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Bear Watching

Get back in touch with nature, and let the sounds of rushing rivers and the feeling of cool alpine air greet you in the wilderness in and around Port Hardy. Spectacular encounters with wildlife such as bears happen regularly in the area. Watch for black bears along the highway in spring and summer, or feeding along river banks during the salmon run in the fall. Grizzly bear viewing excursions take you by floatplane to nearby mainland inlet shores May through October as grizzly bears do not inhabit Vancouver Island.

Bear Watching Port Hardy

On a guided tour, you can view the bears safely from a watching post or boat. With your binoculars you scan the river bank, and in the distance you see a large animal splashing in the river. Your excitement grows as you discover a grizzly looking for salmon.

The rugged beauty of seeing a bear in its natural habitat is thrilling, and watching wildlife get their food is awe-inspiring.

The bear scans the flowing water as the shadows move between the rocks; he concentrates hard on his prey, but doesn’t move. After a few moments, he swipes his paw into the river, and brinks a large Chinook salmon to his mouth. Hurry up and grab your camera! A drenched bear with a giant salmon dangling from its mouth is a sight to behold!

Port Hardy is a great starting place for a variety of eco-tours. Through guided voyages, the Port Hardy area gives visitors the chance to see how black, brown and grizzly bears thrive and behave in their natural environment.