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Northern British Columbia

Whale Watching

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Whale watching in Northern BC takes place in the waters off Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands.

From May to October, BC's north coast becomes an ocean highway for Orcas and humpback, grey and minke whales migrating north to the Bering Sea or south to Mexico.

Join a whale-watching tour and spend a couple of hours or days on the water looking for grey whales feeding on kelp beds, enormous humpbacks breaching, or distinct black-and-white Orcas surfacing.

Whale-watching season stretches from May to October. Grey whales can be seen as early as late March and Orcas can be seen from May onwards, while humpback sightings are common from July right into the fall months. It's not only whales that can be viewed; also look for marine life such as sea lions, seals and porpoises, all of which are commonly seen year-round.

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Adventure Quest Canada Tours Inc. - Campbell River

Coast Discovery Marina
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 8C7
Toll-free855-659-2327
Phone250-202-4921

Whales, Bears and Wildlife! Our West Coast Eco-Adventures take you into the heart of the Orca Realm of Johnstone Strait, the Discovery Island, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Cruise in style & comfort aboard our safe, covered cabin cruiser with onboard washroom, as we search for Killer Whales (Orca), Grizzly bears, Black Bears, Bald Eagles, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Seals & Sea Birds. Only company in town featuring kayaking boat-based day trips. Our Transport Canada certified boat & captains cater to small groups and families. Come for a scheduled trip or personalized adventure!

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Bluewater Adventures - Bella Bella

Toll-free888-877-1770
Phone604-980-3800

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in 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
Toll-free
Phone509-413-1519

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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Grizzly Bear Safari Tours - Minstrel Island

Knight Inlet
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
V0P 1L0
Toll-free877-764-4286
Phone250-334-8858

Our grizzly bear/wildlife safari is for the adventurous person wishing to see & photograph the most complete wildlife population of the BC coast. Grizzly & black bears, orca & humpback whales, white-sided dolphins, eagles, sea lions & many more. An adventure you'll never forget.

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Knight Inlet Grizzly Bear Adventure Tours - Knight Inlet

Toll-free
Phone250-337-1953

Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada's premier grizzly bear viewing destination. We have been featured in productions by the BBC Natural History Unit (2008), National Geographic, Time Magazine, Disney & many others around the world as the best place to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Situated in the lush Great Bear Rainforest, Knight Inlet Lodge caters to the wildlife enthusiast wishing unparallelled viewing opportunities for grizzly bears, whales, birds & many other species of animals. 2012 & 2013 Travellers Choice award winner.

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Maple Leaf Adventures & Nature Cruises - Victoria

Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1Y2
Toll-free888-599-5323
Phone250-386-7245

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2014) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords, explore ancient rainforests. A-list naturalists & guides lead you to special bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites that are not accessible to the general public. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & comfy accommodations aboard beautiful ships. Private ensuite staterooms available. Destinations: Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. Operated by a leader in sustainable tourism since 1986, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. We welcome you to contact us or visit our website.

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Mothership Adventures Columbia III - Quadra Island

Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
V0P 1H0
Toll-free888-833-8887
Phone250-202-3229

Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night. Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal British Columbia, kayak through glacial fed waters, amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.

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Ocean Adventures Charter Co. - North Vancouver

Toll-free
Phone604-812-9453

Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our motorized yacht, Great Bear II, is fully certified & inspected by Transport Canada annually, to help ensure your safety. Some of the best certified captains & crew. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy intimate experiences with nature & our photographers some of the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With a maximum of 6 guests per trip, our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter & experience the wild in wilderness!

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Outer Shores Expeditions & Wilderness Tours - Victoria

360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9A 3S1
Toll-free855-714-7233
Phone250-220-2311

Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness & cultural expeditions throughout Canada's Pacific Coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our 70' classic wooden schooner 'Passing Cloud'. Coastal cruising, sailing, sea kayaking & frequent shore excursions provide amazing opportunities to encounter whales, wolves, grizzly bears, Spirit bears, sea otters, seabirds & visit First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, Pacific Rim National Park & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!

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Pacific Yellowfin Charters - Vancouver

8380 St. George St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5X 3S7
Toll-free866-640-5935
Phone604-321-2124

The Pacific Yellowfin is not only a unique historic vessel in the Pacific Northwest with an incredible history, it also boasts unique features that differentiate us from other operators on the British Columbia coastline. Available for per cabin trips during June and September, or full boat charter anytime during our season. Off-season day cruises also available, please inquire.

Full boat charters are 100% custom and tailor made just for your group! We offer everything from gourmet dining, to truly wild bear and whale watching, to awesome water sports for all ages. There is something for everyone onboard the Pacific Yellowfin.

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