About Tim Irvin

founder and head guide at Wildlife Journeys

Pairing his fascination with wildlife and his passion for exploring wild places with others, Tim Irvin founded Wildlife Journeys – a boutique wildlife tour company specializing in bears and wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest.

wildlife guide and natural history educator

Tim Irvin on the Island Roamer in the Great Bear Rainforest

Tim has worked as a wildlife guide and naturalist in British Columbia, Alaska and Manitoba. He is a fully certified bear viewing guide by the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC. His expertise as a guide and natural history educator has helped three companies earn distinction as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” as named by National Geographic Adventure. His work with coastal grizzly bears appeared on television in Terres d’Exploration and the award-winning series Michaela’s Wild Challenge.

field biology and wildlife conservation

Tim has worked as a field biologist on numerous research projects studying lynx, marten, salmon, songbirds and more in remote corners of North America.

Working with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Tim facilitated projects between government scientists, stakeholders and consultants – including collaboration on black bear conflict management, grizzly bear rehabilitation, raptor and non-native species management and regulation of wildlife viewing.


Tim Irvin sitting beside waterfall on Coulonge River, QuebecTim was the editor and lead story contributor for Arctic Inspired: A Tribute to the Tundra. He was most recently published in explore, Photo Life and the Globe and Mail.  Tim also writes about marine resource management and indigenous rights as the Communications Coordinator for the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance. He dabbles in blogging.


Tim’s photos have appeared in Canadian Geographic Traveller, The Globe and Mail, Photo Life, Canoe Roots,  Canadian Geographic’s Best Wildlife Pictures and elsewhere. Other clients include World Wildlife Fund, Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc., the Raincoast Conservation Society and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee.


Tim Irvin paddling red canoe through ice in Nunavut, canadaTim has a special fondness for canoes. He has paddled through vast sweeps of wilderness in Canada’s provinces and territories.  These travels include seven and eight-week expeditions in the arctic and in the wilds of the boreal forest.  During a seven-week solo trip in Nunavut, he nearly succumbed to blackflies.