Grizzly Bear Expedition

Grizzly Bear Expedition

Has a Grizzly crossed YOUR path yet?

If not, this is your opportunity to see WILD and MAJESTIC Grizzlies in their natural habitat, far away from the impact of human civilization. Amidst a landscape of towering mountain peaks, glaciers and merging rivers with spawning salmon and Grizzly bears fishing and fattening up for their winter hibernation.

Departing from the Fisherman’s Wharf in Campbell River, our Grizzly Bear Expedition starts with a 2 hour adventure by boat through some of the most spectacular scenery you can imagine to reach the Orford Valley. This area is an ancient indigenous hunting and fishing camp located in Bute Inlet on BC’s rugged mainland coast. Bute Inlet marks the southern reaches of the Great Bear Rainforest.

On docking at Orford Bay, we are welcomed to the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nations and the indigenous guides of Homalco Wildlife Tours, our hosts and partners for this tour. You will be transported by mini bus to a series of strategically placed viewing areas and stands deep in Grizzly habitat along centuries old salmon spawning grounds.

Your experience on land is led by our Homalco First Nation hosts and indigenous guides who will give you an insight into their culture and stewardship role and how the Orford Salmon Enhancement Hatchery and your contribution by way of the environmental fee included in the cost of your tour contributes to increasing the population of native fish species in the rivers.

Your knowledgeable guides will point out areas of historic interest, introduce you to their language and interpret the behaviour of the bears while keeping you safe. You will look for bears in their natural habitat from viewing points and stands positioned along the meandering river beds that allow guests to observe these magnificent animals at a remarkably close distance, listen, smell and connect with the bears and their environment safely without disturbing them. Your time on land will give you a deeper insight in to the importance of preserving the fragile eco-systems that our wildlife and indigenous peoples depend on.

Grizzly Bear Expedition

2020 has been tough on everyone so we want to give you the added bonus of booking now, to secure your dates with nothing to pay until 30 days before your chosen departure date. Guest and staff safety and comfort has always been and continues to be our prime concern. Please click here to see the additional safety protocols that we have put in place for your comfort and peace of mind.

Grizzly Bear Expedition

Join us on a Full Day Tour (7-8 hours)

Daily Departures from August 30 through October 15 2021

August 30 - September 30 @ 11:30 am
October 1 - 15 @ 11:00 am

Adult: $459.00
Guests must be at least 10 years of age for this tour

*Rate excludes: Conservation fees of $2.00 per person. A $1.00 fee for the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association Conservation Fund. This fund supports organizations who conduct marine conservation focused activities in the region. And a $1.00 fee for Wilderness International. We are proud to be joining the Wilderness International program and will be protecting 1 square metre of rainforest for every guest that joins us on a tour.

A $17.00 per person Conservation Fee will also be charged to each booking. This Conservation Fee supports the Orford fish hatchery in rebuilding native wild salmon populations to enhance healthy bear habitat.

*Rate does not include a 6% Covid-19 Recovery Fee and 5% GST.
Total Price including all Taxes & fees: Adults $530.72


These bears are NOT fenced in, this is NOT a National Geographic movie, this is REAL.  During your Grizzly Bear tour, you will find yourself deep in the wild of British Columbia, on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest eagerly waiting for that first sighting and the opportunity to observe the natural behaviour of Grizzly Bears in the wild. 

Don’t forget this is Canada. Even on a hot summer day it can be very cool on the water. The spacious, enclosed and heated cabins of our state of the art vessels ensure that you are always comfortable. Our boats also feature multiple viewing decks and WASHROOMS!!!

The owners and team at Discovery Marine Safaris are committed to keeping you safe on the water and sharing our knowledge and passion with everyone that visits this remarkable place that we call home. Our on board Marine Naturalists are some of the finest on the coast, continuously interacting with our guests and interpreting all that this diverse ecosystem has to behold. They also provide a spectacular presentation that is sure to inspire and move you. Our Captains have all spent most of their lives sailing the waters off BC’s coast. You won’t find more experienced, entertaining, or engaging mariners anywhere else.

We proudly support local business & protect our environment - a local bakery makes the fresh gourmet sandwiches and cookies that are delivered to our office moments before departure. Fair trade organic, locally roasted coffee and an assortment of teas are included. We do carry drinking water on board, however we highly recommend bringing your own reusable water bottle or travel mugs that can be filled from our large filtered water jug to help us reduce our environmental impact.

Highlight of the holiday!

Were fortunate enough to be on this extremely well organised trip to the Bute Inlet on 12th September. Friendly and helpful Captain and crew and excellent guides at the Homalco Reserve. We were lucky enough to see 14 grizzlies - a totally awesome experience - including 2 cubs fighting over a salmon which their mother had just caught! I could not rate this trip highly enough and, judging by the other reviews, it is consistently excellent. I am only sorry we did not book on the whale watching excursion as our experience out of Tofino was disappointing. Many thanks for the collection/delivery from April Point..

Reviewed by lucylocket2018 September 27, 2018 see full review on TripAdvisor

Grizzly Bear Tour.

We booked this Tour about 12 months in advance, so were looking forward to it and were not disappointed. When we reached the island where the bears were, we spent about 3 hours observing Grizzlies and even saw some elk. At this stage we were very happy, but we were taken back for one last look at the Grizzlies. Very close to where we were standing a grizzly appeared, entered the creek and fished out a salmon metres from where standing. Sensational !!! The Tour had many safe guards and was conducted in an environmental sound manner. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by B9539LTgaryb October 3, 2018 see full review on TripAdvisor