Exploring British Columbia's Rugged Coastline for 30 Years
Whale Watching, Grizzly Bear Tours, Scuba Diving Adventures, and Fishing Charters in Campbell River and Comox, BC.
Exploring British Columbia's Rugged Coastline for 29 Years
Whale Watching, Grizzly Bear Tours, and Scuba Diving Adventures in Campbell River and Comox, BC.
Join us to discover what beautiful Vancouver Island has to offer! Since 1994, we’ve been sharing our small piece of paradise with guests from around the world.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOURS WE OFFER:
Campbell River offers some of the best whale watching opportunities in the world! Cruise through the Discovery Islands Archipelago and the Salish Sea in search of the biggest and most exciting marine wildlife that call this area home. Humpback whales, killer whales (orcas), dolphins, and porpoises are often seen in our waters. Daily tours depart from Campbell River on beautiful Vancouver Island from May – October.
Join us to discover why Comox is quickly becoming known as one of the best whale watching locations on Vancouver Island! Visit our brand new location in this stunning part of British Columbia. Onboard our comfortable, heated, covered vessels, travel into the Salish Sea and Desolation Sound in search of humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, and more! Tours depart daily from Comox on beautiful Vancouver Island from June – September.
Experience our full day Grizzly Bear Expedition! Travel in comfort into the heart of British Columbia’s wilderness to experience grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Our Grizzly Bear Expedition is based along the Orford River on specially-built viewing towers, and hosted by trained Indigenous guides. On the breathtaking boat ride to and from Bute Inlet, you might also see humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, and more!
Take your exploration to new depths! Vancouver Island has some of the most diverse and vibrant diving anywhere in the world – and it’s all accessible with our heated, covered, custom-made dive boats! Dive in and see why Jaques Cousteau rated this area as one of the top diving destinations anywhere on the planet.
Explore the legendary Vancouver Island salmon fishing in the Salmon Capital of the World: Campbell River. Here, you’re on the doorstep of one of the world’s most impressive salmon migrations. Set out from Campbell River into the Salish Sea for a thrilling fishing experience of a lifetime with our experienced guides!
Now booking for our 2024 season!
We had an incredible 2023 season filled with breathtaking wildlife encounters! Thinking about joining us in 2024? Our whale watching tours run from May – October, and grizzly tours run from August – October. Book now to reserve your seats!
Wow, what an absolutely fabulous boat trip!!I have done a few African safari’s, but one by sea really is quite remarkable as so much harder to see the animals when they are underwater. I felt very safe on the boat, which was calm & fast. It takes a lot of patience, knowledge, time & an experienced Captain like Elvis, who was very persistent and found seals, sea lions & an amazing pod of orcas, what a sight to behold! An excellent & wonderful experience & highly recommended. Thank you!
Would book this again in a heartbeat!We had a fantastic day on the Grizzly Bear Expedition to Bute Inlet. Our guide Paul was very knowledgeable and his deep roots in the aboriginal culture and history of his people made it more interesting and educational. The boat, food and snacks, and sitings were all exceptional. We saw several grizzlies feeding including one with her two cubs. The river was teaming with salmon. We also encountered Orcas on the way back.
Already looking forward to next year’s tour!We were so pleased with our experience. Every summer we take visiting family on whale watching tours. This was our first time using Big Animal Encounters. We were absolutely delighted with the level of skill & attention to detail demonstrated. A very smooth process from beginning to end. Our Pilot/Captain Shannon was phenomenal! She was so knowledgeable and equally as personable. We saw fantastic sea life as well as learned so much!Thank you for a magnificent experience.
25 years ago, Bill Coltart, the owner of Big Animal Encounters, was diving the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island