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Great Guide, Fantastic Scenery

I kayaked at the end of August with a group of women, the guide was excellent. He was very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Liz S
idyllic bear sightings

Karli guided us with engaging enthusiasm. Two hours or so on the water, kayaking to a variety of... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
DSaunders065
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I kayaked at the end of August with a group of women, the guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the area and had a great sense of humour. They are located right in the centre of town so its easy to access them. I would totally go with Black Bear again!

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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Karli guided us with engaging enthusiasm. Two hours or so on the water, kayaking to a variety of different inlets in splendid isolation (for the most part). Great bear sightings and wonderful to connect with the landscape. Would recommend unreservedly.

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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We did the 4hr bear tpur by kayak and it was amazing. Led by Karly, you start by looking at the map of where you are going before getting your kit. You then get on a boat and head out for about 30 mins before getting into your kayak from boat (not scary I promise!).

You then kayak around and look for bears! Karly was brilliant and kept us a safe distance (for us and the bears). We saw 2 bears, all the operators talk to each other so everyone can get a chance to see them. This is so much better than being on a boat!

Take some layers for the boat trip out and back. The tours run according to the tides and will probably finish for the season soon as the bears head in land for the salmon run.

On the trip back we saw another bear and seals. Also an incredible super moon!

1  Thank BruceyForsyth
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

I haven't been to B.C. since the spring but I took my first trip out to Tofino to cross it off the bucket list! I did a tour with Karly and she was the most splendid, charismatic, and energetic guide I could have asked for!! Seriously anyone wanting a tour, Karly is very knowledgable about the surrounding wildlife and ecosystems and overall super friendly :) would recommend to anyone looking for a complete kayaking experience in the area. Hope to see you again Karly!!

1  Thank Wander817165
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

We had such a special outing to view black bears by kayak! I can’t recommend it enough. It’s such a simple yet elegant set up: the 6 of us on the tour boarded a small boat loaded with kayaks, and after a 20-minute, scenic ride up to Fortune Channel, got in to them and paddled off and were seeing bears within minutes. (I was a bit anxious about how difficult it would be to go from a boat in to a kayak, esp with my creaky knees, but it worked just fine - a few awkward seconds to go from standing to sitting in the kayak seat, but totally fine otherwise.) Our guide Marcus was warm and friendly, and his own genuine excitement at seeing so many bears was contagious. The highlight was being able to observe a mama bear and her cub for an extended period of time. They were first foraging for food at the water line, but then scrambled in to the brush when a male bear ambled by. The mom sent the little one high up a tree for safety - we could see him/her up there and, when the coast was clear, he came bumbling down again, crashing through brush and branches but in one piece. Gotta say, it was hard not to feel a bit smug when the big ungainly motor boats would come by, filled with large tours, watch the bears briefly and rumble off again. The bears would slink off on their approach, and come back out when all was quiet again - a definite advantage of being there in kayaks, and being able to take our time. It was such a highlight experience!

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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

While on vacation in Tofino with our daughter and family, our teenage grandchildren chose the 4 hour bear watching kayak tour with this company. Being of a "mature" age I was a bit worried about a 4 hour tour and wondered how easy it would be to get in and out of the kayak. There was no need to worry. Marcus, our guide, gave great instructions emphasizing safety both on the boat and the kayaks. Paul our boat captain assisted with boarding once we reached the bay about 25 minutes out. Marcus was very attentive to all in our group and educated us on the bears and habitat of the area. We paddled to a second bay and lucked out as a mother and her cub were feeding. We were able to get up much closer than the boat tours while Marcus ensured we kept a safe distance. It was a very peaceful and awe inspiring experience that you simply won't get in a crowded boat. The highlight was a confrontation between the mother and another young adult that arrived on the beach. We must have watched them for almost an hour. Paul came back to pick us up and took us to see seals basking on rocks on the way back. We got many wonderful photos and memories to last a lifetime. Thanks to Marcus, Paul and the office staff for providing such a great experience!

2  Thank LeisureLe
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

great guides, small groups giving it an authentic local feel. Never kayaked before but they made the process very easy. Saw 3 bears in different locations, very unique experience. especially enjoyed beautiful scenery and quietness

2  Thank Inna P
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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

On arrival we were greeted by Carly who was bubbly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We booked the half day wildlife kayak trip and we were taken out in a motorboat by Paul. We arrived in the chosen area and Paul and Carly got us into the kayaks and we then scoured the coast. We got to see Black bears and a mother and cub.
Wow! The quiet approach of the kayaks was definitely the best way to view these creatures. Awesome!

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Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing tour with Hunter and TJ. We saw a couple of bears up close and hung out with each bear for about 20 minutes or so. We also saw a seal swim around our kayaks, and saw porpoises and a bald eagle from our boat. Hunter was a fun and knowledgeable guide. The kayaking was a nice workout; it was smooth and in such a gorgeous setting. Our experience was a magical outdoor adventure, one of our all time favorites, and the best among several amazing experiences we had on Vancouver Island! Do yourself a favor and get out and do this! It was awesome!

1  Thank 57swamyn
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

While I was a bit reluctant to embark on this tour to pry upon bears and their meal, it proved a fantastic experience as the silent approach by kayaks does not seem to impact the animals, who do not seen boats and paddlers as a nuisance while at sea [where we stayed the whole time]. Our guide was very cautious in his approach to the animals, as well as highly informative on the local ecosystem centred on the salmon cycle and the critical impact of rising temperatures on this cycle. We saw five bears in total, from incredibly close, and had very little interference from motorboats over the trip. Black Bear Kayaking is the only company sending kayaks (by a motorboat) to this remote coastline. Definitely the most memorable moment of our week in Tofino.

2  Thank XianPR
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