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 you travel from Cluxewe Resort 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 breakfast scone, yogurt, and fruit as we navigate waters favoured by migrating orcas, and listen to your guide’s indigenous interpretation of local landscapes.
Your adventure continues along the X̱a̱ḵwika̱n river to discover the home of the grizzly bears in BC’s backcountry. The tour respectfully places itself at a quiet and safe sitting area to listen to traditional stories as you wait for bears to feast on wild salmon. After witnessing the memorable sight of grizzlies fishing in the river, the tour will find a nice place to sit for lunch.
Back on the boat, traditionally trained guides chart the tour past Gwayasda̱ms, the birthplace of their ancestors, on Gilford Island. There your guides will 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 the tour often encounters the gentle giants of the Pacific: migrating humpback whales.
This tour is offered in partnership with Sea Wolf Adventures and departs from Port McNeill (June 15th to Oct 10th). 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.
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!
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*Please note this tour has a 2 person minimum and a 12 person maximum.