Where to go Whale Watching in BC

January 16, 2023

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British Columbia (BC) is a great place to go whale watching, with a variety of locations that offer stunning views of these majestic creatures. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the top spots for whale watching in BC, including Vancouver and Victoria, as well as other areas in the province. Let’s dive in!

Whale Watching in Vancouver

Vancouver is a popular destination for whale watching, with numerous tour companies, including us, offering guided trips to see orcas (also known as killer whales), humpback whales, and other species. One of the best places to go whale watching in Vancouver is the Strait of Georgia, which is home to a diverse array of marine life. Some popular tour options in the area include boat tours and zodiac adventures, which offer a unique perspective on the whales and the surrounding landscape.


Whale Watching in Victoria

Victoria, located on Vancouver Island, is another great spot for whale watching in BC. The city is home to several tour companies, including Prince of Whales, that offer guided trips to see killer whales, humpback whales, and other species in the surrounding waters. Whale watching tours in Victoria often reach Race Rocks and the San Juan Islands, where it is possible to see sea lions, humpbacks and killer whales as they hunt for food and interact with each other in the open waters.

Other BC Whale Watching Destinations

In addition to Vancouver and Victoria, there are plenty of other areas in BC that offer excellent opportunities for whale watching. Some other top spots to consider include:

  • The Great Bear Rainforest: Located on the central coast of BC, this region is home to a variety of whale species, including killer whales, humpback whales, and grey whales. The Great Bear Rainforest deserves a visit for its incredible fauna and spectacular views!
  • Johnstone Strait: The Johnstone Strait is a great place to see humpback whales, as well as killer whales and other species, due to the calm waters and abundance of food for cetaceans and other creatures. Telegraph Cove is a great starting point for any whale watching trip through the Johnstone Strait, other than being an up and coming hub for eco-tourism.
  • The Discovery Islands: Located between Vancouver Island and the mainland, the Discovery Islands are home to a diverse array of marine life, including humpback whales, killer whales, and Minke whales.

No matter where you go in BC, you’re sure to have an unforgettable whale watching experience! Just ensure to follow all guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety and welfare of the whales and the marine environment to practice ethical whale watching. Feel free to reach out to us at any time if you need any help with your planning!

Thank you for reading, see you soon!


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