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Watch orcas (killer whales) and Pacific gray, minke, and humpback whales spyhop, breach, and slap the water with their powerful fins to get your attention, as an experienced, responsible whale watching crew navigates the coastal waters on a high speed zodiac or heated cabin cruiser. Whale watching tours are available from the inner harbour of Victoria, Sidney, Tofino, Campbell River, and Port Hardy, as well as most of the communities on the Island.

On Vancouver Island, you’ll find reputable whale watching providers to bring you close to the action while respecting the boundaries of these magnificent animals.


Nootka Marine Adventures

Nootka Sound, BC • North Central Island
1-877-337-5464
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Nootka Marine Adventures operates three resorts on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. A variety of activities and custom packages are available ranging from: chartered salmon, halibut, and tuna fishing, historic and wildlife tours, ocean kayaking, and more. Guests may take advantage of boat rentals, fuel sales, moorage, marina services, launch ramp, fish processing, our fully licensed restaurant, and many other visitor conveniences. From suites to self- contained yurts and chalets, tent sites to our full service RV park, we offer a variety of accommodations to suit each customer’s unique travel plans. Create lasting memories, celebrate special occasions, or just come drop a line on a misty morning. Book your luxury wilderness adventure today!
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Nootka Marine Adventures operates three resorts on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. A variety of activities and custom packages are available ranging from: chartered salmon, halibut, and tuna fishing, historic and… [+]

The Robert Bateman Centre

470 Belleville St Victoria, BC V8V 1W9 • South Island
250-940-3630
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The Robert Bateman Centre, showcases over 80 works of Robert Bateman spanning his seven decades as one of Canada’s premier wildlife artists. Located in Victoria's inner harbour within the historic Steamship Terminal, the Centre houses a gallery and gift shop, and hosts a rotation of exhibits and a full schedule of educational and public programming, the most successful being the Junior NatureSketch Club. The temporary exhibits bring the community together. With themes from endangered species to traditional uses of the land surrounding the gallery, the Centre partners with dynamic artists and organizations to further the vision of the Bateman Foundation, the national charity that supports the work of the Robert Bateman Centre.
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The Robert Bateman Centre, showcases over 80 works of Robert Bateman spanning his seven decades as one of Canada’s premier wildlife artists. Located in Victoria's inner harbour within the historic Steamship Terminal,… [+]

Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke

6929 West Coast Road Sooke, BC V9Z 0V1 • South Island
250-642-0805
The Prestige Oceanfront Resort is your ideal haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Our full service resort features luxurious guest rooms, exceptional dining experiences, a world-class spa, large banquet rooms, and extraordinary hospitality. Rising above the Pacific Ocean, our waterfront resort offers breathtaking views of Sooke Harbour, Sooke Basin, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. Conveniently located near local attractions, including the Sooke Pot Holes, French Beach, and the West Coast Trail, the resort is perfectly situated to inspire a truly West Coast experience. Nearby activities include hiking, cycling, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, zip lining and much more, Sooke is a scenic destination that you will find to be Greater Victoria’s best kept secret.
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The Prestige Oceanfront Resort is your ideal haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Our full service resort features luxurious guest rooms, exceptional dining experiences, a world-class spa, large banquet rooms, and… [+]

Prince of Whales Whale Watching

812 Wharf Street · Victoria BC V8W 1T3 • South Island
1-250-383-4884
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Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with guests from around the world for more than 20 years! With locations in both Victoria & Vancouver, we offer a wide variety of marine wildlife experiences that range from three hours long to a half-day. We also offer whale watching connections between the two cities and exclusive full-day packages including private entrance to The Butchart Gardens. Our floating classrooms serve as a premium platform for provoking thought & educating guests who are naturally curious about killer whales & the other wild creatures that call the Salish Sea home. Our goal is to introduce you to as many marine species as possible on each tour and to leave you feeling inspired after every encounter.
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Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with guests from around the world for more than 20 years! With locations in both Victoria &… [+]

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

1790A Campbell Way, Port McNeill. BC, V0N 2R0 • North Island Region
1-866-546-4647
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Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale's blow as it swims past your ocean side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of orcas swim past your kayak as a bald eagles swoops down to catch a salmon. This can all happen on a four day and three night "Kayak With Whales & Whales and Grizzly Bears" tour at Kingfisher's Orca Waters Base Camps, located on an island covered in old growth rainforest in the wildlife rich waters of Johnstone Strait. With roomy tents outfitted with wooden beds, thick mattresses, sheets, fleece blankets, sleeping bags, and full size pillows the base camps offer a very comfortable wilderness camping experience for adventurous travellers even if they have little or no kayaking experience. Adult and family friendly departures available.
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Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale's blow as it swims past your ocean side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod… [+]

Ecosummer Expeditions

Trips begin and end from 1817 Campbell Way, Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 • North Island Region
250-674-0102
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Launch off our beach on North Vancouver Island to kayak with whales. Untamed, inspiring, remote and magical, Orca Camp is where we've staged wild and mild adventures for over 40 years. The heart of Orca territory, our indulgently comfortable wilderness camp sits next to the world’s only designated Killer Whale habitat at Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. You’ll find pure Canadian wilderness here exploring the natural and cultural attractions of the Johnstone Strait with our expert guides. Every detail, right down to the meals, snacks and camping accommodations is taken care of for you, so you're free to relax and unwind. Fuel your passion for adventure. Unleash your wild side. Join us for a 3, 4, or 6-day Orca Camp adventure — in the best place to see Orcas in the wild.
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Launch off our beach on North Vancouver Island to kayak with whales. Untamed, inspiring, remote and magical, Orca Camp is where we've staged wild and mild adventures for over… [+]

Clipper Vacations

2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle, WA 98121 • South Island
1-800-888-2535
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Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering transportation, hotel packages and group travel. The Victoria Clipper ferry operates between Seattle and Victoria, with service to the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor. In addition, there are opportunities to travel to a variety of picturesque and popular destinations around the area, such as Vancouver, Portland, the Canadian Rockies, Whistler and Vancouver Island. No matter kind of vacation you desire, Clipper Vacations has something for you!
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Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering… [+]

Sea Wolf Adventures

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0 • North Island Region
250-902-9653
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Departing from Telegraph Cove, combine cultural discoveries with world-class wildlife viewing on a zodiac adventure into the heart of First Nations’ territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw: Vancouver Island North. Share our love of the local landscape and learn more about our 13000+ year old history! Our adventure begins in Alert Bay at the U’mista Cultural Centre – a museum dedicated to telling the story of the people of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. Your tour guides, members of one of the 19 tribes of Kwakwaka’wakw, will interpret the exhibitions to delve deeper into the history of the artifacts. See the ancestral masks that were confiscated during the Potlatch Ban between 1884 and 1951, which outlawed traditional ceremonial feasts and potlatches and had a huge impact on indigenous people.
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Departing from Telegraph Cove, combine cultural discoveries with world-class wildlife viewing on a zodiac adventure into the heart of First Nations’ territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw: Vancouver Island North. Share our… [+]

Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres

606 Campbell Street, PO Box 129 • Pacific Rim
250-725-3919
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We are your one stop for adventure in Tofino and 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, seven days a week, we can accommodate just about any schedule! Other adventures include kayaking, cultural canoeing, water taxis to Meares Island, sunset and harbour cruises, float plane flights and more! Gift shops and lots of free parking (including RV parking) available at both Tofino and Ucluelet locations. Complimentary dog kennels available in Tofino! We guarantee our whale and bear sightings, ask us for details! Multi-tour discounts available. Book your west coast adventure today!
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We are your one stop for adventure in Tofino and Ucluelet. Operating since 1982, we are the original Whale Tour company and offer whale watching, bear watching and Hot Springs… [+]

North Island Kayak

Lagoon Rd, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0 • North Island Region
250-928-3114
Guided kayaking tours focused on low impact viewing of the spectacular Northern Vancouver Island wildlife and fun for all. Frequent sightings of Orcas, Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Bears and Eagles. We have trips suitable for everyone. No experience necessary. Day tours of 2 to 7 hours; Multi-day, all inclusive guided tours using our 6 base camps of between 2-4 days and expedition tours of 5-8 days. Daily departures June to September. Look for us on Tripadvisor
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Guided kayaking tours focused on low impact viewing of the spectacular Northern Vancouver Island wildlife and fun for all. Frequent sightings of Orcas, Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises,… [+]

The Whale Centre

411 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC, V0R 2Z0 • Pacific Rim
250-725-2132
For 30 years The Whale Centre has offered whale, bear and bird watching as well as hot springs tours in Clayoquot Sound to the eco-minded explorer. Our tours combine a learning atmosphere with the excitement of personal encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat. Join us on a tour for the opportunity to see gray whales, humpbacks, orcas, sea otters, seals, sea lions, wolves, black bears, eagles and many other local species with our experienced, local guides.
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For 30 years The Whale Centre has offered whale, bear and bird watching as well as hot springs tours in Clayoquot Sound to the eco-minded explorer. Our tours combine a… [+]

Stubbs Island Whale Watching

24 Boardwalk Place, P.O. Box 2-2, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0 • North Island Region
1-800-665-3066
Join us for an exciting sea adventure from historic Telegraph Cove, Whale Watching Capital of British Columbia! We think this is the best place in the world to see the incredible Orcas (Killer Whales)! You’ll love our location, the magnificent mammals and bird species you’ll see, and the friendly people you’ll meet. At Stubbs Island Whale Watching we are proud to be BC’s first whale watching company (est. in 1980) and we set the standard for marine adventures and ethical whale watching.
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Join us for an exciting sea adventure from historic Telegraph Cove, Whale Watching Capital of British Columbia! We think this is the best place in the world to see the… [+]

Spirit of the West Adventures

1313 Cramer Road, Heriot Bay, BC, V0P 1H0 • North Central Island, North Island Region
250-285-2121, 800-307-3982
Explore the realm of the killer & humpback whales. We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our coast, and it shows in the way we run our trips. Our tours are authentic, safe, fun, educational, environmentally friendly and for all levels of experience! Choose among professionally guided 4-8 day adventures all around Vancouver Island and in the Great Bear Rainforest. Camping on remote islands often to the sound of whales passing by can only be described as unique & breathtaking. Come paddle!
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Explore the realm of the killer & humpback whales. We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our coast, and it shows in the way we run our… [+]

Discovery Marine Safaris

760 Island Hwy Campbell River, BC, V2W 2C3 • North Central Island
1-866-501-6722
Make your Canadian Dream come true! Our covered vessels depart daily from Campbell River, the gateway to the Island’s unique wildlife sightings: watch awe-inspiring, giant killer whales breach high out of the water, follow playful dolphins and swift porpoises or observe majestic grizzly bears hunt for salmon. We are passionate about ethical wildlife viewing, conservation and education, and our comfortable boats are heated with full washrooms to make your trip as awesome as you could wish for!
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Make your Canadian Dream come true! Our covered vessels depart daily from Campbell River, the gateway to the Island’s unique wildlife sightings: watch awe-inspiring, giant killer whales breach high out… [+]

Sea Wolf Adventures

1514 Broughton Boulevard Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 • North Island Region
250-902-9653
Get up close and personal with British Columbia’s grizzly bears on an intimate and immersive wildlife watching experience. Join First Nation guides on a tour through the awe-inspiring waterways of their people’s traditional territories in the Great Bear Rainforest. Reconnect with nature and learn about First Nations culture in an all-in-one experience that combines respectful grizzly bear and other wildlife viewing with a sustainable tour through the super natural scenery of the Musgamakw!
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Get up close and personal with British Columbia’s grizzly bears on an intimate and immersive wildlife watching experience. Join First Nation guides on a tour through the awe-inspiring waterways of… [+]

Eagle Eye Adventures

1340 Island Highway Campbell River • North Central Island
250-286-0809
Don’t miss this unforgettable experience to witness the wildlife of Vancouver Island along some of the most majestic coastlines in the world! Your friendly and experienced guides of Eagle Eye Adventures will show you some magnificent encounters with wildlife which may include transient Orcas, minke whales, pacific white-sided dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, seals, black bears, cinnamon bears, and perhaps grizzly bears, all in their natural environment.
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Don’t miss this unforgettable experience to witness the wildlife of Vancouver Island along some of the most majestic coastlines in the world! Your friendly and experienced guides of Eagle Eye… [+]

Archipelago Wildlife Cruises

Whiskey Landing Marina, 1634 Cedar Rd, Ucluelet, BC, V0R 3A0 • Pacific Rim
2507268289
Step aboard our spacious 53 foot motor yacht to view whales, bears, sea lions and other wildlife in comfort. Our interpretive tours include a cruise through the breathtaking scenery of the Broken Group Islands and a gourmet meal while at anchor. We also offer evening cruises and private charters.
Categories:  Whale Watching Wildlife
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Step aboard our spacious 53 foot motor yacht to view whales, bears, sea lions and other wildlife in comfort. Our interpretive tours include a cruise through the breathtaking scenery of… [+]