The viewing of wildlife on and around Vancouver Island and the Gulf and Discovery Islands of BC offers something for all nature lovers. Whale watching requires little introduction, as British Columbia is well known as the place on earth to watch migrating and resident whales feeding, breaching or spy-hopping. The phenomenon of salmon spawning draws people from all over the world to the Pacific Northwest to watch schools of salmon return from the sea to lay their roe in their ancestral spawning grounds. Vancouver Island happens to be conveniently located on the Pacific Flyway for the millions of migrating birds that miraculously find their way north and south with the changing of the seasons. Vancouver Island supports black bears, cougars, wolves, elk, deer and many other mammal and bird species, both abundant and threatened in numbers.

Wildlife in British Columbia, Canada: Sea Otter
Sea Otters in a raft relax in a bed of kelp on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Wildlife Viewing Tours and Operators on Vancouver Island and BC Islands

Wildlife Viewing Information for Vancouver Island

Marine Mammals

Natural Events