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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. Please note that daily departure times vary with the tidal schedule.

Close up photo of a black bear on the coast in Tofino, BC.

30' Covered Family Vessel

Adult – $109
Senior (65+) & Youth (13-18) – $99
Children (4-12) – $79
Ages 3 & Under – FREE*

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*Online bookings must be made 24hrs in advance. To make a booking for a time within the next 24hrs please call for availability.

*One free infant per departure. First-come, first-serve.

*Departure times vary depending on tides & daylight.

Black Bear with her cubs in Tofino, BC.

Zodiac Bear watching

Adult – $109
Senior (65+) & Youth (13-18) – $99
Children (5-12) – $79

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*Online bookings must be made 24hrs in advance. To make a booking for a time within the next 24hrs please call for availability.

*Height Restriction: Children must be 142cm (4'6") tall for zodiac tours.

*Weight Restriction: Maximum weight for our largest flotation suit (which must be worn on zodiac tours) is 280 lbs (127 kg).

*Departure times vary depending on tides & daylight.

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.


  • Make sure you read & understand our booking policies and waiver terms before processing your reservation.

  • 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 restrictions for children under 142cm tall aboard zodiacs

  • View our FAQ's page if you have any questions regarding our tours.

  • Multi-tour discounts available!

What to bring:

  • Dress warmly (long sleeves, pants, fleece or sweater)

  • Binoculars

  • 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!

How to prepare for your Bear Watching program:

  • In order to eliminate any possible human food conditioning of bears or wolves, no food or beverage other than water can be consumed in bear/wolf viewing areas.

  • Smoking is not permitted in bear/wolf viewing areas.

  • Flash photography devices are not permitted when viewing or photographing bears/wolves.

  • Noise and movement must be kept to a minimum aboard the vessels.

  • Viewers must not signal the bears in any way using hand motions nor auditory signals.

  • Guests are advised not to wear strong smelling deodorants or perfumes as bears are particularly sensitive to olfactory cues.


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.

Looking for a tour to go in our winter months (Nov. 1 - Mar. 1)?
Check out our 2.5 hours Clayoquot Nature Cruise tour.

Give the gift of adventure!
Gift certificates for all of our tours can be purchased online. See our Gift Cards Page for more details.


A black bear and her cub on the Tofino Coastline.
A lone wolf coming down to the shoreline for some food.