We had the very great pleasure of joining Gary for a Grizzly viewing tour on the 15th of September 2012. Of course, we did not know what to expect.
Well, we certainly were not disappointed. It was a beautiful early fall morning when we set out from Campbell River and Gary is a consummate, pro tour guide. We had a great experience going through the whirlpools in the narrows up Johnstone Straight and around the story of the tragic explosion of Ripple Rock in the Seymour Narrows.
Gary stays in contact with other operators and friends throughout the day, and one of those guided us to a great encounter with a school of about 2-300 Pacific White Sided Dolphins. Already the tour had jumped outside the square.
The cruise up through the Islands and into Bute inlet is an epic experience.
At the Orford River bear viewing area we were lucky to see a female and her Cub catching salmon and feeding, a large male bear and a solitary juvenile female chasing salmon. The photos alone were worth the cost of the entire trip.
On the return to Campbell River we made another diversion to encounter a pod of transient Orca, just amazing, Gary went out of his way to ensure that our day was incredibly fulfilling.
The two local lads at Orford River, who's names now escape me I am ashamed to say, were wonderful, friendly and welcoming to us all on the day. Indeed it was just great fun.
Gary has close family ties with the traditional owners of the lands and If you are in Campbell River and want a more intimate small group tour by someone who truly knows how to deliver a memorable experience then you can not go past Aboriginal Journeys.
As a photographer I have already slotted in my return for later in the fall in 2013 to get the colours of the turning trees.
I can't wait.
Do yourself a favour and go to Aboriginal Journey's first if you want
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