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Wildlife Tours

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Victoria is renowned for its wildlife viewing, especially in the waters that surround the city.

Marine wildlife thrives in the surrounding ecological reserves like Discovery Island, Race Rocks and the Sidney Spit. These marine parks offer incredible views of elephant seals, sea lions, harbour seals and seabirds by the thousands.

Victoria whale-watching tours depart daily from the Inner Harbour, a short walk from most Victoria accommodations.

A harbour ferry tour in the protected waterways of Victoria’s Inner Harbour provides a chance to see marine wildlife, and Victoria’s regional and provincial parks provide prime habitat and great self-guided viewing opportunities for many animal and bird species.

Vancouver Island has many other opportunities for whale watching, bear watching and bird watching.

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre - Sidney

9811 Seaport Pl
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 4X3

Sidney's waterfront aquarium is home to over 3,500 marine animals from the unique local habitats of the Salish Sea. Come face-to-face with octopus and jellies; tickle a sea cucumber or shake hands with a sea star. Open daily from 10 a.m. Visit our website for special programs and activities and to learn more. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney. Only minutes from the Victoria International Airport, Washington State ferry terminal (Anacortes/San Juan Islands) & the BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay, gateway to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver.


Thunder 1 Adventures - Prince Rupert

121 George Hills Way
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
V8J 4H6

Come experience the adventure of a lifetime aboard the Thunder 1. World-class salmon & halibut fishing, spectacular whale watching, marine life viewing & gourmet meals all await you aboard your private yacht in the pristine wilderness of Northern BC. 3 & 4 day all-inclusive live-aboard charters depart from Prince Rupert from May to September. Accommodations are available for up to 6 guests aboard the Thunder 1, a 15.7 m (52 ft) trawler. Your crew & vessel are certified by the Coast Guard every year. Great Bear Rainforest & custom cruises also available. Please visit our website for pictures & details.


Wild BC Tours & Guiding - Vancouver


Visit Whistler or Victoria & Butchart Gardens - amazing all year round! Travel to the Rocky Mountains. Private small group sightseeing tours of British Columbia, whale watching on the far West Coast, cruise the Inside Passage on the same route as the Alaska Cruise ships. Bear watching, wine tasting, spa & golf tours.

Single & multi-day itineraries for groups as small as two. Treat yourself to a private tour. Pick-up/drop-off at ship/hotel/airport. Talented professional guides & competitive pricing.

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