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Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Island cruise companies explore scenic shorelines and numerous islands, often spotting marine wildlife along the way.

Sail the Broughton Archipelago to view whales or travel to ancient rainforests on Vancouver Island’s west coast. Visit isolated villages on a working freighter, pass lighthouses on a Tofino harbour sunset cruise or take a boat tour to Gulf Islands breweries. BC Ferries provides ample opportunities to see scenic waterways and coastlines. 

Cruises range from multi-day trips with nights spent onboard (accommodations vary from ship to ship) to single day excursions. Groups are usually under ten guests. Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Sidney and Campbell River are popular ports of departure for cruise companies.

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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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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.

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Cliff's Chinook Charters - Comox

Toll-free
Phone250-650-0684

I am available to provide you with any fishing package you would like to develop with me as I have a reliable network of fishing guides & sports fisherman all over Vancouver Island. Areas I prefer to fish are locally, Comox Valley & Campbell River however I would strongly suggest a trip with myself staying at Denham Bay Cottages and fishing from there with me. If you are interested in fishing any of these locations let me know & I will provide you with advice in setting up accommodations & any other necessary arrangements to make your fishing trip of a lifetime a success.

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Crabby's Fishing Charters - Campbell River

Toll-free
Phone250-218-0671

Crabby's has the best rates,boats and results in Campbell River! 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.

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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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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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Misty Isles Adventures - Cortes Island

Mansons Landing
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free
Phone250-935-6756

Cortes Island's only sea kayaking outfitter & Transport Canada certified sailing charter vessel. Kayak rentals, instruction & guided day trips. Experience paddling with the seals, visit a historic pictograph site or a night paddle with bioluminescence illuminating every stroke. Cruise Desolation Sound or Mitlenatch Island on-board the 13 m (43 ft) schooner Misty Isles. Multi-day kayak mothership trips explore remote areas of the Discovery Islands, Toba & Bute Inlets. Nestled at the entrance to enchanting Desolation Sound & located between Campbell River & the mainland coast of BC, the Discovery Islands dot the intricate waterways in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

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Nootka Marine Adventures Ltd - Tahsis

Head Bay Rd
Tahsis, British Columbia
V0P 1X0
Toll-free877-337-5464
Phone877-337-8834

Custom Crafted West Coast Wilderness Experience. Three resorts that tailor to the needs of every angler & adventurer. Fish for salmon, halibut, lingcod & rockfish. All resorts have close proximity to fishing grounds, with large, comfortable boats, fully certified & experienced guides, offering some of the best inshore & offshore fishing. Enjoy scenic marine & cultural tours, gourmet meals & luxury accommodations. Our fish processing facilities are Government certified.

Moutcha Bay Resort features: drive in road access, full service marina, licensed restaurant, boat rentals, RV Park & camping, luxury lodge suites, chalets & yurts. Nootka Sound Resort & Newton Cove Resort feature: floating wilderness resorts, luxury accommodation & gourmet meals, located in a secluded coves in Nootka Sound & Esperanza Inlet, ideal for corporate groups, some of the most productive inshore & offshore fishing on Vancouver Island.

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Orca Spirit Adventures Whale Watching - Victoria

146 Kingston St Marina Level
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 1V4
Toll-free888-672-6722
Phone250-383-8411

World-class whale watching & marine wildlife tours. The clear, nutrient rich waters of Juan de Fuca & Haro Strait support an amazingly rich & diverse animal ecosystem & have been rated as one of the best places to view killer whales in the wild.

On-board biologists with extensive knowledge of both local waters & marine habitat make this an educational experience you'll never forget. Complimentary shuttle service from all downtown locations & free parking. Victoria's only liquor licensed, whale watching vessels. Reservations are highly recommended. Ask about our 'Whale Guarantee'.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Victoria - Victoria

812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T3
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone250-383-4884

Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching and marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver and Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing and learning about the unique behaviours of marine wildlife in their natural habitats.

Tours range from three and a half hours to longer full and half-day tours with optional VIP entrance to the The Butchart Gardens via their private dock in Butchart Cove. Join us daily from late May through late September as we embark on afternoon whale watching adventures from downtown Victoria through the Gulf and San Juan Islands on route to downtown Vancouver.

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