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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1119 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
SpringTide's 61' Marauder IV provides the perfect platform for whale viewing & photography with 360° viewing decks & a terrific sound system to capture underwater vocalizations. Expert Biologists provide informative lectures, while you enjoy free hot beverages, comfortable indoor/outdoor seating & spacious washroom facilities.
Charter Marauder for your private events.
Just for the thrill of it, suit-up for a Zodiac tour! Naturalist interpretations throughout your excursion covering biology & behaviour of whales, marine mammals & birds.
3 hour tours from April through October.
Day trips, including transportation &/or hotels are available from Vancouver & Seattle.
Sportfishing Charters Available on 42' Sportfish Yacht.
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 36th 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.
101 Fourth St
Tofino, British Columbia
First Class Family Adventure, Excellent Value.
Tour Tofino's wild side with West Coast Aquatic Safaris! Enjoy the West Coast of Vancouver Island's premiere wildlife and sightseeing aboard our all weather family tour boats, Wasco and Nanuq, both of which are Transport Canada safety certified. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will make your Tofino experience one to remember.
Get off the beaten path and experience eco-tourism that is environmentally responsible, safe, and fun for the whole family! See why whale watching in Tofino truly is special, take a bear watching trip from the safety of our boat, visit local Tofino hot springs, and don't forget our seasonal safaris!
West Coast Aquatic Safaris is accessible for all. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
2261 Haddington Crescent
Port McNeill, British Columbia
Join us for the trip of a lifetime! Guided Orca Sea Kayaking. Explore the pristine wilderness from our comfortable basecamp located within the world-famous Orca and Humpback whale watching waters of Johnstone Strait.
Experience whale and other wildlife watching at its finest - right in their habitat as you become one with nature and connect with your surroundings on an intimate, personal level that you will never forget.
Previous kayaking experience not necessary. Expert guides ensure a safe paddling experience for the whole family.
Our island basecamp is well established with a well-groomed trail network, private tent platforms with tarp roof and cozy tents, camp kitchen and hearty meals, zero-impact outhouses and camp shower facilities with heated water. Breakfast on the beach as Orcas pass closeby.
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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100% West Coast First Nations owned and operated, we are an outdoor adventure tour company located off of the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, BC on Compton Island. Kayak with whales, paddle to a grizzly or black bear habitat or go fishing for salmon, halibut or cod. Immerse yourself in the song, dance and storytelling of our people. Whether you want to hike old growth forests, or relax on our beach, our aboriginal guides will show you a side of British Columbia that you have never seen. We offer 1, 3 and 5 day packages, along with overnight camping, or rustic cabin accommodation. Come share this beautiful marine paradise with us. We can't wait to see you!
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.
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