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“Were we just lucky?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Whale Centre & Museum

The Whale Centre & Museum
411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
+1 250-725-2132
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Ranked #18 of 48 Activities in Tofino
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Owner description: Open year round with very competitive pricing. The Whale Centre invites you to join us for an exciting sea adventure in pristine coastal ecosystems! Celebrating 30 years of operation on the west coast of Vancouver Island, The Whale Centre continues to venture out into Clayoquot Sound, off the coast of Tofino, BC, taking passengers on Whale Watching Tours, Bear Watching Tours, Hot Springs Soak Tours, Bird Watching Tours and Pelagic Birding Expeditions on open and covered vessels. We specialize in the natural history and marine wildlife of the Clayoquot Sound area. Located in the heart of town in Tofino, we offer free parking, complimentary dogsitting and a gift shop complete with a full gray whale skeleton! The Whale Centre is a member of the Pacific Rim Association of Tour Operators. We support and abide by the guidelines for responsible whale watching and safety. A portion of proceeds supports local wildlife research and marine wildlife rescue programs.
Port Alberni, Canada
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“Were we just lucky?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

On our boat ride up to Hot Springs, our very knowledgable tour operator took us on the outside route and around every headland found us nature's best. Whales, sea otters, dolphins, seals, sea lions, kelp beds, cormorants, eagles.
My friend giggled in delight as the porpoises danced along side our boat.
My favorite was the flotilla of otters, relaxing on their backs, some with babies hitching a ride on the adults tummies.

Visited October 2012
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TWCtofino, Owner at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words and I'm so glad we were able to give you such a fantastic trip.
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West Vancouver, Canada
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This was a fantastic experience. Howie, our guide, knew where the whales were and took us there. We spent over an hour with two grey whales and we were the only boat there. The whales were very curious and came right up to the boat. These whales were so close you could touch their heads. Thank-you Whale Centre. Thank-you Howie. We had a fantastic time and we will be back again.

Visited October 2012
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TWCtofino, Owner at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Well it sure pays to be lucky. It isn't very often we get friendly whales but for some reason The Whale Centre seams to get more than our share. I believe it is our fantastic boats and very quiet engines, not to mention Karma. Your right Howie is amazing. Thanks again.
John Forde
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

After visiting the other whale/bear businesses in Tofino we finally settled on The Whale Centre. Why? because the girl on the desk was professional and seemed to know what she was talking about and made no promises! We were told that the tides were difficult that week but we decided to book for the bear watching experience.We were kitted out in full bouyancy suits (like lifeboat crew wear) and sent down to the boat. We were the only ones on the trip and John the owner was an excellent guide and naturalist. He was acutely aware of where wildlife may be and switched the boat engine off as we approached to avoid disturbance.We were lucky to see a bear on an island in one of the inlets and observed it for some time. Unfortunately a large boat realised that we had seen something and came storming across and disturbed the bear who then wandered off into the undergrowth.We saw a great number of seals, a heron, kingfisher and sea birds.This trip was on our last day in Tofino and I only wish we had done this sooner so as to have pulled in the whale watching tour as well! Excellent value for money!

Visited September 2012
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TWCtofino, Owner at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thank you, I remember that tour and yes it pays to be honest with our guests. The tide wasn’t great but we persevered and had a good tour. It drives me nuts when we try so hard to provide a serene quiet educational tour and the large noisy boats are roaring around scaring wildlife. People think their great and that is who they should go out with. Nature is to be observed not interfered with. It pays to take your time and enjoy the experience.
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“Bear watch trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

we took the bear watch trip, as it is on low tide, you cant plan the time to go!! ours was at 8am, but it was worth this early hour. cold but with sun and.................with bears!!! great job guys!!!

Visited October 2012
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“Whale of a Trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We have been on several trips with this company, Hot Springs plus Bear and Whale watching. Each proved to be more than we expected. Knowledgeable, environmentally friendly staff knew where to best view whales, bears, birds, seals and sea lions without interfering with them in their natural habitat. The skipper provided helpful wildlife photography tips and was a wealth of interesting information about the area and the animals that lived there. His passion and respect for the wildlife and the area was infectious. We are looking forward to our next Whale Centre adventure. Once is definitely not enough!

Visited October 2011
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