Vancouver Island Photo Tours

Vancouver Island Photo Tours

Vancouver Island Photo Tours
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My individual custom tours are visiting the most beautiful scenic places around Northern Vancouver Island while having a chance to photograph and watch grizzly bears, black bears, killer whales, humpback whales, dolphins, bald eagles and other wildlife. All tours are lead by professional (35+ years) wildlife and nature photographer Rolf Hicker. A maximum of 4 guests per tour makes them ideal for families, photographers of all levels, special needs as well as couples.
Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada
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Gabriele K.
Grevenbroich7 contributions
Aug 2023
It was a once in a lifetime trip! An absolut outstanding experience we had on our trip with Rolf! We hope to see one or two bears (knowing that it is nature and there won‘t be a guarantee to see wildlife!). We were so lucky to see a lot of bears and as there was so much time left we even went for a whale watch - seeing Orcas, a Humpback and even Otters! Next to this we experienced a great hospitality by Rolf and Sarah as we stayed at their Bed & Breakfast at Artistpoint - whith a stunning view from the terasse and an accomodation which makes us feel like home! SIX stars for Rolf and Sarah - who made our days to a unique experience!
Written August 19, 2023
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Christie D
Surrey, Canada2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The trip was everything we had hoped for. The weather was beautiful, we saw a nursery of otters; moms with their babies. We saw a few seals, but to cap it off the fishing was amazing. My grandson had been trying to catch a fish for years. We caught so many fish we had to throw many back into the sea. He had an adventure he’ll remember for many years to come.
Gordon was very skilled and personable. Super friendly!
Written August 18, 2023
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KJD
Renfrewshire, UK5 contributions
Aug 2023
We were mildly anxious about travelling from Scotland and staying with Rolf and Sarah and booking two all day boat trips as part of our Vancouver Island vacation based on internet research. However, they have consistent outstanding reviews so we took the plunge. We should not have been concerned my daughters have both said this was one of the highlights of our vacation.

We were welcomed by the lovely Tori who made us feel very welcome and showed us fantastic hospitality throughout our stay. The homemade granola was amazing as was Sarah's bread and my daughter now has a copy of the granola recipe. The rooms we had were spacious and comfortable. My daughter was enchanted by the hummingbirds around the house. We were photographing hummingbirds on the balcony one evening overlooking a sunset and saw two humpback whales surface in the distance - it doesn't get much better than that.

The reason I went for the two all day boat trips with Rolf was that I have learnt that to give yourself the best chance of seeing and photographing wildlife you need the expertise of a local guide and have enough time. Rolf is very knowledgable and respectful of his local wildlife he gave us great opportunities with sea otters, humpback whales, sea lions, seals, Dall's porpoise, Bald Eagles and great scenery. Sadly resident Orca were on vacation from the area but perhaps we need to visit again?
Written August 9, 2023
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74gremlin
Toronto, Canada51 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
Rolf has been doing this for years, so he knows where to find the best photo opportunities and he has tons of information about the area and the wildlife if you’re interested. We had lots of questions and he had all of the answers. He only takes small groups (there were three of us) unlike the boats we saw with lots of people on them, and he quietly got us nice and close without disturbing the wildlife. It’s a full day out on the water and I was recovering from a broken wrist, so when my wrist got tired he set me up with my camera on a pillow in a window of the boat — how kind! We saw grizzlies (even a mama and her coy - baby cub), humpbacks (again a mom and baby), eagles, a black bear, sea otters, porpoises, and a sea lion. But even if we hadn’t seen those it would have been a great day - spectacular scenery, great conversation, and a fun boat ride. Worth every penny!
Sidenote: I just talked to a friend who also went around the same time as us but with a different tour operator. She was very disappointed because all she saw was bear scat and a chipmunk.
Written July 18, 2023
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kanu v
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Friends
1. Rolf has loads of information about the wildlife in the area. Enjoyed picking his brain.
2. I like to call it Nat Geo style tour, feels very exclusive.
3. Great stay n food as well.
4. Definitely recommend.
Written June 12, 2023
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Dave B
Campbell River, Canada9 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Rolph and Sarah were absolutely world class in our opinion. The two tours we did, sea otters and grizzly tour, were in our minds amazing. Professional, kind, knowledgeable would be the three words to sum up the trip. Both Rolph and Sarah did everything they could to make our two days fantastic. Rolph goes out of his way to answer any questions. Lunch was fantastic, scenery fantastic, wildlife fantastic and got lots of great photos….their bed and breakfast was great too……will go back for another tour! FANTASTIC
Written May 25, 2023
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Linda D
2 contributions
Aug 2022
In august 2022 we spent two days on the water with Rolf Hicker. We had a great time. My husband is a hobby photographer and was able to take great shots. We saw a lot of animals and had some great and exciting sightings. We stayed at Rolf's B&B for three nights. Rolf and his staff do everything to make the guests comfortable. The food served, both breakfast and lunch was really fresh and tasty of high quality and healthy. We loved every minute of our stay and we definately hope to meet again.
Written November 10, 2022
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We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and time out on the water. We try to keep things healthy and thankfully have more and more food coming straight from the garden which helps keeps things as fresh as it gets! We look forward to hopefully meeting again. Rolf & Sarah
Written November 27, 2022
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David D
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We spent a full week in Vancouver Island but the big spot was definitely the tour organized by Rolf from Telegraph Cove. Simply wonderful. Rolf is a great guide, with a deep knowledge of people and animals living
there. Thanks again Rolf for your kindness and your inextensible enthusiasm.
Written November 9, 2022
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David thank you so much for the kind words and taking the time to share your experience. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the day!
Written November 27, 2022
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Maria & Christian
Austria2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
One of the best highlights of our 100 days trip trough the west of Canada.
It was a great day, starting early with the sunrise. Rolf and Sarah picked us up
and we started the „trip of surpise“ with a humpback whale, 5 minutes later.😎
It was realy a great exclusive day, with respect for the wildlife and a lot of
experiencies. Rolf‘s and Sarah‘s hostpitality makes the day quiet comfortable, showing
more or less the complete programm, without any pressure of time.
Thanks to both of you, spending a day with us, we will never forget, comply with our desires.
For sure we will plan such a day again, when we visit the west of Canada next time.
…..and hopefully, that will be soon……..😉
Maria & Christian
Written November 9, 2022
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Maria & Christian thank you so much for the kind words and including us in your jam-packed big Canadian adventure. What am amazing journey you had and we loved hearing all about your travels. We would certainly love to do it all again if you ever find yourself back in Canada, till then enjoy looking through all those pictures. Rolf & Sarah 😊
Written November 27, 2022
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tomshrub
Bath, UK4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
There genuinely are not the words in the English language to express how amazing our time with Rolf was.
Visited Vancouver Island on our honeymoon, mainly to be able to see its amazing wildlife, especially the Whales. We booked with Rolf because we wanted a smaller more personal experience.
I am an amateur photographer so Rolf’s tours were perfect however they are so much more than photo tours, I would recommend to anyone, including families who want an incredible experience, you could not take an single photo and have the most amazing experience.
We did 3 tours with Rolf and saw so much! Lots of Humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles and Orcas.
The days start early, you are out on the water before sunrise, tea/coffee is ready and waiting for you aboard Rolf’s custom made boat, the Ambient Light. Rolf has incredible experience and knowledge of the area, he knows where the wildlife is likely to be given the weather conditions and the tide etc. It was important to us that we saw the animals for what they were: WILD animals. Rolf has so much respect for the wildlife and does not intrude on their activity or chase them. He gets you in a position to observe them from a respectful distance and allows the animals to come into your space. I never ever got the impression that the wildlife was bothered by our presence.
Whilst you are out on the water you are treated to a lovely breakfast and an amazing buffet style lunch, most of it grown/sourced by Rolf himself. Having lunch whilst watching a pod of killer whales is something I will never forget.
This place is somewhere that I have dreamed of coming, Rolf and his amazing team made that dream a reality.

Thank you Rolf and all the team for an experience I will never forget. I hope our paths will cross again.
Written August 20, 2022
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Thank you so much for the kind words Tom, your reaction to watching the whales and your enthusiasm throughout our tours were one of the highlights of my season. We are so glad that you enjoyed the hospitality and look forward to our paths hopefully crossing again in the future. All the best - Rolf
Written November 27, 2022
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