Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
The waters surrounding Victoria make for excellent whale watching and wildlife viewing. In 2010, Travel + Leisure magazine named Vancouver Island one of "North America’s Best Whale Watching Spots."
Orcas (killer whales) are most frequently sighted, but humpback, minke and grey whales can also be seen, along with harbour seals, Steller and California sea lions, bald eagles, and harbour and Dall’s porpoises.
Many Victoria whale-watching tours leave right from downtown, so it's easy to combine an afternoon of whale watching with shopping or golfing. Nearby Sidney and Sooke are also popular whale-watching spots, and some tours travel to the Victoria area from Vancouver.
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1251 Cardero St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Experience the nature around Vancouver on a guided kayak excursion and beach BBQ in Indian Arm Provincial Park. This fjord-like glacial inlet with magnificent scenery is only a short drive away from downtown. Discover seals, sea stars, blue herons and a myriad of other shore birds. Qualified guides accompany you at all times, ensure your comfort and explain the nature around you.
Highlight of the trip is a salmon BBQ picnic served on a small, uninhabited island with breathtaking views. Pick-up from your residence in Vancouver is included.
We also offer a number of different day trips including Whale Watching to Victoria with Butchart Gardens, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge, Whistler & more.
Various Areas On The BC Coast
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2014) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords, explore ancient rainforests. A-list naturalists & guides lead you to special bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites that are not accessible to the general public. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & comfy accommodations aboard beautiful ships. Private ensuite staterooms available.
Destinations: Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. Operated by a leader in sustainable tourism since 1986, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. We welcome you to contact us or visit our website.
360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness & cultural expeditions throughout Canada's Pacific Coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our 70' classic wooden 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 & visit First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, Pacific Rim National Park & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!