Thornton Creek Bear Watching Driving Directions


 

Bear watching at it's best during the months of September, October, November and by December things are starting to quiet down again.  The best time for viewing bears at Thornton Creek is during low tide where they are taking advantage of the returning Chinook that are caught in tidal pools at the mouth of the creek.  Thornton creek hatchery is located in Ucluelet's inner harbour and is accessible by car although the roads are not very well marked. Black bears come across as very clumsy and docile but don't be fooled as they are very explosive and move very quickly.  When at the creek watching the bears feeding on the returning salmon will absolutely amaze you with the accuracy speed and power the bears show case as they chase down their next meal.  Never under estimate a wild animal, Black bears are quite peaceful animals when viewed from a safe distance it's advised that you don't get to close as bears are unpredictable especially when cubs are present. 

 


 

Thornton Creek Hatchery Driving Directions and Bear Watching Hours 

 

Open 10am - 3pm Daily

 

 Thornton Creek Hatchery now offers safe bear watching the charge is by donation. The recommended donation is $10 - $20, a donation box is located at the beginning of the entry gate where you will be greeted and let in for viewing.

 

Driving Directions to Thornton Creek Hatchery from Ucluelet

 

Approximate driving time - 16 minutes ( 11.9 Km )

 

Ucluelet, BC

Head northwest on Peninsula Rd toward Main St
4.4 km
Continue onto Tofino Ucluelet Hwy
2.0 km
Turn right onto Port Albion Rd
4.0 km
Turn right
 
Destination will be on the right
1.5 km

Thornton Creek Hatchery

Driving Directions to Thornton Creek Hatchery from Tofino

 

Approximate driving time - 39 minutes ( 39.4 Km )

 

Tofino, BC

Head east on Campbell St toward 3 St
2.2 km
Continue onto Pacific Rim Hwy/BC-4 E
30.3 km
Continue straight onto Tofino Ucluelet Hwy
1.4 km
Turn left onto Port Albion Rd
4.0 km
Turn right
 
Destination will be on the right
1.5 km

Thornton Creek Hatchery