This was one of the highlights of our trip to British Columbia. We have been on high end safaris in Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. We have also been on many whale watching tours on the west coast. Garry has a unique knowledge of his territory and is a very accomplished and experienced skipper. Safety is always first both on the water as well as on the ground. He started us out with an orientation of the area, safety briefing and appropriate seating and balance on his vessel. One has to remember that with 12 people on board, you should not be moving around as you are underway and it could be dangerous as the boat is moving though various seas. ( note: I have been a sailor for more than 30 years and thats how people can get hurt...just like when flying, the Captain tells you to remain in your seat). The boat ride from the harbor in Campbell river to the bears in the Bute inlet is about 2 hours. Once you arrive, you have time to use the washroom and receive a sandwich lunch and juice. If you need more food than that, you should have eaten breakfast. Remember, this is a safari and not food tour. Then there is a short drive to the viewing platforms by the streams and their they are...bears. We were at the viewing areas for about 2 hours and saw 3 mom bears and 6 cubs in total. Both Garry and Wilson, the aboriginal guide, will keep careful watch while moving to and from the various platforms. If it is safe, you can even do some viewing outside the platforms. Garry and Wlson always had our safety in mind.
On our return, we came upon a pod of more that 100 dolphins. It was amazing.
All in all, this was one of the most outstanding safari experiences we have had in some time. Many thanks Garry for your knowledge and experience. We highly recommend you and your tour.
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