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Vancouver Island

Bird Watching

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The Vancouver Island region has water to thank for its incomparable birding opportunities – more than 220 bird species are sighted here every year.

Ocean, marshes, lakes and rivers support a vast array of bird species, including bald eagles, brant geese and trumpeter swans. There are forests with birds such as owls and songbirds aplenty, too.

While bird numbers swell considerably during the spring and fall migrations, hundreds of species live year-round in the area, so anytime is a good time for birding on Vancouver Island. Some birding hotspots on Vancouver Island include Somenos Marsh Wildlife Refuge (Duncan), Courtenay River Estuary, Pacific Northwest Raptors, Swan Lake (Victoria), Esquimalt Lagoon (near Victoria), and Goldstream Provincial Park (near Victoria).

Most Vancouver Island birdwatching areas allow for self-guided birding tours, but there are also birding specific guided tours are available in some locations.

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A 3-Hour Sail - Victoria

Empress Dock 'A'
Victoria, British Columbia
V9R 4W6
Toll-free877-788-4263
Phone250-885-2311

Come explore the West Coast aboard Tall Ship Thane. Haul sails, climb rigging, fire cannon, whale watching, bring a picnic; alcohol permitted. Owned and operated by Rob McCallum, Tall Ship Thane was built by Len Pearson and is a model of Joshua Slocum's Spray. Join us for a historic marine adventure!

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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 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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Archipelago Wildlife Cruises - Ucluelet

Whiskey Landing Marina
Ucluelet, British Columbia
V0R 3A0
Toll-free
Phone250-726-8289

Treat yourself to an unforgettable West Coast adventure. Join us aboard our luxurious yacht for a relaxing whale & wildlife cruise. The Raincoast Maiden is a spacious yacht equipped with a washroom & comfortable seating inside & out. Enjoy the magical scenery of Barkley Sound with a taste of luxury & watch the area's abundant wildlife, which includes whales, bears, sea lions, seals, sea otters, eagles, sea birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available for guests. Our interpretive tours include a scenic cruise though the sheltered waters of the Broken Group Islands & an optional gourmet meal while at anchor. Romantic evening wildlife cruises & private charters are also available.

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Beachcomber Ocean Tours & Wild Edge Lodge - Ucluelet

238 Matterson Dr
Ucluelet, British Columbia
V0R 3A0
Toll-free877-363-2288
Phone250-726-3444

Explore Barkley Sound's whales, bears, sea lions & more aboard our heated, washroom equipped, 12 passenger cruiser, M.V. Blackfish. 3 hr whale & wildlife watching: encounters with grey & humpback whales, black bears, sea otters, sea lions, sea birds & visiting orca whales await you in the magical waters of Barkley Sound. 6 hr Nature History Tour: travel through Barkley Sound on our day trip to the Broken Group & Deer Group Islands. Visit the village of Bamfield, beaches, galleries & learn about the rich history of shipwrecks & pioneers. Kayak transport service within Barkley Sound. Salmon & halibut fishing charters available.

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Eagle Eye Adventures - Campbell River

Discovery Harbour K Dock
Campbell River, British Columbia
V9W 8C9
Toll-free877-286-0809
Phone250-286-0809

We endeavour to provide you with the utmost in comfort & safety during your time on the water, to provide the best naturalists in the industry & of course to share the best possible whale & wildlife sightings with you.

By doing so we hope to promote a deeper understanding & appreciation of the whales & their fragile marine environment. We believe that doing all we can to support the research & conservation of these endangered animals is an essential responsibility of our business.

We consider it a privilege to be able to share Campbell River's whales & abundant marine life with you.

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Eagle Wing Whale Watching - Victoria

12 Erie St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 3H9
Toll-free800-708-9488
Phone250-384-8008

Eagle Wing is Victoria, BC's 1st multiple award winning whale watching tour company. We've achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet and for being Canada's first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company. When you ride with us you are guaranteed to see whales (guaranteed adventure). For travellers demanding more, Eagle Wing Tours is Trip Advisor's #1 top rated whale watching experience in Victoria, since 2007. At the centre of the world's highest concentration of killer whales, orca, (Blackfish) in the Salish Sea you will be treated to a thrilling, sustainable, and premium marine adventure. Our guests come from around the world to experience what we do every day. We respect this doing everything we can to go above and beyond.

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Five Star Whale Watching - Victoria

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

In operation since 1985, Five Star is Victoria's longest running whale watching company. 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 veteran captains & enthusiastic marine naturalists have educated passengers for over 25 years. 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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Great Bear Nature Tours - Port Hardy

Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
V0N 2P0
Toll-free888-221-8212
Phone250-949-9496

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the new lodge uses locally sourced woods and large windows looking onto the forest and fjord. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions and activities such as interpretive hikes and boat excursions. Tours begin in Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island, with a spectacular seaplane flight to the Great Bear Lodge. Voted by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth, and recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experience.

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Hollyhock - Cortes Island

Manson's Landing
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free800-933-6339
Phone250-935-6576

For more than three decades, Hollyhock has offered guests an experience that sends them home transformed & inspired to engage in making the world better. Hollyhock is a non-profit centre offering cutting-edge programs with world-class instructors, a gathering place for pursuit of advanced knowledge & deep insights & the perfect place to "just be" amidst the kind of breathtaking island beauty that makes you remember why it's good to be alive. Yoga classes, bodywork sessions, kayak trips, forest hikes & amazing organic, gourmet meals await you. Guests are also welcome to visit without taking a program. Group bookings are also welcomed.

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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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