Grizzly Bear Expedition 

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The ultimate BIG Animal Encounter! Depart our Campbell River Marine Adventure Centre for a scenic boat ride through spectacular Desolation Sound, where you'll be met by members of the Homalco First Nations in their traditional territories of Bute Inlet. You will have an oppotunity to view Grizzly Bears on this land based tour as they decend on the river to feast on salmon.

Big Animal Encounters - 1340 Island Hwy #129, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C9, Canada

Your expedition starts at our Campbell River Marine Centre where you will meet our friendly, professional crew and briefed on the safety of our confortable covered vessels. From there we will make our way deep into Desolation Sound, keeping our eyes open for whales and other marine mammals in the area. After a scenic boat ride we'll arrive at the Orford River in Bute Inlet where you will be met by members of the Homalco First Nations. After learning about the Grizzlies and traditional first nations culture, you'll be taken by road into the forest where there are numerous viewng platforms allowing for up close and personal grizzly watching opportunities. Bear tours last an an average of three hours. 

We operate heated covered vessels, however please ensure you come dressed for the ever changing weather of the British Columbia coast. 

Consider bringing;

  • Sunglasses
  • Enclosed footwear
  • Light, waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Sun screen
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Lunch and snacks are included on our Grizzly Bear tours. Please advise us if you have any food sensitivities or allergies.
  • Free Homalco Wildlife reusable water bottle.

We reserve the right to alter itineraries and vessels based on weather, availability, animal locations, mechanical breakdowns or other factors which our skipper / crew consider imperative. 

Our crew work very hard to make your trip and exciting and comfortable as possible and are always greatly appreciative of gratuities received for good service. 


Our vessel must depart on time and as a result we can not wait for late passengers.

Contact us directly for any details not listed here. Toll Free: 1-877-800-3483 or +1-250-338-3219

Our tours operate on a minimum passenger load of 6. If we do not meet the minimums we will take the following steps;

- You may choose to rebook on another date,
- We will do our best to schedule you onto another tour provider,
- You may request a full refund without penalty

Thank you for your understanding.


Grizzly Guarantee....

If you don’t have a chance to see a Grizzly Bear during your tour with us we will take you out again for free during your next visit.

  • Free fare is valid for a non-transferable, standby seat and is valid for 24 months.
  • Grizzly guarantee is not valid for discounted or promotional fares.

For the 2020 season we are relaxing our refund and cancellation policies to reflect the following;
  • 10% deposit will be required upon booking
  • Full payment must be received 24 hours before scheduled departure
  • No refund for tours cancelled within 24 hours of scheduled departure. 

    Please contact us directly:

    Campbell River Phone: 250-914-3483