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.   

Bear Watching, Tofino, Black Bear, Zodiac, Nature, Adventure, Tours

30' Covered Family Vessel

Adult - $99 / Senior 65+ & Student 13-19 - $89 /
Children 4-12 - $79 / 3 and under FREE!

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

Book Now

Bear Watching, Tofino, Black Bear, Black Bear Cubs Zodiac, Nature, Adventure, Tour



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

Book Now

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. Approx. April/May.
The bear viewing season winds down as the bears head up river to feast on salmon around 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

Reserve ahead for the busy summer months.
Simply call us, email us or fill in our secure booking form.


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!