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Our Friendly Office Staff

These are the welcoming smiles that will greet you when you walk into or telephone our Campbell River offices. This group of friendly individuals is always on hand to answer any questions or assist you when booking your Whale Watching & Wildlife Safari or Grizzly Bear Expedition in Bute Inlet.

Heading up this dedicated team of Guest Experience Coordinators are Taya and Michelle. Looking after the day to day running of the office and gift shop they will make sure that your experience from the very first point of contact is professional efficient and friendly.


Guest Experience Coordinator and Onboard Naturalist - I am living my dream, sharing my passion with our guests, helping them plan and book their trips and welcoming them when they check-in. I was brought up in the Netherlands and from childhood have always dreamed of seeing the Killer Whales I had heard and read so much about in the wild. I feel very lucky and grateful that I have been given this opportunity to fulfill this dream. I am enjoying learning about these incredible animals and sharing my passion with our guests, both in the office and as a naturalist!


Guest Experience Coordinator -  I fell in love with Campbell River due to its beauty, nature and wildlife, and just knew I had to move here.  My wish was to find employment with a whale watching company that focussed on conservation and education . . . and here I am!  This is my first season with Discovery Marine Safaris and it's been a lot of fun meeting people that share my passion. I feel very fortunate to be a part of something big, like promoting appreciation for wildlife and nature, encouraging people to preserve our land and oceans!

Behind the scenes

Heike Wieske – President & CEO

As an owner of Discovery Marine Safaris and Stubbs Island Whale Watching I am hoping to have our guests from all over the world fall in love with the beauty of our pristine environment and the amazing wildlife. Our team's mission is to provide marine mammal education with the goal to encourage the protection of our precious oceans.
As of our tours: Having had 12 years of experience in the Marine Tourism industry I have a clear picture of what our visitors expect when they sign up for one of our safaris. I want our guests to really feel our dedication from the moment of your inquiries, your reservations, the check-in and then the actual tour. We have our hearts in what we are doing and our goal is to make this safari the highlight of your trip!

Seeing a whale or Grizzly on a photo is nice but seeing them out in the wild, listing or even smelling them in their natural habitat…. that’s an experience nobody can ever take away from you!!!!  
Can't wait to see you!

Ollie the Orca

Company Mascot - Ollie is our best known team member; she joined our team just before Canada Day in 2010! She is a Resident Orca and loves to eat Salmon. Keep a look out for Ollie she roams the docks and boats, you might even see her downtown Campbell River!!

And by the way.....kids love to give Ollie a good whale hug!


Gaby Chaykowski

Creative & Marketing - I was born and raised in beautiful Bavaria, Germany, where I studied the Art of Graphic Design. My passion has always been nature - and animals in particular. In 1993 I decided to pack my cat and suitcase and move to the land of my dreams.

At Discovery Marine Safaris I make sure we look great and that our customers can easily find us in a crowd when they search for a premier tour operator with ethics and the mission: Your Adventure is Our Passion!


Dominik Friede

Website & IT - Although I have moved permanently to Calgary to join the Calgary Fire Department, I am not completely done with helping Discovery Marine Safaris. I am still keeping a close eye on our website and giving technical support to our team "thanks to Skype"!!

My wife and I are still visiting Vancouver Island frequently. We had our dream wedding on "Tenacious III" on August 15th 2012 and therefore it will always be a special place for us.

Being born in Berlin, Germany, I fell in love with the great Canadian out-doors as soon as I got here. Twenty one years later, and I still get as excited about seeing Orcas and Grizzlies as I did for my first time!! It’s this excitement that keeps me attached to this business.

Let’s make your dreams come true!