Bears & Wolves Photo Tour
July, 2022 (dates to be announced soon)
8 Days / 7 Nights
Imagine watching a black bear bathe in golden light as it forages on the tidal shelf. Or the elusive coastal wolf (a genetically unique group of wolves found on the Pacific coast), not one, not two, but a whole pack moving along the shoreline. This location has been scouted and coordinated to give you the best chance to create some stunning photographs.
These trips are geared towards photographers willing to work with challenging lighting conditions to create unique photos. The location we found tends to have fantastic black bear activity in the early mornings and late evenings, as they move out onto a tidal shelf to forage in the rocks and seaweed in search of shore crabs, gunnels, and sand fleas. Above the high tide line at the edge of the forest, a shoulder high wall of flowers should be in full bloom. If you’re lucky you may have the opportunity to photograph the bears engulfed by flowers. There is a very good chance of photographing the elusive coastal wolf on this trip, as they make their patrols and forage on some of the same creatures the bears are after.
We work with our friends, who also happen to be world-renown guides. Tom, the owner of Seaforth Expeditions, has a passion for exploring the incredible BC coast and sharing intimate wildlife experiences with others. His broad range of coastal knowledge spans from the intertidal zone to mega fauna, and he is an expert at spotting wildlife. He built Seaforth Expeditions to share amazing wildlife encounters with filmmakers and photographers. We are lucky to be working with him!
Though we can’t guarantee wildlife sightings, or brilliant sunrises or sunsets, our experience with this location gives us the confidence that this trip will offer amazing wildlife photography opportunities. The weather in the summer prevails from the Northwest which tends to bring sun and afternoon winds, generally mornings and evenings are calm. There can be fog some mornings, however, it usually burns off by noon, and may reveal a brilliant warm afternoon. We tend to have our best activity early in the morning and after 6pm, hot afternoons can be a little slow for megafauna, but local king fishers, bald eagles, and osprey should provide some entertainment. All animals have their own personality and some are indifferent to our presence, while others may be more nervous, for these reasons we sometimes use blinds, and highly recommend long lenses to give the wildlife enough space to feel at ease.
○ 7 nights accommodation in at our campsite
○ All guiding services
○ All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
○ Photography instruction
○ Transportation to Campbell River, British Columbia
○ Alcoholic beverages
○ Travel insurance (required)
Despite the recent ban on hunting grizzly bears, wolves and black bears continue to be legally hunted in BC thanks to outdated and misguided wildlife management policies, including shooting wolves from helicopters. We will share more information about local conservation efforts to protect these amazing animals. And 10 percent of all sales from the tour will be donated to our conservation partner, Pacific Wild.
Pacific Wild supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and raising conservation awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protections for the lands and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest and throughout the wild Pacific Northwest.
The tour departs from Campbell River, Vancouver Island, Canada and includes transport (either a float plane or boat ride) to our remote location on the west side of Vancouver Island. Closer to the trip date weather will determine the method of transportation to the camp. Guests are advised to book a little extra time at the end of their trip in case of weather delays getting out. Normally during summer months this is not an issue.
On your first day you will fly from Campbell River to our campsite, where you will have a short orientation and be shown to your tent. After a quick turnaround, we will head out in search of black bears and coastal wolves until sunset.
For each of the next six days, we will wake up early for breakfast and then proceed to search for black bears and coastal wolves. As the sun grows stronger, we will return to our campsite for lunch and a short break, before heading out again for the afternoon and evening. We will adjust our schedule as needed depending on the sightings, weather, and well-being of our group. We will follow the instruction of our guide at all times.
We will have one last morning to search for black bears and coastal wolves before we will travel back to Campbell River, where we will say good-bye.
Our Camp is located in the forest right next to a beautiful little river in the heart of the wildlife activity. Some of our most memorable encounters have taken place just 10 yards away from our chosen location. All meals and camping essentials are included and a quiet 1,000 watt generator is available to handle charging requirements. Fresh water is collected in the nearby creek and treated for drinking, pit toilet facilities are found a short walk down a nearby trail. Three and five person tents are provided for singles and couples respectively, while a wall tent with a wood fireplace allows us to dry gear if required. Guests only need to bring their personal gear and a sleeping bag and thermarest.
A moderate level of fitness and agility is recommended. The majority of the activity tends to take place quite close to the camp, however we may choose to go for longer walks and explore the beaches to the North and South and take advantage of other photographic opportunities. The shoreline offers a variety of substrates including hard packed sand, pea gravel, boulders, and rock shelves which can be slippery in some areas.
○ We will call you to discuss the tour and answer all of your questions.
○ We will send you a recommended packing list.
○ We strongly encourage you to consult with your doctor or visit a travel clinic before you come on our tour.
○ We require that you have valid travel insurance and sign our waiver in order to participate in our tour.
Please contact us to book your spot!
At this moment, the tour is proceeding. If any Covid-19 restrictions prevent this tour from happening, you will be issued a full refund. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
We take you to the world’s most amazing wilderness destinations, which were chosen based on our ability to offer our guests the ultimate wildlife photography experience.
Before the tour, we discuss (i) tour information (logistics, lodging, food), (ii) gear and equipment, (iii) photos on your “wish list”, (iv) what to expect, and (v) answer any questions that you may have.
10 percent of sales from the tour will be donated to one of our partner conservation organizations. We will also provide you with a briefing on the conservation challenges facing our tour’s primary wildlife subject.
With our briefing sessions and hands on learning, you are going to leave our tours as a better photographer, with a better understanding of behavior, composition, and post-processing.
We will never exceed 6 clients per instructor, and in most tours, the ratio will be even smaller. This ensures that you get the personalized attention that you deserve on our tours.
We work with the world’s best wildlife guides, who also happen to be our good friends. They are well- experienced, keep us safe, and put us in the best possible position to create a compelling image.