ʔiymot kʷunome, it is good to see you! Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours offers guests the opportunity to visit, explore and learn on the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nation in Bute Inlet. Join them for an immersive experience discovering the spectacular wilderness of their traditional territory and enjoy the chance to view some of North America’s most sought-after wildlife, including grizzly bears, salmon, eagles and whales through an Indigenous perspective.
Take a comfortable heated boat tour on the Great Bears of Bute experience and meet the χawgəs, the Grizzly Bear, on an exciting full day tour of respectful wildlife viewing in this truly spectacular part of Canada. On a People, Water, Land tour look out for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, bald eagles and other seabirds. Back on land, take an interpretive walk with your Indigenous guide to learn about bears and traditional uses of the land, before a zodiac boat tour to search for feeding bears and ancient petroglyphs.
Owned and operated by the Homalco First Nation, all tours are led by a Homalco guide to provide a full First Nations interpretation. The Homalco Culture is woven together by their people, land, and wildlife; as strong stewards of their territories, storytellers of their history, and sharers of their knowledge, they welcome guests to their traditional territory and hope that visiting will create advocates for their land and culture, while carrying forward their traditional ways of life for the nation’s youth.
The Great Bears of Bute Tour
χawgəs, the Grizzly Bear, knows that the annual salmon run begins mid-August in Orford Bay on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest. Bears journey long distances to Algaard Creek and the Orford River to feast on the spawning salmon and their eggs. Be our guest as we enter their world. Join your Indigenous guide in Campbell River on an exciting full day tour that starts with a 2-hour journey through the Salish Sea and lands of First Peoples into Bute Inlet. We’ll engage in respectful wildlife viewing while you discover the abundance of marine wildlife with chances to observe humpback whales, sea lions, orcas, dolphins, bald eagles and a variety of colourful sea birds. Your arrival in Orford Bay begins a 3-hour land experience. Guides will transport you by bus to a variety of raised wildlife viewing platforms and ground viewing locations to look for the magnificent χawgəs.
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PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture
Join us for genuine cultural experiences and build meaningful connections between our past, present and future. Hear stories, songs and legends that have been passed down through countless generations, take part in a cultural tour or workshop, and witness the intricate beauty of Indigenous arts and crafts.
See nature and wildlife through Indigenous eyes
Step out into the wild and take in the beauty of the natural world through an Indigenous lens. From the seas, mountains and rainforest to the prairies and the tundra, explore unique landscapes and experience the wonder of respectful animal encounters with your Indigenous hosts and guides.
Welcome to the heart of Indigenous hospitality
From rustic camping and upscale glamping to lakeside cabins, luxurious resort spas, casinos and golf courses, authentic Indigenous accommodation and relaxation options offer something for every vacation. No matter whether you want to get away from it all or be at the heart of the action, you’ll feel at home with your Indigenous hosts.
TAKE A DELICIOUS JOURNEY INTO INDIGENOUS CULTURE
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UNIQUE PRODUCTS, AUTHENTIC INDIGENOUS QUALITY
Find everything from unique gifts, treasured keepsakes to modern art pieces of epic proportions—lovingly crafted by Indigenous makers and artisans across the country. Every piece, from the smallest bracelets to the largest sculpture, tells a story that transcends generations and the ages. Every purchase you make helps to keep those stories alive.