Bear Watching & The Big Tree Trail


Begin this combined hiking and wildlife watching adventure at sea as we journey into Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve aboard your own private vessel. The protected waters of the Sound offer incredible coastline for viewing black bears, eagles, seals and other wildlife. Next, step ashore and explore the Wanachus/Hilthuuis (Meares Island) Tribal Park, home to some of the oldest red cedars in British Columbia on a leisurely interpretive walk along the Big Tree Trail.


  • Private bear watching tour in Clayoquot Sound
  • Learn the local flora and fauna with your expert naturalist
  • Enjoy an interpretive walk in old growth rainforest on the Big Tree Trail


$325 per person

price based on 2 participants

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 1 km (0.6 miles)
  • Type: Bear Viewing Tour / Wildlife Tour / Nature Walk / Private
  • Location: Meares Island, Clayoquot Sound
  • Terrain: Wooden boardwalk
  • Group Size: 1-4 people (We are limited to a maximum of 4 guests due to vessel capacity.)
  • Season: April to October

  • You will rendezvous with your guide at Storm Light Outfitters Tofino. Here we will depart by boat into Clayoquot Sound. These details will be discussed during the booking process.
  • Departure times vary daily to coincide with the low tide for optional chances for bear viewing.


  • To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the terrain and length of the trip. If your tour is graded introductory, no previous hiking experience is required and you can expect 2-4 hours of physical activity. These walks utilize well formed trails, boardwalks, beaches and in general are up to half day in duration. For you to be able to really enjoy this trip we recommend that you are to walk comfortably for a few hours at a time (with breaks included).
  • Suitable for all ages.

  • A professional bear viewing guide (CBVA Certified)
  • Private boat charter and captain
  • Use of hiking poles (upon request)

  • Water (1 litre recommended)
  • Gratuity for your guide

  • We recommend you wear comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor exercise and close-toed shoes suitable for hiking.
  • It's always a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket or an additional layer such as a warm sweater as coastal weather can change quickly - even on sunny days!
  • It's also a good idea to pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a snack and your camera!
  • We ask that you please bring your own reusable water bottle - we're working to reduce plastic waste. Did you know that Tofino has some of the cleanest and freshest tap water in the world? Our fresh water supply comes from Colnett Mountain on the beautiful Meares Island. If you don't have a bottle of your own; Reusable Bottles are available for purchase at our Storm Light Outfitter's Booking Office along with a variety of outdoor gear.

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