Grizzly Bear Tours

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!


In partnership with Homalco First Nations 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. 

We respect and acknowledge that we travel onto traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Homalco First Nations. 

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 Homalco First Nations 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!

What’s included:

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!

Click below to learn more about us and meet our crew.

We are proud members of the Commercial Bear Viewing AssociationThe 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.


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Use the code “4SPRING2024” at checkout on dates from May 18th – June 21st!