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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-ft ship Great Bear II

With Ocean Adventures on British Columbia's west coast of Vancouver Island, you can view Grizzly Bears and Spirit Bears fish for salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest and the Fordland Conservancy. You will also get the chance to engage in whale watching and catch a glimpse of the First Nations culture.

We equip The Great Bear II, our tour vessel of choice, with all the necessary safety and navigation equipment we need on our travels. We also have kayaks available for use that allow guests a better look at our coastal anchorages. Further, you can use our hard-bottomed, 18-foot zodiac dinghy on guided trips along the shoreline.

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


Ocean Adventures' small tour groups of two to five guests allow us to stay safe while also minimizing the impact we have on the lands we traverse and the wildlife we encounter. This also allows us to treat the native lands of the First Nations Peoples with the respect they deserve.

These smaller groups also allow us the best opportunities for viewing grizzly bears and other wildlife as we are less likely to disturb them in their natural habitat.


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.

We'll be viewing more than just Grizzly Bears on this tour-in many of the waters we will be traveling through, we will encounter Humpback Whales breaching the water's surface and communicating with other Humpbacks.

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 and the 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 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.


Many of our guests return year after year due to the peace and serenity they enjoy while on our Grizzly Bear viewing tours. Whether you find yourself enjoying a kayak ride or relaxing on the ships' deck, it's hard to not relish in the majesty of the birds singing in the forests or waterfalls running down the impossibly tall granite cliffs. These experiences are sure to remain with you for a long time!

Contact us at for other expeditions to Fiordland in June, August, and September.

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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