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The Whale Centre

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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I decided to go for the hot springs adventure, and we saw some whales, sea lions and sea otters on the way there and back. We had a wonderful time with our captain on this 6 hour trip. That trail to the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank WineDine1210
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great friendly and helpful staff in the shop helping us get kitted up. Our guide and skipper Howie was a local man that clearly knew his stuff. As a result we saw 7 whales, some multiple times. It was incredible! Even riding on the boat...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank lynseyh20182018
Reviewed October 10, 2019 via mobile

We booked our 'Whale Centre' tour and booked the hot-springs tour, with the option for a plane ride back over the phone we then signed the waivers online and phoned back and they said everything was accepted and our plane ride home would happen as...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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TheWhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2019

Hello 91Dylan, We are really confused by your review of our Sea to Sky Tour. On our website, when guests book via phone and when guests check-in we are very clear that it takes 30 minutes to walk on the boardwalk to the Hot Springs....More

Reviewed October 9, 2019

We had a great time seeing 11 bears in under 3 hours, including twin cubs, but without feeling rushed. We also saw bald eagles and seals. Howie was a great guide, very knowledgeable and respectful of the animals, not disturbing them at all but making...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Francis H
Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

It is difficult to choose as so many companies offering the same trip at same price! We went with Whale Centre as price quoted included tax, i find it annoying when price quoted does not, and the chap on front desk really personable and we...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 526tracyf
Reviewed October 3, 2019

We came across the Whale Centre while walking and their signage had information so it drew us in. We were expertly taken care of by the staff and were ready to get onto our Whale Watching Adventure. Easy access from Whale Centre to the boat...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JiggyBobb
Reviewed October 1, 2019

The office was easy to find; the check-in process was easy; the staff were friendly and qualified; and the experience at the hot springs was great! We arrived at the springs much earlier than most other boats; it gets a bit crowded when more people...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank krspencer
Reviewed October 1, 2019

My boyfriend and I went into our bear watching trip fully understanding that wildlife is wild. We were pretty much just hopping on for the ride. Our captain and naturalist, Howie, did a great job at explaining how we were venturing out at the tail...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank madis0ntravels
Reviewed September 30, 2019

We took the Hot Springs Tour. You go by boat and back to the hot springs. Each direction is 1.5 to 2 hours depending on how much marine life you see on the the way. We saw Grey whales, orcas, steller sea lions, sea otters...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank timbo
Reviewed September 28, 2019

Had a fantastic day bear watching with John the skipper wot a friendly knowledgeable man seen plenty of bears and there cubs and loads of eagles brilliant day

Date of experience: September 2019
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