British Columbia offers some of the best grizzly bear watching opportunities in the world. Join us for the Campbell River grizzly bear tour of a lifetime as we travel deep into Bute Inlet where salmon spawn in the Orford River. Here, grizzly bears emerge from the forest to feast on the plentiful salmon. Encounter them in their natural environment on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure tour!
CAMPBELL RIVER GRIZZLY BEAR TOURS
In partnership with local Indigenous guides, we travel onto traditional territory to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat.
Every August to October, grizzly bears converge to feast on the spawning salmon in preparation for the long winter hibernation ahead.
Bookings are open for our 2024 grizzly bear season. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Covered Vessel & Land-Based Tour
Depart from our Campbell River Marine Adventure Centre aboard our comfortable, heated, covered vessels for a scenic 2 hour boat trip to Orford Bay in Bute Inlet. Here begins a 3 hour land-based experience surrounded by the spectacular mainland mountains you won’t soon forget.
Local Indigenous guides will transport you by bus up the Orford River to a variety of raised wildlife viewing platforms and prime ground viewing locations to look for magnificent grizzly bears, Roosevelt elk, bald eagles, and more.
Join us for this Canadian signature experience of a lifetime!
During your Campbell River grizzly bear tour, not only will you have excellent land-based viewing opportunities of the majestic grizzly bear, but also the biggest and most exciting marine mammals can be seen on the water-based portion of the tour.
During your scenic trip to and from Bute Inlet you may also see killer whales, humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall’s porpoises, black bears, seals and sea lions – all in an unspoiled, natural environment.
From September 1 – October 15, if you don’t see a grizzly bear on your Grizzly Bear Expedition, we’ll take you out again for free on a standby basis (fuel surcharge and Conservation Fee not included).
Welcome Aboard Big Animal Encounters
Based in Campbell River on beautiful Vancouver Island. We’re a passionate and professional team of wildlife enthusiasts – and in partnership with the Homalco First Nations, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard for the grizzly bear tour of a lifetime!
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We are proud members of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association. The CBVA was formed to promote sustainable bear viewing in British Columbia, and aid in the protection of wild bears and their ecosystems.
On your Campbell River grizzly bear tour, our bear-viewing guides are knowledgeable and trusted to respect the safety and habitat of local bear populations when giving tours. We are dedicated to their conservation efforts and keeping wild bears safe.
This tour is wonder - full!Booking is easy and efficient. The orientation and check-in is, as well. The vessel is modern, sea-worthy and very well outfitted. The best part: Elvis, our Skipper and Guide! He brings a lifetime of regional and ocean experience into the whole experience. He has the perfect blend of sea-faring competence and personality. Marcellus and Gloria, who met us at the dock and guided us to the bears, are of the Homalco First Nation and are welcoming and expert stewards and interpreters. Safety is foremost. We were provided lunch, beverages and snacks. Elvis took extra effort on our trip to show us several whales and sea-lions.
The Best Grizzly Experience but really a multi animal encounterAlthough listed as Bear tour, it gave a lot of plusses. Whales, Sea lions, Eagles and of course the Grizzly. Shannon, our boat captain, really drove the show. Knowledgeable, whitty, very friendly, customer focused and in control. Together with her mate Kianna, they formed a super team on board. They were not time pressed and responded to any bear or whale spot by taking the time.
Amazing trip which exceeded our expectations!If you want to see grizzly bears UP CLOSE, yet SAFELY… book this tour!!! The entire experience with Big Animal Encounters was first class. The boat ride with Paul to and from the Orford Bay was very relaxing… we saw seals, sea lions, porpoises and a black bear from the boat. Once we got to Orford Bay, we had a nice lunch and then we were escorted on a 3 hour excursion to see the grizzly bears, by Stewart and Buck. They did a great job getting us into multiple top notch viewing spots. We saw 10 bears across the day!! We have traveled extensively to see wildlife across the world and this was some of the best viewing we’ve experienced of massive predators!
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