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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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Five Star Whale Watching - Victoria

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

Celebrating 30 years in business!! In operation since 1985, Five Star is Victoria's longest running family owned and operated whale watching company. Come join us for the tour of a lifetime where you are introduced to killer whales in their natural habitat by veteran captains and crew! 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 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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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 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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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Victoria - Victoria

812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T3
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone250-383-4884

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.

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Remote Passages Marine Excursions - Tofino

51 Wharf St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free800-666-9833
Phone250-725-3330

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.

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Seasmoke Whale Watching - Alert Bay

Toll-free800-668-6722
Phone250-974-5225

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!

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SpringTide Whale Tours & Charters - Victoria

1119 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T7
Toll-free800-470-3474
Phone250-384-4444

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.

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