Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
A variety of whales pass Prince Rupert on their regular migrations north and south, so whale watching here is a remarkable and unforgettable experience.
Whales are usually best viewed a few miles from Prince Rupert's shore, past the small coastal islands in the harbour. Local species viewed include gray whales, humpback whales, Orcas (killer whales) and minke whales.
Tours and Best Times to See
Peak viewing periods differ for each species. For example, for humpback whales, it's August to October; for Orcas, May and June are best. Several companies in town offer half-day whale-watching boat tours. No companies guarantee a sighting, but tourists seldom return to shore without seeing the animals.
Though boats try to keep a fair distance from the animal, to respect their space in their natural habitat, some of the whales will swim an arm's length from the boat, even under them.
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Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and 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.
Foggy Point Charters is one of Prince Rupert's premier booking agents, representing Prince Rupert's top fishing guides & largest fleet. Let our personable & knowledgeable, locally trained fishing guides & shore staff arrange your custom North Coast fishing experience. Working with you, we can help with your trip planning requirements from restaurant reservations to accommodation. We pride ourselves on the ability to provide our customers with a safe, relaxing, memorable marine experience. We welcome both international & local customers to experience the amazing scenery & fishing of Northern BC. Experience your North Coast Marine Adventure with us.
Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
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.
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.
Some of the absolute best Salmon and Halibut fishing in the world is found just outside of the beautiful city of Prince Rupert. We offer premium fully guided fishing adventures. Whether you are novice or expert anglers, families, friends or corporate teams, we can customize your trips and cater to your groups needs.
Our boats are stable, fast, comfortable, customized 28'(loa) Zeta cruisers with fully enclosed cabins and on-board bathrooms. Equipped with all the required safety gear, top of the line rods and reels, and skippered by experienced, certified, friendly and knowledgable guides.
Single and multi day trips are available, as well as on the water accommodation minutes from prime fishing grounds.
Contact us to set up your fishing adventure of a lifetime.