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Tofino Bear Watching Tours

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The Esowista Peninsula and the Islands of the outer Clayoquot Sound shield its inner reaches from stormy waters. A relaxing 30 minute boat ride from Tofino takes us through the tranquil, inside passages to the North East side of Meares Island to Fortune Channel or Tofino Inlet. Departing on the tours around the lower tides and the cooler periods of the day, provides the best opportunity for viewing Ursus Americanus, or Black Bears.

The elevated viewing platforms from our specially designed vessels, WASCO or NANUQ, provide vantage points allowing for unobstructed sightseeing. These vessels have also been designed with comfort, onboard restrooms, and safety as a top priority.

Often the best times to see these beautiful creatures, the Black Bear, is when the sun is rising or is lower in the sky (the morning or the afternoon/evenings). After emerging from their winter rest they have great need to feed on the shorelines all spring, summer, and fall.

Sea otter 1Enjoy your morning coffee or tea, and the fresh air of Clayoquot Sound as you marvel at the sight of the Black Bears turning over rocks and boulders
in their search for food. Their food often includes crab and other pelagic beings along the beaches.

These journeys often do not just end at the Black Bear! It is also common to see Bald Eagles, California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Habour Porpoise and other amazing animals and scenic views on the Bear Watching Tours. So, keep your cameras ready, as you never know when perfect shot may appear!

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Tour Times (April 1 – October 31)

Daily  —Depending on the Tides

Duration: 2.5 hours

*Times vary throughout the season so for accurate up to date information please visit the “book your trip” section of the site and enter your dates of interest. Exact departure times will be displayed for all tours with availability.



Adults – $105.00 per person

Seniors & Students – $95.00 per person

Children 12 & under – $85.00 per person

*Private charters are also available by contacting Theresia Lee at
or by calling the office 1.250.725.9227 or 1.877.594.2537

*All prices are subject to a fuel surcharge and tax

Please read our Participation waiver for all of our ecotourism activities and contact us if you have any questions.