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Whale Watching, Tofino

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Vancouver Island

Whale Watching

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

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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Subtidal Adventures Whale & Bear Tours - Ucluelet

1950 Peninsula Road
Ucluelet, British Columbia
V0R 3A0
Toll-free877-444-1134
Phone250-726-7336

March and April "Gray Whale Adventure" during the northern migration. May through October "Islands Whales and Bears" in this amazing see-it-all tour in Barkley Sound. A photographer's dream. "Bears and Birds" all the activity in Ucluelet harbour at low tide (best for bears). November to February "Broken Group Islands Sunset Cruise" or "Sunset Harbour Tour" featuring low angle light, sea lions, eagles, and no crowds. Choose the boat that suits your style, a fast and fun adventurous zodiac or a cosy enclosed cruiser. Our Guarantee - We can guarantee that if you do not go on a whale or bear watching tour, you will definitely not see a whale or a bear. Unfortunately, you will miss all the other amazing things our tours have to offer.

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West Coast Aquatic Safaris - Tofino

101 Fourth St
Tofino, British Columbia
V0R 2Z0
Toll-free877-5-WHALES (594-2537)
Phone250-725-9227

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!

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Whale Watching Kayak Adventures - Port McNeill

2261 Haddington Crescent
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0N 2R0
Toll-free888-756-0099
Phone250-756-0094

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.

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Adventures Village Island - Campbell River

Toll-free
Phone250-488-7293

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. Now offering private intimadate whale watching tours. 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!

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Bluewater Adventures - Bella Bella

Toll-free888-877-1770
Phone604-980-3800

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in 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.

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Bones Bay Lodge - Minstrel Island

Bones Bay
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
V0P 1L0
Toll-free
Phone509-413-1519

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!'

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Broughton Archipelago Paddler's Inn - Port McNeill

Simoon Sound (Gilford Island)
Port McNeill, British Columbia
V0P 1S0
Toll-free
Phone250-230-0088

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.

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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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Ecosummer Expeditions - Sea Kayaking & Adventure Tours - Port McNeill

Toll-free800-465-8884
Phone250-674-0102

Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on an intimate guided tour, kayaking in the realm of Orcas along BC's Johnstone Strait (the best place in BC to see Killer Whales in the wild). Untamed, inspiring, remote and magical, Warden Beach is home to our Orca Camp and your staging ground for adventures wild and mild. Explore the coast of Vancouver Island on 3, 4, and 6-day Orca Camp adventures, or book any of our packages in combination with Orca Camp for a "best of BC" vacation!

Unleash your wild side and discover what countless travellers have always known: an Ecosummer expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for the soul, where moments in nature soon become memories to last a lifetime!

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Fishers - Island Adventures - Courtenay

Toll-free800-971-3110
Phone250-871-3474

We provide Fishing Charters & Marine Tours - Year round. Whether it be fishing on the East Coast, West Coast or interior of Vancouver Island, we are ideally placed to move to where the fish are. We love salmon fishing, halibut fishing, bottom fishing & prawning/crabbing on the ocean & trout or salmon fishing on the Island's lakes & rivers. We are passionate about providing safe & exciting fishing adventures. Our boats are comfortable & Transport Canada certified. Our guides are experienced, licenced & fully insured. We provide Charters in and around Courtenay/Comox, /Hornby/Denman, Port McNeil, Senora Island, Tahsis, Zeballos, Esperanza, Quatsino, Strathcona Park.

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