28/09/2016 Thornton Creek Hatchery - One of the favourite spots for bears in the neighbourhood. If you don't want to pay for an expensive bear watching trip, you can come here and if you are lucky you can see the bears at work catching their salmon. Make sure you put some money in their box, because this place runs on donations. Just being pretty while waiting for the bears to show up... Long Beach Every beach on Vancouver Island is full of drift wood. Niels and his mommy (Anita). Watching the surfers. Handsome. Beauty.