Whale Watching off Tofino, Ucluelet, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Whale Watching in British Columbia, Canada

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West Coast Vancouver Island

The West Coast of Vancouver Island is rugged and wild. Up and down the coast are many Sounds that reach deep inland forming, bays, coves, inlets and channels. Surf of the Pacific Ocean pounds against the shoreline cutting deep into the rock and rides over the sandy beaches, and old-growth temperate rain forests cover the land. The area is majestic and enchanting.

Tofino and Ucluelet are the two favourite northern gray whale watching communities on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. People from all parts of the world come here to watch these magnificent creatures of the deep. During the months of March and April, more than 20,000 gray whales swim north from their breeding grounds in Baja California to their feeding grounds in Alaska. On their way north, the gray whales pass close to shore in this region of British Columbia. A pod of whales summers over near Tofino, waiting for the southern migration, so whale watching is possible during the summer months. To celebrate the migration of the northern gray whales, every spring the residents hold the Pacific Rim Whale Festival that attracts thousands of avid whale watchers.

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

Sea otters have been re-introduced in this area of the West Coast and are slowly making a come back. This small marine mammal is a protected and endangered species. Look for it in kelp beds and rocky shorelines.

Humpback whales, commonly known for their displays of breaching, are occasionally sighted in this region. Harbour porpoises, harbour seals, California sea lions are all part of the marine wildlife in this part of British Columbia. Marine birds and nestling bald eagles are often seen as they soar and swoop looking for food.

BC Whale Watching Companies: Tours & Charters

Vancouver Island
Eagle Wing Whale Watching: Guided Whale Watching Tours & Wildlife Viewing.Trip Advisor's top-rated whale-watching experience in Victoria since 2007. Killer whales, Grey, Minke and Humpback whales, seals, sea lions & porpoise. As industry leaders, they go the extra mile (or 50!) to give... more
Spirit of the West Adventures: We offer sea kayaking tours to the Johnstone Strait & the largest pods of killer whales on the BC coast – Desolation Sound, Quadra Island, & Campbell River - & guided excursions to explore ancient native villages. Set a course for a one of a kind wilderness... more

Whale Watching Adventures in British Columbia

The coastline of Canada's most western province, is a maze of straits, sounds, and fjords, hundreds of islands and inlets. Scenery is unsurpassed, as the blue ocean meets the green forests covering the mountains, which reach for the sky. Because much of this coast is uninhabited and accessible only by boat or floatplane . . . it remains a pristine wilderness. The rich and nutrient filled waters are home to a great variety of marine wildlife.

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Whale Watching off Tofino, Ucluelet, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada