This Adventure’s a Bear

Vancouver Island: On Vancouver Island, spring signals a reawakening — and we’re not just talking about the darling buds of May. Indeed, it is the season of bears, and a prime opportunity to view these remarkable creatures as they emerge from winter’s slumber. To sign on with a local operator who knows a thing or two about paths best followed, you could, for example, make a day of it with the folks from Tide Rip Tours. Launching from Telegraph Cove, on the Island’s northern coast, adventure-seekers make their way east by boat to Knight Inlet for views of grizzly and black bears as they roam this wildlife-rich area. And you’ll be back in time for supper. grizzlycanada.com

If all-inclusive, multi-day excursions are more to your liking, extend your time in Knight Inlet — more specifically Glendale Cove — with the team from Knight Inlet Lodge. Floatplane into this forested paradise, where you’ll have a first-hand view of one of the largest concentrations of grizzlies in British Columbia. (Evenings will prove no less enchanting tucked away in Knight Inlet’s floating lodge.) grizzlytours.com
For forays that are farther flung, Great Bear Nature Tours guides the way; departing from Port Hardy, guests fly to the lodge, home base for excursions that explore the province’s central coast, a.k.a. the Great Bear Rainforest. These multi-day outings promise a peek at the bears from the operator’s small boats as they feed on sedges and grasslands in the estuary — an ideal opportunity to snap additional shots of seals, bald eagles, waterfowl and warblers. And for overnights, you’ll still be on the water: Great Bear’s brand new, fly-in-only floating lodge offers all the comforts of home. It just happens to share the same neighbourhood as a whole lotta bears. greatbeartours.com

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