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“Two fantastic trips. Difficult to better!”

Browning Pass Charters
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 October 2013

We stayed for three nights in Tofino and after a lot of research we decided to take two trips, both with Browning Pass Charters. This was as a result of all the positive comments made about Mike the skipper putting his customers and the wildlife first. We were not disappointed when we finally met up with Mike. We were instantly struck by the genuine warmth that exuded from him.
Our first trip was a bear watching one. There were only five customers on this trip so there was plenty of room to move around the boat. Mike was very engaging in explaining about the geography of the area as well as the local wildlife that we may see. Due to Mikes expertise we had nine bear sightings. As previous reviewers have stated Mike allows you ample time to observe the bears without intruding on their personal space. I am keen on wildlife photography and at no time felt rushed. In fact Mike left it to his customers on whether they want to stay with the current sighting or move on. Invariably it was to move on as we had been allowed plenty of time with each sighting.
The weather was mixed but Mike's boat was able to ensures his passengers were kept dry undercover if they wished. This trip lasted over four hours. I felt sorry for customers travelling with some of Mike's competitors who seemed be to flying from one sighting to another on their much shorter trips.
Our second trip was to Freedom Cove to see the 'Floating Gardens'. This is a location that I can highly recommend. The trip out there is very scenic with an abundance of wildlife being a bonus. The first sighting of the gardens in their sheltered cove setting is breathtaking. We were then greeted by one of the two occupants of the gardens, the world renowned ivory carver Wayne ADAMS. We were given a personal tour around the gardens and accommodation areas by Wayne. We were able to learn a lot about Wayne and the inspirations behind his beautiful carvings. It is difficult to adequately describe visiting Freedom Cove except to say I have not stopped talking about the experience or looking at my photographs since. It is a trip that I will never forget.
Back to Mike and Browning Pass Charters. The previous day I had asked Mike if there would be any opportunity to see any Sea Otters. He stated he would alter his return route from the Gardens to visit an area where Sea Otters had been sighted. Mike was true to his word and we stopped on three occasions to allow me to take some photographs.
This trip was once again over four hours in length and excellent value for money.
I can highly recommend Browning Pass Charters as Mike White will ensure that you will take away memories to treasure from whichever trip that you partake in!

Thank steveoCottingham
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We arrived Saturday in Tofino and it was our wish of having a bear watching tour as well as a whale watching tour. After the beautiful weather on Sunday, it was raining today and we were really glad having choosen Mike's boat which offered some shelter from the rain.

From the first minute on we felt welcomed on Mike's boat and really enjoyed his company. We were able to see 4 bears and Mike did everything to accomodate our wishes and lengths of the stops - unless the bear moved earlier into the coppice ...

Thank Bariloche-61
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

What a fabulous experience. Having had 3 glorious weeks in Canada, seeing all the sights and sounds on offer, this trip still managed to blow us away.

From booking the trip, to stepping off the boat - everything was just perfect. Mike is the perfect host & captain. He has all the time in the world for his guests, he knows the waters, he is hugely knowledgable about the wildlife and he knows where they are all hiding too.

Bald eagles started the day, then sea lions, then a bear, and another, and another, then a mum and her cub. And as another Reviewer correctly stated, Mike just turns off the engine & lets you all settle down to watch and listen to the bears - amazing. Couldn't believe how close we got to them and suspect you won't either!

Cannot fault the trip and they didn't charge us for our 3 year old either- which seemed very fair - unlike a whale tour or two.

PS we are utterly smitten with Tofino!

Thank Danny A
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Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

It was such a great time we had with Mike!
We started early with a few more people and straight away Mike made us feel at home.
We could have tea and coffee and Mike is very knowledgable! We loved all his stories and especially his humour!
However most importantly we saw bears and a cub! And we didn't just stay for a minute for the picture everybody wanted... We stayed like 20 minutes or more so we couldnt just see the bears but also observe them, hear them chewing and turning the stones around while the other boats with rarely space to walk around were gone long time.
We loved the trip and can only recommend Mike's Browning Pass!!!

Thank Christianek1
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Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

We have recently returned from Canada and had to write a review of our trip with the bears! Mike is the most fantastic guy - they call him "Mr Bear" locally as he knows where the bears will hang out, and has been doing his trip so long. We set out on a very rainy day but the bears were out in force! We got incredibly close to them, and had a much more intimate experience than other boats seemed to. Mike takes a maximum of 12 on his lovely boat whereas other trips seem to take up to 40. He made us tea and coffee throughout the trip and the boat is very comfortable with lots of room to move around. This is a truly fabulous trip - if you only do one trip in Tofino make it this one!

Thank suzic128
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