Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (JF Bergeron photo)
British Columbia has more than 1,100 different wildlife species and some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
Spotting wildlife in BC can take place at unexpected times and places. Hiking, boating and even driving BC’s highways present opportunities for wildlife viewing. Bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goats, bears, whales, and sea lions are a few of the wildlife species that can be seen here.
For the best experience, consider a professionally guided wildlife tour. Trained guides and naturalists take visitors into natural environments safely, informatively and in comfort.
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1625 MacDonald Rd
Campbell River, British Columbia
Experience the majesty of Vancouver Island's killer whales in their natural environment on a Whale Watching Adventure Tour at Painter's Lodge. Transient and resident pods of as many as 120 whales gather around Robson Bight and Telegraph Cove each summer, making Vancouver Island one of the world's hot spots for watching. These incredible mammals arrive each year to socialize and mate, giving lucky on-lookers a rare chance to see them in the unspoiled splendour of their natural habitat. Whale watching tours run from early July until mid-September and are a truly super-natural experience.
5090 Mackinnon Rd
Peachland, British Columbia
Parrot Island Sanctuary is nestled in beautiful Peachland in the Okanagan Valley. We take in parrots from all over Canada and give them a wonderful permanent home. We have a gift shop with great parrot souvenirs. Please bring your camera.
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
Prince of Whales has been sharing whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver & Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing & learning about the unique behaviours of marine wildlife in their natural habitats.
From May to September our semi-covered cruiser departs daily from the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver on one of Canada's designated Canadian Signature Experiences. Enjoy comfort, convenience, spectacular views, & expert guidance as you search for whales & marine mammals on your way to Victoria. Your day continues with an afternoon at The Butchart Gardens followed by scenic cruise behind Salt Spring Island on route to downtown Vancouver.
812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching and marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver and Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing and learning about the unique behaviours of marine wildlife in their natural habitats.
Tours range from three and a half hours to longer full and half-day tours with optional VIP entrance to the The Butchart Gardens via their private dock in Butchart Cove.
Join us daily from late May through late September as we embark on afternoon whale watching adventures from downtown Victoria through the Gulf and San Juan Islands on route to downtown Vancouver.
C2-215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Experience one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. Come aboard & let Prince Rupert Adventure Tours show you some of the most stunning & magnificent displays of wildlife that Northern British Columbia has to offer. Enjoy grizzly bear viewing in the famous Khutzeymateen 'Valley of the Grizzly'. See these legendary giants in their natural environment. Watch humpback whales flashing their unique tails as they dive to feed. Watch orca whales as they follow the migrating salmon. Along the way, you'll encounter stellar sea lions, harbours seals, eagles, blue herons & more. It is truly an unforgettable adventure experience of a lifetime.
51 Wharf St
Tofino, British Columbia
We are committed to preserving the ecological value & timeless wonder of Clayoquot Sound. We strive to help visitors appreciate the coastal environment through fun, educational outings. Our programs emphasize the many connections between forest & ocean ecosystems.
Whether whale watching, bear watching, dipping into Hot Springs Cove or sea kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986.
We launch out of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach & Pacific Rim National Park. Tofino is part of Clayoquot Sound, a temperate rainforest area of beaches & fjord inlets.
Ride along with us as we take you into Sasquatch country that so few have ever experienced. Listen as your guide talks about the best evidence found to date pertaining to existence of the creature known as Sasquatch. Let us tell you what we believe the Sasquatch to be & how & why it has remained elusive for so long. Your adventure is sure to be a most memorable one, filled with on-location eye-witness accounts, beautiful scenery & plenty of amusing anecdotes. Extended or personalized adventures are available.
An eco-tour with the viewing of orcas, humpback & minke whales, numerous other marine mammals & seabirds while touring through the protected waters of Johnstone Strait & the Broughton Archipelago.
Departures are from: Alert Bay on Cormorant Island & the Alder Bay Resort on Vancouver Island. Our 4-5 hr "Sail with the Whales" tour offers exceptional service & value to individuals, families & small groups & includes fresh baked muffins & Devonshire Tea.
If you are looking for a unique & eco-friendly experience, join us, our carbon footprint is very small. There is no other whale-watching tour like it on the BC coast!
Klemtu, British Columbia
Spirit Bear Lodge is located in the Kitasoo First Nation village of Klemtu, BC. With the lodge as our base, we travel in small groups by boat, exploring the temperate rainforest and ecological wonders of Princess Royal Island, home to the world's only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy. See the rare Spirit bear and majestic Grizzly bear, who inhabit the traditional territory of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation. Fabulous opportunities exist to watch and photograph these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
1119 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
SpringTide's 61' Marauder IV provides the perfect platform for whale viewing & photography with 360° viewing decks and a terrific sound system to capture underwater vocalizations. Expert Biologists provide informative lectures, while you enjoy free hot beverages, comfortable indoor/outdoor seating and 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 are also from April through October. Day trips, including transportation and/or hotels are available from Vancouver & Seattle.
Sportfishing charters available on a 42' sportfish yacht.