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Whale Watching

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Whale watching, Gulf Islands (Tom Ryan photo)

Whale watching in British Columbia is an extraordinary experience. Set out on a whale-watching tour to spot Orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, Pacific grey whales – all in their natural habitats.

Whale-watching opportunities abound May through October, and tours leave from major cities such as Vancouver and Victoria, along with more remote locations such as Northern BC and off the north and west coasts of Vancouver Island (named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of North America’s Best Whale Watching Spots in 2010).

Choose from a range of whale-watching tours, such as a few hours on an open-air high-speed Zodiac; a full day spent on a comfortable cruiser with indoor seating and spacious viewing deck; or even a historic sailboat for a week-long luxury adventure.

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SpringTide Whale Tours & Charters - Victoria

1119 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T7
Websitehttp://www.VictoriaWhaleWatching.com
Toll-free800-470-3474
Phone250-384-4444

SpringTide's 61' Marauder IV provides the perfect platform for whale viewing & photography with 360° viewing decks & a terrific sound system to capture underwater vocalizations. Expert Biologists provide informative lectures, while you enjoy free hot beverages, comfortable indoor/outdoor seating & spacious washroom facilities. Charter Marauder for your private events. Just for the thrill of it, suit-up for a Zodiac tour! Naturalist interpretations throughout your excursion covering biology & behaviour of whales, marine mammals & birds. 3 hour tours from April through October. Day trips, including transportation &/or hotels are available from Vancouver & Seattle. Sportfishing Charters Available on 42' Sportfish Yacht.

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Steveston Seabreeze Adventures - Richmond

12551 No 1 Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 1T7
Websitehttp://www.seabreezeadventures.ca
Toll-free888-272-7203
Phone604-272-7200

Departing historic Steveston village, 'Gateway to the Orcas', join us for a cruise through the Gulf Islands in search of orcas & other whales. Along the way, be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, porpoises & aquatic birds, as well as the majestic bald eagles.

The boats are semi-enclosed with an upper viewing deck. The small group size of 23 passengers allows you freedom to move around the vessel. We are an owner-operated company & each tour is fully narrated. We have on-board washroom facilities & complimentary water & coffee are provided. Pre-ordered lunch is also available.

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Stubbs Island Whale Watching - Telegraph Cove

24 Boardwalk
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
V0N 3J0
Websitehttp://www.stubbs-island.com
Toll-free800-665-3066
Phone250-928-3185

Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 35th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, the Whale Watching Capital of BC, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound & Broughton Archipelago Area.

You'll love our island, the magnificent mammals & bird species you'll see, and the friendly people you'll meet. Depending on the season, you may see Orca (Killer Whales), Humpback Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Dall's Porpoise, Minke Whales, Bears, Steller Sea Lions & various birds.

Cruise in comfort in our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa or the 40 foot (12 metre) MV Kuluta which have heated cabins & toilets, hydrophone (underwater microphone) so that you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.

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Vancouver Whale Watch - Richmond

210-12240 Second Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3L8
Websitehttp://www.vancouverwhalewatch.com
Toll-free
Phone604-274-9565

Go whale watching with Vancouver Whale Watch celebrating 15 years of whale watching from the lower mainland in 2014. This adventure of a lifetime starts in picturesque Steveston, travelling through the spectacular Gulf & San Juan Islands. We offer whale watching, wildlife viewing & nature tours in open or semi-covered zodiac style vessels. See Orcas (Killer Whales), Dall's porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles & seals in their natural habitat. The only company with Zodiac style boats, we ensure a safe & stable ride for all ages. Avoid ferry hassles by taking your tour direct from Vancouver. Shuttle service from downtown Vancouver available or free all day parking.

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Wild Whales Vancouver - Vancouver

1806 Mast Tower Rd
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 4B6
Websitehttp://www.whalesvancouver.com
Toll-free
Phone604-699-2011

Wild Whales Vancouver is the only dedicated whale-watching company departing from Vancouver. The Wild Whales experience allows you to observe Killer Whales & the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime!

Board one of our vessels at Vancouver's historic Granville Island. Keep your cameras ready as you travel into English Bay, where views of Vancouver & the Coast Mountains are unparalleled.

Every trip is different as we explore the Strait of Georgia, the Canadian Gulf Islands & the US San Juan Islands in search of whales. Sightings guaranteed! If you don't see whales, you get a second trip for free!

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Zeballos Expeditions - Zeballos

203 Pandora St
Zeballos, British Columbia
V0P 2A0
Websitehttp://www.zeballosexpeditions.com
Toll-free866-222-2235
Phone250-761-4137

Sea Otter and Whale Watching boat tours off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. Based out of the village of Zeballos, these tours explore the waters of Zeballos Inlet and Nootka Island. As well as marine mammals, wildlife such as bear, deer and the occasional cougar can be spotted on the beaches. Marine, shore and pelagic birds can help fill out your lists! Tours last about four hours, including shore break. Packages can be arranged to include rooms and meals at Cedars Inn.

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Alberni Charters - Port Alberni

2900 Harbour Road
Port Alberni, British Columbia
V9Y 7X2
Websitehttp://www.albernicharters.com
Toll-free
Phone250-735-6503

Derby winning year-round saltwater fishing & exploring on half-day, full day or multi-day trips on the secluded & protected waters of Barcley Sound. Port Alberni to Poetts Nook , Bamfield to Ucluelet. Safe former fisheries vessel. Winter sports fishing here on Vancouver Island BC. This is a great winter activity for the whole family . Serene winter spring fishing on our HYBRID Oracle. Dingy to a secluded island for oysters prawns and crab for the barbeque. Underwater camera and futuristic technologies for a spectacular experience of our Pacific water playground. Worlds first automated speed controlled fishing Family, hardcore fishing, corporate or private couples time. Option to stay aboard your personal fishing lodge , or a guided day fishing charter.

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Blackfish Sailing & Kayaking Adventures - Victoria

1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 2N4
Websitehttp://www.blackfishal.com
Toll-free
Phone250-216-2389

We offer both day sailing and overnight cruises from Oak Bay, the 'wild' side of Victoria - only minutes from downtown Victoria. This area and surrounding Gulf Islands are a boater's dream, featuring wild islands, diverse marine life, and tranquil anchorages, against a background of snow-capped mountains.

Ours is a 'hands-on' experience where you will have the opportunity to learn how to sail or gain more experience. Your Captain is a CYA certified instructor, and our vessel is a 35 foot Beneteau sloop.

On our exploratory cruises up the coast we can take along kayaks as well as our inflatable. This spring we are organizing cruises to magnificent Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound from Nanaimo and Comox, harbours convenient to these world famous cruising destinations.

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Bluewater Adventures - Bella Bella

Websitehttp://www.bluewateradventures.ca
Toll-free888-877-1770
Phone604-980-3800

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travelling with renowned naturalists and our skilled crew aboard 68' expedition yachts we keep watch for whales and other marine mammals, coastal birds and bears, old-growth forests and ancient native villages. We focus on animal behaviour, ecology, sustainability and local history. Small groups of 12-14 guests ensure quality, informality and a 'hands-on' experience for all aboard.

Bluewater Adventures adheres to the principals of ecotourism by supporting local communities, promoting conservation, ensuring our practices are low impact, and by providing guests with world-class knowledge about the coast.

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Bones Bay Lodge - Minstrel Island

Bones Bay
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
V0P 1L0
Websitehttp://www.bonesbaylodge.com
Toll-free
Phone509-844-7284

Clio Channel near Minstrel Island, Knight Inlet is home to Bones Bay Resort/Float Lodge. Centrally anchored in the remote, pristine waters of Bones Bay, our small, intimate guest lodge is perfectly located. We provide guests the option to book Wildlife Eco-Tours, Fishing Adventures or Combination Stays.

These unique opportunities appeal to individuals, couples or families wanting a diverse & exciting vacation holiday that will offer the experience of a lifetime. Join us at our remote lodge for custom designed, fully guided tours & adventures.

Tired of the everyday rat race? Make this 'Your Last Resort!'

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