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BC’s largest city (but not, however, the provincial capital) stands in an exquisite coastal setting against a backdrop of lofty tree-covered peaks.

There is plenty to do and see in this lively, multi-cultural centre: lush Stanley Park, with the Capilano Suspension Bridge, is a great place to explore on foot or by bike. Or take a trip across to Granville Island to look at the tempting array of produce on offer at the local market. The city has excellent restaurants, bars and coffee shops, and the downtown area around Robson Street is great for shopping.

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  • Where: British Columbia, Canada

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Great Bear Rainforest

A small ship adventure to search for the legendary all-white spirit bear, and humpback whales deep in the Great Bear Rainforest. A maze of islands and waterways, the area is also home to black bears and grizzlies, and there are daily sea kayak excursions to view wildlife and visit traditional communities.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

The Bear Essentials

Focus on seeing British Columbia’s largest carnivore - the brown or grizzly bear. Fly by floatplane to your wilderness lodge of choice, and enjoy daily bear watching trips, either by boat, kayak or from hides, affording some remarkably close up encounters and an unforgettable experience.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Vancouver Island Self-drive

This two week self-drive itinerary takes in the mountains, dense forests and coastlines of Vancouver Island. Travel at your own pace to ensure that you get the most of the wilderness interior, with hikes, sea kayaking and boat excursions to watch grey whales, orcas and black bears.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Bears & Orcas Up Close

See pods of orcas and other whales as they glide through the Salish Sea off Vancouver Island, before you fly north to the Yukon. A helicopter trip to a bear camp deep in the forest on the Taku River gives close sightings of grizzly bears going about their business in the wild, and bald eagles on the wing.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Bears & Whales in South East Alaska

Take an unforgettable voyage along the coast of South East Alaska to witness brown bears gorging on salmon, a majestic glacier spawning icebergs and humpback whales bubble-net feeding. Travelling on board a small yacht, a flexible itinerary makes the most of wildlife sightings.

  • When to go: Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Festival of Bears

In 2018 our annual Festival of Bears returns to one of our favourite locations for bear watching – Knight Inlet in Glendale Cove. Renowned conservationist Mark Carwardine and Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen accompany a special visit to the Great Bear Rainforest to see grizzlies at prime time.

  • When to go: Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Grizzlies of Khutzeymateen

Experience the grizzly bears of Khutzeymateen Inlet aboard the Island Roamer, on a large carnivore themed expedition. Around 50 coastal brown bears are known to be protected in this conservation area, and other wildlife includes includes humpbacks, orcas, sealions and dolphins.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Grizzly Bears on the Taku River

Enjoy watching and photographing brown bears at close quarters on British Columbia’s remote Taku River, where the grizzlies are habituated and completely relaxed. Led by award winning photographer Nick Garbutt, this tour offers thrilling and exhilarating encounters with these magnificent carnivores.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Kayaking with Whales & Grizzlies

Seeing a humpback whale lunging through a school of bait fish, or a pod of killer whales surfacing in unison, are often considered to be once in a lifetime experiences, yet they are both possible on this water-based tour, along with the other star of British Columbia’s extraordinary wildlife – the grizzly bear.

  • When to go: Jul-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Orcas, Bears & Totems

This trip visits a stunning archipelago in British Columbia, one of the best places in the world to watch orca as they gather to forage for salmon. Sailing on board a specially designed yacht, the adventure continues to Knight Inlet, where brown bears come to feed in the summer.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Spirit Bear Quest

Join acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt on a stunning journey into the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the elusive spirit bear. Our week on a specially chartered vessel, followed by a stay in a remote floating lodge, offers exceptional viewing and photographic opportunities of grizzly, black and spirit bears.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Walking with Bears & Whale Watching

This trip offers a remarkable opportunity to spend time with the ‘the bear whisperer™’ to experience seeing grizzly bears at close quarters in one of the planet’s last pristine wildernesses. You can also see bald eagles in the skies, and watch grey and humpback whales slipping through the offshore waters.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Whales & Dolphins in the Haida Gwaii

This trip offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the Queen Charlotte Islands, a remote archipelago and area of true wilderness and cultural importance. Cruise the Gwaii Haanas National Park on a comfortable yacht, spotting black bears, humpback whales, orca, Steller’s sealions and up to a million seabirds.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Whales & Mountains

This superb route winds it way through the celebrated Rocky Mountains and into the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island. This area of ancient coastal rainforest abounds with plant life and is famed for its whale watching, as well as being home to brown bears, wolves and bald eagles.

  • When to go: May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,845 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

At the very heart of Vancouver is the city’s landmark, The Fairmont, a hotel rich in history, resplendent in beauty, vibrant and cosmopolitan. Here you will find the luxurious Absolute Spa, a state-of-the-art health club, award-winning restaurants and an array of designer shops in downtown Vancouver.