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Nature rewards those who VENTURE OUT

Starting in 1994, Prince of Whales’ owner Alan McGillivray operated a small boat (aptly named the “Prince of Whales”) that alternated between cargo runs and whale watching trips among the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Now, with 12 vessels, locations in both Victoria and Vancouver, and almost 50 staff in peak season, we are the largest whale watching and eco-adventure company on the West Coast of Canada. As part of the Pacific Whale Watching Association we are proud leaders in responsible whale watching and have a strong passion for educating guests from all over the world about the wonders and the fragility of the Salish Sea.

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Do you really see whales?
Yes! Prince of Whales Whale Watching has a success rate of 90 – 95% in the peak season (May – October).

What happens if we don’t see a whale?
If you come out on one of our tours and do not see a whale, you are invited to join us on another tour – free of charge.
This offer is valid for life and does not expire

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Choose the experiencethat fits you

So why do we use zodiacs? Because of their low weight they are extremely fast and efficient. Ours are powered by twin 200 horsepower Mercury engines and can exceed 30kts, or about 55km/h. Choose the zodiac if you want all out adventure, you’ll never forget this ride.

Ocean Magic and Ocean Magic II are identical vessels designed to maximize comfort without compromising viewing quality, all while minimizing environmental impact. If you’re a fan of flexibility, the Ocean Magics are the boats for you.

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Sustainability is ourFirst Priority

Our People. At Prince of Whales, our number one focus is you, our guest! We want to make sure that your experience with us not only meets, but exceeds your expectations.

Our Planet. We are constantly thinking of new ways to innovate and improve; and in order to set new goals for the future, we must first examine where we are now.

Our Profit. Our community involvement doesn’t end on the water; we are as well-known on dry land as we are in the ocean!

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Whale Sightings Today!

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About 2 days ago from Prince of Whales's Twitter via Twitter Web Client

December 01 – January 27, 2016 | Weekly Sightings Report

Whale Sightings

Whale Sightings

It seems cliché to start a post with “WOW,” but sometimes even those of us with a preclusion to prose are left speechless by the circumstances. How do you summarize a year in 600 words? Most of the time you can’t, and you just shouldn’t even try, but 2015 was so spectacular, so uplifting and heart-healing that we need to talk about it. I’m talking, of course, about the baby boom. It actually started in December of 2014, when J50 aka Scarlet appeared. She was the first new (surviving) calf since 2012 and everyone was cautiously thrilled. The birth was[]

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Jennifer Dickson, BSc

Biologist with Double Major in Biology and Environmental Studies
Roles at Prince of Whales First Mate, Marine Mammal Naturalist, Guest Service Associate, and Online Reputation Manager

Types of animals spotted this week

Resident orca

Resident orca

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