As the autumn rain and chill set in, all creatures prepare to decrease activity for the winter months. The berries are picked or wither on the vine. Mushrooms are ready to harvest and most salmon prepare to migrate to sea. Fall salmon migration attracts wildlife looking for an end-of-season feed and it is a fantastic time for wildlife viewing on the west coast of British Columbia.
These are wildlife and cultural expeditions that many describe as life-changing– a cathartic combination of direct experience with the land and the company of the traditional knowledge keepers and stewards of the land.
Clayoquot Wild offers wildlife and custom tours with cultural interpretation departing from Tofino and Ulcluelet. Before the rain turns sideways, take the opportunity to tour privately, guided by a local Elder with generations of knowledge and the most inside information on local land, wildlife, and culture. Enchanting rainforest walks, healing hot springs, and whale sightings will have you convinced you have stepped out of time. Coastal Rainforest Safaris runs tours out of Port Hardy and has reduced group sizes to further ensure the safety of guests. Knowledgeable and welcoming hosts share diverse and immersive wilderness experiences in the legendary Great Bear Rainforest, home to the famous cream-coloured black bear, also known as a Spirit Bear.
Sea Wolf Adventures combines cultural teachings with world-class wildlife view opportunities in the traditional Kwakwaka’wakw territory. The company designs custom tours with opportunities to see pictographs, clam gardens, and culturally modified trees and hear traditional place names, songs, and stories. Sidney Whale Watching boasts a 95% sighting rate throughout the year. They are equipped with hydrophones so you can hear the whales’ thwops and songs. Sidney is strategically located in the middle of resident orca feeding grounds.
Aboriginal Journeys specializes in grizzly bear tours that leave from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. You’ll be safe from the rain in a high-speed, covered vessel on your two-hour ride to Toba Inlet–a fjord located on the coastal mainland. You will be met by your guides from Klahoose First Nation and may see humpbacks, which have returned to the area in the last six years and orcas who come for the returning salmon.
This autumn, explore precious animal habitats responsibly and see the flora and fauna of British Columbia with your own exclusive pod on state-of-the-art vessels that allow small groups to adventure with minimal contact and safe social distancing.
You can learn about more Indigenous experiences open for business in 2020 here.
Indigenous Tourism BC encourages responsible travel for all visitors to Indigenous communities.