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Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

#4 of 38 things to do in Prince Rupert Features Animals
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-624-5472
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Amazing Experiance .

With Jamie and Andy from Khutzlodge and Mike from Ocean Pacific Air we had a true once in a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Perth, Australia
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Pristine and remote

Tour boats are only allowed so far into the estuary, so it's pot luck whether you will get "close... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With Jamie and Andy from Khutzlodge and Mike from Ocean Pacific Air we had a true once in a lifetime nature experiance . Grizzly Bears, Ocras and glorious nature from the sky and water. Thank you .

Thank Siggelin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour boats are only allowed so far into the estuary, so it's pot luck whether you will get "close" to a bear or not. It is however the most beautiful place - and kudos to the people keeping it that way! There are two guides...More

Thank Kirsty M
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Took the Adventure Tours' fast and very seaworthy catamaran in late June from Prince Rupert to the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary for an unforgettable viewing of six adults and three cubs. Located deep in a spectacular fjord the preserve is home to a stable population...More

2  Thank George P
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We made a long trip to see only one young bear on our bear watching trip. Yet it was great, in part because the crew were great and the scenery spectacular, but largely because we saw whales, dolphins orcas and seals and eagles.

Thank walvisch
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I've done studies of bear viewing in BC and AK for 35 years and then joined a tour boat from Vancouver for 13 years on trips. This inlet has rated among the best and most sensitive viewing know to me. If you are fortunate to...More

2  Thank bearman944
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Mid July I was fortunate enough to be guided in to the unbelievable pristine sanctuary. The bears, the scenery, the knowledge, the lodging and the FOOD. OMG!! the FOOD!! We took a 2 and a half hour boat ride to get to the lodge. I'd...More

Thank travismcneice
Reviewed 14 December 2016

This sanctuary is a gem of British Columbia. This type of pristine, untouched by man wilderness is exactly why I'm an advocate for the environment. We need to protect more areas, travel here you you will understand why.

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Just returned from a 3 night, 4 day excursion into the Khutzyamateen with Daniel Wakeman of Sunchaser Tours. We were flown in by plane and we returned to Prince Rupert by boat. Along with Dan, there were 4 of us on the boat. I wanted...More

3  Thank kdhbcreek
BearsB, Owner at Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, responded to this review

Dan Wakeman was instrumental in creating the Sanctuary 30 years ago. In 30 years he has showed over 1500 clients the Khutzeymateen and has a 50 % client return. We have had only 5 clients in 30 years dislike the trip, The other 1495 clients...More

Reviewed 10 August 2016

Cruised the shoreline for a few hours on grizzly bear boat tour. Apparently one can also book time for a few days at a floating lodge moored off shore. Would be amazing. One is not allowed on shore which is perfect.

Thank reynoir2
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic experience. Whole day with Derek and Teresa and the bears. We were lucky to see Bella and her three cobs who were eating and swimming.

Thank Chris P
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I was wondering if the bears are easily seen in June on a day trip from Prince Rupert. I know the salmon haven't started their migrations at that time, but will be in the general area and wanted to see the bears, if possible. Thanks!
21 February 2017|
Response from bearman944 | Reviewed this property |
There is a day-trip boat company on Rupert waterfront that will show you bears in June that are feeding on sedge at the waters edge, or if you go near mud flats in estuaries the bears are digging clams and worms.
Joy D
Which 2 companies go into the conservancy to see the grizzly bears?
1 December 2016|
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Response from MaryEllenTravels | Reviewed this property |
We went with SunChaser Grizzly Bear Tours. They re one of only 2 tour operators who can go all the way into the estuary to see the bears. Rustic but highly worth it.
Stephen M M
We are planning to be in Prince Rupert at the end of July 2017. Is it possible to do a one day trip to the sanctuary?
11 July 2016|
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Response from wckid | Reviewed this property |
The tour boats can go into the inlet but cannot go past a designated point into the sanctuary. Only the two charters that pwilliams speaks of can take people into the estuary in the sanctuary. However with the day tours one... More