Full day bear viewing boat tour to and from Telegraph Cove, lunch, all photographic instruction.
Transportation to and from Telegraph Cove, accommodations.
Style: Day Adventure
Children of 8-14 years are welcome at a cost of $230 per child (please contact us to make such bookings). All tours subject to a 6 person minimum. Bear sightings are not guaranteed, however viewing success rates are very high. For safety concerns due, we do not take pregnant women nor those with serious back and/or neck problems.
Harmonized Sales Tax
For tours operated in British Columbia, guests are required to pay 12% Harmonized Sales Tax in addition to the tour fees. For guests that are not Canadian residents, this HST payment may be reclaimed. Please visit the following site for further information and claim forms: HST Rebate for Non-Resident Individuals
Knight Inlet is a spectacular fiord that cuts deep into the coastal mountain range of British Columbia, Canada. Making up the southern end of the ancient Great Bear Rainforest, Knight Inlet is home to an impressive population of grizzly bears and other fascinating wildlife, making this a true west coast adventure and the ideal location for a day of grizzly bear viewing and photography.
Knight Inlet has been a popular destination for grizzly bear viewing for a number of years. Glendale Cove, about half way up the 80-mile inlet, supports a lively concentration of grizzly and black bears that seek out the plentiful foods of the lush estuary and rich intertidal zone.
This day trip leaves early from the historical town of Telegraph Cove, where we board our boat to cruise through the waters of the world famous Johnstone Straight and into Knight Inlet for a full afternoon of world class grizzly bear viewing in Glendale Cove. Along the way we will look for photo opportunities of foraging black bears, soaring eagles, leaping dolphins, and there is always the chance of encountering orca or humpback whales.
This is a one of the most complete wildlife day tours you will find on your travels to beautiful British Columbia, offering unparalleled wildlife encounters and informative photo instruction throughout the day from your Wild Focus guide. Look forward to the wild stories and impressive photos you will come back with from your day in this west coast paradise.
Depart Telegraph Cove (7:00 am)
Your grizzly bear photo adventure starts in the historical town of Telegraph Cove. Meet your Wild Focus guide and the rest of the group in front of the Tiderip Tours office bright and early at 6:30 am. We will board our 12 passenger water taxi at 7:00 am and make our way though the wildlife rich waters of the Johnstone Straight.
The historical site of Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island. This tiny sawmill and cannery community was important to the development of the North Island and has a rich and colorful history. From 1911 when the first telegraph operator took up residence in Telegraph Cove this little cove has been a unique part of Northern Vancouver Island.
Travel to Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet
Our boat cruise to Glendale cove takes about 1.5 – 2 hours. Along the way we will keep our eyes open for wildlife in the water and along the shores. Black bear sightings can be quite abundant on low tides when the food rich intertidal is exposed. June is also an excellent time to see Pacific White-sided dolphins which are known to travel and feed in large groups of a hundred or more.
Bear Viewing Afternoon
We will spend the entire afternoon searching and photographing the grizzlies of the beautiful Glendale estuary. We will transfer into a spacious bear viewing skiff which allows us to get into the shallows of the estuary, getting us closer to the grizzly action.
June is an especially significant time in the estuary for the grizzlies as the protein-rich sedge flourishes after the long Canadian winter. This plant is the main food source for the bears in the spring, so our chances of finding grizzlies in this area are very high.
Lunch is included and will be served in the afternoon.
Throughout the day your Wild Focus guide will be there beside you to help you get that perfect sot of grizzly. Camera and exposure settings are common questions, and anything other queries you have are welcome.
Return to Telegraph Cove (4:00 pm)
After a full afternoon with the bears in the Glendale estuary we will make our way back to Telegraph Cove, typically arriving at around 4:00 pm. Here your grizzly adventure ends and we say our goodbyes.