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Aboriginal Journeys Wildlife and Adventure Tours

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Address: 3 -1371 Island Highway 19A, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 5T5, Canada
Phone Number: 1-888-455-8101
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A locally and family owned tour company located in Campbell River...

A locally and family owned tour company located in Campbell River, British Columbia. See Killer Whales, Dolphins, Eagles, Black Bears and other Marine Wildlife in their natural environment on our Marine Wildlife and Whale Watching Journeys. In late summer and early fall we offer Grizzly Bear Journeys. On our Grizzly Bear Journey in Campbell River, we travel aboard our high-speed, covered vessel to one of our mainland inlets in search of Grizzly Bears. You will see pristine river valleys which are home to these magnificent animals. Upon arrival we will board a tour bus and drive to specially designed bear viewing platform, which is situated along the river and ideal for viewing the mighty grizzlies. Here you’ll have the opportunity to witness firsthand the autumn ritual of bears feasting on spawning salmon in Canada´s true wilderness. Observation platforms offer great views and security so you can have a look into the lives of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Travel through some of the worlds strongest Ocean Rapids and learn a little about the local First Nations history and culture as well. Enjoy breathtaking Nature viewing boat tours throughout the Discovery Passage, Johnstone Straits and Mainland Inlet areas. We have a 27 foot covered vessel with a open viewing deck and onboard washroom and heater. Our experienced and locally born Transport Canada certified guides have a minimum 35 years experience working and traveling within these waters. We look forward in creating long lasting memories for you and your families. Our floating office is located at the Discovery Harbour Marina (G Dock)in Campbell River. Please use the South ramp. "A Spectacular Adventure Awaits!" CAMPBELL RIVER's longest running Whale Watching and Grizzly Bear tour company. Established in 2000.

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Grizzly Bear viewing - Toba Inlet.

Again a wonderful day out - Gary never fails to please. He now goes to The Toba Inlet rather than the "Bute" which has damn near turned into a carnival with boatload after... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
Morris M
Powell River, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We lucked out and got perfect weather, more than we could expect on the last day of September. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and took us safely by boat 4 hours into Toba Inlet from Campbell River, B.C. We were the only group there and had some good viewing of the Grizzlys catching and eating Chum Salmon, which were... More 

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Powell River, Canada
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8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Again a wonderful day out - Gary never fails to please. He now goes to The Toba Inlet rather than the "Bute" which has damn near turned into a carnival with boatload after boatload of visitors at the same time (as many as 72 people in the same viewing slot). The Toba is very undeveloped as far as bear viewing... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

we - a couple from Austria - booked well in advance 3 journey to see wildlife (whales, orcas, .. .. and grizzlies). We had a fantastic time and were extremely lucky. We saw orcas hunting and celebrating their success. We saw humpbacks - even breaching and also saw two grizzlies on our tour. We had booked the first such trip... More 

Thank leohauer
Northern Canada
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Nature decides what you will or will not see on one of these trips, sometimes it is an unforgettable experience, sometimes not. If we saw one bear and we were not surrounded by 100 people this trip would have been worth it. We saw 8 bears with 12 people and it was wonderful. Yes the boat is not a luxury... More 

1 Thank JoeBear
Oxted, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

According to our travel agent we were due to go to Bute Inlet with Aboriginal tours to view the grizzly bears but they took us to Toba instead. Toba inlet only has one viewing platform and they also use a bridge with constant heavy trucks passing by, not ideal for bear watching particularly when we were being moved off the... More 

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Cumbria England
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131 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We chose this trip very carefully, mindful of the fact that this was a small operation run by an ethically minded operator. However, we were disappointed at the overall experience. Gary is a lovely guy, but we learnt more about him and his family than we did about the wildlife we encountered. The previous day we had been out with... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Two things made this day unforgettable: our luck at seeing the animals and the wonderful service provided by Garry. We were on the grizzly bear tour. We were incredibly lucky that the weather was dry, sunny and clear, with great visibility on both the smooth sea and on the land. The boat journey alone was fun and educational, Garry telling... More 

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GarryOrca, Front Office Manager at Aboriginal Journeys Wildlife and Adventure Tours, responded to this review

We thank you for your review. We were honored to be part of your honeymoon travels. All our best to you both in your future together. More 

Nijlen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We went on a 6 hour wildlife watching tour with Aboriginal Journeys on August 20th and never expected it would be such an amazing adventure! Garry is really full of passion, care and respect for the wildlife and he really made our dreams come true. The boat was very comfortable, our teenage daughters loved the sandwiches and cookies for lunch... More 

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Oost-Souburg, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

After having many contacts via internet finally the moment was there that we (from Holland) visit Campbell River to have our whale watch tour with Garry Henkel. The choice for Aboriginal Journeys was very easy because he was very friendly, enthousiastic and professional before our meeting and during our meeting. We had a great time and saw a lot of... More 

1 Thank jbavo
St Helens, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Many thanks to Gary and his team for giving us a totally memorable day. We travelled by boat between lots of islands and fjords and the scenery was magnificent. Gary is very knowledgable and explained all about the various wildlife and places that we past. When we reached our destination we were greeted by our local aboriginal guides who were... More 

1 Thank James B

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