About Spring Bears and Whales Tour

This unique Spring Bear and Whale Watching Tour includes lunch and offers something for everyone!

Springtime in British Columbia is a time of waking up and preparing for the summer ahead. This holds especially true for Black Bears (mɛxaɬ). After long winter months of hibernating, the black bears must replenish their fat reserves in preparation for breeding. We often find them at the water’s edge foraging on rocky beaches for shellfish and sedge grasses.

At the same time, Humpback and Orca Whales are returning to the Salish Sea from more tropical climates, where they migrated last fall to give birth and mate over the winter. The West Coast Bigg’s Killer Whales add to the diverse mix of marine wildlife in their ongoing search for the seals, dolphins and porpoises that make up their diet.

Your 6-hour bear and whale tour to find these magnificent creatures begins in Campbell River aboard our purpose-built wildlife viewing vessels. A seasoned skipper and experienced naturalist share their knowledge in searching for black bears, whales and all the abundant birds and wildlife surrounding us.

This Spring Bear and Whale Watching Tour is only available from April to June. Get your tickets today!

WHY CHOOSE US? 

We are 100% owned by the Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) First Nation, and the areas visited fall within the traditional territory of the Homalco People. Guests have enjoyed our world-class wildlife tours since 2001, including a skipper and an Indigenous guide to provide a full First Nation experience right from Campbell River. 

Our new custom tour boats are unique on the coast, built for comfort and safety, and allow us to access shore locations without a dock (specific tours only).

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Tour Details

  • 7 hour tour
  • Heated and covered boat with onboard toilet
  • Lunch, snacks and beverages included
  • Minimum age is 4 years old (all passengers aged 4 to 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 19+)
  • Check in: 9:00am

What to Bring

  • Warm layered clothing and rain gear
  • Hat (toque, beanie, or sun hat)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Water bottle to help us in our efforts to reduce single use plastics
  • Camera (tripod and monopod restricted)
  • Binoculars
  • Curiosity and a smile :-)

Cancellations and Conservation Fees

STRESS-FREE RESERVATIONS!

CANCELLATION POLICY:
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.

SALMON, WHALE & BEAR CONSERVATION:
One of our core principles is the protection of the natural environment and Indigenous culture within our ecosystem. Salmon conservation supports the Homalco Salmon Hatchery in rebuilding wild salmon stocks. Whale conservation helps fund marine mammal research off northern Vancouver Island through the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association (NIMMSA). Bear conservation goes toward sustainable bear viewing and the protection of grizzlies and black bears through the Commercial Bear Viewing Association (CBVA).