RFI. VANCOUVER ISLAND
My wife, Ingrid, and I are planning a trip to Vancouver Island for this coming September and into early October. Does anyone have any hot tips for
- Best all round wildlife spots / areas
- Best whale-watching / bear-watching companies – esp. Tofino, Campbell River and Victoria areas
- Best places to try for wolves and cougar
- Best areas for Vancouver Island Marmot – esp. around Mt. Washington?
Hi Miles, my wife and I spent a week there last September (late in the month). I’d highly recommend Homolco Wildlife and Cultural Tours out of Campbell River for grizzly bears in Bute Inlet. We also had a great whalewatching trip with Campbell River Adventures. Dipped on marmots at Mount Washington, we may have been too late in the year. The chair left also wasn’t running on the weekday we were there, so weekends might be best. You can read my trip report here:
We were there in August last year (combined with a few days in Washington), and missed the marmots as well (too hot when we were there?). We did a whale-watching trip from Tofino (where we saw a.o. Sea otters, Steller’s sea lion and 2 Grey whales), and one from Telegraph Cove (several Humpbacks, Orca’s, Dall’s porpoise and Pacific white-sided doplhins), both of which were very good. I am planning to write a short report about it soon, if you need more information, just ask. All my mammal-sightings can be found at this link: https://observation.org/users/40127/observations/?date_after=2022-08-01&date_before=2022-08-31&species_group=2&rarity=&search=&advanced=on&species=&sex=&province=&validation_status=&life_stage=&activity=&method=
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Lots of suggestions. It might be easiest to have a zoom call to discuss. If you e-mail me at email@example.com we could set up a time to connect.