Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
In 2010, Travel + Leisure magazine named Vancouver Island one of North America’s Best Whale Watching Spots.
Go on a Vancouver Island whale-watching tour to see Orcas (killer whales), Pacific grey whales, humpback whales and lots of other marine wildlife.
This is an ideal place for whale watching: an estimated 85 Orcas live in the the waters around southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands, while the northeast coast is home to about 250 Orcas, as well as minke and humpback whales. Some 20,000 Pacific grey whales make their annual migration along Vancouver Island’s west coast – there’s even a whale festival to celebrate their journey.
Check out popular Vancouver Island whale-watching tours in Tofino, Ucluelet, Telegraph Cove, Alert Bay, Port McNeill and Campbell River, Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands and even Vancouver.
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Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 35th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, the Whale Watching Capital of BC, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound & Broughton Archipelago Area.
You'll love our island, the magnificent mammals & bird species you'll see, and the friendly people you'll meet. Depending on the season, you may see Orca (Killer Whales), Humpback Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Dall's Porpoise, Minke Whales, Bears, Steller Sea Lions & various birds.
Cruise in comfort in our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa or the 40 foot (12 metre) MV Kuluta which have heated cabins & toilets, hydrophone (underwater microphone) so that you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.
203 Pandora St
Zeballos, British Columbia
Sea Otter and Whale Watching boat tours off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. Based out of the village of Zeballos, these tours explore the waters of Zeballos Inlet and Nootka Island. As well as marine mammals, wildlife such as bear, deer and the occasional cougar can be spotted on the beaches. Marine, shore and pelagic birds can help fill out your lists!
Tours last about four hours, including shore break. Packages can be arranged to include rooms and meals at Cedars Inn.
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2900 Harbour Road
Port Alberni, British Columbia
Derby winning year-round saltwater fishing & exploring on half-day, full day or multi-day trips on the secluded & protected waters of Barcley Sound. Port Alberni to Poetts Nook , Bamfield to Ucluelet. Safe former fisheries vessel. Winter sports fishing here on Vancouver Island BC. This is a great winter activity for the whole family . Serene winter spring fishing on our HYBRID Oracle. Dingy to a secluded island for oysters prawns and crab for the barbeque. Underwater camera and futuristic technologies for a spectacular experience of our Pacific water playground. Worlds first automated speed controlled fishing Family, hardcore fishing, corporate or private couples time. Option to stay aboard your personal fishing lodge , or a guided day fishing charter.
1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
We offer both day sailing and overnight cruises from Oak Bay, the 'wild' side of Victoria - only minutes from downtown Victoria. This area and surrounding Gulf Islands are a boater's dream, featuring wild islands, diverse marine life, and tranquil anchorages, against a background of snow-capped mountains.
Ours is a 'hands-on' experience where you will have the opportunity to learn how to sail or gain more experience. Your Captain is a CYA certified instructor, and our vessel is a 35 foot Beneteau sloop.
On our exploratory cruises up the coast we can take along kayaks as well as our inflatable. This spring we are organizing cruises to magnificent Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound from Nanaimo and Comox, harbours convenient to these world famous cruising destinations.
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.
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
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!'
Simoon Sound (Gilford Island)
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Sea kayak in comfort based from our oceanside or float-house
accommodations. Enjoy catered meals or cook for yourself. Guided
kayak tours & rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours & kayak transport. Acupressure massage is also available on-site.
Come enjoy a day of fishing in the beautiful Comox Valley & Campbell River area.
The waters of the Strait of Georgia are open to salmon fishing year round. Marine wildlife such as Killer whales, dolphins, seals & sea lions can be seen as well. Crabby's Charters welcomes families & encourages taking kids fishing. You could consider splitting the day up with salmon fishing, then switching to light tackle cod fishing for the kids; or pull crab & prawn traps for a seafood feast. We also have fishing charters in Tofino on Vancouver Island's westcoast. Visit our website for more information.
Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on intimate group wilderness adventures. Departing from Vancouver Island, Vancouver and Port McNeill enjoy kayaking with whales at Orca Camp in BC's Johnstone Strait, exploring old-growth rain forests and wild running rivers or hiking the West Coast Trail on an epic journey of discovery. You'll feel right at home on our wilderness adventure tours, meeting new people and sharing your experiences while guided by experts.
An Ecosummer expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for the soul. Turning moments in nature into memories!
12 Erie Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops & eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels & float homes & watch as fishing vessels unload their wares. Visit businesses at Fisherman's Wharf: Restaurant & Seafood Sales, Barb's Fish & Chips, The Fish Store & More, Grilligans BBQ, Jackson's Ice Cream, Hi Gear Crab Sales, Moka House Coffee & Bistro, Marine Adventures, Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours, Kelp Reef Kayaking, Pirate Adventures & don't forget Sammy the seal!