Grizzly Bears of the Wild
Sea Wolf Adventures’ grizzly bear tours in Vancouver Island give you the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with British Columbia’s iconic bears on an intimate and immersive wildlife watching experience. Venturing into traditional territories, our Aboriginal-owned tourism adventures ensures sustainable wildlife viewing that also supports our First Nations’ communities.
What will we see?
Granted unrivalled access to villages where our owners and guides are honoured members of the community, we share the cultural significance and stories behind the scenery as we travel towards our bear viewing areas, enjoying Vancouver Island’s whale watching opportunities as we navigate waters favoured by migrating orcas.
Where do we go?
Journeying into the Great Bear Rainforest with Indigenous guides, we spend our time searching for grizzly bears. As every season and day is different, we will adjust our route to give you the best and optimal grizzly viewing experience, travelling to places such as Knight Inlet, Bond Sound, Thompson Sound, or Hoeya Sound. Pacific white-sided dolphins dance alongside the bow of our boat, Mayumi, as we start our adventure with a two-hour journey from Port McNeill, or the First Nations’ village of Alert Bay, into the beautiful territory of the collective tribes that make up the Kwakwaka‘wakw. Eagles soar overhead and animals roam the shell-strewn beaches where ancient villages were once occupied by our people. Listen to your guide’s Indigenous interpretation of local landscapes as you learn more about the birthplace of our ancestors, from ancient traditions to contemporary culture.
Following grizzly bear viewing and lunch catered by Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, this truly unforgettable wildlife experience ends in the Broughton Archipelago and Blackfish Sound. Here we often encounter the gentle giants of the Pacific: migrating humpback whales. Please note that due to bear viewing areas are subject to change without warning due to weather or animal activity, but we will be finding the best places to see these majestic creatures from a safe and respectful distance.
What kind of boat will we travel on?
Our 33 foot vessel, the MAYUMI, was built in Oregon and delivered to Vancouver Island. The 3100 North River OS is designed with a unique and highly stable hull which allows greater payloads and tougher seas to be navigated. We meet all Transport Canada Specifications and Regulations for safety and stability. Our operators are licensed by Transport Canada. We are certified for 12 passengers and two guides. A heated cabin and marine head makes for a comfortable ride!
Your family and friends will be safe with the unequalled stability provided by North River’s hull design, either while under power or at rest. North River’s huge reverse chines allow occupants to move freely about the deck. Few other boats on the market can match North River’s design and safety.
Tour Length: Eight to 10 hours
Group size: Two people minimum. 10 people maximum per vessel
Minimum age: 10 years old.
Touring with younger children? Check out our Great Bear Rainforest Family Tours.
Departs: Port McNeill daily at 7:00 am (June through October) from North Island Marina. Meet at our office at 6:30 am, 1514 Broughton Blvd. Click here for directions.
- Boat transportation
- Naturalist Aboriginal guides
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks from Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro
- Rain ponchos
What should I bring?
Guests joining our grizzly tours must come prepared with proper footwear and clothing (darker clothing preferred).
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