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Port Hardy

Whale Watching

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Whales congregate in the waters around Port Hardy, which provides visitors with excellent whale-watching opportunities.

The nutrient-rich waters of northern Vancouver Island attract Orcas (killer whales), humpback, grey, and minke whales as well as an abundance of other marine life such as harbour seals, sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins and Dall’s porpoises.

Getting out on the water via a water taxi, kayak or fishing/diving charter is one sure way to meet some of the north island's remarkable amphibious residents. Pods of Orcas circulate in Queen Charlotte Strait flashing their black and white torsos while spyhopping across the waves.

Travelling around Vancouver Island? Visit the Vancouver Island whale watching page for more information on whale-watching tours, trips and adventures.

Whale-Watching Tours

A guided ocean kayak tour is an excellent way to view whales.  Local companies offer whale-watching kayak tours of Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound, where approximately 200 Orcas reside between July and October. Whale-watching tours can also be booked from nearby communities like Alert Bay, Port McNeill and Telegraph Cove.

Drop by the Port Hardy Visitor Centre for more information about whale watching and wildlife viewing tours in the area.

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Bluewater Adventures - Bella Bella


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.


Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures - Sea Kayaking Tours - Port McNeill

1790A Campbell Way
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0N 2R0

Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from four to fifteen days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in wildlife & whale viewing or an expedition to Gwaii Haanas National Park for the ultimate in wilderness adventures. Family specific departures are available. All tours are fully inclusive & no experience is needed for most tours.


North Island Kayak Rentals & Tours - Telegraph Cove

1660 Telegraph Cove Rd
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
V0N 3J0

Sea Kayak Tours from Telegraph Cove providing you with the best opportunity for the unforgettable experience of viewing orca or killer whales & many other marine mammals in their natural, wilderness environment.

2 hour, half day & day guided tours departing daily.

Guided tours from 2-8 days in the realm of the Orca, led by highly trained passionate guides, excellent equipment, meals that will delight & an overall experience that will safely provide you with life long memories, while causing the minimum impact on the area.

Call for last minute specials!

Kayak & equipment rentals available.


Spirit of the West Adventures - Heriot Bay

1380 Hooley Rd
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
V0P 1H0

Come kayak British Columbia's coastal paradise!

We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our coast, and our passion shows in everything we do. Our adventures are safe, fun, educational and of course environmentally friendly!

Choose among several professionally guided 4-6 day trips in Johnstone Strait ('glamping' or expedition-style), the Broughton Archipelago, the Nuchatlitz (west coast Vancouver Island) or Desolation Sound. Imagine savouring a fresh salmon BBQ in the open air, glorious sunset and scrumptious home-made desserts, surrounded by nature.

Explore BC's fascinating marine wildlife and wilderness and wake up on remote islands with the sound of the whales. We love it here, and it shows in the way we run our trips.

Come enjoy one of our authentic kayaking journeys.

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