Grizzly Bears of the Wild: A First Nations Wildlife Journey into the Great Bear Rainforest

10 Hour Wildlife Tour

  • $495 per person

  • Coming to the Great Bear Rainforest? Learn more about our Grizzly Bears of the Wild experience that will put you in the heart of it!

  • Daily, June through October
  • Exclusive and private tours available
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While supporting local Indigenous Tourism, get up close and personal with British Columbia’s grizzly bears on an intimate and immersive wildlife watching experience. Join First Nation guides on a tour through the awe-inspiring waterways of their people’s traditional territories.

Join with us to 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.

Low volume tours take a maximum of ten guests, per vessel, on authentic adventures through the natural habitat of Western Canada’s grizzly bears. Pacific white-sided dolphins dance alongside the bow of our boat, Mayumi, as we make the 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. On our way to the bear viewing areas, enjoy a continental breakfast as we navigate waters favoured by migrating orcas, and listen to your guide’s Indigenous interpretation of local landscapes.

After lunch,  our traditionally trained guides chart us past old village sites, the birthplace of our ancestors, in the Broughton Archipelago. There we share 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 Blackfish Sound, where we often encounter the gentle giants of the Pacific: migrating humpback whales. 

It is important to note that every season is different and we will take you to wherever we believe you will have the best grizzly viewing experience. (Knight Inlet, Thompson Sound, or Bond Sound)

"An amazing and educational trip"

"Sea Wolf is run by First Nations people and they deliver an incredible and unforgettable day for very many reasons. Our skipper/guide Sherry and second guide Julia were warm and engaging. Their connections to their ancestral lands and culture was gently shared with us throughout the day in a way that gave us a real insight into what the Indigenous peoples had been through. The side trip to see the remains of a First Nations village abandoned because of the children being seized and removed to residential schools almost had me in tears, yet their hope and belief in how things will be for them almost did too.

Sherry was an excellent skipper and she and Julia made a very good team. The boat was very well maintained, well equiped and speedy. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and hot drinks were all provided and were very tasty.

They were very respectful of all the animals and mammals we saw - far more so than some of the other tourist boats in the area at the time. Their professional knowledge, experience and understanding of and love for both the sea and the land shone through all day long.

We had the most marvellous day which will live long and strong in our memories."

@347liz - TripAdvisor

Safety and reliability is a high priority for you and your family, click here to learn about our vessels.

2 people minimum. 20 people maximum (10 ppl per vessel)

Minimum age for the Grizzly Tour is 10 years old. If you are interested in touring with children under the age of 10, check out our Family Tours

If the day you are looking for is fully booked, please call the office or email us to check as we do have another vessel. 

Departing Port McNeill 7am daily (June through October) from North Island Marina. Meet our office at 6:30am, 1514 Broughton Blvd. Click here for directions.

 Included in your trip:

  • boat transportation
  • breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks
  • binoculars
  • rain ponchos 

Additional fees will apply (GST and Cultural Sustainability)


Important message for Grizzly Tour!   Guests joining our tours must come prepared with proper footwear and clothing (darker clothing preferred). Bear viewing areas are subject to change without warning due to weather or lack of sightings. 

Click here to view our Booking and Cancellation policies.

Please download your trip details and joining instructions here!

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