Bear Watching & the Big Tree Trail

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From there we will step foot ashore to hike through untouched old growth coastal temperate rainforest on the famous Big Tree Trail on Meares Island and learn about this rare and beautiful ecosystem with your private guide


The activity level for this tour is recommended for the Novice hikerand is for someone who wanting an educational and wilderness experience. Half of this tour takes place on a covered boat and half walking on relatively easy wooden boardwalk rainforest trail.

All of our tours are private which means that our rates are listed on a per person basis.

1 Guest: $640.00

2 Guests: $320.00

3 Guests: $260.00

4 Guests: $200.00

You will begin this nature tour by sea as you head into Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with your own private boat and captain and CBVA Bear Guide. Then you will be dropped off on Meares Island with your guide where you will begin the land and walking portion of this interpretive tour.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Elevation Loss/Gain: 1-10 meters
  • Quality of Trails: boardwalk
  • Physical Requirements: minimal
  • Meeting Location: You will meet your guide and boat at First Street Dock in downtown Tofino
  • Local CBVA bear guide
  • Private boat and captain
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Lightweight hiking shoes
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide


“Nine of the large forested valleys remain untouched by logging or other industrial development. The area’s temperate rainforest, lakes, rivers and alpine peaks provide habitats for a vast array of species, a significant number of which are endangered or rare.Since 2000, the local economy has moved away from heavy dependency on industrial forestry and fisheries towards a more ecologically sensitive approach informed by Nuu-chah-nulth cultural principles, and small-scale alternatives built around a conservation economy. 

– UNESCO Biosphere