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“Amazing experience”
Review of Kynoch Adventures

Kynoch Adventures
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Owner description: Visit Kynoch Adventures in Bella Coola Valley, BC Canada, to explore the Coast Montains and watch Grizzly Bears feeding on wild Pacific Salmon in the company of Bald Eagles, Black Bears, and coastal wildlife. Our tours are conducted from safe and comfortable river boats and expedition rafts, letting you see the wildlife from the river's edge. This is not platform viewing, but real wilderness...
Reviewed 4 March 2013

When organising our trip to Canada, one of the things we really wanted to do was see grizzly bears in the wild, and Kynoch adventures made that possible.

We booked two tours with them, a boat trip down the river and a walking tour.
First we went for the boat trip with Jim. We didn't really know what to expect but were absolutely stunned to see bears, despite that being the point of the tour! The first one we saw was quite close, and we carried on by so as not to disturb him. Then we saw one further up the river on a log jam and later, some fishing for salmon in the river. We also saw some black bears. Jim was very respectful of them, and of course we had to make sure that we weren't approaching them and disturbing them. The surroundings were so quiet and peaceful, it was beautiful. We also saw several bald eagles flying overhead. There were snacks included on the tour too. It was an amazing experience. My husband was so enthralled that went back for another tour the next day with Fraser.
The second trip was a walking tour with Jeff Bray, who runs the Great Bear Chalet. Jeff took us out for a walk through the wilderness surrounding his chalet to see if we could see some bears, and we learnt so much along the way. Jeff is a fascinating guy and so knowledgeable. We saw a mother bear and two cubs a way along the river, and we stopped a while. They weren't very keen to come close to us understandably so we just waited for them to leave. Jeff also took us to his chalet and we were lucky enough to see bears from his deck. Just amazing.

I can't recommend it highly enough.
Bella Coola is a very special place, and all the guys who run these tours know that and want to show it, as well as preserving its natural beauty. It's definitely something I'll never forget.

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Reviewed 20 January 2012

It's all in thier nature. Fraser and Holly are appear to be doing exactly what they should be doing at this point in thier lives. Delivering your eyes to the wonders of the Bella Coola Valley safely and affordably. My only complaint is that there is never enough time in a day to absorb all they know.
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

My wife & I went on some trips with Kynoch Adventures while staying in the Bella Coola valley in September 2011.

Kynoch arranged for us to take a half day hike with Jeff Bray accompanied by his friendly dog Bindy. We met Jeff at his lodge (Great Bear Chalet, check out the website) and had a great morning hiking around various spots along the river looking for bears. Jeff delivered us a great viewing through the trees of a lone grizzly bear fishing for salmon in the river below us. We watched for a while as the bear wandered up river and out of sight around the next bend - it was a very exhilirating experience.

Kynoch operate out of Bella Coola Mountain Lodge in Hagesborg and are run by Fraser & Holly who also run the lodge. Fraser and his dad Las (spelling?) took us on two bear drifts down the Atnarko River in inflatable rafts. We saw bears on each trip both grizzly & black. Scenery is also spectacular and the raft is fitted with comfortable seating with snacks & hot tea served along the route. Fraser & Las were both very entertaining and happy to share stories of their extensive world travels and life in the BC valley. We really enjoyed both trips - a real highlight of our Canadian tour. Highly recommended.

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