Bald Eagles in a tree
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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1660 Telegraph Cove Rd
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Sea Kayak Tours from Telegraph Cove providing you with the best opportunity for the unforgettable experience of viewing orca or killer whales & many other marine mammals in their natural, wilderness environment.
2 hour, half day & day guided tours departing daily.
Guided tours from 2-6 days in the realm of the Orca, led by highly trained passionate guides, excellent equipment, meals that will delight & an overall experience that will safely provide you with life long memories, while causing the minimum impact on the area.
Call for last minute specials!
Kayak & equipment rentals available.
Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching, & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature & our photographers the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With our small groups (maximum 6 guests per trip), our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter and experience the Wild in Wilderness!
OuterShores offers multi-day wildlife & cultural expeditions along the BC coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our classic 70' 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 & First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, West Coast Vancouver Island, & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!
10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of BC's most beautiful and largest marine parks. Unusually warm Pacific waters, prolific marine wildlife and towering mountains highlight this beautiful region. Since 1995, PR Sea Kayak has been providing high quality guided tours as well as instruction and rentals.
Join us in 2013 for an all-inclusive multi-day tour - including great foods, high-end kayaks and equipment and a total immersion into the beauty of Desolation! Day tours also available.
2014 will begin a new level of comfort, quality and experience. Desolation's Island Cabana Experience! Handcrafted eco-cabins on an island in the middle of Desolation.
7050 Rupert St
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Fully catered guided sea kayaking & whale watching tours in BC's Johnstone Strait (home to Robson Bight - world's only orca preserve) & God's Pocket Provincial Park, northern Vancouver Island, since 1996. Our 4, 5 & 6 day paddling tours in heart of whale territory allow you to maximize chances of seeing orcas & whales & explore new paddling areas daily. Novices welcome - no prior experience is necessary. We use top of the line BC-made Seaward kayaks, whip up memorable gourmet food & provide all gear & kayak instruction needed.
320 Main St
Tofino, British Columbia
Tofino's original kayak company, the Kayaking Centre has been providing daily sea kayaking tours & kayak rentals, since 1988. Join us on one of our daily paddling tours & explore the breathtaking beauty of Clayoquot Sound. No experience necessary as all tours very begin with an introductory lesson & are lead by our highly experienced & knowledgeable guides.
Our waterfront deck is a favorite spot to enjoy Espresso coffee & goodies. Pickup books & supplies for the west coast lifestyle. We are located at 320 Main St, right on the waterfront of downtown Tofino.
1234-N Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria Harbour Ferry Tours is world-renowned as one of the best guided tours in the province of British Columbia. Experience marine life, historical landmarks, First Nations history, unique sailboats & yachts, seaplanes, waterside dining, float home communities & friendly skippers. Join thousands of sightseers & watch the free Harbour Ferry water ballet on summer Sundays at 10:45 am, performed in the Inner Harbour. Choose between a Harbour Ferry Tour or a Gorge Waterway Tour, or opt for both for a discounted rate! Both are great outings that your family and friends will especially enjoy. Special family & senior rates. Ask about Pickle Pub Crawls!
Activity Zones- Fisherman's Wharf
Bridges, Buildings- Famous Johnson Street Bridge
Bus/Coach/Shuttle- Our Water Taxi's will get you where you need to go!
Ferries- Tours and Water Taxi Services
Parks- We connect to Bamfield Park
Public Markets- Ship's Point Market
Taxi/Limo- Our Water Taxi's are efficient and affordable
Wildlife Viewing- See seals, herons and other marine life
Main Dock - Boat Basin
Ucluelet, British Columbia
At Wild Pacific Charters, we provide fully guided BC salmon fishing & halibut fishing charters on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Based in Ucluelet, near Tofino, BC, our boats are Transport Canada Approved, have required Coast Guard Equipment & up-to-date equipment & electronics. We have years of experience in saltwater fishing, with extensive knowledge of local areas. All fishing gear/tackle supplied, fully insured/licensed. We invite you to enjoy a day of fishing for BC salmon, pacific halibut & various cod fish. Whales, sea lions, eagles & other wildlife can also be enjoyed on our fishing trips for no extra charge. Give Alan a call & book that fishing trip of a lifetime!
685 Heriot Bay Rd
Heriot Bay, British Columbia
Kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca base camp in Johnstone Strait or take one of our kayak expedition vacations to Desolation Sound, Discovery Islands or the Fjordlands. Trips range from 4 to 7 days. We provide memorable outdoor experiences for adventure travellers that combine spectacular scenery, scrumptious food & abundant wildlife encounters including whales, dolphins, bears & eagles. Our top-rated service caters to both local & international clientele. All tours are fully inclusive & no kayaking experience is required. Only have a day? Visit our storefront for paddleboard & kayak rentals or day tours in the stunning vistas surrounding Quadra Island.
3272 Roper Road
Ladysmith, British Columbia
Plan an afternoon adventure. Located in the Yellow Point area of Ladysmith, our studio & gift shop is an experience worth seeing. We are a working studio with two International award winning Artist in house. We focus mainly on functional & decorative glass art, but also have gifts in our shop. The studio is located on a 5 acre estate with expansive gardens & a trout filled lake. Bring a sack lunch, see the gallery & then wander the gardens & rest on the provided picnic tables. The wild birds abound & seasonally.