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Watching the Heart Beats of Great Bear Rainforest

Grizzlies are scarce on Vancouver Island and they are the heart beats of the Great Bear Rainforest. However, we cannot disappoint you nor reject your wishes regarding viewing grizzly bears. Although grizzlies are rarely spotted on Vancouver Island, we will pave the way for you to check that option on your Vancouver Island bucket list. Stay with us to tell you more about this amazing experience.

Tour's Briefcase

Tour's Info

If you are not a VanIslander yet, you may enter the Island from either Victoria or Nanaimo. That is why we decided to tell you what is the easiest and fastest road towards our bear watching location. Furthermore, Telegraph Cove is accessible by plane, sea planes, and ferries. Now, let's see how you can get to the destination where in you are going to have your dream come true. Remember that Telegraph Cove is not the main destination, but it is the departure location for starting our journey towards the Great Bear Rainforest.

The fastest route from downtown Victoria is via BC-19 N which is 466 km (289.5 miles) long and takes about 5 hours and 15 minutes. First Take Government St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N for 1.2 km (0.7 miles). Take BC-19 N to Beaver Cove Rd for 449 km (278.9 miles). Follow Beaver Cove Rd and Telegraph Cove Rd to your destination for 16 km (9.9 miles) and there you arrive at the city of Telegraph Cove.

The fastest route from downtown Nanaimo is via via BC-19 N which is 356 km (221.2 miles) long and takes about 3 hours and 50 minutes. First, Take Third St to BC-19 N for 3.3 km (2 miles). Turn right onto BC-19 N (signs for Campbell R) 336 km (208.7 miles). Finally, Follow Beaver Cove Rd and Telegraph Cove Rd to your destination for 16 km (9.9 miles) and there you arrive at the city of Telegraph Cove.


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Board your ship and sail into British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest for an introduction and a trip through Fjordland to see stunning mountains and waterfalls. A hike in the rain forest.

The beauty of the coast's longest fjord - granite cliffs, waterfalls, and mountain peaks – is breathtaking. In the spring and fall, bears frequent the estuary meadow, and wildflowers bloom in the spring and summer. Visit to a unique cultural place is a possibility.

Naturalist-led rainforest educational tour in the morning. Afternoon visit to a distant station where whale researchers are working. Observing marine mammals in one of the greatest habitats for humpback whales, fin whales, killer whales, and other species along the coast.
  • Generally speaking, bears are not aggressive. However, they might be attracted to your food smell. Therefore, foods and beverages except water are not allowed.
  • Bears are highly sensitive about their cubs. If you are spending your bear watching tour on foot, please do not attempt to approach them, especially their cubs.
  • Prevent catching their attention by any particular hand movement or gestures.
  • You will be able to take photoshoots. Nonetheless, do not use any flash cameras.

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlight
  • Drinking water
  • Binoculars (just in case)
  • Warm clothes
  • Suitable shoes
  • Antiemetics
  • Bear spray (just in case)

  • Your choice of one or two nights’ accommodation at the lodge
  • Welcome and wildlife orientation. 
  • All meals and snacks whether at the lodge or while camping.

Book Your Great Bear Rainforest Party

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The Cost of This Imaginary Package

This excursion will take place on a (zodiac/boat), with the first day devoted entirely to bear watching. It's possible that you'll see bears on the second day. The cost of this excursion will be...... plus taxes, taking into account the prices of meals and transportation.


spotting bears, grizzlies and black bears, is 100% guaranteed. However, considering the type of transportation, meals, accommodation, and specified items the pricing will be different. in order to have any questions in this regard please feel free to contact us.

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