About People, Water, Land

COVID-19 UPDATEBooking now for 2021 tours with full COVID safety procedures in place.

Our full-day whale watching and cultural tour incorporates the best of marine wildlife and First Nations culture in an immersive, hands-on experience. Depart Discovery Harbour Marina and into the Salish Sea in search of Qʷ̓ənɛs (whales), porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, otters, bald eagles and a variety of marine birds. The journey through Bute Inlet takes you to the traditional territory of the χʷomaɬkʷu (Homalco) First Peoples, passing culturally significant sites on the way to Orford Bay, where your guide will share stories and history of Homalco.

Your arrival in Orford Bay leads to an interpretive exploration through the vibrant forest. The history of Orford’s use as a winter gathering place by Homalco will come alive while learning about the traditional plants used for food, medicines, clothing and shelter. Look for bear signs such as scratching trees and day beds while learning about the Orford Salmon Enhancement Hatchery and important wild salmon population. You may even see χawgəs (grizzly bear) or mexaɬ (black bear) from a wildlife viewing tower overlooking the scenic estuary.

The return journey back to Campbell River continues the search for humpback whales, orcas (killer whales) and other marine mammals, while providing inspiring vistas from which to reflect on your adventure.

This exclusive, small group experience takes place aboard new, custom-designed tour boats. The 12 passenger Homalco Tour vessels are unlike any other. Our landing craft design provides the ability to access beaches on full day tours, while also providing more experience options for guests with TWO seats for every passenger!

12 Comfort Seats – luxury seating inside the warm and comfortable cabin, plus

12 Adventure Seats – fresh air seating with clear views outside on the front deck.

The seating flexibility also delivers unmatched COVID-friendly spacing opportunities for added safety while on-board. All guests who wish to ride outside have access to warm and dry safety clothing that includes Mustang Survival Suits and Floater Jackets commonly used on Zodiac-style tours.

 

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Tour Details

  • 8-9 hour tour with APPROXIMATE times of: 2 hours by covered boat in each direction to/from Orford Bay; 2.5 hours of interpretive walking on flat ground; 1 hour exploring wildlife from a bear viewing tower.
  • Guests must be physically fit enough to walk 2-3 km
  • Heated and covered boat on return journey from Campbell River to Orford Bay
  • Only 12 guests maximum per day
  • Lunch & refreshments provided
  • Toilet facilities available on the boat
  • Minimum age: 10 years old (all passengers aged 10 to 17 yrs. of age must be accompanied by an adult 18+)
  • Start time: 8:15 am
  • Cancel up to 48 hours prior to tour date for full refund, less than 48 hours is non-refundable
  • All times and tour components subject to change based on safety considerations

What to Bring

  • Durable shoes
  • Warm layered clothing and rain gear
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Curiosity

An Amazing Experience

What an amazing experience and all credit to the Homalco First Nation and their outstanding stewardship of this area and its natural resources. Encounters were plentiful and truly spectacular.

Jonathan M TripAdvisor.com

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What People Are Saying On TripAdvisor

An Amazing Experience

What an amazing experience and all credit to the Homalco First Nation and their outstanding stewardship of this area and its natural resources. Encounters were plentiful and truly spectacular.

Jonathan M TripAdvisor.com

An Experience I Won't Forget

Everything about this tour seriously surpassed expectations. The scenery of the location where you visit is something on its own. It's worth going just for that. It is an experience I won't ever forget. Thank-you so much for allowing us a glimpse into your incredible world!

Sophie C TripAdvisor.com

Trip of a Lifetime

This is the trip of a lifetime. Along the way we saw humpback whales, seals, sealions, bald eagles and grizzly bears! The tour was fantastic, all of the tour leaders were great and extremely knowledgable.

Diane S TripAdvisor.com

Deposits & Conservation Fee

 STRESS-FREE RESERVATIONS!

  1. When booking – we only take a small deposit of $20 per person
  2. 30 days before tour – full payment is due and we will send you a payment request

A friendly reminder that payment requests will be sent out via email, be sure to check your junk folder, just in case! 

You can cancel at any time up to 48 hours before your scheduled tour for a FULL refund. Stress free!

A $17 conservation fee, per guest, will be applied during the booking process. The conservation fee supports the Homalco fish hatchery, in Orford Bay, in rebuilding native wild salmon populations to enhance healthy bear habitat, while also protecting the indigenous roots, culture and food source of the Homalco First Nation.