Sea Wolf Adventures - Grizzly Bear Viewing
Sea Wolf Adventures - Grizzly Bear Viewing

Nalaxstala – Port McNeill, British Columbia

Journey through our traditional territories from Port McNeill on Northern Vancouver Island,the gateway to abundant wildlife, majestic mountains, sparkling clear waterways, and ancient forests. Kwakwaka’wakw Territry encompasses Northern Vancouver Island and the adjoining mainland and islands around Johnstone Strait, Queen Charlotte Strait, and Knight Inlet.
We guide your journey through ancient places in a sustainable and respectful manner that honours the values of First Nations people who live here, and have lived here, for millenia.

Let us connect you in a culturally sensitive way to destinations in the Broughton Archipelago and surrounding areas for grizzly bear viewing, whale watching, and Indigenous-led cultural tours.

Port McNeill Departures

Our office us located at 1514 Broughton Blvd. in Port McNeil, right across the street from the entrance to the North Island Marina where we moor our boats and is our main departure point. We can also arrange pickups in Alert Bay and Alder Bay.

Office phone hours: 8am to 2pm

Alert Bay Pick-up Location
We pickup at the Municipal Dock just below the RCMP office in Alert Bay.

Alder Bay Pick-up Location
We pickup at the dock in Alder Bay.

Travelling to Port McNeill From Victoria

Travel north on Highway 19, approximately 5 hrs. People with more time can travel the more scenic Oceanside Route (19A). Rent a car at Budget Car Rentals  (world wide toll free1-800-268-8900).

Drive the inland island highway #19 to Port McNeill. If you want an RV to rent, try Courtenay Car Rentals 1-800-663-0194.

Island Link offers a convenient daily bus service connecting Victoria and Port Hardy, making stops at various locations along the route.

From Vancouver

Take BC Ferries 1-888-223-3779 to 2 hours to Nanaimo from Tsawassen or Horseshoe Bay (sometimes you can spot killer whales from the ferry). Drive Nanaimo to Port McNeill in 4 hours.

From Seattle

Drive north to either Port Angeles on Highway 99 (take the M.V. Coho (Blackball Transport to Victoria) or Vancouver on Highway I -5 then take BC Ferries to Nanaimo from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay. Once in Victoria or Nanaimo, you can drive north to Port McNeill as described above.

Alternatively, there are scheduled flights from Seattle-Tacoma Airport to Campbell River and Port McNeill, with NW Seaplanes.

Port McNeill and Northern Vancouver Island Accommodations

Black Bear Resort (Port McNeill)
Haida Way Motor Inn (Port McNeill)
Dalewood Inn (Port McNeill)
McNeill Inn (Port McNeill)
Ocean Comfort B&B (Port McNeill)
Alder Bay Resort (a short drive south of Port McNeill)
Cluxewe Resort (a short drive north Port McNeill)
The Seine Boat Inn (Alert Bay)
Ocean View Cabins (Alert Bay)
Ecoscape Cabins (Port Hardy)
Quarterdeck Inn (Port Hardy)

Additional Activities in Port McNeill and Northern Vancouver Island

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures (Port McNeill)
Alder Bay Kayak  (a short drive south of Port McNeill)
U’mista Cultural Centre (Alert Bay)
Coastal Rainforest Safaris (Port Hardy)
k’awat’si Tours (Port Hardy)
Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre  (Port Hardy)
Copper Maker Gallery (Port Hardy)
Cove Adventure Tours (Port Hardy)

Looking for a boat that’s not just your run-of-the-mill, bobbing-on-the-water experience? Our vessels are the epitome of stability and reliability—think the Rolls-Royce of the sea. Luxurious doesn’t even begin to cover it; you’ll feel like Poseidon in a penthouse. And those diesel outboards? They’re the secret sauce that makes us different. Unique, you ask? We redefine the word. These boats are not just worthy; they cut through waves like a hot knife through butter.

But it’s not just about the ride. With Sea Wolf Adventures, you’re not just a passenger; you’re part of a proud First Nations journey. We invite you to experience our rich cultural heritage firsthand, from our traditional territories to our language and stories. Join us and turn the sea into your personal playground, while immersing yourself in the legacy of our ancestors. Sail with us, and let’s make waves—both literally and culturally. That wicked ass music by @garrettwilliemusic! #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #ABDBOATS #TheRide

Looking for a boat that’s not just your run-of-the-mill, bobbing-on-the-water experience? Our vessels are the epitome of stability and reliability—think the Rolls-Royce of the sea. Luxurious doesn’t even begin to cover it; you’ll feel like Poseidon in a penthouse. And those diesel outboards? They’re the secret sauce that makes us different. Unique, you ask? We redefine the word. These boats are not just worthy; they cut through waves like a hot knife through butter.

But it’s not just about the ride. With Sea Wolf Adventures, you’re not just a passenger; you’re part of a proud First Nations journey. We invite you to experience our rich cultural heritage firsthand, from our traditional territories to our language and stories. Join us and turn the sea into your personal playground, while immersing yourself in the legacy of our ancestors. Sail with us, and let’s make waves—both literally and culturally. That wicked ass music by @garrettwilliemusic! #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #ABDBOATS #TheRide
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Living in a rainforest, priceless! 🎥 @taylormichaelburk

Living in a rainforest, priceless! 🎥 @taylormichaelburk ...

We are very fortunate that Pacific White Sided Dolphins use our territory for their birthing places. Watching the adults teach their young ones how to hunt and how to use the art of synchronization to their advantage is priceless! #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #explorebc #explorecanada #dolphins #kwikwasutinuxwterritory

We are very fortunate that Pacific White Sided Dolphins use our territory for their birthing places. Watching the adults teach their young ones how to hunt and how to use the art of synchronization to their advantage is priceless! #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #explorebc #explorecanada #dolphins #kwikwasutinuxwterritory ...

The Mayumi 2.0 is charting her way home. La̱'ma̱n'o'x̱ la ne'nakwa' #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty  #language #indigenouslanguages! #explorebc #explorecanada

The Mayumi 2.0 is charting her way home. La̱`ma̱n`o`x̱ la ne`nakwa` #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #language #indigenouslanguages! #explorebc #explorecanada ...

Grizzly bear viewing in the Great Bear Rainforest offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe these majestic creatures in one of the world’s most pristine environments. Located on the central coast of British Columbia, this vast temperate rainforest is home to a significant population of grizzly bears. Guided tours provide safe, respectful, and educational encounters, emphasizing the importance of conservation and minimizing human impact. Visitors can witness grizzlies foraging for berries, fishing for salmon, and interacting with one another. This unique experience provides a glimpse into the lives of one of nature’s most powerful animals in their natural habitat. #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #explorebc #explorecanada 📸 @taylormichaelburk

Grizzly bear viewing in the Great Bear Rainforest offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe these majestic creatures in one of the world’s most pristine environments. Located on the central coast of British Columbia, this vast temperate rainforest is home to a significant population of grizzly bears. Guided tours provide safe, respectful, and educational encounters, emphasizing the importance of conservation and minimizing human impact. Visitors can witness grizzlies foraging for berries, fishing for salmon, and interacting with one another. This unique experience provides a glimpse into the lives of one of nature’s most powerful animals in their natural habitat. #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #explorebc #explorecanada 📸 @taylormichaelburk ...

Bear viewing, especially while they are fishing for salmon in rivers, is a remarkable experience for several reasons. This natural spectacle typically occurs from late August until mid-October, coinciding with the annual salmon run. The timing and quality of bear viewing heavily depend on the abundance and health of the salmon population.

**Salmon Runs and Bear Behavior:**
During the salmon run, rivers and streams teem with fish making their way upstream to spawn. This abundance of food attracts bears, particularly grizzlies and black bears, who rely on this rich food source to build up fat reserves for the winter hibernation. The sight of bears catching salmon, often with incredible skill and precision, is both thrilling and educational. 

**Ecological Significance:**
The salmon run is a crucial ecological event. Salmon not only nourish bears but also support a wide array of other wildlife, including eagles, wolves, and even the forest itself, as leftover fish carcasses decompose and enrich the soil. This interplay highlights the interconnectedness of the ecosystem.

**Cultural and Indigenous Importance:**
For many indigenous communities, the salmon run holds deep cultural significance. It is a time of traditional fishing, ceremonies, and a reminder of the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. Sharing this experience with visitors provides a unique opportunity to educate and promote respect for natural and cultural heritage.

**Best Practices for Viewing:**
Responsible bear viewing practices are essential to ensure the safety and preservation of wildlife and their habitats. Maintaining a respectful distance, minimizing noise, and following guidelines set by experienced guides are critical to prevent disturbing the animals and their environment.

Experiencing bears fishing for salmon offers a profound connection to nature, showcasing the beauty and fragility of these ecosystems. It is a privilege that highlights the importance of conservation efforts to protect these species and their habitats for future generations. #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #getnorth #gonorth #grizzlybear #wildlifephotographytours #wildlifeplanet

Bear viewing, especially while they are fishing for salmon in rivers, is a remarkable experience for several reasons. This natural spectacle typically occurs from late August until mid-October, coinciding with the annual salmon run. The timing and quality of bear viewing heavily depend on the abundance and health of the salmon population.

**Salmon Runs and Bear Behavior:**
During the salmon run, rivers and streams teem with fish making their way upstream to spawn. This abundance of food attracts bears, particularly grizzlies and black bears, who rely on this rich food source to build up fat reserves for the winter hibernation. The sight of bears catching salmon, often with incredible skill and precision, is both thrilling and educational.

**Ecological Significance:**
The salmon run is a crucial ecological event. Salmon not only nourish bears but also support a wide array of other wildlife, including eagles, wolves, and even the forest itself, as leftover fish carcasses decompose and enrich the soil. This interplay highlights the interconnectedness of the ecosystem.

**Cultural and Indigenous Importance:**
For many indigenous communities, the salmon run holds deep cultural significance. It is a time of traditional fishing, ceremonies, and a reminder of the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. Sharing this experience with visitors provides a unique opportunity to educate and promote respect for natural and cultural heritage.

**Best Practices for Viewing:**
Responsible bear viewing practices are essential to ensure the safety and preservation of wildlife and their habitats. Maintaining a respectful distance, minimizing noise, and following guidelines set by experienced guides are critical to prevent disturbing the animals and their environment.

Experiencing bears fishing for salmon offers a profound connection to nature, showcasing the beauty and fragility of these ecosystems. It is a privilege that highlights the importance of conservation efforts to protect these species and their habitats for future generations. #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #gonorthisland #getnorth #gonorth #grizzlybear #wildlifephotographytours #wildlifeplanet
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T̕łix̱adi - sea lion place, is thriving and well! This is one of the larger sea lion haul-outs within our territory. Sea lions are marine mammals known for their agility in water, social behavior, loud barks, and playful nature! #sealions #sealion #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #gonorth #getnorth #getnorthisland #wildlifeplantet #broughtonarchipelago

T̕łix̱adi - sea lion place, is thriving and well! This is one of the larger sea lion haul-outs within our territory. Sea lions are marine mammals known for their agility in water, social behavior, loud barks, and playful nature! #sealions #sealion #seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #gonorth #getnorth #getnorthisland #wildlifeplantet #broughtonarchipelago ...

Supporting indigenous businesses is what we love to do. Straight out the the Cowichan Tribes , Bailey at Cook‘s Marine fabricated our brand new Grizzly Bear viewing skiff with perfection! We are looking forward to hosting our guests on this marvellous ship:) If you are  in need of ANY aluminum boats,  I would not hesitate to recommend Baily at Cook’s Marine! #aluminumboats #indigenousbusiness #indigenousowned #youthentrepreneur #quality

Supporting indigenous businesses is what we love to do. Straight out the the Cowichan Tribes , Bailey at Cook‘s Marine fabricated our brand new Grizzly Bear viewing skiff with perfection! We are looking forward to hosting our guests on this marvellous ship:) If you are in need of ANY aluminum boats, I would not hesitate to recommend Baily at Cook’s Marine! #aluminumboats #indigenousbusiness #indigenousowned #youthentrepreneur #quality ...

#seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #goindigenous #grizzlybears

#seawolfadventures #swa #traveltruthbeauty #goindigenous #grizzlybears ...

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