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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2537 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, British Columbia
Breaching, spyhopping, bow riding, tail slapping - if these terms aren't familiar, you probably haven't been on a whale watching tour.
Sidney Whale Watching, located in the Cannery Building at the foot of Beacon Avenue, offers 3 to 3 1/2 hour tours starting right from Sidney's waterfront! We are the closest company to the whale foraging grounds which means less travel time & more whale time! Learning about the traditional territory along the way & viewing all the other animals that call this place home is a one of a kind experience.
1119 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
Enjoy a unique marine wildlife EcoTour of the Steveston Harbour, Fraser River Estuary & Gulf Islands. Our private group tours depart from Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site in Steveston, to special destinations. View spectacular marine wildlife, explore pristine forest & marine ecosystems & discover ancient historic sites. You will see whales, sea lions, dolphins, seals, eagles & seabirds, depending on the season & tour. Different tours each season! Travel in comfort & safety aboard our custom EcoTour boat Archie V, a 6.7 m (22 ft) aluminium boat with spacious viewing deck, enclosed & heated cabin with large observation windows & seating for 6 guests.
12551 No 1 Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
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.
Guided fishing tours can also be arranged.
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
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.
210-12240 Second Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
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.
2261 Haddington Crescent
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Join us for the trip of a lifetime! Guided Orca Sea Kayaking. Explore the pristine wilderness from our comfortable basecamp located within the world-famous Orca and Humpback whale watching waters of Johnstone Strait.
Experience whale and other wildlife watching at its finest - right in their habitat as you become one with nature and connect with your surroundings on an intimate, personal level that you will never forget.
Previous kayaking experience not necessary. Expert guides ensure a safe paddling experience for the whole family.
Our island basecamp is well established with a well-groomed trail network, private tent platforms with tarp roof and cozy tents, camp kitchen and hearty meals, zero-impact outhouses and camp shower facilities with heated water. Breakfast on the beach as Orcas pass closeby.
1806 Mast Tower Rd
Vancouver, British Columbia
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!
203 Pandora St
Zeballos, British Columbia
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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100% West Coast First Nations owned and operated, we are an outdoor adventure tour company located off of the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, BC on Compton Island. Kayak with whales, paddle to a grizzly or black bear habitat or go fishing for salmon, halibut or cod. Immerse yourself in the song, dance and storytelling of our people. Whether you want to hike old growth forests, or relax on our beach, our aboriginal guides will show you a side of British Columbia that you have never seen. We offer 1, 3 and 5 day packages, along with overnight camping, or rustic cabin accommodation. Come share this beautiful marine paradise with us. We can't wait to see you!