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Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours

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About Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
We have been the stewards of the grizzly bear population in Homalco's traditional territory of Bute Inlet for over a decade, but the cultural and historical significance of this area spans thousands of years. Our guided bear tours take guests through the Bute Inlet and along the Orford River, where grizzly bear populations thrive during the salmon run. We also offer marine wildlife, and cultural tours, all of which are interwoven with knowledge from our traditional way of life. Our commitment to our guests is to share our traditional lands, to share perspective from our people, and to create a sense of connection with our indigenous culture. We welcome you to view the bears, learn about our connection to the land and wildlife, and become immersed in the beauty of the inlet. ʔiymot kʷunome (It is good to see you).
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Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

I have already reviewed the company we went on our grizzly bear watching trip with and gave them top marks, but must also do the same for the Homalco wildlife tours, the whole trip was amazing. To see a total of 17 different grizzlies in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JanL2105
JPO133, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

So great to hear your Bears of Bute story and that it was the highlight of your visit to Canada. I will make sure Ian and Mike get your message as well. Thank you!

Reviewed October 5, 2018

What an amazing experience and all credit to the Homalco First Nation and their outstanding stewardship of this area and its natural resources. Encounters were plentiful and truly spectacular, well worth the effort to get there.

Date of experience: October 2018
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JPO133, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Jonathan, we are grateful for your words and pleased that you enjoyed your Bears of Bute experience on Homalco First Nation traditional territory. Spread the word and help us continue to maintain the land the for generations of animals and humans to come.

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We took this tour on a very wet day with poor visibility and were worried we wouldn’t see any bears. Our fears were soon allayed as in the two hours we were on this tour we were very fortunate to see 13 grizzlies. Such a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Christine M
JPO133, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Christine, isn't it wonderful how even on a wet day in Orford the experience is sublime? Thank you for your comments and joining us in Orford.

Reviewed September 30, 2018

This tour was just plain awe inspiring. It takes a couple of hours on a boat from Campbell River, with magnificent scenery all the way. We saw a pod of orcas and some dolphins. The boat crew bent over backwards to take care of us...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sungron
JPO133, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Thank you for joining us and your wonderful review. Your comments about the magnificent scenery enroute from Campbell River are so true! We hope you'll join us again in the future.

Reviewed September 28, 2018

I’ve been very fortunate to be on this tour several times and not only has it never disappointed, each time has been different. The hosts are always kind and generous. The best advice was on today’s trip - be patient. You never know what the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank darrenb320
JPO133, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Darren, you are always welcome in Orford! Thank you for your comments and for sharing those fantastic photos!

Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic wildlife tour. We saw whales on the boat trip in and back, and non stop bears from the very moment our boat arrived, until it left. Well hosted, and very safety conscious leaders.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank hohepa56
JPO133, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Thank you for your comments and for sharing the photos...love the one of the mama and cubs!

Reviewed September 17, 2018

Absolutely first rate! This was my second trip into Bute Inlet to the Homalco lands. Our tour guides were excellent.We saw 26 bears on our trip. At one time there were three sows, with their respective cubs together at the same place. Simply amazing.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Chyanne T, Tourism Coordinator at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2018

We're happy to hear your second trip to Orford was amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with Homalco Wildlife Tours and our wonderful guides. Hope to see you out again for a possible third trip! Emote (It is...More

Reviewed September 12, 2018

We absolutely loved our tour with Janet and Dude on 9/10/18. They were very friendly, professional and knowledgable about the bears and their beautiful area. It was a trip of a lifetime for us. We saw 23 different grizzlies within our 4 hours there and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Chyanne T, Tourism Coordinator at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with us as we're always happy to hear about our guests experiences. 4 hours sounds like a long time but when viewing grizzlies it goes by too quick! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip with Homalco Wildlife...More

Reviewed September 10, 2018

I have visited the Orford River grizzlies twice now - once in 2016 and again in 2018. Both trips were absolutely fantastic. The Homalco guides are friendly and informational, happy to pass along their knowledge of the bears, the area, their history and culture. They...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Chyanne T, Tourism Coordinator at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2018

Wow, thank you for choosing us two times! It sounds like you had a great experience with our knowledgable guides and active bears. The grizzlies are always a sight to see (rain or shine). Thanks again, we hope to see you for a third trip,...More

Reviewed September 8, 2018

Today we had an amazing tour with the Homalco people in the Butte Inlet. The guides are very good and know very well to find the right places to spot the bears. In less than two hours we saw 14 bears, adults as well as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kalaman0032
Chyanne T, Coordinator at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

First of all, love the photos!! The rain does not hold back the bears from splashing and feeding in the river and I'm glad to hear you embraced the rainforest with them. Thank you for writing a review, we do appreciate it! Emote (It is...More

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So glad you had another great tour and thank you so much for your feedback. Did you get any good pictures? If so, we'd love to see them either posted here or on our Facebook page at @HomalcoWildlifeTours. Hope to see you... More
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