not essential
  • Good, sturdy footwear

What’s included in this trip?

  • Your own private boat and guide for your family for the entire day
  • Your own Indigenous Tour Guide and Cultural Ambassador
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drink
  • Survival suits
  • Cultural sustainability fee included in the cost

What’s the cost of this exclusive tour?

The Great Bear Rainforest Family Tour is $3150 CDN for the 10-hour tour plus GST.

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