About Us

Exploring British Columbia’s rugged coastline for 30 years

Big Animal Encounters is a local, family owned and operated company on beautiful Vancouver Island. Since 1994, we have been working to share this special part of the planet with visitors from around the world. From one small boat on tiny Hornby Island, we have grown to four vessels, three locations, and great team of professional and enthusiastic crew members.

MEET OUR CREW

Bill Coltart 

Marine Operations Manager

Sharon Morgan

General Manager

Shannon Groenewegen

Brand Manager & Skipper

Chloé Rafaillac

Guest Services Manager

Jason Fitzgerald

Skipper

Paul Hayes 

Skipper

Jenn Libotte

Skipper

Chris Broadbent

Skipper

Andy Lindenaar

Skipper

Elvis Chickite

Skipper

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Stuart Clark

Skipper

Christy Wittkamp

Guest Experience Coordinator

Brooke Sellors

Guest Experience Coordinator

Madelyn Horsthuis

Guest Experience Coordinator

Jen Hartmann

Guest Experience Coordinator

Whether it’s a Grizzly Bear Expedition in Bute Inlet, a quick trip to see the Humpback Whales in Desolation Sound, or exploring the beautiful reefs in the Discovery Passage, the crew at Big Animal Encounters love to share the uniqueness of our wild big animal experiences. Every trip has its own surprises, from educational to exhilaration, that will be etched in your memory and a part of your stories for a lifetime.

our locations

Campbell River Marine Adventure Centre

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Painter’s Lodge Marine Centre, Campbell River

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NEW! Comox Municipal Marina Marine Centre

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Career OPPORTUNITIES

Join our fun, enthusiastic team at Big Animal Encounters we work to share this special part of the planet with visitors from around the world.

Interested in joining our crew? Fill out the form below!

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