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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!

And the news of the day is.... we've got residents! #orcas #yyj

About 3 days ago from Prince of Whales 's Twitter via Twitter Web Client

March 23 – March 11, 2015 | Weekly Sightings Report

Whale Sightings

Whale Sightings

Spring break is a busy time for us, and it’s always so wonderful to see so many young people visiting the city with their families! These last few weeks have been delightful on the water (when the weather is being our friend, that is!). Spring whale watching is a blast because, with each sighting, you know you’re getting a little bit closer to summer… J-Pod even made an appearance last week with both new calves in tow.Here is an update on what’s been happening:We have had Transient Killer Whales around on and off, and you never quite know what you’re […]

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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


Orcas (Killer Whales)

Humpback Whale




Sea Lion

Sea Lions



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