Nimmo Bay Resort is located within one of the largest intact coastal temperate forests in the world, the Great Bear Rainforest. Along this vast and wild section of BC’s coast, a wonderful array of wildlife lives amongst a variety of ever-changing landscapes.
This area is known for its biodiversity and abundant food supply including impressive, annual salmon runs, which in turn attract both black bears and grizzly bears to gather and feast. On our Coastal Safari day-trips, guests are invited to learn about the diversity of marine life, mammals, birds, plants and trees that call this region home as we keep our eyes open for any sightings along the way, it is all a part of the adventure!
We often spot black bears throughout the season, May to October, at low tide from a boat or kayak along the rocky shoreline, protected bays and estuaries of the Broughton Archipelago. They are an absolute pleasure to watch as they amble along the beach, flipping over rocks, foraging for rock crab, starfish, seaweed and other local delicacies.
September and October are the best months for grizzly bear viewing as they follow the returning salmon to the local rivers. Bears are an iconic Canadian animal and there is nothing quite like seeing your first grizzly emerge from the forest. Watching these magnificent bears go about their daily business is an unforgettable experience.
At Nimmo Bay, we offer various styles of bear viewing which include both boat and land-based opportunities. Guests who have expressed interest in bear viewing will meet with our guide team once they arrive at the lodge and based on the current conditions, weather, recent wildlife behaviour, the fitness and comfort levels of the group, a plan will be designed and adjusted throughout the stay.
It is important to remember that wildlife is just that – wild – and that each day, month and season is different. While we can plan trips in the peak season and areas for wildlife viewing, we do not guarantee sightings and always out the safety of our guests and the animals first. Our experienced guides are well-versed in the local area and will do their best to get you to where the action is. At Nimmo Bay, we are fortunate to be able to offer various methods of wildlife viewing and we will work with you to customize a truly unique, ethical and exciting wilderness experience.