With the scaling up of industrial developments, rapid progression in the field of going digital where one is virtually connected to all 24*7, and facing unprecedented times in the recent past, we have strayed away from what mother nature has to offer. Discover the majesty of the wilderness and be awe-inspired by the memorable wildlife viewing tours it has to offer.
Here’s a list of the best wildlife tours BC! Where are you planning to go?
Top 4 Nature & Wildlife Tours BC
1). Bird Watching at Goldstream Provincial Park
If you’re down to indulge in bird-watching activities, Goldstream Provincial Park has a practically endless list of species to watch out for. With more than 220 different bird species, including some endangered ones like the Red Breasted Sapsucker, Golden Crown Kinglet, American Robin, Stellar’s Jay, and more, Goldstream Provincial Park is a heaven for bird watchers and spotters. The park’s main highlight is the majestic bald eagles, who flock to and nest in the park during the annual salmon spawn. Considered sacred by the aboriginals, watching the bald eagle swoop down from high altitude to grab a nutrition-rich salmon is a one-of-a-kind experience for the watchers. Also, the park has its own version of Niagara Waterfall with an approx. height of 150 feet, adding pleasance to the trip.
2). Spirit Bears in Great Bear Rainforest
As you can derive from the name, the Great Bear Rainforest is home to an incredibly rare subspecies of black bears, the Spirit Bear, also known as the Kermode Bear. Often mistaken as a polar bear or an albino bear due to its off-white appearance, the spirit bear is exclusively found in this park. Although the park is dedicated to this species, they are hard to spot. With an estimated population of just 50 to 150 bears, the spirit bear is highly elusive and cannot be spotted easily.
Apart from looking for the spirit bears, you can explore the forest, glacial fjords, and enjoy hikes while witnessing amazing fauna that includes mountain goats, Sitka deer, orca whales, coastal wolves, sea otters, and so on.
3). Watching Grizzly Bear in Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island
Watching grizzly bears in the wild is an epic thing to do, and there could be no better place than Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, which offers an off-the-grid experience. Telegraph Cove is a 2-hour boat ride from Knight Inlet, which hosts grizzly bears throughout the year. Keep in mind that different seasons will offer different experiences to a watcher.
During spring, the grizzly bears wake up from hibernation and can be spotted feeding on the nutrient-rich spring sedge grasses in the river lowlands. If good fortunes smiles on you, you can also see cub grizzly bears learning to hunt and feed from their mother. During mid-August, salmon and pink salmon spawn in the riverbed. At that time, you can spot a grizzly bear in the water, chomping down on an aquatic species.
Note: If you hire a sightseeing guide or partner, they’ll offer a “rain check” guarantee if you don’t spot any grizzlies in the wild.
4). Whale Watching in Denny Island
If you’re exploring the pristine waters of Denny Island, watching whales in their natural habitat is a must-do activity. From the months of March to October, whales migrate through their marine migration path near Denny Island, making it an ideal period to watch whales, including humpback whales, orcas, gray whales, minke whales, and so on. Also, along with watching the biggest mammal on earth in actions, don’t forget to carry your binoculars to watch out for a range of seabirds like brown pelicans, pacific loons, tufted puffins, harlequin ducks, and more.
Regardless of which wildlife tours BC you choose or which indigenous wilderness resort BC you book, you must surely take the time to observe and learn about the British Columbia wilderness, as well as interact with the flora and fauna that call it home. Happy Travelling!