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Vancouver Island

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The Vancouver Island region’s diverse ecosystems make for some of the best wildlife viewing in British Columbia.

Popular wildlife activities on Vancouver Island include guided whale-watching and bear-watching tours, but there are many self-guided wildlife viewing opportunities as well.

Watch grizzly bears in Knight Inlet, view Roosevelt elk (found only on Vancouver Island), check out one of many bird watching areas or look for the Vancouver Island marmot, an incredibly rare mammal.

Enjoy seeing prolific marine life in Barkley Sound and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, snorkel with salmon and seals, watch sea otters play in kelp beds or spot wildlife from the deck of a working coastal freighter as it plies the waters of remote West Coast inlets.

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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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Great Pacific Adventures - Victoria

950 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T3
Toll-free877-733-6722
Phone250-386-2277

Since 1996 Great Pacific Adventures has operated whale watching & marine wildlife tours from Victoria's Inner Harbour & we're passionate about what we do. Our team of university educated Marine Naturalists enlighten visitors on the many inhabitants of our marine community and the importance of environmental sustainability. Choose your adventure from a zodiac or a 14 m (45 ft) ocean cruiser offering indoor/outdoor seating.

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Grizzly Bear Safari Tours - Minstrel Island

Knight Inlet
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
V0P 1L0
Toll-free877-764-4286
Phone250-334-8858

Our grizzly bear/wildlife safari is for the adventurous person wishing to see & photograph the most complete wildlife population of the BC coast. Grizzly & black bears, orca & humpback whales, white-sided dolphins, eagles, sea lions & many more. An adventure you'll never forget.

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Gulf Islands Whale Watching - Saturna Island

Tumbo Channel Rd
Saturna Island, British Columbia
V0N 2Y0
Toll-free
Phone604-377-5385

Departures from Pender Mayne & Saturna Island, well situated close to the San Juan & Gulf Islands, offering some of the most beautiful scenery & abundant natural wildlife in the world. From this strategic location, in the middle of the Orcas summer range that extends from Victoria to Vancouver harbor, combined with the vessel's high speed, whales are easily spotted in their natural habitat. As a member of a large & extensive spotting network we can reliably pinpoint the whales location most days.

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Jamie's Whaling Station & Adventure Centres - Tofino

606 Campbell St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free800-667-9913
Phone250-725-3919

We are your one stop for Adventure in Tofino & Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original Whale Tour company and offer Whale Watching, Bear Watching and Hot Springs Cove tours aboard high speed open zodiac-style vessels or larger, covered cruiser vessels. Offering several departures, 7 days a week, we can accommodate just about any schedule! Other Adventures include Kayaking, Cultural Canoeing, Meares Island hiking, sunset and harbour tours, float plane flights & more! Gift shops & lots of free parking (including motorhome/RV parking) available at both Tofino & Ucluelet locations. Complimentary dog kennels available in Tofino! We Guarantee our Whale and Bear sightings, ask us for details! Multi-tour discounts are also available. Book your authentic west coast adventure today!

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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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Midnight Sun Travel - Victoria

1027 Pandora Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 3P6
Toll-free800-255-5057
Phone250-480-9409

Our trips explore front-country wilderness settings in Vancouver Island, the Rocky Mountains, Haida Gwaii and Yukon Territory. In these regions we view wildlife, explore parks and get off the beaten path. Trips range in length from 5 to 11 days.

Travellers on our Independent Trip Packages follow an itinerary that outlines pre-booked accommodation, transportation and activities - all the while allowing for plenty of time to explore on their own.

On our Guided Trip Packages, groups of up to 8 are escorted by a Midnight Sun guide. Our guided Family Trips provide authentic experiences for children 6 yeas of age and up.

Based in Victoria, BC, Midnight Sun Adventure Travel is a registered travel agency (licence 3042). We've been in the adventure travel business since 1995.

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