2022 British Columbia

Sep 17 - 25, 2022
Group size: 6 - 12
2022 British Columbia

Sep 17 - 25, 2022
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

Whales, bears, Indigenous culture, and of course birds! This Pacific Northwest tour has it all.

Vancouver will be our home base as we explore the region. This celebrated North American city takes its influence as much from Asia as it does from traditional Canadian culture, and when we talk about tradition, we’re talking about thousands of years. Asian explorers visited as part of the early human settlement of the North American continent and we will get to hear stories from their descendants and experience wildlife they must have encountered as we’re enchanted by the sea, the rainforest, and the people of the region.

We’ll visit the famous Fraser River estuary, south of Vancouver, where a spectacular diversity of migrating and wintering shorebirds and waterfowl array themselves with the marvelous backdrop of the Coastal Mountains. A marine outing to Johnstone Strait will provide excellent opportunities to see Orcas and Humpbacks, as well as a myriad of seabirds and other wildlife, including Northern sea lions! We’ll immerse into the world of the Kwakwaka’wakw culture via U’mista Cultural Center, where interpretive visits to the burial grounds and the iconic totems, amplify our walk in the island’s ecological park. As if that’s not enough, our excursion into the Great Bear Rainforest to observe Grizzly Bear and Black Bear during the fruitful salmon run will cap a week of memorable natural experiences that are sure to create lifetime memories.


17 Sept. 2022: Arrival in Vancouver

18 Sept. 2022: Iona Island & Sea Island Conservation Areas 

19 Sept. 2022: Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Boundary Bay

20 Sept. 2022: Vancouver to Port McNeill, Vancouver Island

21 Sept. 2022:  Cormorant Island & Alert Bay

22 Sept. 2022: Telegraph Cove / Whale Watching

23 Sept. 2022: Great Bear Rainforest day 

24 Sept. 2022: To Vancouver 

25 Sept. 2022: Departure from Vancouver

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    8 hotel nights
  • Meals
    Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = breakfast, FL = field lunch, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Transportation
    All in-country private transportation to and from sites visited. Transportation from airport to hotel and Sept. 17 and from hotel to airport on Sept. 25.
  • Guiding fees
    All guiding fees for tour leaders and local guides.
  • Entrance fees
    All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Activities
    All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Internat transportation
    Transportation to and from start/end point of the tour.
  • Meals
    Any meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages
    Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal purchases
    Items such as (but not limited to) calls, laundry, souvenirs etc.
  • Insurance
    Travel and cancellation insurance is strongly recommended and not included in the trip price. Medical insurance is necessary and can be provided by our local partner if you don't have your own.
  • Tips
    Any tips you would like to offer tour leaders, guides, drivers, porters, wait staff, housekeeping etc. for outstanding service.

Available Packages

Double occupancy (price per person)
8 left
Deposit: $1,950
Single occupancy
8 left
Deposit: $2,375

Available options



17 Sept. 2022
Arrival in Vancouver (D)

Arrival in Vancouver, BC where our Birds, Bears, Whales, and Indigenous Culture in the Pacific Northwest tour begins. As the group members may arrive on different flights and at different times, we will meet in the evening to socialize, dine, and review the plan for the days ahead. We will be spending the next three nights at a business hotel conveniently located near our destination

Your Organizer

American Birding Association
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