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The Whale Centre

294 reviews
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Tofino, Canada
About The Whale Centre
The Whale Centre invites you to join us for an exciting sea adventure in pristine coastal ecosystems! Celebrating over 33 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 Cove Tours, Bird Watching Tours, Pelagic Birding Expeditions and water taxis to Meares Island 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. Book online for discounted rates!
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Our family of four went on the 6:00 am Bear watching tour and it was one of the highlights of our Tofino trip. Our daughters are 12 and 14 and were amazed by the boat tour, the scenery and of course see 2 males, 2...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank andersonshawn
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on 3 hour bear watching tour. The guide/boat driver was very experienced & knowledgeable about the local wildlife especially black bears. It was wonderful to see Tofino & the surrounds from water. We saw bears x 3 (& the guide allowed us ample...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a fabulous time with the Whale Center. Our guide was very knowledgeable and worked very hard to find us a number of siting of sea animals; humpback whales, grey whales, sea otters, sea lions, and a variety of sea birds including puffins. Our...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Barb M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great day seeing lots of wildlife on both tours. The guides were brilliant and knew intimately the waters and where to find the wildlife and all about them. For the bears in particular they knew them & their history. Impressive. We were...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank KeithFar
Reviewed 4 days ago

Tofino provides a perfect, close to magical scenery for a beautiful and peaceful whale watching experience. We got close to the humpbacks and grey whales, and the sea lions and eagle show made us feel as if we had stepped right into a BBC documentary....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank helenejosephine
Reviewed 5 days ago

Worth every penny. Howie was a very experienced and informative guide. Even though we kept our distance one grey whale came close enough to touch as she surfaced right by our boat and gracefully glided underneath us. The sea lions were great fun as they...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Barb4593
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When Orcas and Humpbacks are used in their advertising I was a bit disappointed when the response to my question "What are we likely to see today?" was, Gray Whales. We saw just one. We also saw Sea Otters with pups and Stellar Sea Lions....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank X5455RFjohnp
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was such a reasonably priced pelagic bird tour. Artie was an excellent captain and guide and knowledgeable about birds. He also was very ethical in his approach as to disturb the birds as little as possible. We lucked out with amazing calm water and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 123bird123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had planned to go whale watching but decided at the last minute to take the opportunity to go bear watching instead. It was an amazing experience: we saw 7 bears including a very young male abandoned by his mother and a mum with a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank winglis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great time! We suited up in the red safety suits and looked like giant marshmallow people. We walked over to the boat and met Howie who was in incredible boat captain. Off we go and within 10 minutes on the boat we saw...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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