Tidal Bear Watching

Clayoquot Sound offers the most incredible coastline for viewing black bears. These adventure tours cruise through the protected and calm waters surrounding scenic Meares Island.

These resident bears come down to the beaches at low tide to forage for such beach delicacies as rock crab, starfish and even a bit of kelp. They are an absolute pleasure to watch from the boat and thanks to their poor eyesight they are usually unaware of our presence so long as we keep quiet and a respectable distance up wind.

We offer Bear Watches in both covered family vessels and adventurous Zodiac boats.

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30' Covered Family Vessel

Adult – $99
Senior (65+) & Student (13-19) – $89
Children (4-12) - $79
Ages 3 & under FREE!

*One free infant per departure on first come first serve basis

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Zodiac Bear watching

Adult – $99
Senior (65+) & Student (13-19) – $89
Children (5-12) – $79

*Children must be at least 5 years old or 127cm to ride Zodiac

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You will also have grand opportunities on this tour to view an eagle aerie, harbour porpoises, seals, river otters, blue herons and other species of wildlife!

Our tours are offered as soon as the bears wake up from winter hibernation, which is usually sometime in April or May. The bear viewing season winds down as the bears head up river to feast on salmon, usually sometime in October.


  • We do our best to please everyone but cannot always guarantee vessel type unless you are traveling with small children under the age of 5.
  • A wildlife conservation fee of $3 will be added to each fare in support of maintaining the marine ecosystem in Clayoquot Sound. Ocean Outfitters donates 100% of this amount annually.
  • Small Carbon Offset fee applies
  • We allow one free infant per departure on first come first serve basis (covered vessels only)
  • There are height & age restrictions for children under 5 aboard zodiacs
  • Multi-tour discounts available!

What to bring:

  • Dress warmly (long sleeves, pants, fleece or sweater)
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Enclosed shoes (sandals not recommended)
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • A camera /video /binoculars
  • Gum/Mints
  • Your smile and a true west coast spirit for adventure!

Reserve ahead for the busy summer months.
Simply call us (1-877-906-2326), send us an email, or book online.

Want your own private bear watching tour?
Learn more about or private charters options.