Grizzly Bear Expedition

Grizzly Bear Expedition

Has a Grizzly crossed YOUR path yet?

Our goal is to offer you a memorable, safe experience led by our Homalco First Nation hosts and guides. You will observe bears in their natural habitat from viewing stands so as not to disturb them, allowing guests to connect with the bears and the environment they depend on.

Guests must be at least 12 years of age for this tour

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

Daily Departures from September 1 through October 15 2019

September 1 - 30 @ 12:00 pm
October 1 - 15 @ 11:00 am

Adult: $449.00

In addition to the rate above a $1.00 fee for the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association Conservation Fund will be charged. This fund supports organizations who conduct marine conservation activities in the region. A $14.00 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 5% Fuel Surcharge and 5% GST.


See WILD and MAJESTIC Grizzlies in their natural habitat, far away from human civilization! Our Grizzly Bear Safari starts with a stunning 2 hour (approx.) boat ride to the Orford Valley which is located in Bute Inlet on BC’s rugged mainland coast. Imagine towering mountain peaks and glaciers! Bute Inlet marks the southern reaches of the Great Bear Rainforest!!

Upon arrival, we’re welcomed by our hosts and partners, the Homalco First Nation. These are the historical lands of the Homalco people and the Orford Valley was once the site of a hunting and fishing camp. We’re then shuttled by minibus to a series of viewing areas that are strategically placed throughout the salmon spawning grounds. Watch those wild, beautiful bears chase and catch big salmon to fatten up for hibernation!


These bears are NOT fenced in, this is NOT a National Geographic movie, this is REAL and you’re right there to witness every moment!

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!!!

At Discovery Marine Safaris we are committed to 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.

A local bakery makes 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 bottled water on board, however we highly recommend bringing your own reusable water bottle that can be filled from our large filtered water jug and help us reduce our environmental impact.

No words to describe this phenomenal experience! We saw 8 Humpbacks, with 2 of them breaching in front of us over and over and over again!! Add to that, the trip around Mitlenatch Island with the Sea Lions and all the seabirds, and it was a trip to be treasured. Captain John and Kaitlin were awesome, with their enthusiasm to share their knowledge and experience with the passengers.
Mike M,
British Columbia
September 6, 2017
I was impressed with the respectful attitude of the staff, not only to clients but to the wildlife. I've been out with operators who took the boat too close to whales, but this operator was very respectful, slowing the boat well before encountering whales and staying at least the required distance away. Once the whales approached us, which is fine, but the captain never intruded on the animals. Well done. The boat was sturdy and comfortable.
Judy H,
British Columbia
August 15, 2017