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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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Eagle Eye Adventures - Campbell River

Discovery Harbour K Dock
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 8C9
Toll-free877-286-0809
Phone250-286-0809

We endeavour to provide you with the utmost in comfort & safety during your time on the water, to provide the best naturalists in the industry & of course to share the best possible whale & wildlife sightings with you.

By doing so we hope to promote a deeper understanding & appreciation of the whales & their fragile marine environment. We believe that doing all we can to support the research & conservation of these endangered animals is an essential responsibility of our business.

We consider it a privilege to be able to share Campbell River's whales & abundant marine life with you.

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Eagle Wing Whale Watching - Victoria

12 Erie St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3H9
Toll-free800-708-9488
Phone250-384-8008

Eagle Wing is Victoria, BC's 1st multiple award winning whale watching tour company. We've achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet and for being Canada's first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company. When you ride with us you are guaranteed to see whales (guaranteed adventure). For travellers demanding more, Eagle Wing Tours is Trip Advisor's #1 top rated whale watching experience in Victoria, since 2007. At the centre of the world's highest concentration of killer whales, orca, (Blackfish) in the Salish Sea you will be treated to a thrilling, sustainable, and premium marine adventure. Our guests come from around the world to experience what we do every day. We respect this doing everything we can to go above and beyond.

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Five Star Whale Watching - Victoria

645 Humboldt Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1A6
Toll-free800-634-9617
Phone250-388-7223

In operation since 1985, Five Star is Victoria's longest running whale watching company. Our purpose-built catamaran provides a smooth, exciting ride with plenty of room for everyone. Four options for viewing & photography include indoor heated seating, outdoor adventure seating, as well as a front & back deck, offering amazing unobstructed views. On-board, you will find complimentary hot chocolate & coffee, warm jackets & a washroom. Our veteran captains & enthusiastic marine naturalists have educated passengers for over 25 years. Our office is conveniently located at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, next to Miniature World in downtown Victoria. Our trips depart from Victoria's Inner Harbour.

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Great Pacific Adventures - Victoria

950 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T3
Toll-free877-733-6722
Phone250-386-2277

Since 1996 Great Pacific Adventures has operated whale watching & marine wildlife tours from Victoria's Inner Harbour & we're passionate about what we do. Our team of university educated Marine Naturalists enlighten visitors on the many inhabitants of our marine community and the importance of environmental sustainability. Choose your adventure from a zodiac or a 14 m (45 ft) ocean cruiser offering indoor/outdoor seating.

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Gulf Islands Whale Watching - Saturna Island

Tumbo Channel Rd
Saturna Island, British Columbia
V0N 2Y0
Toll-free
Phone604-377-5385

Departures from Pender Mayne & Saturna Island, well situated close to the San Juan & Gulf Islands, offering some of the most beautiful scenery & abundant natural wildlife in the world. From this strategic location, in the middle of the Orcas summer range that extends from Victoria to Vancouver harbor, combined with the vessel's high speed, whales are easily spotted in their natural habitat. As a member of a large & extensive spotting network we can reliably pinpoint the whales location most days.

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Jamie's Whaling Station & Adventure Centres - Tofino

606 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free800-667-9913
Phone250-725-3919

We are your one stop for Adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original Whale Tour company and offer Whale Watching, Bear Watching and Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cruiser vessels. Offering several departures, 7 days a week, we can accommodate just about any schedule! Other Adventures include Kayaking, Cultural Canoeing, Meares Island hiking, sunset and harbour tours, float plane flights & more! Gift shops & lots of free parking (including motorhome/RV parking) available at both Tofino & Ucluelet locations. Complimentary dog kennels available in Tofino! We Guarantee our Whale and Bear sightings, ask us for details! Multi-tour discounts are also available. Book your authentic west coast adventure today!

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Ocean Outfitters - Tofino Adventure Tours - Tofino

368 Main St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free877-906-2326
Phone250-725-2866

Join Ocean Outfitters for adventures in Clayoquot Sound including: Guaranteed whale watching and bear watching; Coastal Hot Springs tours, Sea to Sky tours & Meares Island walks and Fishing Charters. We offer group tours and customized private charters aboard covered cabin vessels or a large Zodiac. Our drivers are very passionate about the area and our tours are fun, friendly, educational and encourage stewardship. While waiting for your tour to commence, have an organic coffee drink from our in-house espresso bar. Open year-round.

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Orca Spirit Adventures Whale Watching - Victoria

146 Kingston St Marina Level
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 1V4
Toll-free888-672-6722
Phone250-383-8411

World-class whale watching & marine wildlife tours. The clear, nutrient rich waters of Juan de Fuca & Haro Strait support an amazingly rich & diverse animal ecosystem & have been rated as one of the best places to view killer whales in the wild.

On-board biologists with extensive knowledge of both local waters & marine habitat make this an educational experience you'll never forget. Complimentary shuttle service from all downtown locations & free parking. Victoria's only liquor licensed, whale watching vessels. Reservations are highly recommended. Ask about our 'Whale Guarantee'.

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Painter's Lodge Whale Watching - Campbell River

1625 MacDonald Rd
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 4S5
Toll-free
Phone800-663-7090

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.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Vancouver - Vancouver

1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2V4
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone604-633-6413

Prince of Whales has been sharing premiere 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.

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