Boats docked at the marina

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Whale Watching

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sidney waters boast Vancouver Island's highest concentration of Orca (killer whale) sightings.

Calm Gulf Islands waters help. Sidney proves a safe and convenient base for whale watching. Bring cameras, binoculars and a sense of adventure.

Whale Species

The southern resident community of Orcas – three pods in Sidney's waters – spends most of its year in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound. But that's not all: Sightings of humpback, grey and minke whales are common, too.

Some lucky watchers sight transient whales, the carnivorous whales that travel in pods of up to five. Also known as "silent predators," they like nothing better than a lunch of seal.

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Maple Leaf Adventures & Nature Cruises - Victoria

Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1Y2

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.


Outer Shores Expeditions & Wilderness Tours - Victoria

360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9A 3S1

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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