Whether youâ€™re a nature lover or are just looking for a completely unique wildlife experience, youâ€™ll find more than you could ever dream of on the west coast of Canada. Tour the dramatic fjords of British Columbia and youâ€™ll discover the home of the legendary grizzly bears, the migration paths of the orcas and humpback whales, as well as the resident minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals. Few places in North America can bring you so close to the majesty of the natural world.
Marvel at the Great Grizzly Bears
While no one wants to get too close to a grizzly bear, a trip to Glendale Cove in British Columbia will give you the perfect opportunity to safely watch these magnificent creatures. With a unique density of grizzlies, the area provides a chance to see these bears in their natural habitat during autumn, but also during spring and summer, during which they fish for salmon and the cubs emerge from their winter hideouts. There are a range of bear tours on offer here, including observation trips by water or from river stands and tree platforms. Those wishing to see bears by boat should book from May to August, while those preferring to see these wonderful creatures from dry land should book a platform viewing experience, which are available from the end of August through to mid-October.
Take to the Water for Whale Watching
At any time of year, the waters here teem with a rich variety of marine life, making this area a Mecca for nature lovers who flock to the west coast of Canada. Tours along the coast and into the magnificent fjords offer the chance to see minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions all year round. For a truly spectacular marine experience, visit towards the end of the year to add the migration of the orcas and humpback whales to the list of stunning sights to be seen from the water.
There are a range of ways to view these wonderful marine creatures, from large boats to private kayaks in which you can explore the watery inlets and shores that the seals and sea lions call home.
Where to Stay
To really put yourself at the heart of this extraordinary wilderness, I would always recommend staying at the intimate Knight Inlet Lodge in Glendale Cove. Set on the water itself, â€“ built on stable platforms which float on its surface â€“ the Lodge includes a small number of modern guest rooms, as well as communal spaces with a comfortable lounge and a dining room. Since youâ€™re on the water, the views around the Lodge are spectacular and completely unique, offering forest and fjord vistas from all vantage points. The memory of your stay here will remain with you for a lifetime.
If youâ€™re tempted by the beauty of the west coast of Canada, tour the fjords and forests of British Columbia to really soak up the splendour of this extraordinary landscape. Youâ€™ll never forget the experience.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays for or over 30 years. Recently his recommended Canada tour itineraries have been included in Prestige’s luxury holiday portfolio. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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