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Canada in June - best place for orcas / bears?

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I'm planning to visit from the UK in June. I really want to go orca watching and also see some bears - would this be the right time of the year? Any recommendations?

What are the best sites / areas to see? I'm planning on 2 weeks and would quite like to travel around (rockies etc) - any suggested itineries please?

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    Come to Vancouver. Vancouver is a beautiful city with lots to see and do and would a good place to start your trip. There are whale watching tours off Vancouver Island (the Tofino area) - I think they usually take place in March and April. In Vancouver there is a ski hill (Grouse Mountain) where they have a grizzly bear and a brown bear housed in a habitat. These bears were abandoned by their moms and they are being cared for on top of the mountain. If you would like to see them in the wild you have a good chance of spotting them by driving the scenic drive to Jasper Alberta (about 10 hours). You will also probably see mountain goats. Jasper is a little place in a National Park in the Rockies which has amazing mountains and beautiful scenery.

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    Em: Not sure Tofino is the best place to see Orcas. It is better for viewing the Spring migration of Grey Whales, and summer viewing of Humpbacks offshore. Victoria might be a better choice to use as a base for Orca trips, or off Telegraph Cove, which is located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island near Port McNeil. There is a stone beach there that the Orcas like to rub against, and it's great fun to watch them do this. Bears can be seen anywhere in B.C. although most of the time they are trying to avoid you. Black Bears are more common along the Coast, and Grizzlies become more common as you move inland, especially in the Alpine. If you are seeking out bears on your own, I would definitely carry bear spray, which, hopefully you would never have to use, but is good to have along on backcountry hikes. Also, read up on what to do if you encounter a bear, and it becomes aggressive. The strategies are somewhat different for Black vs. Grizzly bears. The National and Provincial Parks in the Rockies, on the Alberta, and B.C. sides of the border are probably your best bets to see them.

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    June is a perfect time for bears as they are just out of hibernation and looking for food, so they tend venture much closer to civilization than later in the season. Best place to see them is Jasper/Banff national parks. One can never guarantee of course, but an afternoon drive in the parks is often rewarded with a couple of sightings. If you do see them STAY AWAY. They are not afraid of people anymore and can be dangerous.
    Unfortunately, Orcas are tougher to see, but your best bet is the west coast around Vancouver/Victoria/ Gulf Islands. You might want to check with a "whale watching" tour company. There are plenty, and they usuallly know where the whales are.
    If I were planning a two week trip, I would start in Calgary or Edmonton, rent a car and drive to the west coast via the Trans Canada or Yellowhead highways (plan 2 or 3 days), Through Jasper and/or Banff national parks. If at all possible, drive the Jasper-Lake Louise highway through the Columbia Icefields- it has been rated one of the most breathtaking drives in the world, and I must agree.
    I would then visit Vancouver, and take the ferry to Victoria and Vancouver Island for a few days exporing. It is beautiful.
    Enjoy your visit.

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