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"Seeing Grizzly Bears, Bison and the two wolves really close in the Hayden Valley, what a wow moment!"
Ann Thitchener, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Birds, Bears, Beaver, Bisons and Beer! Amazing mountain scenery!"
Jenni & Keith Williamson, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Seeing a bison corpse being devoured by a grizzly bear with a coyote and ravens in attendance and than joined by a bald eagle - pure magic!"

Sonia & Clive Adkin, Yellowstone Spring 2014

The best views we have had of Black Shouldered Kite, Montagus Harrier sky dancing and Spanish Imperial Eaglesand will be remembered forever."
Chris and Andy Mortimer, Extremadura 2015

"There were so many highlights - the gasp from my young son when he put his eye to the telescope and saw the eagle owl with its chick; watching two imperial eagles barking at a vulture as they dive bombed it; watching a male Great bustard displaying and then actually winning his female I could go on and on and on …"
Alex, Jess and Tom Rafinski, Extremadura 2014

"Seeing the Spanish Imperial Eagle, one mobbing a vulture and another with a Genet in its beak."
Alan Willison, Extremadura 2013

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British Columbia

Explore Vancouver Island on this wildlife watching holiday, with birding on the island and boat trips to see Grey and Humpback Whales, Orcas and seabirds. Black Bears roam the shorelines and Sea Otters fish offshore. The highlight will be watching Grizzly Bears hunting Salmon as they head up river in Bute Inlet, with Bald Eagles watching from the trees. Easy walking in beautiful scenery, with minibus transport, on this five centre holiday.

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Dates 9 - 22 September 2017
Prices £4,595pp (£850 single supp)

Leaders Julian Sykes
Flights British Airways, scheduled
Outbound: Morning, Heathrow-Vancouver
Inbound: Overnight Vancouver-Heathrow

Days 1-2 Fly to Vancouver. Full day birding local area and George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary - 2 nights at Tsawwassen Inn.
Days 3-4 Ferry to Vancouver Island, then drive towards Port McNeill and our hotel overlooking Johnstone Strait. Boat trip to look for Orcas - 2 nights at Hidden Cove Lodge.
Days 5-6 Drive to Zeballos on west coast to explore the coastal forest and inlets from our Sea Otter boat trip - 2 nights at Cedars Inn.
Days 7-9 Drive to Campbell River, then birding local area and a full-day boat trip to Grizzly Bear fishing grounds - 3 nights at Painter’s Lodge.
Days 10-11Transfer to Tofino on the west coast, with boat trip for Humpback/Gray Whales and walk in Pacific Rim Rainof rest - 2 nights at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn.
Day 12 Return to Vancouver - 1 night at Tsawwassen Inn.
Days 12-14Birding Boundary Bay before flight back to London in afternoon, arriving in London on Day 14.

Weather It varies across the island, with wetter conditions in the west around Tofino and Zeballos, drier on the east coast. Expect some rain (we sometimes have rain for a whole day or more) and fog is possible in the west but generally warm and sunny to mild conditions (14°-22°C).
Walking There’ll be some short easy walks on wide tracks in the forest, in some places with lots of steps. Nothing steep or strenuous, but a reasonable degree of fitness is required.
Meals All included from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 13.
Insects Biting insects are generally not a problem on Vancouver Island, but repellent is a good idea just in case.
Boat tripsBoats vary from larger boats with indoor seating areas that can hold over 50 people, to smaller uncovered boats with no facilities. Sometimes the groups may be split between two boats each with a guide. All boats are excellent.
Accom Double, twin and single rooms all ensuite.
Group 7


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