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“A highlight of our West Coast Experience!”

Archipelago Wildlife Cruises
Ranked #1 of 36 Tours in Ucluelet
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: For an unforgettable West Coast experience, join Al & Toddy Landry aboard their luxurious 53 foot motor yacht for a very personalized tour to view whales, bears, sea lions and other wildlife in comfort. More than just wildlife viewing, their interpretive tours include a scenic cruise through the sheltered waters of the Broken Group islands and a gourmet meal while at anchor. Romantic sunset cruises and private charters are also available.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Vancouver Island, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“A highlight of our West Coast Experience!”
Reviewed August 26, 2010

A 5-hour luxury cruise and dining experience that is well worth the extra expense. Al and Toddy were informative and fun hosts, that know the best places to go to see West Coast wildlife up close - bald eagle, colonies of stellar sea lions & harbour seal, and whales surfacing just off the boat. You never felt rushed or crowded like on other local tours. Relax in beautiful lounge chairs with a free beverage. Keep warm under cozy blankets or in covered cabins if the weather turns chilly - Remember August is the fog month on the West coast so dress warm!. Those other whaling tours don't give a washroom, free binocular use, or a large boat with rough water stabilizers built in. This is a great boat for photographers! Bring a lunch or opt for the fine dining lunch for $22 each, catered by a local fine food restaurant. You could even buy beer or wine too. Eating our Salmon lunch in a quiet Barkley Sound cove as kayakers paddled among the scenic islands was a memorable experience. Thank you Archipelago Cruises for making a foggy day into thrilling outdoors excursion to be remembered!

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south-west
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10 attraction reviews
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“Do Not Miss this Experience!”
Reviewed August 19, 2010

We cannot add anything to the superlatives already logged here except to say DO IT! You will have the experience of a lifetime with the nicest poeple you could ever hope to meet!

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Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Truly Enjoyed the experience”
Reviewed August 18, 2010

Just got back to the Hotel after a wonderful day out on the boat with Al and Toddy our wonderful hosts! We saw 2 grey whales and a humpback, lots of seals, a pod of dolphin and eagles in every position you can imagine. No bears today unfortunately.
We had a fabulous lunch on board as we watched small fish jumping out of the water. The day was cool and it started out damp but if you dress accordingly it won't bother you. Plus they provide rain ponchos, blankets and gloves to help keep you warm.
I loved the fact that it was a small gathering of people which made seeing the wildlife a pleasure as we could all see instead of fighting to get to the sides as I have done on larger boats.
These hosts respect the environment and the animals. They shared with us their sorrow as the sea otter that they usually go to observe has been missing and presumed killed by the Orcas it was last seen with.
I could have stayed out longer in their beautiful yacht as it made being on the water a definite pleasurable experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful experience, wonderful company, wonderful scenery”
Reviewed August 14, 2010

Possibly one of the best trips Ian and I have taken - simply perfect! Al and Toddy are so knowledgeable and engaging. The scenery and wildlife was fantastic and it is clear Al and Toddy have a genuine love and joy for the history and culture of the area as well as its wildlife.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
1 review
“Absolutely worth it--the time, the trip, the money....!”
Reviewed August 13, 2010

This grandma was concerned (as was mama) about bringing a six-year old girl and an 18-mo old boy on such an excursion. Our fears were allayed almost immediately. As others have accurately related, Al and Toddy make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in their home--an exceedingly stable 53-ft yacht. We were on the same tour, 8/11/2010, as the three-time cruise companion who wrote an earlier review for this date. Our hosts seemed to be as excited about this tour as if it had been their first time too. And Al took time from his work to make the kids and teens feel included. Our granddaughter came away with a dried starfish that she treasures.

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