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Bear Watching in Canada

Seeing bears while just driving around Western Canada is a real possibility but better yet, Frontier Canada has a wide range of specialist bear watching holidays; you can see black and grizzly bears from boats, watch bears catching salmon from hides and view bears on foot with our specialist guides.  However, such is the popularity of bear viewing in Canada now, you need to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


To see the majestic polar bear you will need to go to Churchill and watch the bears from a Tundra Buggy or a remote lodge.


Our bear watching trips can last from a few hours to a week.


Please check out the specialist bear watching holidays below and then consult one of our experts who will advise you on the best bear watching holiday to suit your needs and wishes.





The magnificent grizzly bears once roamed much of North America, but are now almost entirely confined to the Canadian North, British Columbia and Alaska, feeding on salmon, plants and berries.

One of the best places to see them from spring to autumn is at the astonishing Knight Inlet Lodge, a short float plane ride from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Great Bear Lodge and Pyna-Tee-Ah Lodge are also fabulous options for grizzly bear viewing. New to Frontier Canada this year is Farewell Harbour Lodge which also incorporates Bones Bay Lodge.
Specialist cruises, including those offered by Bluewater Adventures, visit the Great Bear Rainforest and offer a fantastic way to see grizzlies up close and personal.


Black bears can be seen in most parts of Canada and are the most common to be spotted when just driving around. Watch out for them, especially on quieter roads where they may just be grazing by the side of the road.


A popular place to see them is in Tofino on Vancouver Island, where there are day bear-watching trips by boat, and also in Whistler, on a 2-3 hour Nature Walk from May to October.


From mid-July to mid-September, you can see black bears in the Laurentide Wildlife Reserve to the north of Québec City, staying overnight in a wilderness lodge.


Ontario has over 100,000 black bears and a stay in Algonquin Park offers one of the best opportunities to see them in this part of Canada.


First Nation legends tell how the Raven, the creator, made the unique white-coated Spirit (Kermode) Bear as a reminder of the last ice age. Actually a black bear, although coloured white, these elusive and breathtaking creatures are destined to live in peace and harmony forever, and sight of them brings good fortune Today, possibly fewer than 400 of the gentle creatures exist, and they are found only in the Great Bear Rainforest on the Central coast of British Columbia.

You can search for the Spirit Bear at Spirit Bear Lodge and the best time is August, September or October. The Spirit Bear Quest programmes start from 3-days, but we highly recommend a minimum 5-days for your best chance to see these magnificent creatures. You can also sail along the spectacular coastline of the Great Bear Rainforest aboard a choice of vessels.

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The Bears of Knight Inlet Lodge | Grizzly Bear Watching in British Columbia, Canada

Knight Inlet Lodge - THE place to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat. View the bears differently in the different seasons. In the spring, you set out in boats to get close to the shore (50 me...


Great Bear Nature Tours | See Grizzly Bears in the Great Bear Rainforest

From May through to October, travel to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to the central coast of British Columbia. Known as the Great Bear Rainforest, this area is one of the best places in the world to...


Spirit Bear Quest, Klemtu | Search for the Elusive Kermode Bear in Northern BC

This holiday offers a great chance to see and learn about Spirit (Kermode) bears; actually a black bear with a recessive gene and only found in a small area of the Great Bear Rainforest of British Col...


Pyna-Tee-Ah Lodge | Bear Whisperer - Watch Grizzly Bears

This is one of the most accessible and economical ways to watch grizzly bears. During this 3 night trip you will be staying in the Pyna-Tee-Ah- Lodge located in the Cariboo Mountains on the south shor...

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