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Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours

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Campbell River, Canada
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About Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
Homalco First Nation have been the stewards of their traditional territory of Bute Inlet for generations and the cultural and historical significance of this area spans thousands of years. Our guided tours take guests through the Salish Sea to 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 guests is to share our traditional lands, the share stories of our people and to create a sense of connection with our indigenous culture. We welcome you join us and learn about the land, wildlife and people while becomming immersed in the beauty of this spectacular land. ʔiymot kʷunome (It is good to see you).
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People Water Land- Indigenous Cultural and Wildlife Tour

This exclusive, small group full day experience incorporates the best of marine wildlife and First Nations culture. The immersive, hands-on adventure includes whale watching combined with a 3 hour land-based cultural tour.
The marine portion takes place aboard our new 12 passenger tour boats.

Homalco Tours' custom-design 12 passenger vessels are unlike any other with a landing craft design and TWO seats for every passenger! You have an option to select Comfort Seating inside the cabin or Adventure Seating on the fresh air deck, allowing for a safer COVID-friendly tour. All guests who wish to ride outside have access to warm and dry Survival Suits and Floater Jackets commonly used on Zodiac-style tours.

This is the only cultural and wildlife tour from Campbell River that is 100% indigenous owned and provides you with an immersive indigenous experience from start to finish. Thank you for choosing us, "ʔiymot" (it is good).
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8 to 9 hours
from $274.55

Whales, Wildlife and Culture

This exclusive, small group marine experience offers a journey of discovery focused on large marine mammals combined with a fascinating view into the world of local First Nations.

Taking place aboard our brand-new, custom-designed 12-passenger tour boats, Homalco Tours vessels are unlike any other. Our landing craft design provides the ability to access beaches on our 4-hour tours, while also providing a truly unique experience for guests with TWO seats for every passenger!

You have the option to select your Comfort Seat inside the cozy cabin or your open-aired Adventure Seat at the front of the vessel, allowing for a safer COVID-friendly tour. All guests who wish to ride outside have access to warm survival suits and floater jackets commonly used on zodiac-style tours.

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours is Indigenous owned and operated and is complimented with a unique Indigenous perspective on your marine wildlife experience. Thank you for choosing us, "ʔiymot" (it is good).
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4 hours
from $158.35

Great Bears of Bute: Grizzly Bear Viewing & Indigenous Cultural Tour

Witness grizzly bears in their natural habitat on this breathtaking wildlife, cultural and marine tour. Join an Indigenous guide and visit the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nations in Bute Inlet. Bear viewing, whale watching and cultural exploration make for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

This is the only bear tour from Campbell River that is 100% indigenous owned and provides you with an immersive indigenous experience from start to finish. By choosing Homalco Tours you help contribute to the cultural and economic recovery of the Homalco First Nation people and youth. Thank you for choosing us and in the language of our people "ʔiymot" (it is good).
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7 to 8 hours
from $357.82
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LGodman wrote a review Dec 2019
Gotland, Sweden14 contributions3 helpful votes
We were extremely fortunate to take our tour on a gorgeous fall day, under the expert guiding of Cheyane, Holmanco chief, JP and Bill the skipper who gave us excellent information on the tribal history and settlement and went all out to make our day a success, complete with finally sighting six grizzlies in total! The boat trip out was a bit choppy but Bill handled the boat with prowess. We even came across six elk when driving between viewing platforms. There was no rush and we were allowed to watch the bears as they checked out the river banks looking for more salmon; we were apparently in between two runs of Chum salmon (unfortunately so we didn't actually see a bear fishing). It was an all-day trip, including a boat trip of 2 hours each way. Cheyane's demonstrations of First Nations customs and language were much appreciated.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from HomalcoTours, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
Responded Feb 18, 2020
We're so glad you had an enjoyable day with us and that you saw six grizzlies! The raising of hands is often accompanied by the Homalco phrase "i:mote" which means "it is good" and used as a thank you. So to you...i:mote!
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Suzanne Hedges wrote a review Oct 2019
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We set off on our Wildlife Tour out of Campbell River with our incredible guide Cheyenne of the Homalco First Nation. The traditional welcome was beautiful and set a great tone for our group. The trip across to Bute Inlet was serene and picturesque! When we arrived the scenery was so inspiring. Our guide Cheyenne, paired with our skipper and driver Bill were such amazing hosts. We were so thrilled to actually see several grizzlies in their natural habitat and learn of the grizzly bear. Our guide was very informative and provided such great story of the Homalco First Nations and the conservation of the grizzly bears. The day was magical and the experience was 5*****star all the way! Thank you to the Homalco First Nations and I highly reccommend you get out and expereience the Bears of Bute tour!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from HomalcoTours, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
Responded Nov 22, 2019
Thank you for sharing your day. The raising of hands is often accompanied by the Homalco phrase "i:mote" which means "it is good" and used as a thank you. So to you...i:mote!
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naturephotographer20 wrote a review Oct 2019
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We rode some wild waves, peaceful whirlpools, light rapids and smoother water to the Homalco territory where we were greeted with great respect by Calvin and Jamie and taken on a small bus to tour various viewing platforms. We were getting into October but were all thrilled to see many Grizzly bears - some close up and some across the river. There were also eagles, grebes and chipmunks. It was just an amazing experience to see those bears in the wild! I loved it. I felt safe with our guides and Calvin told us amazing stories. His knowledge and love of his culture and the bears will not be forgotten. Thank you so much!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from HomalcoTours, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
Responded Oct 18, 2019
October is one of the best months for Grizzly bear watching... and it sounds like it delivered! Thanks for joining us. We'll be sure to pass along your kind words to Calvin. I:mote!
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Ann B wrote a review Oct 2019
Chesterfield, United Kingdom20 contributions3 helpful votes
We did this trip with Discovery Marine Safaris, who took us out to Orford Bay and back (during which we saw humpback, orca and a black bear). I understand that Homalco Wildlife Tours is owned and run by the Homalco first nations people and they run very safe, efficient and well organised tours. My husband did the trip twice and I did it once; he saw approx. 20 bears on the first day, and we saw approx. 16 bears including cubs on the second day and some of the bears were fishing. This was amazing. We were so lucky to see so many bears, and so honoured to see wild bears doing what wild bears do. It was not part of our originally planned trip to Canada but we are so glad we did it. Our guides were Cassie and Chayanne and they were so knowledgeable and passionate about their history and the bears, and so happy in their work, they were inspirational. Not always an easy job I should think, as people sometimes have unreal expectations that the bears will be there, and do stuff, forgetting that they are wild animals, and do their own thing. However we were very lucky that on both occasions we were able to see the bears. So grateful for the opportunity and wish the company all the best for the future.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from HomalcoTours, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
Responded Oct 18, 2019
Thank you for your kind words, Ann! We're so glad you had a wonderful experience with Homalco Tours. Our guides work hard to provide a safe, memorable and enriching experience to guests. Safe travels, and we hope to see you again one day. I:mote!
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Jacco S wrote a review Oct 2019
Wormer, The Netherlands834 contributions147 helpful votes
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We did the trip in september and it was not very succesful with the grizzly's. We saw only one but they did everything for us to find more. The boattrip was also very good.Instead of grizzly's we saw a lot of whales, orka's, stellars, dolphins and more so that made our trip very good. Besides that the crew was realy nice and our indian guide told us a lot of interesting things.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from HomalcoTours, General Manager at Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
Responded Oct 16, 2019
Hi Jacco and thank you for your comments. Sometimes our bears get shy or go for naps, but I am pleased that you got to see a grizzly feeding on salmon (that is a great photo by the way). Thank you for joining us in Bute Inlet.
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