Things to do in Campbell River

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Campbell River: Whales, Wildlife & Culture Tour

1. Campbell River: Whales, Wildlife & Culture Tour

Go in search of a variety of fascinating wildlife species which can be found off the coast of Vancouver Island, including humpback whales, orcas (killer whales), porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, otters, bald eagles, and a variety of marine birds. The tour vessel includes both indoor and outdoor seating options. Take the outdoor adventure seats that allow for wind-in-your-face exploring and wildlife watching. Inside the warm and protected cabin, find comfortable seats with large windows and a bathroom. As you explore the area, learn more about the rich history of the First Nations of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands. Learn about the tribes who have resided in the region for centuries including the Homalco, Klahoose, Tla’amin, K’ómoks, Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, and more. The guides and skippers will share their expert knowledge of history, legends, stories, and culturally significant sites throughout the excursion.

Vancouver Island: People, Water, and Land in Campbell River

2. Vancouver Island: People, Water, and Land in Campbell River

Immerse into a cultural experience on the Homalco traditional territory accompanied by a First Nations guide. Travel to Aupe through the Salish sea, and learn about Homalco peoples' history, traditions, language, and culture. Watch for wildlife and whales as you listen to the stories of your guide. Depart from the Coast Marina and venture into the Salish sea to enjoy an interpretive cultural journey in Aupe. Take half the day to participate in a hands-on experience of First Nations culture and learn about the Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) First Peoples and the wildlife that shares their home. Journey the land and search for marine mammals, birds, and other wildlife as you understand the meanings of the territory to the Homalco First Peoples. Take the time to listen, as your guide shares stories and histories of the area before exploring the most recent home of the Homalco people. Walk their traditional territory and discover an interpretive walk around the village, exploring the history of Aupe and the people that call it home. Allow the village site to come alive while you hear about the culture, traditions, and Homalco ways of life. As you return back to Campbell River, there will be even more opportunities to spot marine wildlife while the scenery provides inspiring vistas that give space to reflect on your insightful adventure.

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What people are saying about Campbell River

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Ron, our skipper, and Janet, our guide, did an amazing job on our People, Water, and Land Campbell River Tour. We started the morning meeting up at the tour office and gift store right on the dock at the marina. Coffee was available and we enjoyed getting to know our fellow tour passengers. Soon, Janet came in and led us to the boat. On board, Ron gave us a thorough safety briefing and let us know what to expect aboard. We got underway right on time, leaving Campbell River and heading north around Quadra Island. We soon had our first sighting, a pod of white sided dolphins off in the distance. Later we would encounter harbor seals, orcas, bald eagles, and humpback whales. Off the boat at Church House beach, both Ron and Janet took us around the old Homalco village. Their moving narrative helped us understand the history of the place as well as what life was like for First Nation people living on a remote Northwest Island. Thank you again for such a wonderful tour!

We just went on this amazing tour with Janet and Rob as our guides. Our boat was perfect as it had an indoor and outdoor seating, so you could be outside when you saw wildlife and keeping warm when the boat was just going from one place to another. We saw plenty of wildlife to include: white-sided dolphins, harbor seals, orcas, and humpback whales. Amazing! The people and cultural part of the tour was just as interesting. We were taken to Aupe or Schoolhouse where over 250 people of the Holmalco people once lived. We saw photos of the town before it was abandoned. We hiked through the area seeing some of the buildings since taken over by nature, listening to stories of what life was like during those times. Some were very good times and some were not so good. I would highly recommend anyone visiting Vancouver Island to include this tour in your itinerary. We left with a much better understanding of 1st Nations History and some great wildlife viewings.

Thank you for this once in a life time experience! The youth group we took could not stop talking about the whales and the cool stories/ info that was given. Thank you for being so accommodating and Fun and knowledge! I will highly recommend this tour to anyone!

Great experience. Amazing Captain and naturalist (Mari). We saw LIOTS of wildlife and whales. We highly recommend supporting this local native business

The guides were knowledgeable and great. They showed us what was advertised. It was a fantastic excursion where memories were made.