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“One sentence is not enough for this amazing day out”

Aboriginal Journeys Wildlife and Adventure Tours
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Owner description: A locally and family owned tour company located in Campbell River, British Columbia. See Killer Whales (Orcas), Dolphins, Humpback Whales 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 Toba Inlet 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 platforms and some open viewing areas, 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 Strait 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 40 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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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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“One sentence is not enough for this amazing day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

My partner and I have been on a previous grizzly tour in Telegraph Cove - it felt staged and even though we saw bears, we felt the situation a little false. We went out with Gary from Aboriginal Tours - a full boat is only 12 people. Gary offered us the chance to sit in the open at the rear of the boat......we got some amazing landscape photos enroute to Bute Inlet. Upon our arrival we were met by two loacl First Nation gentlemen and initially taken to a platform. No bears at first but one appeared on the river's edge and wandered towards us. We left the platform and under Gary's guidance we all sat on a log in the open as the bear passed in front of us on the other side of the inlet. the second bear was again seen from a standing position near the inlet - we watched a female catch a chum and proceed to eat it some 30 feet from us - a truly amazing experience. There are some that would say 'you only saw 2 bears?' but these are wild animals who are not there to turn up just because the tourists visit!! We watched a beautiful creature in it's own habitat and it beat any BBC wildlife programme!
After leaving Bute Inlet we watched Pacific White Sided Dolphins chase Gary's boat and then stopped for the Sea Lion coloney......this trip is well worth taking....Gary can't guarrentee sightings but his knowledge and persistence means you won't be diappointed.....have faith in him - he has been doing this for a long time! Thank you for a wonderful day.

Visited September 2011
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Victoria, Canada
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“Couldn't be any better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

My wife and I just took advantage of an offer at The Old House Village Resort and Spa in Courtenay put on this last Thanksgiving weekend for a couple night stay combined with a Grizzly Bear watching Tour with Garry Henkel of Aboriginal Journeys.

The day out with Aboriginal Journeys on October 9, 2011 was spectacular! We had lovely weather. The covered boat ride was comfortable and warm. Garry's knowledge of the local waters was second to none.

Garry told us about the islands, some local and natural history, stories about residents, local issues, and answered any questions we had as we cruised over to Bute Inlet (coordinates 50.591683,-124.864726).

The beauty of the area was tremendous, with fall colours on shore and snow capped peaks.

We were visted by 8 grizzlies that day, including a mom and her 1 1/2 year old cub, who fished in the stream and lounged in the sun nearby one of the viewing towers, on and off most of the afternoon! It was an amazing experience to be in the presence of these gorgeous animals.

Could the day get any better, I asked myself. Well... Yes it could.

On the boat ride back, Garry kept in radio contact with other whale watching and tour operators in the area to find out about local sightings, so we were also treated to sightings of seals, bald eagles, Stellar sea lions, a humpback whale and 3 transient Orca whales.

I highly recommend Garry and Aboriginal Journeys to anyone looking to do a Grizzly Bear Tour. Thanks Garry for such a memorable day!

Visited October 2011
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“A fantastic experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2011

In Campbell River my wife and me went on a grizzly tour with Gary as our gide and some other people. We had the time of our life. We saw: 5 different grizzly bears, 1 black bear, stellers, dolphins, 10 orca's, seals and other animals and birds. It was really beautiful. Gary is a perfect gide and he will not rest before you've seen a lot of animals and interesting things. He made our trip perfect. The trip is worth every dollar. My advise: When you are in Campbell River take a tour with Gary and his Aboriginal Journeys. They are the best. The pictures of that day you can see on:
http://hejac.blogspot.com/ there you see what you miss if you don't go.

Visited September 2011
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Awesome, you have to go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

Brilliant journey, Garry really kindly ran it with only two bookings. A very wet day near the end of the 'guaranteed' season I hoped to see one... and saw four, watching them for over two hours. The mum and cub were particularly special.

Beautiful setting, Garry very knowledgeable and good First Nations guide at the inlet itself. Would thoroughly recommend this trip.

Visited October 2011
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Eichwalde, Germany
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“fantastic tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2011

I was on tour with Garry on September the 4th 2011. It was just amazing. I was not sure if we will see any bears because the season just started. But we did. A really beautiful one. Garry made it possible to watch the bear even longer than actually the tour should go. That was very nice, watching the bear catching salmon. On the way back he was talking to other people via phone to find out if there is any wildlife in the water close to our way back to Campell River. We saw lots of dolphins. They were swimming with the boat and jumping out of the water right next to the boat. It was fantastic. Garry was giving us time again and again and again to get good pictures. Thanks for that. Anyway the food was very nice, I loved the strawberries and wraps and I liked even more that we weren't so many people. The boat is just for 12 people, we were full but it was like a big family. Anyway, I had a great time.

Visited September 2011
1 Thank Beatrice326
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