Tom Sewid (above) has been promoting Aboriginal adventure tourism and a new series on CHEK (bottom left) on that topic uses Campbell River as its jumping off point for many adventures all over the North Island.

Veteran native guide puts The River on the map

Victoria-based producer says Campbell River was a natural jumping off spot for the shoot

The West Coast wildlife adventures of Campbell River First Nations guide Tom Sewid have made it to television.

And, this city figures prominently as the gateway to great whale watching excitement in the next instalment of his series Aboriginal Adventures.

The series has been airing on CHEK TV and the next show can be seen Monday, Oct. 1 at 9 p.m.

The show’s Victoria-based producer Chris Jaycox says Campbell River was a natural jumping off spot for the shoot because it is a whale watching base. Many of the framing scenes were shot along the city waterfront on First Nations land.

Sewid says Adventure Quest Tours took the film crew to the area of Chatham Point in Johnstone Strait where it filmed humpback whales. Scenes of orcas were shot off Sidney outside Victoria.

“I talked extensively about Campbell River, the gateway to the Orca realm of Johnstone Strait and the Great Bear Rainforest. My goal is to see Campbell River become the prime Vancouver Island destination for tourists seeking wildlife adventures. I want everyone to know that five minutes out of this city you’re in the wilderness,” Sewid says.

In this region Sewid is synonymous with Aboriginal tourism. “Over 30 years of proudly showing our People’s traditional territories has allowed me to lead a life that kept me upon the waters and out in my beloved bush. Throughout the years I have seen or learned of things that most are amazed to see or hear about.

“Aboriginal Adventures Canada now allows me to continue being an Indian guide, that I so enjoy. My clients often state that my tours are so thrilling due to my passion and desire for what I do. So be it. I just enjoy what I do and hopefully I get to bring (tourists) on a journey of new experiences and discovery within my world.”

Jaycox says planning is underway to produce three more Sewid-hosted shows focused on the Spirit Bear. “I really believe these shows are filling a gap in television programming,” the independent producer says.

Just Posted

Families learn to navigate the perils of the Internet

Speaker talks to Campbell River kids, parents about staying safe in a social media world

‘Priceless’ hat stolen from Indigenous art store in Campbell River during break-in

Ernie Smith, co-owner of Awatin Aboriginal Art, looking for help in recovering stolen hat

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

BC Hydro increasing flow down Elk Falls to assist steelhead migration and spawning

Water flows within Elk Falls Canyon are increasing today to assist steelhead… Continue reading

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

VIDEO: Massive elk herd runs across Washington State highway

Elk have been making an appearance in the Pacific Northwest

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Winter storm freezes U.S., halts air travel

Storm dumps snow or heavy rain, snarls travel in much of U.S.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

The incident happened in Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

Most Read