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Private Custom Wildlife Photo & Family Tours

with professional photographer Rolf Hicker

Grizzly bear knight inlet

Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Maximum 4 guests, bears, whales & sea otters, boat tours leaving from Alder Bay, Telegraph Cove or Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island.

Rolf Hicker's small group wildlife boat tours are ideal for families, couples, special needs and photographers of all levels.

"My personal and intimate photo & family boat tours are visiting the most beautiful scenic places around Northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Traditional Territories of the Kwakwaka'wakw People. While having a chance to photograph and watch grizzly bears, black bears, killer whales, humpback whales, dolphins, bald eagles, sea otters and other wildlife."

Rolf Hicker is a full-time award-winning professional photographer for 35+ years in the field of wildlife, nature and travel photography. He has known and photographed the area around Northern Vancouver Island for 35+ years. He is also a certified bear-viewing guide as well as a trained marine mammal naturalist.


He shows great respect toward First Nations, nature and its animals, and the conscience of the heritage of land and ocean.
Born and raised in Freising, Germany, Rolf immigrated to Canada, British Columbia, in 2004 and made beautiful Northern Vancouver Island his home, where he also offers
 The Artists Point Bed & Breakfast.

"adventurous day will be etched in my memory forever"

Review by Carmen B (from Tripadvisor)

Come and join Rolf's small group adventure photo boat tours and tap into his experience. He has a lot of knowledge, tricks, tips and stories to share.

Highlights of the boat-based photography tours are grizzly bear watching in scenic Knight Inlet along the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, as well as photographing and watching killer whales, humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters, eagles and other wildlife in the Broughton Archipelago Provincial Marine Park, all within First Nations Territory in British Columbia.

The land-based adventure tours are ideal if you want to enhance your photography skills further. On these tours, we visit the rocky beaches along the wild West Coast, the sandy beaches of Cape Scott Provincial Park as well as beautiful scenic spots on Northern Vancouver Island.

I also offer whale-watching tours as well as sunset whale-watching photo tours.

All my tours are individually tailored to your needs (no need to be a photographer) and have a maximum of 4 participants.

"Adventure photo tour" because I want to ensure that you will discover the best photo opportunities, create beautiful images with your camera or simply encounter those rare moments that result in unforgettable memories. This ethical personal tour is for the experience and not only to get the best pictures.

Rol Hicker - owner/bear watching guide

" I can't promise you any wildlife but I can promise YOU to do everything to make it the very best day possible" - Rolf Hicker

Rolf Hicker Photo Tours Reviews

A spectacular wildlife tour with a wonderful host! Highly recommend - do not miss!

DeshikaA2 - Tripadvisor

Cute grizzly bear cubs photo tour

Knight Inlet

Bears, Wildlife & Scenery Tour

The main focus of the full day Knight Inlet tour is grizzly bear watching in Knight Inlet and Glendale Cove as well as the stunning scenery of the inlet and other wildlife, including whales.

killer whales at sunset foto tour

Broughton Archipelago

Whales, Wildlife & Scenery Tour

Most of the time will be spent whale watching and exploring the beautiful scenery of the Broughton Archipelago. Islands, black bears, whales and other wildlife.

cute sea otter waving sea otter photo tour

Wild West Coast
Sea otters, whales & West Coast

This tour is all about the super cute sea otters on the West Coast. We will be spending most time in an fairly well protected Inlet. There is also always a good chance to see humpback whales, eagles and sometimes even orcas.

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