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Fiordland's Grizzly and Spirit Bears in October

6 day adventure cruises to see Grizzly Bears and Spirit Bears in early October
in B.C.'s Fiordland, aboard our 54 ship Great Bear II

Watching Grizzly Bears and Spirit Bears fishing for salmon in B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest. Whale watching, First Nations Aboriginal Culture with Ocean Adventures on B.C.'s west coast.

Our ship Great Bear II is equipped with all the latest navigation and safety equipment, a 18 foot hard-bottomed zodiac for guided trips ashore and shoreline exploration, and kayaks for enjoying he serenity of our spectacular coastal anchorages.

Email us at for dates and travel information
for this 6 day departure OR for other expeditions that include this area.


Ocean Adventures' small group sizes (of 2 to 5 guests) provide our guests with the best wildlife viewing and safety. Our small group sizes mean we are making the least possible impact on the lands we visit, the wildlife we view and the First Nations Peoples who inspire us, something that is extremely important to us.

Our small group sizes ensure our guests the most intimate experiences with nature and our photographers the best opportunities... they are never just part of a crowd


Explore B.C.'s Fiordland in late September / early October and enjoy some of the worlds best wildlife viewing and whale watching opportunities! Powerful landscapes in their autumn colours provide spectacular backdrops to photographs of Grizzly Bears (often with cubs), Black Bears as they come to the rivers to fish for the returning wild Pacific salmon. While rare to see the Spirit Bears in this area, it is possible.


While bears typically dig for roots throughout spring, summer and fall, the nutrition from roots is especially important to them at this time of year. You can see on this video how cubs learn what to do from copying their every move. This little spring cub is very tired though as he had been fishing with his Mum the whole day in the icy waters of the river.

In early October the wild Pacific salmon have returned to Fiordland's rivers and streams to spawn and complete their life cycle. The returning salmon are like a dinner bell to Grizzly Bears (Mums often teaching their cubs to fish), Black Bears and perhaps even the rare and genetically unique Spirit Bear. Although rarely seen, there is often evidence that wolves have come to the river to fish.. whether it involves dead salmon without their heads or we're being serenaded by their songs, wolves do provide clues to their whereabouts. The only noise that can drown out the sound of rushing waters in the rivers are the cries of sea gulls who have come to scavenge from the bears, or eagles as they come to fish, or the scolding of ravens or kingfishers as they fly overhead.

In almost all the waters we will be traveling herring are providing a feast for Humpback Whales in preparation for their long migration to Hawaii. Humpback whales offer the best whale watching as they seem to fly out of the sea in a full breach or as they demonstrate their cooperative feeding behaviour know as bubble net feeding, or as they slap their powerful tails on the water to warn other whales.

The narrow channels that make up Fiordland are edged in the towering granite walls that rise thousands of feet out of the sea and during rainy days are laced with waterfalls. Mornings when we awake to mists these powerful landscapes seem even more ethereal and provide the perfect beginning to our day.


As we explore B.C.'s Fiordland in early October the wild Pacific salmon have returned to the creeks and rivers of their birth in the Great Bear Rainforest. The wild Pacific salmon are the lifeblood of the coast and at this time of year are the primary food of the Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, and the rare Spirit Bears as they fatten for their long winter's hibernation.

Bears, normally solitary and extremely territorial, congregate on the rivers in search of their salmon dinner. As you watch the bears fish, your guide(s) will explain how there is much more than meets the eye. See how bears and other animals help provide the fish fertilizer for the towering trees of the rainforest. Witness the power and techniques of the bears as they catch the salmon. Learn how bears each have their own fishing techniques taught to them by their mother, and see the look on a spring cub's face when he picks up his first fish. Each moment you spend on the river with your guide(s) watching the bears, will be unforgettable!

As you explore these estuaries with your guide(s) learn how we know that Wolves have been fishing for salmon... signs that will help us determine when and where we might see them.

As well as feeding the bears, the trees, and the wolves, the wild Pacific salmon are also providing a feast for many birds. As bears stroll the rivers' edges and estuaries, clouds of gulls rise above them and then settle behind them as they pass.. to devour what the bears have left uneaten. Eagles and Ravens can be seen and heard as they too are drawn to the river by the salmon.


As we Explore B.C.'s Fiordland in early October we will be learning about the unique aboriginal culture of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais People, whose traditional lands we will be visiting. Learn how these First Nations People peacefully co-existed with the bears in these river estuaries, about their awe inspiring culture, and see their Big House in their village of Klemtu. As you Explore B.C.'s Fiordland you will hear and see why these traditional lands are so important to their future.


Whether our guests take a kayak for a paddle... or relax on the forward deck of the ship... everyone will revel in the serenity of our anchorages. With the distant sounds of water falling over thousands of feet of polished granite, or the symphony of songbirds in the forest beside us... or the sound of young bears paws as they cross the gravel on the beach in front of us... these wild places will remain with all of us long after we've returned home and keep us coming back for more.

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Experience the Wild in Wilderness !


"The magnificent landscape: fiords, forests and granite cliffs are all apart of our heritage. But the bears... ahhhh...the bears! You could not have planned it any better!" ~ John and Marnie, Victoria, B.C.

"Passionate, enthusiastic, welcoming... plus we saw SO much wildlife! Thank you very much!" ~ Julie, U.K.

"It has been an unforgettable experience and I really hope I can persuade Dad to bring us back . (I don't think much persuading will be necessary!)" ~ Bella, U.K.

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