Grizzly bear cubs courtesy of HWCT guest François Haffner

The Great Bears of Bute

Witness grizzly bears in their natural habitat on this breathtaking wildlife, cultural and marine tour. Join an Indigenous guide and visit the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nations in Bute Inlet. Bear viewing, whale watching and cultural exploration make for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

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People, Water, Land

Join this very exclusive, small group experience for a day of bears, marine wildlife and cultural discovery. Travel to Bute Inlet aboard a comfortable, heated boat through the Salish Sea, while watching for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, bald eagles and other seabirds. Highlights include an interpretive walk with an Indigenous guide to learn about traditional uses of the land by bears and humans, and then exploring the net pens and learning about the Homalco salmon enhancement. Back out in Orford Bay you’ll board the boat to explore the estuary for a closer look from the water. Guides will search for black bears, grizzly bears, Roosevelt elk, otters, beavers and more. Glide past ancient pictographs high on the rock walls and discuss the net pens that hold brood stock for the salmon hatchery.

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Xwe’malhkwu Culture

χʷomaɬkʷu (Xwe’malhkwu - Homalco) First Nation culture is rich with story, rooted in language and inspired by the land, wildlife, and traditional ways of life. We invite you to step into the indigenous experiences and knowledge sharing led by our Xwe’malhkwu guides.

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Getting Here

Join us in Campbell River to head over to Bute Inlet. Not sure how to make your way? Tips on how to get here, where to fly in, and everything you need to get to the start of your tour.

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About Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours welcomes visitors to experience a deeper connection with the indigenous culture of Homalco First Nation. We offer guided wildlife and cultural tours in our traditional territory of the Bute Inlet, with tours departing from Campbell River.

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