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“once again - just perfect!”

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 14 July 2017

This was our second time with Tide Rip and there sure will be more in the years to come.

Last time we visited the grizzlies in september, they were all full and round from feeding on salmon...this time was all different, but no less awe-inspiring and beautiful - the bears were rather skinny from hibernation and we could observe them grazing and turning rocks, looking for clams.

We spent our lunchtime on a dock in the middle of nowhere, watching two young bears playfight at the shore.

Later on we even saw a mother calmly nursing her three yearlings.

At no time I felt that we were in any way disturbing the everyday life of these bears....that's a major reason why I love Tide Rip Tours.

What's more, there were bald eagles, dolphins and humpback whales! And on our way home we even spotted a huge black bear.

Big thanks to our skipper Daryl, our naturalist James and to Jacky - you all made this a perfect day!

Thank DorisHeimgartner
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wonderfulbc, Manager at Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Thanks for your great comments. Daryl, James and Jackie all feel their jobs are the funnest thing they have ever done. You can’t help but love Knight Inlet and its grizzly bears.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Amazing! If you do one bear tour on Vancouver Island choose this one. It's a full day but you are fed and watered throughout the day. Our guides were Daryl as skipper and James as the guide, both so knowledgeable and helpful. Stopped when we saw any kind of wildlife and tried to find as many bear as possible. It was just lovely sitting back on the boat and chilling whilst watching the bears playing in their natural habitat. Saw Dolphins and Bald Eagles as well. Really enjoyed the day. Thank you so much.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Very knowledgeable skipper and guide, we saw 10 grizzlys in total, even the Tide Rip staff were really impressed. Breakfast and lunch excellent. Definitely worth the money, I have a bridge camera and am happy with my photos, the memories are more important for me. A lot of money but worth it for a once in a life time adventure.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

The tours go out of a picturesque and historic location called Telegraph Cove where you can even spend some time and stay in their campground or one of the historic buildings. When you head out for your tour you get on a boat for a wonderful days adventure that is guided by very competent naturalist who love what they do and know the area well. They take you over to Knight Inlet where you know you will be seeing more bears in one place than you ever expected. Along the way you may see whales or dolphins and the scenery is some of the best in the world. And as if the trip was not enough they even provide a bit of food and refreshment in the form of coffee and muffins on the way out along with some yogurt and lunch is a great treat at the dock in Knight Inlet where you enjoy the beauty of the area while having some great food. This is by far one of the best tours we have ever taken.

Thank Joe W
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

Drove up to Vancouver Island from Seattle and this was definitely the highlight of our trip. We stayed in the Telegraph Cove resort the night before and the tour started at 7 a.m. the next day. Our tour guides were fantastic and really knowledgeable, quick to answer question and you could see the passion for what they are doing.
The boat ride to Knight Inlet takes about two hours with plenty to see on the way. Saw plenty of bald eagles and a couple of whales passed by while we continued our trip.
Temperatures were around 70 degrees that day which apparently is perfect for the bears to come out and be active.
We saw 4 mama bears in total, one individual and three of them with their cubs who were between 1-2 years old. The setting was very intimate with only our boat of 12 people watching the bears who didn't blink at our presence and continued to walk, eat and play along the shore. We definitely took our time and were in no rush watching and taking great shots (highly recommend 70-300mm focal length lens) of the bears. On our way back, we also saw a lot of seals and two black bears who were climbing the rocks right by the water. Allowed us to get super close and take great photos as well. They are super fast climbers! After a quick stop at Lagoon Cove, we came back around 4 p.m. Definitely a once in a lifetime memory and highly recommended!

Thank Ailton007
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