FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
We want to share the majesty of our marine life with you—but it’s more than that. We’re ardent stewards of the sea, and conservationists who have placed orcas and humpback whales on the same pedestal as your experience since our humble beginnings.
So, when you’re on the water with us, you’ll feel the pulse of passion that flows through each of us. You’ll learn why we love the Salish Sea and these whales—and you may just step ashore a bit more passionate about protecting our marine life, too.
We proudly achieved our Biosphere Certification across all operating locations. This international sustainability certification reflects our dedication to environmental stewardship and aligns with our commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.
After many amazing years on the water, 2023 marks the 30th year of adventures! Over the past three decades, we have had the opportunity to witness some truly amazing moments on the water. As we look back on our journey, we are filled with gratitude for all of the people who have supported us along the way!
Prince of Whales becomes a Climate Positive designated marine adventure company, enhancing our ongoing commitment to sustainability.
Sustainability is key to the success of our business. We educate our guests about why it is important to protect the environment, where these animals live, and how safe and responsible whale watching aids in the sustainability of these waters.
Our 3rd custom catamaran Salish Sea Freedom launched and started operating in Vancouver.
With our new presence in Telegraph cove we bought a new sister company – North Island Kayak – Located in Telegraph Cove on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, BC, North Island Kayak has been providing travellers with the opportunity to kayak with whales and other marine wildlife in this spectacular, remote part of British Columbia since 1991.
Prince of Whales is invited to Northern Vancouver Island to continue a 40 year old tradition of responsible whale watching in Johnstone Strait from Telegraph Cove Resort with the Ocean Magic II. Salish Sea Eclipse begins operating Half-Day Whale Watching Tours from Victoria.
Thanks to the success of Salish Sea Dream, we begin construction on a sister ship, Salish Sea Eclipse, our second catamaran.
Three years after blueprints landed on Alan’s desk, we complete the construction of Salish Sea Dream, our 95-passenger catamaran and largest boat. She sails her maiden voyage to Victoria.
We heighten our environmental commitment and join 1% for the Planet, contributing at least 1% of our revenues to organizations that align with our values and conservation efforts. Our Granville Island retail store opens, selling West Coast souvenirs for whale watchers, tourists and locals alike. We’re awarded the Tourism Vancouver Island Power of Partners award for the collaborative tours and unparalleled experiences we offer with The Butchart Gardens and CVS Tours.
We launch our sister company, Sea Vancouver, offering waterfront sightseeing adventures aboard zodiacs, to and from the convenience of Vancouver’s downtown harbour.
The Ultimate Day Tour, our signature adventure for guests in Vancouver, is recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience. (We humbly agree.)
We begin sailing to The Butchart Gardens, the first (and only) whale watching tour operator to offer an unforgettable adventure between Vancouver, Victoria, and The Gardens.
We begin sailing Ocean Magic to and from Vancouver and Victoria, expanding the whale-watching tours and seafaring adventures we offer our guests.
Thanks to the success of the original Ocean Magic, we build a sister ship, Ocean Magic II, our second cruiser.
We migrate to Vancouver, opening a second location from the Westin Bayshore Hotel. With increasing demand, we design and build our first cruiser, Ocean Magic.
We design and build the first zodiac-style Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat especially for Prince of Whales and the Salish Sea waters with Canadian boat titans, Titan Boats.
Inter-Island Launch was officially incorporated as a company to courier newspapers to the surrounding gulf islands in his first aluminum boat.