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 Street
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 34th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait & Broughton Archipelago Area.
Depending on the season, you may see Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoises, Dall's porpoise, Humpback Whales, Bears, Steller sea lions, various birds, Pacific white-sided dolphins, & our famous Orca (killer whales).
Cruise in comfort in our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa which has 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 boats with comfortable price! Whales, Hot Springs, Bears, Marine Charters! Our boats: Wasco & Nanuq provide one of the best experiences in Tofino, BC! Both have warm inside seating for all, 3 outdoor viewing decks with seats, & each vessel has a restroom. This allows our guests to keep warm & dry or feel the wind in their hair & provides everyone a front row view of the wildlife!
Tumbo Channel Rd
Saturna Island, British Columbia
Gulf Island Whale Watching
Departures from Pender Mayne and 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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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.
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. Traveling 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.
Tired of the everyday rat race? Make this 'Your Last Resort!'
Simoon Sound (Gilford Island)
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
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.
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.
257 Glen Rd
Clearwater, British Columbia
Feed your passion for adventure travel. Experience an ocean full of wildlife encounters and boundless adventures. Travel with Ecosummer Expeditions on intimate group wilderness adventures: kayaking with orcas in BC's Johnstone Strait, exploring old-growth rain forests and wild running rivers or hiking the West Coast Trail on an epic journey of discovery.
Unplug. Reconnect. Relax. Repeat. Sign-up for one of our eco-tours and we'll show you how it's done.