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Departing from Telegraph Cove Resort aboard a 74-person semi-covered, custom-built express cruiser, this adventure will take you on a 3-hour fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour.

Starting at $109* CAD / Adult Learn More
2020 Season
July 1st - October 11th, 2020
Adult (18+) $130* CAD
Youth (13-17) $105* CAD
Child (2-12) $95* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
2021 Season
May 1st - October 11th, 2021
Adult $135* CAD
Youth $105* CAD
Child $95* CAD
Infant FREE
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife tour. Opportunity to observe different species of whales in the wild, sea birds and other marine wildlife. Guided by 3-4 Transport Canada certified marine naturalists.

  • Year-round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case that we do not see whales, you can join us on another whale watching tour for free.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • A comfortable semi-covered express cruiser, with 3 different viewing areas on 2 distinct elevations.

  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.


Nestled on Vancouver Island’s northern bounds, Telegraph Cove is an intimate haven for whale watchers and conservationists. A former fishing village, today Telegraph Cove plays host to our quintessential whale watching adventure. Cut through Johnstone Strait’s currents and navigate the Broughton archipelago in search of orcas and humpback whales, and listen to our marine mammal experts bring the animals’ stories to life from the comfort of your cruiser.

Did you know? Telegraph Cove is one of the final boardwalk settlements left on Vancouver Island.

What To Bring

It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a tight-fitting hat, a camera to capture some memorable moments and, above all, your sense of adventure!

Onboard snacks are available for purchase with CAD cash only (no credit/debit cards accepted) but please feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.

Departure Location

Telegraph Cove Adventure Centre

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0, Canada

The Telegraph Cove Adventure Centre is located at the north end of Telegraph Cove Resort next to the Whale Interpretive Centre.

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure.


Know Before You Book

  • The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please call us to book.

  • Reviews

    Great time! Really great experience. We saw some humpback whales, sea lions, seals, and bald eagles. We loved that Rory explained to us the regulations that whale watching companies implemented to make sure that animals are protected in this field. Thanks to Malcolm, Anthony, Rory, Wilma, and Hannah! We appreciated the precautions taken for health and safety with limited bookings and reminders to people to wear their masks.

    Posted on 7/23/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fantastic! Absolutely great time. We saw humpbacks and orcas and enjoyed it very much. Jasper was wonderful and a great source of info.
    Loved the trip and would recommend to most anyone. I am not young and do have some arthritis and back issues but at least on our relatively calm day, the boat was extremely comfortable and o did not experience the jolting I have come to expect from a zodiac.

    Posted on 10/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Genuine West Coast Experience We set sail in style on the super comfy Salish Sea vessel. On our first stop alone we saw 6 different species of birds (not including the various gulls), and Naturalist Liz kept it super interesting with all of her Bald Eagle facts! From there we carried on further west where we encountered Transient Orca's and Resident Orca's within a few hundred meters of each other! What are the chances??? Captain Bill and First Mate Joe got reports of Humpback Whales and quickly set off in that direction, when we arrived they killed the engine so we could enjoy the sound of the Humpbacks breathing. Before we knew it we were literally surrounded by a dozen or more Humpbacks! It was incredibly magical. Thanks POW team!

    Posted on 9/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Our awesome experience Amazing experience! Our crew found us amazing spots with Orcas and sea lions!
    The pilot and staff were all so calm and Knowledgeable. This is a definite must do if you are visiting Vancouver! Prince of Whales is the way to go!! Thank you!!

    Posted on 9/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Mrs B We were super lucky with the seen of humpback whales and Orcas, plus some dolphins!
    The boat was comfortable and many areas for good views. Lovely crew and hot drinks! Thank you! BP

    Posted on 10/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Vacation The staff are outstanding. We were fortunate to see 5 humpback whales on the trip. They even stopped to view whales on the return trip which wasn’t part of the itinerary but was appreciated by all!

    Posted on 8/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Wale Watching Tour from Vancouver BC Ich habe bei dem 1. Versuch leider keine Wale gesehen, allerdings hat Prince of Wales die Garantie eine neue Tour zu buchen, also tat ich dies und bei der 2. Tour haben wir bereits nach 15 min Wale gesichtet, es war so unglaublich!! Die Guides auf beiden Touren waren super informiert - Olivia und eine ursprünglich aus Deutschland kommende Frau, die seit 29 Jahren in Vancouver lebt, dessen Name ich leider vergessen habe, waren echt super! Die Landschaft ist atemberaubend egal, ob man Wale sieht oder nicht.

    Posted on 6/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Could not do more We were booked to sail from Victoria. PoW had already helped us out by rescheduling our sailing as we had a large school group split between two locations and could not make the published departure times. When one of our buses was a no- show PoW did everything they could to delay again but eventually had to depart when we realised we would be an hour late! They then organised an alternative departure for us to fit with our return to the mainland 2 days later. Having whale watched somewhere in the region of ten times previously, this was the best trip ever with close up sightings of many whales, in particular huge humpbacks. The students loved their experience and rated it the best trip of their 12 day stay in BC.
    THis was my 6th time of dealing with PoW and whilst they have always been excellent, I have to say that the professionalism and support of the front of house staff was extraordinarily good during a potentially stressful situation. The crew on board were once again fabulous and dealt with our party size (60) in a friendly and caring manner contributing to a fabulous experience for all involved. I rarely write reviews but the latest experience with PoW was one of, if not the best sightseeing experiences I have had in organising over 30 international school trips. From start to finish the staff were so accommodating and professional that PoW now have an extremely loyal customer for the future.
    Thank you on behalf of the staff and students for such a great experience.

    Posted on 11/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    terrific sailed on 3rd oct this year into a glorious sight of massive tankers sitting in the bay and motored down to see sea lions basking on rocks before setting off to see the whales.

    marvellous sightings of two Whales constantly arching and diving showing off the flukes.
    a good hours viewing before leaving to see another nearer to the coast.

    travelled later around Bowen island where we saw Harbour seals laving on the island.

    a fantastic trip with very knowledgeable crew would not hesitate to recommend.

    Posted on 10/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    We saw a pod of 3 whales This was an amazing trip and experience. We booked the half day trip. Crew were friendly and attentive. Becky and Aurora were so knowledgeable, clearly subject matter experts in their field and passionate about marine conservation.
    We were very fortunate to come across a pod of three killer whales. A truly unforgettable experience.
    If you are able to, book this for the first part of your stay in Vancouver so that if no whales are seen you can go out again free of charge.

    Posted on 6/22/2019 via TripAdvisor


Do tours run in all types of weather?

Tours operate rain or shine! Safety is our priority and, in extreme weather conditions or high winds, adventures may be cancelled at the discretion of our qualified crew. We will be in touch should this be the case.

Will we really see whales?

Yes! There is a high chance of seeing orcas, humpbacks, and other types of whale on your tour. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

This adventure is covered by our year-round Year-Round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case, we do not see whales on this adventure, you can join us on another whale watching tour. This guarantee is valid for a lifetime!

Are there bathrooms on the boat?

The boat we use for this tour is equipped with two airline-style washrooms.

Do passengers often feel seasick?

No, our boats are custom-built for whale watching with passengers in mind. Captain and crew will also do their best to minimize the impact of the sea. However, if you are prone to seasickness, we recommend you purchase non-drowsy Gravol from a pharmacy prior to your adventure with us.

Are there snacks or beverages on board?

Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate will be available on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies, chocolate bars) can be purchased with CAD cash. You can also bring your own snacks.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Cancellation Policy

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

This adventure has a hassle-free 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 hours prior to your adventure departure to cancel and receive a full refund, no questions asked. Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Promotional (discounted) bookings are final sale.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 20 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).