A First Nations Wildlife Journey into the Great Bear Rainforest
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.
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 twelve guests on authentic adventures through the natural habitat of Western Canada’s grizzly bears. Pacific white-sided dolphins dance alongside the bow of the boat, Sea Wolf, as we make the one hour and 45 minute journey from Port McNeill or the First Nations’ village of Alert Bay into the beautiful X̱a̱ḵwika̱n (Thompson Sound) or Hada (Bond Sound). Eagles soar overhead and wolves roam the shell-strewn beaches where ancient villages were once occupied by the Musg̱a̱makw Dzawada̱’enux̱w people. Enjoy a continental breakfast as we navigate waters favoured by migrating orcas, and listen to your guide’s indigenous interpretation of local landscapes.
Our adventure continues along the X̱a̱ḵwika̱n or Hada river to discover the home of the grizzly bears in BC’s backcountry. We respectfully place ourselves at a quiet and safe sitting area and listen to traditional stories as we wait for bears to feast on wild salmon. After witnessing the memorable sight of grizzlies fishing in the river, we’ll find a nice place to sit for lunch.
Back on the boat, our traditionally trained guides chart us past Gwayasda̱ms, the birthplace of our ancestors, on Gilford Island. There we share stories about the historic and cultural significance of the oldest standing Big House in Canada. 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. We have two other beautiful places within our territory to view grizzlies, ask us about them!
This tour is offered in partnership with Sea Wolf Adventures and departs daily from June through October. Guests of Cluxewe Resort will be picked up by the tour boat at 6:30am to join the tour leaving from Port McNeil at 7:00am and will be dropped off again after the tour. Please note that an additional fee of $20 applies for pick-up and drop-off.
Included in the trip:
- boat transportation
- breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks
- cultural sustainability fee
*Please note this tour has a 2 person minimum and a 12 person maximum.
*Minimum age for the Grizzly Tour is 8 years old. If you’re interested in touring with children under the age of 8 Family Tours are available.
Important message for Grizzly Tour! This is a wilderness trip that requires participants to be able to walk through the forest on uneven ground. Come prepared with proper footwear and clothing for moderate hiking in the forest and on rocky terrain. Bear viewing areas are subject to change without warning due to weather. If you like to adventure off the beaten path then you’ll like this experience!