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Bear Watching Tours

Hop aboard for a calm water cruise up Clayoquot Sound. Here in Tofino, you'll have a chance to encounter Vancouver Island black bears in their natural habitat.

The best bear watching experiences are at low tide when the the black bears make their way to the edge of the shore to feast on inter-tidal snacks. Watch as these robust omnivores effortlessly flip rocks in search of crabs and other easy morsels. With estimates of 7000-12000 individuals on the island, the local black bear population is believed to be the densest in the world, making bear watching a popular and successful activity on the coast. As the viewing season comes to a close, the bears will make their way up the streams to feast on spawning salmon. It is here that they become important nutrient depositors for trees, insects and birds within the riparian zone, making them invaluable members of the local ecosystem.

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Photo Credit: Josh Lewis   Photo Credit: Josh Lewis  



All Aboard:

Each Wildlife Tour includes approximately 2.5 hours on the water. The Blue Pearl is a covered, heated vessel with full washroom facilities. Enjoy a fast and comfortable ride on cushioned seats and an open deck for full viewing opportunity. *The Blue Pearl will be on land for the 2020 season. Please contact guest services to assist you with adventure coordination.



Meet Captain Josh:

Our Lead Captain and professional photographer, Josh Lewis, has years of experience as a naturalist and ocean adventuring. The rugged wild of our coast and abundance of nature offers a new and different experience on every tour. 

The years have taken Josh all over the world but the Canadian coastline always drew him back. It’s this waterfront where, from a young age, he studied ecosystems and wildlife behavior, recognizing patterns and rhythms of nature. In a desire to learn more about this special part of the world he now calls home, Josh attended the Hooksum Outdoor School in the traditional territory of the Hesquiaht First Nation. It was here he gained a deeper appreciation for, and understanding of, environmental education. Through traditional indigenous knowledge and modern skills he developed his respect and connection to the natural world, giving him the foundation to begin his career on the water. Read on...



You may want to take a snack along with you on this adventure. Long Beach Lodge Resort offers Lunch-to-go, contact Guest Services or the Great Room for Pre-Orders. To accommodate your requests we appreciate advance notice.

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