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The Whale Centre

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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 over 30 years of operation on the west coast of Vancouver Island, The Whale Centre...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
411 Campbell Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
+1 250-725-2132
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been recommended the Whale Centre for bear tours, and were impressed from the start with their customer service, and genuine enthusiasm for the trips. Great care is taken getting you kitted up in waterproof clothing, and then off you go, on small, but...More

Thank Gill H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on our tour in late September and were so lucky to go out with Howie. We saw two whales, otters, sea lions and harbour seals. Howie was so knowledgeable about the animals and their behaviour. He was also able to find whales based...More

Thank fschwartz1
Reviewed August 30, 2018

This is an excellent smaller company doing whale and nature watching from boats. What is very special about his company is that - in additional to the main stream tours (whales and bears) - it offers regular tours for birders! I went on a birding...More

Thank Henrik M
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing bear watching tour with Alister. Great skipper with a brave heart for nature. He explained a lot and he slowly approaches the bears. The bears were looking for food at the coast at low tide. In total we have seen 8...More

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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Hi Oliver, Alistair is an incredible naturalist with a diverse knowledge on wildlife, geography and geology in Clayoquot Sound. We're happy to hear you were able to see 8 black bears and a diverse range of wildlife whilst on your tour with us. The inlet...More

Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

We went out on a dank and dreary day. Personally we wanted to find Gray Whales and in the end we did. Initially we saw two harbour porpoises then fleeting look at a sea otter. Then on the way (we thought) to see the several...More

Thank BT3rd
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience with us. All of the outfitters in Tofino work together on the water in order to spot wildlife and 'hand-off' certain whales or pods so that everyone can enjoy the unique...More

Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

We signed up to the Bear watching trip, Dan our guide was knowledgable and he was able to get us into some great places to see the bears. It’s a magical trip seeing them in their natural habitat with stunning views along the way. It’s...More

Thank DKFH
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Hello, Viewing bears up the inlet at low-tide is truly a magical experience. The calm, protected waters of Fortune Channel allow us to drift into the shallow waters where black bears like to turn over huge boulders and scavenge for crab and other shellfish that...More

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Efficient, pragmatic, prepared. A delight to have a boat driver who was also a naturalist who knew his birds. Brliiiant. Really recommends but make sure you have a good pee beforehand. Saw hum packed , male orca , sea otters and a plethora of sea...More

Thank ChristopherC4510
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2018

Hi Christopher, It sounds like you had quite the adventurous, well rounded tour! We're thrilled to hear it and that you were able to take time out of your day to write a review on your experience. All of our skippers pride themselves on their...More

Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I took this tour when we visited Tofino last weekend. We were very happy with it. The boat ride was comfortable (covered cruiser style, with a small deck we could use) and the skipper (Artie) took care to point out wildlife and...More

Thank Carla E
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Hi Carla, Thank you for your review! Our Hot Springs Tour is one of the most popular in Tofino as it offers a well rounded day with a high chance of seeing wildlife along the way in favourable conditions. Artie is a fantastic guide and...More

Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Great bird watching trip with Artie. He really knows the birds and their locations. We managed to see our prime bird a tufted puffin! We saw loads of others rhino auklets, murrelets, Black oystercatchers, shearwaters, sea otters and a glimpse of a dive of a...More

Thank gillc71
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to write a review about what sounds like an extraordinary Bird Watching Tour. The Tufted Puffins are always a treat to see and we're lucky enough to see them closer inshore in the Summer months so even our...More

Reviewed June 22, 2018

Very well organised . We went on Howies boat . As per other reviews he is local passionate and very experienced. We saw grey whales, sea lions and sea otters . His love of the ocean is wonderful . The only downside was the rather...More

Thank sah49
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2018

Hello, Thank you for your review. Howie is an exceptional guide with an incredible amount of knowledge having grown up in Tofino. His passion for his job and the ocean certainly are contagious. We apologize for the staff member who seemed disinterested upon arrival. We...More

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