Wildlife & Cultural Tours

Spring Black Bear & Whale Watching Tour | Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours | Campbell River

Spring Bears & Whales Tour

Spring is here, and so are the bears: join us on an unforgettable adventure across the Salish Sea to spot hungry black bears emerging from hibernation, migrating whales, and flocks of magnificent sea birds. A refreshing adventure to witness flora and fauna awakening for spring. This tour is available April through June and is appropriate for ages 4 and up.

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Deluxe Grizzlies & Culture Tour

Join your experienced guide and skipper on a full-day adventure. You’ll journey through one of the best whale-watching spots in BC to reach the village site of Aupe; then, it’s time for a visit with the grizzlies. This ultimate wilderness and cultural tour is available from August through October and is appropriate for ages ten and up.

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The Great Bears of Bute Tour

Even though the focus of this unique tour is grizzly bears, you’re likely to see many other flora and fauna like humpbacks, killer whales, eagles, dolphins, and salmon. Let your experienced guide lead you through grizzly country for an exhilarating glimpse into their natural habitat. This breathtaking wilderness tour into Bute Inlet is available mid-August through October and is appropriate for ages ten and up. .

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Toba Bears & Wilderness Tour

Venture out to the sparkling waters of the Toba Inlet on this brand new, full-day tour hosted by our sister nation, Klahoose First Nation. Cruise alongside cascading waterfalls and scenic mountains as you scan the landscape for grizzly bears, majestic humpbacks and orcas, and a variety of other wildlife. This once-in-a-lifetime, authentic Indigenous wilderness experience runs from August to October and is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

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People Water Land Tour

Journey alongside humpback and killer whales to reach the uninhabited Homalco First Nation village site, Aupe. Venture onto shore to hear stories, work with cedar, and celebrate our living culture. Eagles, sea lions and wild black bears are also known to make an appearance. This unique cultural experience is available May through October and is appropriate for ages eight and up.

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Salish Sea Whale Watching Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable small-group adventure aboard our comfortable whale-watching boats, with both outdoor and indoor heated seating. Our experienced Homalco marine wildlife guides will lead you through the teeming waters of the Salish Sea to spot humpbacks, orcas, dolphins, sea lions, and more. This comfortable, family-friendly whale-watching tour is available May through October and is appropriate for ages two and up.

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Private Charter Tours

Homalco’s fleet of state-of-the-art 34’ (10m) covered boats are the perfect choice for private chartered bear-viewing or whale-watching tours. Let your experienced skipper take the lead as you and your group sit back and relax – enjoying everything the wilderness has to offer.

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Xwe’malhkwu Culture

The Xwémalhkwu, or Homalco, First Nation People are known as “the people of the fast-running waters.” Our living culture is rich with stories, rooted in language, and inspired by the land, wildlife, and traditional ways of life. We are proud to share our culture, stories and history with visitors from near and far.

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Sustainability & Conservation

The traditional Homalco territory is in one of the world’s most delicate ecosystems, and is constantly under threat from climate change and industry activity. Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours contributes a portion toward conservation efforts as part of every tour fee collected. That means that by going on a tour with Homalco, you’re directly contributing to sustainability and conservation efforts for wild salmon, grizzly bears, and marine mammals.

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Getting to Campbell River

Our tours to the breathtaking Bute and Toba Inlets depart from downtown Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Not sure how to get to Campbell River? Check out our tips on travelling here by car or by plane.

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About Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours is not just a tour provider but a proud Indigenous social enterprise owned and operated by the First Nation. We are deeply committed to language and cultural revitalization, providing employment and career development opportunities, and promoting sustainable economic growth. Each of our tours is designed to share and sustain the rich heritage of the Homalco First Nation while also focusing on sustainability and conservation efforts. We offer guided whale watching, grizzly bear, wilderness and cultural tours in our traditional territory of the Bute Inlet and alongside the Klahoose First Nation in Toba Inlet, with tours departing from the city of Campbell River.

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