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“Excellent Grizzlybear viewing tour.”

Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd.
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Owner description: YOUR ADVENTURE IS OUR PASSION! Join us on an educational wilderness adventure. View the iconic Killer Whale and the giant Humpback on our Whale Watching Safaris or see come along on an awe-inspiring Grizzly Bear Excursion! Discover in Comfort with Campbell River’s premier tour operator! Our onboard Marine Naturalists deliver an unparalleled experience that showcases our connection to wildlife and the world in which we all depend. WIR SPRECHEN DEUTSCH!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Tour on 23rd of September, great weather. Embarkment at 12:20. Safety talk about vessel and other information by skipper Shaun. On the way to Bute Inlet biologist Mark gave information on the grizzly bears and what when to do. In short, follow instructions by Mark when on land. He knows the behaviour of the bears. During the boattrip we encountered two groups of pacific white-sided dolphins. A wonderful experience as a bonus. After a trip a about 2,5 hours we arrived at the land of the Homalgo first nation people. Here local guide and bearexpert Calvin waited for us with a bus to bring us to the various viewing platforms on the reserve. At the first stop we saw our first grizzly catching a fish and disappearing to eat "in private". Arriving at tower 4 and 5, we directly encountered a grizzly close by on the river bank.
In all we saw 10 grizzlies that afternoon in aperiod of about 2,5 hours, some at close range fishing for and eating salmon in the river or on the riverbank, some in a distance. In total two bear cubs.
Thanks to the 'bearknowledge' of Mark and Calvin we learned to be patient and that then the bears will act naturally and take no notice of us (or so it seemed :-) ). Quiet and in awe we returned to the boat to go back to Campbell river. We arrived in Campbell River just after dark at around 20:00. In short, it was a fantastic, excellent wildlife viewing day.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We had a good day of whale hunting and learning a lot about orcas that we didn't already know. Shaun, Mark and Sherrie provided us with lots of information as well as getting us safely out to where the whales were. We got to see about 30 orca as well as a very large group of white sided dolphins playing and jumping for our entertainment.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

boarded the boat for the last trip from Sayward this year with biologist Mark and Capt Shaun. cold and misty but lots of interesting information about the area en route to find the whales.then out of the mist several pods of orcas. rising and diving majestically in the mystic mist. Mark knew which pods they were and we were treated to a long period of them passing very close to the boat and we returned passing sea lions seal humpback whale bald eagle what an experience possibly the best trip we have ever made thank you

1  Thank lillypad46
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We booked a grizzly bear watching trip and went to the Bute inlet on Monday 17 September.
Weather wise it was a perfect day with 25 degrees forecasted.
We were welcomed by our captain, Joe, who told us that it should be a good day for bear watching.
Our captain is a local and told many interesting things about the area. Only minutes after we left campbell river we already spotted a hump back whale off Quadra Island!
Once we got to the Bute inlet we were transported to the viewing towers and it didn't take long to spot our first grizzly looking for some salmon. We then moved to another tower and again it didn't long to spot another hungry male grizzly. We had first row viewing from these towers and the grizzly was in front of us for about 20min.
We were escorted by a local from the Homalco people, Calvin was his name. Calvin was a wealth of knowledge on grizzly bears. He answered every question about the bears. Because it was a relatively warm day, 25 degrees, not too many grizzly's came out. Grizzly's like cooler weather and come to feed on salmon in the cooler part of the day. All in all it was a super experience, the scenery is nothing short of awesome in the Bute inlet.
Food and drinks were included so we didn't go hungry.
The trip was not cheap at $349 ex tax however worth every penny!
A must see experience when visiting Canada!

Thank Ingo S
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

My wife and I went on the Grizzly Bear trip on 14 September 2012. There were 13 of us between two boats so there was lots of room. The cabin means that you don't have to be blown about even at speed.
We were away for 7 hours 40 minutes. During the trip we encountered lots of wildlife in particular, dolphins and two Orca ( they make great sounds when blowing). When we arrived at the mouth of the Orford River we were met by Kalvin who took us out to the viewing towers. We soon saw a male grizzly about 100m away catch a fish and an eagle dealt with the leftovers. Then a mother and two cubs started fishing and caught two salmon. It would have been great if these bears had come a bit closer but they are wild animals and I felt privileged just to be in their habit for a brief period. We actually encountered 8 grizzlies in total!!
Crew are knowledgeable and good fun. Great day out.

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