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“MUST DO in Tofino!”

Jamie's Whaling Station and Adventure Centres
Ranked #2 of 49 Tours in Tofino
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Owner description: Jamie's is the West Coast's Original Whale & Wildlife Adventure Centre, navigating the waters of Clayoquot and Barkley Sound since 1982. We are thrilled to be celebrating over 30 years on the water! We have the largest fleet in the area, offering whale watching & bear watching on larger covered cruisers or zodiacs! Join our experienced and knowledgeable crew as we help you discover this beautiful destination. We also offer tours to Hot Springs Cove (by boat or seaplane), kayaking, water taxi service to Meares Island, scenic flights, and much more. Visit us at our Tofino and Ucluelet locations, where we have gift shops and lots of FREE parking (including RV parking in Tofino). Please note that all Jamie's tours are subject to a $3 research fee, which goes directly to benefit local, non-profit groups involved with wildlife research, rescue and education. We also have complimentary kennels in Tofino for your dogs while you're out exploring with us!
Aarhus, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“MUST DO in Tofino!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

I have no words for this experience! Our guide Marla was fantastic, super friendly and excellent at explaining along the way! We went on the 3 hour whale tour, at 10 AM on the Zodiac (which is a fun fun ride) and had no expectations for the day. Half an hour in we spotted 3 grey whales, which later became 6!! After watching the wales for about an hour, we went to find sea lions, seals, sea otters and even some dolphins (of some sort). We even got close to a pair of bold headed eagles!

The people at Jamies are very professional and helpful. We enjoyed every part of our day, and the hot chocolate after returning safely to solid ground was the icing on the cake!!

Visited October 2013
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“Highly recommend whale watching & hot springs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We took in two tours during the last week of Sept 2013. The first was a whaling trip. We were on a large boat which offered a variety of seating options (including top deck seats, as well as enclosed seats and covered seating options in the rear of the boat) which accommodated everyone from young children on up. We took the inland passages on the way there, and that experience alone was memorable because of the gorgeous scenery. There were a few sea otters sunning themselves, which was a treat. Along the way the captain and crew entertained us with stories about the area and its sea life. When we got to a cove near the open water one of the resident greys was feeding - what a sight, truly making for a memorable trip! We headed home on the open water, enjoying more sea otters and a colony of sea lions. The swells were high, and the water was pretty rough, which did leave us feeling a bit off, but the rugged views of the waves and the shoreline were well worth it. The next day we took the hot springs tour. I was better prepared, bringing Gravol with me, and dressing in layers. We took a smaller enclosed boat which seated twelve passengers and had a rear deck for those who wanted to be outside. Our captain (Eugene?) was really personable. He gestured to the water and the mountains and said, welcome to my office! Who wouldn't envy him! Again we took the inland passage. We snaked between small islands and coves on the calm waters, heading north for about an hour and a half, ducking into the occasional inlet in the hopes of spotting a bear. The views of the mountains reflecting on the calm inland waters were breathtaking! Once you arrive at hot springs cove you hike 30 minutes on a boardwalk through ancient cedar groves - that alone was worth the trip. I would almost compare it to Cathedral Grove. I wouldn't suggest this trip if you aren't able to climb steps as there are many on the walkway, and it can be slippery. The hot springs are nestled into a crevice in the rocks above the cove. The tour companies stagger their trips which is a good thing because there's probably only room for about 20 people at a time. Be sure to bring water shoes because the rocks are sharp getting into the water. There are change rooms and an outhouse available. We had plenty of time to enjoy the pool before heading back. On the return trip we took the outside passage and what a surprise, we got to see three grey whales! As the boat was smaller we were also able to maneouver closer to the sea lion island for some great pics. I'd highly recommend either of these trips for a chance to see this remarkable scenery and the sea life up close. Many thanks to Ryan and the staff at Jamie's who treated us so well. They were professional and friendly. It's obvious they love what they do, and they want their customers to enjoy their experience.

Visited September 2013
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Morris, Canada
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“Jamie's tour in April 2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Very slick professional tour. We opted for the boat rather than the zodiac. They did not disappoint. Saw humbacks, greys, otters, seals and bald eagles. The crew were very informative regarding the animals and answered all of our questions. Would highly recommend them. Make sure that you take warm clothing and sensible shoes, it can get quite cold out on the water.

Visited April 2013
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“Bear watching, barely”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We learned after taking a bear watching trip with this company that October is not a great month the see bears dining on clams along the shorelines of the Sound. They are busy elsewhere feasting on spawning salmon. The company could have been more up front about this when taking bookings during this month. The commentary from guides was also sparse although they did try to be helpful in spotting and interpreting area wildlife. We later visited a fish hatchery and saw bears up close for free!

Visited October 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
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“Fantastic Outing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

We went on a whale watching tour in the open Zodiac. Our guide took us to a small bay where there was a mama and baby gray whale. After that, we saw sea lions - huge, loud, and smelly! - habour seals - such sad faces - and (I think the best of all) - a colony of Alaskan sea otters. It was a wonderful day. Because it was a beautiful calm day, our guide took us out about 10 miles offshore to see a humback that another tour boat had been following. Riding in the Zodiac in the open ocean was like riding a roller coaster. What a thrill. Can't remember our guide's name but he was great and very informative. All in all, the perfect day.

Visited September 2013
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