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“Responding to “A Mary Poppins Promise” (below)”

Tide Rip Grizzly Tours
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Owner description: Tide Rip Grizzly Tours Ltd. is a small independent company located in Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For over 15 years, Tide Rip has been leading daily boat-based expeditions to view and photograph the wild grizzly bears and other spectacular wildlife native to coastal British Columbia. We subscribe to the philosophy: 'conservation through coexistence' and endeavour to promote that through outreach education programs and presentations, fundraising projects, and sponsoring conservation NGOs, in addition to our daily grizzly bear tours.
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Yes, I have used a lifetime voucher, and it was in fact on the very same trip as you, on 7 September. I was in "the other boat".

Tide Rip is a company that takes you far above the usual one or two or three-hour long tourist "trips" and gives you a full day's safari into genuinely hard-to-access wilderness. The two-hour boat journey to and from the cove is fascinating; a wonderful trip so close to the water, breathtaking scenery, a very high chance of seeing marine wildlife (you say you saw a large group of dolphins) plus informative information from, and friendly discussion with, the excellent tour guides.

Negotiating the very shallow water in the flat-bottomed boat is great fun, and simply being in the cove itself is beautiful; it's a tranquil, magical place where just siting in silence, quietly absorbing the atmosphere, is a hugely rewarding experience in itself.

The company clearly state that they cannot guarantee bear sightings, and indeed I could say that it was because of not seeing bears on my first trip with Tide Rip last year that I was, thanks to the lifetime voucher, able to have this fabulous experience a second time - for free.

And I have to respond; of course the buffet was cold. Did you actually expect a hot lunch on a wildlife safari in the middle of nowhere?! Not only that, but while they could easily and legitimately have offered - as many companies do -a pre-prepared sandwich, lunch is actually a help-yourself buffet of different types of bread, cold meats, vegetables, sauces, fruit, cookies, tea, coffee and a selection of cold drinks.

We too saw many eagles as well as the black bear and the deer that you did, though sadly not the dolphins that you saw. You say "So we did see something but not any bears". This trip is a genuine visit into wild bears' natural environment, where seeing or not seeing them is entirely on their terms. For me, the anticipation and excitement of possibly seeing a bear, combined with the wonderful experience as a whole, is more than enough for me to look forward to hopefully making a third visit one day. But if you really do want a guaranteed 100% certain sighting of a bear, go to the zoo.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

An excellent tour (combined with whale watching in Campbell river). We were in a boat with Lyndsey and I think Matt (from Portsmouth). The tour was great, we saw grizzly bears really early in the tour (female with her 2 cubs catching salmon), this was an experience I will always remember. The guides work so hard, actually getting in the water and dragging the boat around so the noise is minimised. We also saw another grizzly bear in another area and then had lunch on a beach which had amazing views. We also saw black bears and bald eagles feeding, I learnt so much on the day and it was one of the highlights of our holiday.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

The speedboat picked us up in Alert Bay at the crack of dawn, then took on others and went 70 k into the Knight Inlet, where we found the pink salmon spawning and the grizzlies, eagles and ravens feasting. The crew was excellent, knowledgeable, and physically fit. On the way we saw lovely landscape among the islands and fjords, a couple of black bears, and some signs of distant whales. At the inlet we transferred into two-story skiffs that went into a shallow river where we found one adolescent grizzly feasting on one salmon after another. It got a little crowded there with other watchers from other boats, but we were really there in abundant nature, so it was fine. The crew used waders to move the skiff among the shallows. We also got close to lots of bald eagles. A long, exciting, and rewarding day.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We spent September 1 on the Tide Rip grizzly tour and it was fabulous. Lindsey and Pascale were wonderful guides and we saw juvenile bears sparring and playing, a mother bear supervising and eating and, that afternoon, watched two bears swimming and playing in the water of Knight Inlet. It was a fantastic trip.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

We went out on the second boat on the 7 September with Mark and Pascalla. We had a similar experience as the review above but unlike them our guide did not venture anywhere else but the mouth of the river which is round the bend from Knights Lodge. We sat for an hour after transferring from the main boat to a flat bottomed boat that had no higher viewing platform even though there was one available. When questioned why he said it was better even though when we went out after lunch, which was a cold buffet served on the jetty we transferred to a flat bottomed boat with the higher platform. We again went to the same spot that we had been to before, though maybe a little further but not much. We noticed the second boat leave and were told that they were going to a different location. After another hour Mark announced that we would not see anything but we would all be given a lifetime voucher to return again if there was availability at the time. It was great to have a wildlife expert as a passenger because she spotted a black bear on the shore and Mark did take the boat to look. She also spotted a deer. On the way back we did see a large group of dolphins swimming by. We also saw bald eagles. So we did see something but not any bears. A great disappointment and we could not understand why we were leaving before the other boat. Mark said it gets choppy out of the inlet so best go. However we had a lovely smooth ride home. We collected our voucher and I asked if we could go out the next day but was told they were only taking one boat and it was full. Best time to go was June. So a Mary Poppins pie crust promise easily made and easily broken. Has anyone else used their lifetime voucher?

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