Spring Great Bear Adventure


Zodiac Spring Great Bear Adventure May 1st-June 30th
Duration Full Day 7-8 hour

*Departures are subject to tides if you choose to visit the estuary

Depending on the season Grizzly and Black Bears of the Southern Great Bear Rainforest are either awakening, or preparing for hibernation. On this bear adventure we travel through the Discovery Islands during the spring into the epic fjords of the Coastal Mountains, passing cascading waterfalls while exploring the estuaries and intertidal zones in search of bears. 

We view the bears quietly by boat and watch them forage on the fresh sedges and grasses of spring in intertidal zones and estuaries! Their spring diet includes molluscs, bivalves, amphipods and tiny crustaceans we call barnacles. In the fall Pacific salmon are the first choice, however if salmon are scarce they will also forage on roots, tubers, insects, and Pacific crab apples among many other things.

As we travel to and from the bears habitat we also get to view many different terrestrial and marine mammals in their natural environment along the way. This wildlife and bear adventure has many gifts for us, and every tour is unique. 

Please note: All photographs were taken on our Great Bear Adventure. However, Grizzly Bears are not guaranteed.  

Make a booking on our Great Bear Adventures
Departing daily from Quadra Island and Campbell River

* Bear tours operate from daily from May 1st - June 30th

On this adventure we will travel through the Discovery Islands and the epic fjords of the Coastal Mountains in search of Black Bears and Grizzly Bears that have awoken from their winter slumber. Bears are viewed from the boat in intertidal zones, estuaries and secluded lagoons. Keep in mind, there is an opportunity to see many different types of wildlife while we look for bears as well.  


Adventure Details


  • Bookings available from May 1st through June 30th for spring/summer tours. Fall tours available upon request.

  • Certified Naturalist, Guide and Boat Captain.

  • Please be advised the minimum age for this tour is 8 years old. (We must stay quiet).

  • 8 people max

  • Homemade lunches include as many organic ingredients as possible from Quadra Island. They include gourmet sandwiches, baked goods, tea, hot chocolate and coffee. Our signature, organic coffee is roasted right here on Quadra Island at Aroma Roasters. GF, V, VEG options available.

  • As of July 1st 2021 Masks are not required and up to the individual preference.

  • Sanitized Mustang Survival Suits, Toques/Beanies, Light Gloves & Goggles, Dry Bags are provided.

  • Hydrophone (under water microphone) to eavesdrop on whales talking in the water, if the opportunity presents itself.

  • Minimum of 4 people required to run the charter.

    In the event that your adventure does not book at least 4 people we can move your party of 2 or 3 to another date and time, or provide you with a refund or gift card. Most of the time we make the minimum capacity, thank you for your patience.

Rates & Additional Information


Adventure Rates and Associated Costs
  • Adult: $265 + $2 conservation fee, booking fee and taxes.
  • Kids 12 and under: $222 (8-12 years old), booking fee and taxes.
  • Private: $1,777 + $11 conservation fee, booking fee and taxes.
  • 15% Fuel Surcharge 
  • Gratuities are customary in Canada, but not included in rates and are at your discretion if you choose to tip your guide. 
What to bring
  • Warm layers.
  • A reusable water bottle (water provided).
  • Rain Gear is a good idea on rainy forecasts, if you have it to wear under floater suits provided. Rain gear is not a requirement.
  • Don’t forget your camera and sunscreen!
  • Departures can be arranged for groups from Campbell River- Discovery Harbour Marina | Quadra Island – Quathiaski Cove. If you have a private booking we can pick you up at Heriot Bay, Resorts on Quadra, or Cortes Island at Manson’s Landing or Gorge Harbour.
  • Please come 20 minutes prior to departure.
Public Departures

8 am daily.

NOTE: Departure times may vary depending on the tides for the given day, so we may call you to change the start time to increase our chances of viewing the bears. If we do not call arrive 20 mins early for the 8am departure. 

Boat and Gear Sanitization

Boat and Gear sanitation provided by Envirocleanse-A, also known as “Anolite,” is a next gen commercial disinfectant that is non-toxic, organic, biodegradable and EPA approved to kill SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (CleanTerra.ca). For more information on our covid protocols see our covid safety plan in our Health and Safety Policy

Bathroom Breaks
  • There are accessible washrooms at the beginning and end of all tours. During tours, we can stop for bathroom breaks, but do not have washrooms on the boat.
  • Due to covid we may not have access to public washrooms on lunch breaks. In this case we will offer intertidal and or bush walks for restroom purposes that include toiletries and sanitizer. Welcome to the Great Outdoors!