Natural History Highlights of British Columbia
Taking in the top wildlife experiences of British Columbia, this leisurely paced holiday combines two of the very best wilderness lodges in Canada to bring you wildlife encounters to last a lifetime.
Watching magnificent grizzly bears chasing salmon or foraging along the shoreline and observing pods of orcas in their natural habitat are among life’s greatest wildlife experiences and this itinerary offers intimate experiences with both these iconic animals.
The holiday begins with the rich marine environment of Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound where you can enjoy some of the finest whale watching in the world from an excellent wilderness lodge, located right in the heart of the action. The sheltered waters of this region offer some of the most reliable orca (killer whale) watching in the world. These impressive top predators are joined by humpback whales, porpoises, harbour seals and huge Stellar’s sea lions and they can all be enjoyed against a stunning backdrop of seemingly endless forests, snow-capped mountains and uninhabited islands.
Heading further into the British Columbian wilderness by floatplane you will then be based at a floating lodge with some of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears in Canada as your neighbours. A stay here offers some of the most intimate and memorable bear viewing anywhere, with excellent photographic opportunities and accessibility. Black bears are also regularly seen and other wildlife includes super pods of Pacific white-sided dolphins, bald eagles, marbled murrelets and much more. Depending on the season you can enjoy the bears at eye level from flat bottomed boat, kayaks or purpose-built viewing stands. Leaving the wilds of the Great Bear Rainforest behind, there is some time to experience vibrant and diverse Vancouver.