Watching a black bear from the water near Tofino Canada

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Bear Watching Tours with Westcoast Aquatic Safaris

Tofino Bear Watching Tours

Adventure Tofino Wildlife Tours

Join our bear watching tour on board our open Zodiac. In small groups and guided by one of our experienced guides, this will be a unique wildlife experience. Enjoy the beautiful Clayoquot Sound scenery and the sightings of black bears searching for shellfish underneath rocks along the shoreline at low tide.

421 Main St.  •  Tofino, BC  » View map

(250) 725-2895  •

Browning Pass Charters

Specializing in bear watching tours aboard a comfortable yacht. Enjoy the view from the upper deck, or get cozy in our heated cabin with an onboard bathroom. Browning Pass also offers tour to the renowned Freedom Cove floating gardens, special wedding parties, and custom cruiese.

Tofino, BC

(250) 725-3435  •

Clayoquot Eco-Tours at the Whale Centre

Offering whale watching and nature viewing tours, The Whale Centre specializes in teaching about the complex marine ecosystems here in Clayoquot Sound. Stop by our booking office to experience our grey whale skeleton and ask about our calm water bear watching experience.

411 Campbell St  •  Tofino, BC

Toll free 1-888-474-2288, Local (250)725-2132

Fax (250)725-2136  •

Jamie's Whaling Station

Jamie's has been provinding marine tours in Tofino for over 30 years. Daily bear watching tours depart from Tofino and Ucluelet. View the magnificent black bear from the safety of our vessel and watch them flip rocks on their shoreline hunt for rock crabs.

606 Campbell St  •  Tofino, BC  » View map

Toll free 1-800-667-9913, Local (250) 725-3919

Ocean Outfitters

Our scenic calm inlet programs are scheduled around the low tide when we watch black bears foraging for beach delicacies. Wolves are also an exciting occurrence. Guaranteed sightings from May – September. Suitable for everyone! Zodiac and Family vessels departing daily.

368 Main Street  •  Tofino, BC  » View map

Toll free 1-877-90-OCEAN, or 250-725-2866

Remote Passages Marine Excursions

51 Wharf St  •  Tofino

Observe black bears from the comfort and safety of our open Zodiac vessels – quiet during viewing stops, preferred by photographers. A calm-water excursion, suitable for most guests.

Toll free 1-800-666-9833 (Canada/US), Local & Overseas (250) 725-3330

West Coast Aquatic Safaris

Second generation charter company... First-class boats with a comfortable price!
Our boats - Nanuq and Wasco - provide the best experience on Tofino's waters.

101-A Fourth St  •  Tofino, BC  » View map

Toll free 1-877-5-WHALES (1-877-594-2537), Local (250) 725-9227

Tofino Bear Watching at the Whale Centre
Browning Pass Charters
Jamie's Tofino & Ucluelet Bear Watching Tours

About Bear Watching

Clayoquot Sound is home to a large number of resident black bears.  Many of the whale watching outfitters will take you out on the ocean to witness these incredible mammals in their own habitat from the vantage of the water.

Also expect to see eagles, seals, and other wildlife as you cruise along the shore-line.  This trip is different from whale watching as the emphasis is directed to land mammals and concentrates close to shore.  Bear watching tours are around 2-3 hours with rates similar to Whale Watching. Expect wonderful photography opportunities, especially for those endowed with a very large lens.

One of the advantages of black bear tours is that the boat travels in protected water around Meares Island where the ocean swell is minimal to nonexistent. On a calm day, the ocean is as smooth as glass ("glassy"), which provides exceptional opportunities for nature photography as well as close encounters with bears.

Recommended times of the year for bear watching trips in Tofino are late spring through early October. It is possible to see bears at other times of the year on a charter, but it is always recommended that folks ask the tour operator about the likelihood of glimpsing bears before dropping $80 per person (on average) for a trip.