The Great Bears of Bute  

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  • Indoor covered seating
  • Outdoor open seating
  • Toilet on vessels
  • Commentary by guide and/or skipper
  • Well-trained guides/skippers
  • CSI - Transport Canada Certified Vessels
  • 12 guests maximum per day
  • Adult ages 16+
  • Youth ages 10 - 15 yrs
  • Please arrive at the start time to allow for check in and a brief walk to the dock
  • A safety briefing will take place on the vessel before tour begins
  • The tour is not recommended for those with neck or back injuries
  • Face masks and hand sanitizers are available for guests at their own discretion
  • Please Note:

  •  We reserve the right to modify or cancel tours due weather, safety issues, or low tour numbers
  • χawgəs, the Grizzly Bear, knows that around mid-August the annual salmon run begins in Orford Bay on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest. Bears journey long distances to Algard Creek and the Orford River to feast on the spawning salmon and their eggs. It’s part of a quest to fatten up before a long winter hibernation. In doing so, they continue a cycle that has taken place for millennia on the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nation people. Be our guest as we enter their world. 

    Your full-day adventure begins in Campbell River and through the Salish Sea, learning about the lands of the First Peoples as you enter one of British Columbia’s greatest Fjords; Bute Inlet. As an abundantly rich area for wildlife there are opportunities to view marine animals while discovering the breathtaking scenery of Homalco territory.  

    Your arrival in Orford Bay begins a 3-hour land experience. Guides will transport you by bus to a variety of raised wildlife viewing platforms and prime ground viewing locations to look for the magnificent χawgəs (grizzly bear). Along the way, guides will share knowledge about the bears, salmon, Homalco people and their ties to the land. Lunch will be served on picnic tables on the dock in Orford Bay with an unobstructed view of the estuary and its spectacular mountain surroundings. Perhaps χawgəs will make one last appearance before your return journey back to Campbell River. 

    Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours - 1003B Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C7, Canada

    Total trip time: Approximately 8 hours

    Restrictions: Minimum age of 10 years old (All passengers aged 10 to 18 yrs. of age must be accompanied by an Adult 19+)

    Trip availability: August 15 to October 31, 2022

    Start Times according to tour name:

    1. 7:00 am for GBB A 2022 and GBB B 2022
    2. 10:30am for GBB A 2022 Afternoon and GBB B 2022 Afternoon
    3. 7:15am for GBB C 2022
    4. 8:00am for GBB D 2022

    We are located in the Coast Marina right beside the BC Ferries Terminal downtown. Our address is 1003B Island Highway, Campbell River, BC. Free parking is available across the street near the Campbell River Visitor Centre in the Tyee Plaza Shopping Centre.

    Same as Pick Up location

  • Water bottle to help us in our efforts to reduce single use plastics
  • Warm layered clothing and rain gear
  • Hat (Touque or Beanie) or Sun Hat
  • Durable shoes
  • Insect Repellent 
  • Camera (Tripod and Monopod restricted)
  • Binoculars
  • Curiosity
  • Lunch, snacks and beverages (Lunch is tailored to dietary restrictions)

    Our tours operate on a minimum number of 6 guests. While we want everyone to enjoy this amazing experience, sometimes minimum numbers are not reached. If that happens, we will offer to:

    - Rebook you on another date, or
    - Book you onto another tour or with a different tour provider, or
    - Provide you with a full refund.

    Thank you for understanding.

    Please check-in with our office staff at 1003B Island Highway, Campbell River, BC at the Coast Marina.

    Parking: Free all-day parking is located across the street in the Tyee Plaza. See parking and marina access map.


  • 2022 tours – Full amount is due upon booking; cancel with full refund up to 48 hours before tour start
  • 2023 tours – A small $50/person deposit is taken with full payment due in 2023; cancel with full refund up to 48 hours prior to tour start
  • Be sure to check your junk folder for tour confirmation just in case! 

    You can cancel at any time up to 48 hours before your scheduled tour for a FULL refund. Less than 48 hours’ notice is non-refundable. Please see our Covid-19 Updates for questions about Covid-19.

    Contributions will be applied for each guest during the booking process. Salmon conservation supports the Homalco Salmon Hatchery in Orford Bay in rebuilding native wild salmon populations to enhance healthy grizzly bear habitat, while also protecting the Indigenous roots, culture and food source of the Homalco First Nation. Bear conservation supports the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC (CBVA), developed to promote sustainable bear viewing in British Columbia and aid in the protection of wild bears and their ecosystems.

  • Cancel up to 48 hours prior to tour date for full refund
  • Cancellation less than 48 hours is non-refundable
  • In the event where we cannot operate tours due to poor weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, guests will receive a full refund or credit
  • Without notice and guests don't show up for their scheduled tour, guests will be charged full price. All trips are subject to fees and taxes
  • Please contact us directly at 250.923.0602 to cancel or inquire about the cancellation policy 
    Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
    1003B Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C7, Canada