In Search of the Bears

Tofino Bear Watching

Prices from £445 pp

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Duration4 days / 3 nights (flexible)

LocationUcluelet/Tofino, Vancouver Island

Suitable for families

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Seeing animals in the wild leaves memories that will last a lifetime, and the Pacific Rim National Park is one of the best places in Canada to do so! Set against a backdrop of incredible coastline, you'll go by boat in search of black bears foraging for food in their natural habitat. You'll also have time to hike the many wooded walkways and enjoy the deserted beaches. Your time here will be so good, you'll 'bear'-ly believe it! (Sorry).

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on a family sharing
  • Zodiac Boat – half day bear-watching tour with a dinghy boat – safety suits provided

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Arrive in Ucluelet/Tofino

A scenic, 4-6 hour drive from either Vancouver City or Victoria, at the northern tip of the Pacific Rim National Park, the small towns of Tofino and Ucluelet are the perfect base for you and your family to explore from. You’ll stay in cosy lodge accommodation, just a few minutes walk from a private beach and plenty of shops and restaurants. Your hosts will be more than happy to tell you all about their town once you’ve settled in.

Four girls standing next to sign that reads welcome to Tofino

In search of black bears

There’ll be no lie-ins this morning, as you’re up and out early for a real adventure. You’ll travel to Clayoquot Sound, surrounded by nature and home to a huge array of wildlife… including black bears. You’ll board a Zodiac boat (a large rubber dinghy), and zip across the waters close to where the bears will be foraging for food along the shore – respectfully keeping a distance at all times.

Black bear walking in wilderness and trees

The tour lasts 2.5 hours and you’ll all be provided with a survival safety suit to wear – just don’t forget your binoculars! Afterwards, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy the Pacific Rim. There are plenty of hiking trails for all ages and abilities, or you may prefer to stay on the water and sea kayak, paddleboard, or surf to your heart’s content. The endless array of remote, rugged beaches also provides the perfect place to swim, or let the kids blow off some steam while you kick back in a hammock.

Boat Trip in Tofino to spot bears, Canada

Explore the Wild Pacific Trail

Today you’ll have the whole day free to explore the rugged coastline and towering forests. The Wild Pacific Trail stretches the length of the peninsula along to Ucluelet, with a loop at the headland. The trails are generally easy to moderate in difficulty, and are a great way to explore the coastline. Closer to Tofino there are long stretches of beach for a more relaxed time.

Cox Bay Vancouver Island, trees with water and sand

Departure from Pacific Rim National Park

Sady, it’s time to wave goodbye to the picturesque Pacific Rim National Park and move on to the next stop on your family adventure. We recommend heading to Quadra Island, where you can continue your search for Canadian wildlife and witness the incredible sight of killer whales in their natural environment.

View outside of lodge, sea and sand
Man at Great Wall of China

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Start planning your next family adventure with Rob, our travel specialist for Canada. He'll work with you until your itinerary is exactly how you want it, leaving you to enjoy your family holiday, stress-free.

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