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Gilakas’la! Welcome to one of the best grizzly bear viewing experiences in the world.

World Class Wildlife Viewing

Knight Inlet Lodge is an Indigenous-owned wildlife viewing destination in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

We invite you to spend your days viewing magnificent Grizzly Bears & Incredible Wildlife, and your nights enjoying fine dining and accommodation in the most spectacular natural environment…

Booking is open now for the 2024 and 2025 seasons (May 21 to October 15).

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Grizzly Bear Viewing & Whale Watching

Knight Inlet Lodge offers unique spring-to-fall grizzly bear tours and seasonal marine and whale watching tours during your 4 to 6 night stay at our west coast-style floating lodge.

Choose from a range of options to see bears and marine wildlife in one of the most magnificent natural settings in the world, surrounded by ancient forests and snow-capped mountains.

Knight Inlet Lodge

Grizzly Bear Viewing

Knight Inlet is home to a dense population of grizzlies. It is common for numerous bears to be near our lodge throughout the season, and especially during the fall when the salmon are running in nearby rivers.

Enjoy the experience of seeing grizzly bears in the wild on our 2—3 night tour packages.

Located in the Great Bear Rainforest

Knight Inlet Lodge, 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Vancouver, lies in the southern reaches of one of the last intact temperate rainforests on earth, the Great Bear Rainforest – home to Indigenous peoples, ancient forests, and wild bears since time immemorial.

Your Home Away From Home

Arriving at the lodge by floatplane from vancouver island in the morning, your adventure begins right away we will provide you a lodge orientation and safety briefing, then head straight out on the first tour of the day. after returning to the lodge and enjoying a delicious lunch, you will participate on two more tours, including bear viewing. at the end of your day come and relax in the privacy of your room, or join other guests in the lounge or on the water front deck before dinner.  , accommodation.

Our guest rooms feature queen size beds and private bathrooms with showers. Some of our rooms have capacity for families of up to 4.

All rooms enjoy either views of the inlet, or the shoreline behind the lodge, where bears are often spotted.

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Seafood like crab, salmon or prawns are harvested fresh from Knight Inlet allowing our Chef to offer the most glorious West Coast cuisine! Served with fine wines, our tasty menu is locally sourced from Knight Inlet, plus other fresh local ingredients flown in daily.

With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary needs.

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A Sustainable Legacy

As an Indigenous-owned, fly-in wildlife viewing destination, we at Knight Inlet Lodge take our corporate and environmental stewardship responsibilities seriously. We work hard to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and are doing everything we can to minimize our environmental footprint.

Bear and Salmon

Committed to Conservation

We are strong advocates for sustainable fisheries and wildlife management policies in the Great Bear Rainforest.

We also support and facilitate independent research on bear-human interactions, which is integrated into our bear viewing management plans.

In 2017 we successfully helped to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in British Columbia.

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A Dedicated Team

A tight-knit team of dedicated, like-minded people, with years of experience managing and operating a remote tourist destination like Knight Inlet Lodge, offer our guests the highest quality service and expertise.

From our on-site managers to our guides, our chefs to our technical staff – we all can’t wait to welcome you to our own working home away from home!

Knight Inlet Lodge

Decades of Experience

Knight Inlet Lodge is owned by an Indigenous partnership of five First Nations whose stewardship and conservation knowledge and experience goes back to time immemorial

Knight Inlet Lodge, founded in the 1990s, has been a hallmark of not only hospitality, but grizzly bear and pacific salmon conservation and responsible environmental stewardship for decades.

Vancouver Island View

Campbell River Grizzly Bear Tours

Although over the years there have been sightings of Grizzly bears on Vancouver Island, officially, they don’t live here. So, if you want to view these magnificent brown bears, a guided tour to the inlets of the mainland is what you are after. And there are several Vancouver Island Grizzly Bear Tours to choose from.

The tours mentioned below leave from Campbell River and head to either Bute or Toba Inlet and typically run from mid to late August until mid-October . Grizzly bear tours also leave from the north island; however, I will leave those for another post.

Grizzly bear tours aren’t cheap, and it’s an all-day adventure, but if seeing grizzlies up close is on your bucket list, do it! It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that you won’t regret. As an added bonus, you will most likely see other wildlife along the way.

Grizzly Bear Tours of Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island View

Grizzly Bear Tours – Campbell River to Bute Inlet

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Operated by Homalco Tours , this 100% indigenous-owned tour company provides an immersive indigenous experience. Join an Indigenous guide and visit the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nations in Bute Inlet. This one-of-a-kind adventure provides bear viewing, whale watching, and cultural exploration.

During the boating portion of your trip (2 hours – one way), you travel in a covered and heated vessel and will be supplied coffee and /or tea, as well as lunch and snacks. Once you arrive at your destination, you are transported to a mini-bus, and trained guides take you to viewing platforms to watch the bears in their natural habitat.

On your return trip to Campbell River, the guides watch for whale activity and show you more cultural sites.

The duration of your trip is approximately 7- 8 hours.

Book now: Great Bears of Bute

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Grizzly Bear Expedition

This tour, operated by Big Animal Encounters , offers you a scenic boat ride through Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park on your way to Bute Inlet. Desolation Sound is a spectacular location to spot whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. Lunch, snacks, tea, coffee and water are supplied.

Once you arrive at your destination, you are greeted by a member of the Holmalco First Nations, who takes you to your safe viewing location to watch the bears. This tour runs from mid-August until mid-October. Going later in the season gives you an even better opportunity to view grizzlies catching and eating migrating salmon.

Duration is approximately 9 hours.

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Grizzly Bear Tours – Campbell River to Toba Inlet

The Toba Inlet tours take you to the beautiful jewel-coloured waters of the Klite River. Along the way, you will view the incredible steep walls of Toba Inlet and the thundering waterfalls that tumble into the ocean.

Once you arrive, you are greeted by members of the Klahoose First Nations. These trained guides provide you transportation by mini-bus to the four viewing platforms. From there, you watch the bears in their natural habitat from a relatively safe distance. As these tours typically run from late August until mid-October , you see grizzlies gorging on fish in preparation for hibernation.

While observing the bears, you may have the opportunity to see other wildlife, such as black bears, wolves, cougars, elk and deer. You spend 3 hours at the viewing platforms. It sounds like a lot of time, but trust me, you won’t want to leave!

Book your Toba Inlet Tour here: Toba Inlet Grizzly Bear Tour .

The Klahoose First Nations works with the following tour operators:

  • Westcoast Grizzly Bear Tours – This tour departs at 10:00 a.m. and is approximately 8 – 9 hours long. Lunch is included.
  • Eagle Eye Adventures – The tour departs at 8:00 or 8:15 a.m. (with a meeting time of half an hour prior). The tour includes lunch and snacks, onboard wildlife education, gloves, hats, survival suits, sunscreen and onboard washrooms.
  • Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventures Tours – This 9 – 10 hour tour departs at 7:00 a.m., providing more time to view marine mammals. Lunch and onboard washrooms are provided.

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My Personal Experience

We have our own boat and aren’t afraid to take it on long journeys. And we also know that if we head towards the mainland inlets, we will most likely see a few grizzlies foraging on the shore. So, last fall, we decided to make the trek down Toba Inlet on our own. However, it wasn’t as successful as we’d hoped.

We DID spot a mama grizzly and her two young cubs foraging on the shore. However, we could not get close enough to them for my images to turn out. And we also discovered that once we arrived at the end of Toba Inlet, you HAVE to be on a tour to get to the platforms. So, our adventure was a bit of a bust. And we realized purchasing a tour was the way to get what we were after.

And so we did, and it was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had!

We went with a company called Aboriginal Journeys , which was amazing. Our tour guide, Gary, was awesome, but the bears were the ultimate highlight. It’s the ability to see grizzlies walking down the river 20 feet in front of you, searching for fish. It’s the awe you feel when observing these magnificent creatures so close.

Is it scary? I guess it should be, for you are really close to them. However, I found the experience exhilarating, not scary. Being that close to a large creature with sharp teeth and claws that’s been known to attack humans is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, if viewing bears is on your bucket list, what are you waiting for?

This truly is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I would absolutely LOVE to do again.

A Quick Note

My experience was with only one company, so I can’t vouch for any other tour operators mentioned above. (Other than the gracious Klahoose First Nations guides we met on our Toba Inlet tour). However, before I mention any company/business on Vancouver Island View, I always check online reviews. Each tour operator noted above gets rave reviews. So, no matter which one you choose, I have no doubt you will have a wonderful experience.

Places to Stay in Campbell River

If you are coming from afar, you may want to spend the night in Campbell River to make your long tour day more enjoyable.

Here’s a great place to start for hotels, motels and resorts: Campbell River Accommodations .

If you are looking for vacation rentals, check these out: Vrbo Vacation Rentals in Campbell River .

Have you been on a Grizzly Bear tour out of Campbell River? Let us know about your adventure in the comment section below.

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I went on a tour with Westcoast Grizzly in Sept 2021. I loved it. The guide from Klahoose First Nation was amazing. The group got to see four grizzlies on the river hunting the salmon. I got quite a few photos of them tearing the salmon between their mouth and claws, amazing. And like Kim said the viewing platforms are great, the bears were not that far from us but you felt safe. For our lunch (before we got to the inlet) we stopped at the Toba Inlet waterfalls, they are beautiful. On our return to Campbell River the tour guide on the boat did his best to keep an eye and ear out for orcas and dolphins. We got to see a few humpbacks. I plan on going out again next year, just saving up for it. I highly recommend doing one.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, Trish! And yes, I’d love to go on another one again too.

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Homalco Tour - The Great Bears of Bute

Embark on an epic 8-hour adventure around Orford Bay and Bute Inlet by boat to respectfully watch grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest. See elk, bald eagles and other wildlife roaming around the area. After you get off the boat, explore Orford Bay by bus—listening to exciting stories about local history with an expert guide. Learn all about Orford Bay and the wildlife living around the area before you head back to Campbell River.

Tour highlights 

  • Bus to prime wildlife viewing hotspots to watch for bears, elk, bald eagles, and more roaming the area.
  • Look for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions and more as you explore Orford Bay by boat with an expert guide.
  • Enjoy lunch on the boat in Orford Bay with gorgeous views of the estuary and its spectacular mountain surroundings.
  • Listen to local stories about the bears, salmon, Homalco people and their significant ties to the land.

Tour available from August 15 to October 31

Activity policies

Activity price includes fuel surcharge, bear conservation and salmon conservation fee. 

Guests must be 10 years or older and must be physically fit enough to walk up stairs

Lunch is included in the tour. Please let BC Ferries Vacations know if you have any dietary restrictions. 

Tour Availability:  please note a minimum of six participants is required for the tour to take place.  Should there not be enough guests, the tour can be cancelled and a BC Ferries Vacations representative will notify you.

Meeting Location:  Coast Marina, 1003 B Island Highway, Campbell River, BC

Guests are to arrive at the meeting location 30 minutes prior to departure.

The Great Bears of Bute Tour is available to enjoy from August 15 to October 31

AVAILABLE IN  Campbell River, BC 

From october 16 - october 31, $ 569.00.

+ taxes and fees, per adult

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Great Bears of Bute: Grizzly Bear Viewing & Indigenous Cultural Tour

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  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Tailored to dietary requirements
  • Restroom on board
  • Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours, 1003 B Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C7, Canada Homalco Tours is located at the Coast Marina, 1003B Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C4. The office is located next to Dockside Fish & Chips. All-day parking is available at the Tyee Plaza Shopping Centre across the street.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests must be able to climb stairs
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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  • You'll start at Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours 1003 B Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C7, Canada Homalco Tours is located at the Coast Marina, 1003B Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C4. The office is located next to Dockside Fish & Chips. All-day parking is available at the Tyee Plaza Shopping Centre across the street. See address & details
  • 1 Salish Sea Stop: 2 hours See details
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  • 67cliffm 0 contributions 1.0 of 5 bubbles Beware of employees Hmmm where do I start, sure they a good tour guide company. They have pretty good tours and places to visit, I’ve been on a few tours but I think they need to take a second look at there staff and the people they hire, maybe do a criminal record check or a background check?? Cuz sure they seem nice and all but trust me I’ve seen it first hand, they will act all nice and stuff but if you don’t give them an amazing tip or you ask them anything and they will complain about you after and talk bad about you behind your back cuz they really aren’t very nice, sure some of them are but more so the tour guide Cassandra, Somthing is wrong with her, guarantee that she’s fornicated with many many fellow co workers on and off the job site, even her own nephew. So just beware who you book a tour with thank you. Read more Written February 22, 2024
  • maryfrancesm2014 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great Bears of Bute Island This tour led by Xwemalhkwu First Nation was beyond extraordinary. It was called the Great Bears of Bute Island. Meeting in Campbell River, BC on an early fall morning, we boarded a brand new boat with indoor/outdoor space, comfortable chairs and a bathroom! Traveling north for 2 hours we learned about the bears from our knowledgeable guide and viewed the most incredible scenery. Upon arriving at Bute Inlet we were greeted by more guides who took us under their wings to explore the area by bus to safe forest stands to observe the bears. We saw 8 Grizzlies and 2 Black Bears and other wildlife. We felt perfectly safe as our guides took many safety precautions. A delicious lunch and dialogue on the way back made for an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend this tour. Read more Written November 9, 2023
  • C1430ADmichellec 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Fate It was truly fate that we ended up on this tour. We were told they were booked for the 1 day we were there but I insisted we go to the dock. We met Captain Ron on the boardwalk. Super nice fella. Got on the next tour. Janice was so informative. Pictures of the different animals. I loved the blessing she gave before departing. Being end of season, no promises but we saw it all. Humpbacks, sea lions, seals and a variety of birds. I loved the tenacity of these 2 to ensure we saw whales. Boat was very nice and warm. Skipper was impressive with his skill set. We had an awesome time and I would recommend this tour Read more Written October 27, 2023
  • sirchurchy 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Incredible! Big recommendation! Amazing experience to come soo close to these incredible animals! We were able to spot a few bald eagles, 5 grizzlies, 2 black bears and lots of other stunners which nature has to offer! Also the cultural part about the heritage of the Homalco tribe was very interesting. On our way back we have also been very lucky to spot a few Orcas passing by 😍 Read more Written October 20, 2023
  • MarkV68 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles ORCAS & HUMPBACKS Great day out and an hour longer than what was on offer in Victoria (an hour south). No guarantees but the team did all they could and we saw orcas and humpbacks on the trip. Some boats were lucky to have them surface nearby too and whilst they may have better photos, that comes down to pot luck not a whale preferring another boat. The main point is all boats tried to maintain a reasonable distance but you can't help where they pop up. Read more Written October 20, 2023
  • AuntyCChobham 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Cannot be beaten Stunning trip with fabulous First Nation tour guides. Don’t bother looking anywhere else! Great service and ooodles of bears and wildlife Read more Written October 9, 2023
  • E1906QKbarb 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Awesome experience Our experience went beyond our expectations. Ron, Cassie, Tony and Ian ensured that not only did we see grizzlies, up very close but we learnt something of the Homalco Nation, we saw humpbacks, sea lions and rode the mighty Arron Rapids. Thank you for giving us a very memorable day, with magnificent photos to remind us of your hospitality and keep our friends in awe. Read more Written October 7, 2023
  • N6818JLsharonl 0 contributions 3.0 of 5 bubbles Not totally as expected We did not see whales or bears. I thought the promise was 90% success so what are the odds I would be part of the 10%. We did see Dalls porpoise, sea lions and eagles as well as beautiful scenery. The boat was very comfortable, especially when raining, when everyone had a seat inside the heated cabin. Read more Written October 4, 2023
  • jodia592 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Whale watching The crew was knowledgeable and kind. The vessel was comfortable, modern and clean. The scenery was breathtaking. I highly recommend getting out to experience Campbell River from the water. Small group sizes. It is was a rainy day but we were still comfortable and dry with excellent views from indoors with the option to sit outside or pop in and out for viewing. Read more Written October 3, 2023
  • joelu250 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Wonderful Absolutely amazing and fun. We are so thankful for the Homalco nation welcoming us to visit their home. We had a blast. Saw so many grizzly bears. Heard wonderful stories about their history. Calvin and Stewart were awesome, informative and funny. We can’t wait to back. Read more Written October 1, 2023
  • Dan M 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles This tour was worth every cent. Do yourself a favour and go. We did the great bears of Bute tour and give this tour 20/10 stars! It was amazing. We 100% recommend this company. We had an amazing day. We were fortunate enough to see 11 different Grizzleys during Salmon run. We had fabulous bear guides Calvin and Wilson who were very knowledgeable, and provided not only very informative bear facts, but also shared stories about their people, their culture and their Frist Nations stories. We also had Jeff and Flavian as our naturalist and boat captain who were also wonderful and knowledgeable. We were able to see humpbacks, sealions, and even dalls porpoises on the boat trip to and from. Thank you again for an incredible experience. Read more Written September 23, 2023
  • Jane M 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great experience! The guide for the tour was knowledgeable, entertaining and approachable. Answered all my questions. The boat driver was so good- he was on the lookout at all times for marine wildlife and cruised slowly when he saw any, which were porpoises, dolphins and sea lions. He showed us where local indigenous villages were, and the impact of actions dictated by the Indian Act affected indigenous people. I felt safe on the boat, and on the bus and when I was outside the bus viewing the grizzles. I saw eagles and an elk and lots of migrating fish! Super experience. Read more Written September 23, 2023
  • D3923DDkevinc 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Go for the bears, stay for the culture This trip started out as another bear viewing trip and became so much more after meeting Kalvin and Gloria our hosts from Holmalco. Seeing bears in the wild was great, but listening to Kalvin and Gloria share their language and their way of life made this trip far more than just a wildlife viewing advantage. Their passion and knowledge of their heritage along with their willingness to share made me look deep into myself and gave me a desire to be a better more humble person. Lim'limpt Read more Written September 20, 2023
  • Lorraine A 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Excellent afternoon whale watching on a comfortable boat with great captain and crew member. We chose this company because we wanted to support a First Nations business. We were fortunate to have seen 6 humpback whales, including one that breached! three orcas, as well as some seals. The scenery alone is worth the trip. The captain - Holly - and crew - Janet - were very competent and respectful of the animals. We were happy to have seats both inside and out. A hot drink and granola bar were a welcome snack. We would highly recommend this outing. Read more Written September 20, 2023
  • donm989 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Bears and so much more Safely observing bears in the wilds was our goal, which we achieved but also along the way observed whales breaching, orcas hunting, eagles soaring, sea lions barking and porpoises swimming. But the bears….we were told to be patient and to keep as quiet as humans can which we did. Then on tower 5 at confluence of two rivers along came a hungry bear, then another with a cub, then more and more, each seen to be accepting of our curiosity as they swam or pawed for food. A truly wonderful experience made possible by the expert and caring guides. Brilliant! Read more Written September 20, 2023

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Moscow Metro Tour

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Moscow metro private tours.

  • 2-hour tour $87:  10 Must-See Moscow Metro stations with hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 3-hour tour $137:  20 Must-See Moscow Metro stations with Russian lunch in beautifully-decorated Metro Diner + hotel pick-up and drop off. 
  • Metro pass is included in the price of both tours.

Highlight of Metro Tour

  • Visit 10 must-see stations of Moscow metro on 2-hr tour and 20 Metro stations on 3-hr tour, including grand Komsomolskaya station with its distinctive Baroque décor, aristocratic Mayakovskaya station with Soviet mosaics, legendary Revolution Square station with 72 bronze sculptures and more!
  • Explore Museum of Moscow Metro and learn a ton of technical and historical facts;
  • Listen to the secrets about the Metro-2, a secret line supposedly used by the government and KGB;
  • Experience a selection of most striking features of Moscow Metro hidden from most tourists and even locals;
  • Discover the underground treasure of Russian Soviet past – from mosaics to bronzes, paintings, marble arches, stained glass and even paleontological elements;
  • Learn fun stories and myths about Coffee Ring, Zodiac signs of Moscow Metro and more;
  • Admire Soviet-era architecture of pre- and post- World War II perious;
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Sparrow Hills from Luzhniki Metro Bridge – MetroMost, the only station of Moscow Metro located over water and the highest station above ground level;
  • If lucky, catch a unique «Aquarelle Train» – a wheeled picture gallery, brightly painted with images of peony, chrysanthemums, daisies, sunflowers and each car unit is unique;
  • Become an expert at navigating the legendary Moscow Metro system;
  • Have fun time with a very friendly local;
  • + Atmospheric Metro lunch in Moscow’s the only Metro Diner (included in a 3-hr tour)

Hotel Pick-up

Metro stations:.

Komsomolskaya

Novoslobodskaya

Prospekt Mira

Belorusskaya

Mayakovskaya

Novokuznetskaya

Revolution Square

Sparrow Hills

+ for 3-hour tour

Victory Park

Slavic Boulevard

Vystavochnaya

Dostoevskaya

Elektrozavodskaya

Partizanskaya

Museum of Moscow Metro

  • Drop-off  at your hotel, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills or any place you wish
  • + Russian lunch  in Metro Diner with artistic metro-style interior for 3-hour tour

Fun facts from our Moscow Metro Tours:

From the very first days of its existence, the Moscow Metro was the object of civil defense, used as a bomb shelter, and designed as a defense for a possible attack on the Soviet Union.

At a depth of 50 to 120 meters lies the second, the coded system of Metro-2 of Moscow subway, which is equipped with everything you need, from food storage to the nuclear button.

According to some sources, the total length of Metro-2 reaches over 150 kilometers.

The Museum was opened on Sportivnaya metro station on November 6, 1967. It features the most interesting models of trains and stations.

Coffee Ring

The first scheme of Moscow Metro looked like a bunch of separate lines. Listen to a myth about Joseph Stalin and the main brown line of Moscow Metro.

Zodiac Metro

According to some astrologers, each of the 12 stops of the Moscow Ring Line corresponds to a particular sign of the zodiac and divides the city into astrological sector.

Astrologers believe that being in a particular zadiac sector of Moscow for a long time, you attract certain energy and events into your life.

Paleontological finds 

Red marble walls of some of the Metro stations hide in themselves petrified inhabitants of ancient seas. Try and find some!

  • Every day each car in  Moscow metro passes  more than 600 km, which is the distance from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
  • Moscow subway system is the  5th in the intensity  of use (after the subways of Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai).
  • The interval in the movement of trains in rush hour is  90 seconds .

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow tour.
  • + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility during the walking tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
  • + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants. Discounts on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

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Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro Tour is included in most guided tours’ itineraries. Opened in 1935, under Stalin’s regime, the metro was not only meant to solve transport problems, but also was hailed as “a people’s palace”. Every station you will see during your Moscow metro tour looks like a palace room. There are bright paintings, mosaics, stained glass, bronze statues… Our Moscow metro tour includes the most impressive stations best architects and designers worked at - Ploshchad Revolutsii, Mayakovskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kievskaya, Novoslobodskaya and some others.

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The guide will not only help you navigate the metro, but will also provide you with fascinating background tales for the images you see and a history of each station.

And there some stories to be told during the Moscow metro tour! The deepest station - Park Pobedy - is 84 metres under the ground with the world longest escalator of 140 meters. Parts of the so-called Metro-2, a secret strategic system of underground tunnels, was used for its construction.

During the Second World War the metro itself became a strategic asset: it was turned into the city's biggest bomb-shelter and one of the stations even became a library. 217 children were born here in 1941-1942! The metro is the most effective means of transport in the capital.

There are almost 200 stations 196 at the moment and trains run every 90 seconds! The guide of your Moscow metro tour can explain to you how to buy tickets and find your way if you plan to get around by yourself.

Getting Here

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours depart from the Coast Marina in Campbell River, BC. Tours typically take place around the Discovery Islands and can include Bute Inlet – the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nation.

Our cultural and wildlife tours include experiences that take place in the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nation in Bute Inlet. All of our tours conveniently depart from the Coast Marina at 1003 B Island Highway, Campbell River, BC near downtown. We are located next to the BC Ferries Campbell River terminal and right beside Dockside Fish & Chips .

Parking for Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours

Our downtown-friendly location is just a short walk from the Campbell River Visitor Centre , Campbell River Art Gallery, Coast Discovery Inn , Comfort Inn & Suites , and a ton of downtown shops and services.

There is free parking directly across the road at Tyee Plaza and Shoppers Row . Please do not park in areas designated for the Coast Discovery Inn.

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Vancouver to Campbell River

Travelling from Vancouver to Campbell River by land is easy. From Vancouver, you can travel to Nanaimo via BC Ferries from either the Horseshoe Bay or Tsawwassen terminals. Once in Nanaimo, follow signs to the Nanaimo Parkway (Highway 19) and head north to Campbell River. The highway will intersect in Campbell River with Highway 19A, where you’ll want to park across from Coast Marina at the Tyee Plaza where there is plenty of free parking. See map for additional details .

You can fly directly from Vancouver (YVR) to Campbell River (YBL) on Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, or Pacific Coastal Airlines. From there you can rent a car, call a cab, or use the airport shuttle to reach your preferred accommodation. All tours depart from Coast Marina, so we recommend staying somewhere close by for convenience.

If you have your own boat, you can travel from Vancouver to Campbell River by sea. Arriving in Campbell River, there’s moorage available at Coast Marina, Campbell River Fisherman’s Warf or Discovery Harbour Marina for personal watercraft. All tours depart from Coast Marina, making that location the most convenient option.

Victoria to Campbell River

From Victoria to Campbell River is approximately a 3-hour drive.  Find your way to the Trans Canada Highway and follow it North to Nanaimo, where the road will turn into Highway 19. Follow signs for Campbell River. Once in Campbell River, the highway will intersect with Highway 19A, where you’ll want to park across from Coast Marina at the Tyee Plaza where there is plenty of free parking. See map for additional details .

You can fly directly from Victoria (YYJ) to Campbell River (YBL) on Air Canada or Pacific Coastal Airlines. From there, you can rent a car, call a cab, or use the airport shuttle to reach your preferred accommodation. All tours depart from Coast Marina, so we recommend staying somewhere close by for convenience.

If you have your own boat you can travel from Victoria to Campbell River by sea. Arriving in Campbell River, there’s moorage available at Coast Marina, Campbell River Fisherman’s Warf or Discovery Harbour Marina for personal watercraft. All tours depart from Coast Marina, making it the most convenient option.

From Nanaimo & The Comox Valley

Driving from Nanaimo to Campbell River takes approximately 1.5 hours. In Nanaimo, follow either the Island Highway (Highway 1) or Nanaimo Parkway (Highway 19) North towards Campbell River. For a slower, more scenic journey, you can follow the Oceanside Route along Highway 19A. The highway will intersect in Campbell River with Highway 19A, where you’ll want to park across from Coast Marina at the Tyee Plaza where there is plenty of free parking. See map for additional details .

You can fly directly into Campbell River (YBL) from Nanaimo (YYC) on Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, or Pacific Coastal Airlines to reach your preferred accommodation. All tours depart from Coast Marina, so we recommend staying somewhere close by for convenience.

Arriving in Campbell River, there’s moorage available at Coast Marina, Campbell River Fisherman’s Warf or Discovery Harbour Marina for personal watercraft. All tours depart from Coast Marina, so this is the most convenient option.

Powell River to Campbell River

Powell River is on the Upper Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. While Powell River and the Sunshine Coast are considered part of the mainland of BC, it is only accessible by ferry, boat or float plane. Because of this, you’ll be unable to drive directly from Powell River to Campbell River.

You can take a short flight on a Harbour Air float plane directly from Powell River to Comox, rent a car and then drive from Comox to Campbell River (about a 45-minute drive on the Old Island Highway), or take the Island Link Bus .

To get from Powell River on the Sunshine Coast to Campbell River on Vancouver Island, you’ll need to take a ferry or boat to Comox and then drive to Campbell River.  

By BC Ferry – Take the ferry from Westview (Powell River) to Little River (Comox) . It’s highly recommended you reserve your ferry in advance. It’s a 1.5-hour sailing where you can take your vehicle or walk on as a foot passenger. From the Comox ferry terminal (Little River), you can take the Oceanside Route – Highway 19A (also known as the Old Island Highway) right to where the Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours dock. Much of the Old Island highway has beautiful scenery and is beside the ocean. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from the Little River ferry terminal to the Campbell River Coast Marina. 

By Water Taxi – A few water taxi companies will take you directly from Powell River, Lund or Savary Island to the Campbell River Coast Marina, which is where our tours leave form. 

By Charter – Book your private, fully customizable boat charter where you can explore the Discovery Islands and Salish Sea on an exclusive wildlife and cultural adventure. Please reach out at 1-250-923-0602 or [email protected] for more information or to book.

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