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Departing from Telegraph Cove Resort aboard a 12-passenger open-air Zodiac-style boat, this adventure will take you on a 3-3.5 hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife viewing tour.

Starting at $109* CAD / Adult Learn More
2020 Season
June 19th - September 13th, 2020
Adult (18+) $130* CAD
Youth (13-17) $105* CAD
Child (2-12) $95* CAD
2021 Season
June 1st - September 13th, 2021
Adult (18+) $135* CAD
Youth (13-17) $105* CAD
Child (7-12) $95* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • To ensure your comfort, all-weather exposure suits, hats, gloves and goggles will be provided.

  • 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

  • An exciting ride soaring up to 55 km/h (35 m/h) in a high-speed, open-air, rigid-hull inflatable zodiac.

  • Guided by 1 expert guide, who will also be your boat driver.


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 expert bring the animals’ stories to life.

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. We will also provide you with warm all-weather exposure suits to wear on top of your clothes. Gloves & hats will also be available upon request.

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!

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

  • Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check-in. Participants must be 19 years of age or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.

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

  • Reviews

    Amazing trip and crew! A fantastic trip all around! We saw humpbacks, orcas, and seals several times during the trip. The entire day was well organized, including whale watching, a bus ride and entrance to Butchart Gardens, and a convenient pick up at the end of the gardens. Our crew (Amy, Stu, and James) was very attentive and knowledgeable. Overall, I would highly recommend the day tour to Victoria.

    Posted on 8/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Will remember that day for the rest of my life! After a disapointed trip last year from Victoria, the weather conditions were against us, my daughter and I decided to give a second chance on July 5th, 2020. OMG! we had the most unbelievable whale watching day EVER! We saw two packs of killer whales mingling together and they came so close to the boat, along with not one but two Humpbacks joining the packs. Something rarely seen before. They gave us quite the show!
    Shoutout to the crew, they were amazing! I also want to mention that I appreciated the fact that they are respecting the wild life to the fullest. Stopping the boat motors showed me how professional they were and how much they care. They don't stressed the animals and we can watch as long as possible.
    Unfortunately I can't post any pictures cause all I have is an iPhone. This is one of those time where I wish I'd have a GOOD camera! Took great videos though.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you :-)

    Posted on 7/06/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Good Tour We went out on the AM trip, didn’t find any Whales unfortunately, but the crew were really informative, everything ran to time! Even with a full boat it wasn’t overcrowded at all and the boat circled when they found some wildlife so all sides of the boat got to see everything! Lovely hot chocolate on board! Overall it was a good trip, and we have our guarantee of retuning until we see something, so while we didn’t find anything this time we have the opportunity to go back for just the marine park fee which combats a little disappointment from not seeing any whales this time around! Overall couldn’t fault it or the views!

    Posted on 7/10/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Ms This was an incredible experience. We were able to see 2 whales the humpback and the orca. We also saw a porpoise and seals plus many bald eagles. Was a day I will never experience again. The staff were constantly explaining every thing we saw and the captain excelled at finding creatures in the sea

    Posted on 8/13/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    absolutely must do. It's AMAZING We did the half day whale watching tour from Vancouver. They said could be anywhere from 3-5 hours. After about an hour and a half we saw 1 pod of orcas that came right past the boat and joined another pod. 2 in 1 trip. We saw them playing and feeding also which was amazing to see. Not sure how he spells his name but 'Stu' the naturist was so informative he knew so much about the whales and answered every question I asked him! Really friendly and made the trip so much better.

    Posted on 9/19/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great whale sightseeing and the gardens are gorgeous. Make time to do this> The flowers and gardens are wonderful! We also had high tea and enjoyed it immensely!

    Posted on 9/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing!! I has such an Amazing time on the water! The Prince of Whales Crew that led the Half Day Tour on Sunday November 3, 2019 was simply Terrific!! The tour guides were so knowledgeable about the animals, the history, and everything in between. A beautiful 5 hour experience!! I would go again.
    Thank you for such an Awesome Day at Whale Watching!!!

    Posted on 11/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great way to travel from Victoria to Vancouver AND see Butchart Gardens. Butchart Gardens are magnificent just by themselves.
    We checked-in at Victoria, where they took our luggage.
    Bus to the Gardens. So beautiful. 4:45 departure by ferry
    to Vancouver from Butchart dock. The crew was fantastic.
    We got an unexpected whale watching tour on the way.
    arrived at the dock in Vancouver, and claimed our luggage.

    Posted on 6/20/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Zodiac Tour Zodiac Tour gebucht und viele Wahle gesehen. Orcas und Buckelwahle. Der Skipper für weit und in die Nähe der Inseln der USA. Niemand anders hat den weg auf sich genommen. Dort hatten wir das Glück, viele Buckelwahle zu sehen. Super Tour.

    Posted on 7/31/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Saw at least a dozen humpback Whales! We had a really great time getting to see the whales, but just as important, our on-board guides knew what they were talking about and gave us lots of info. Always felt safe and fun.

    Posted on 9/16/2019 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 Zodiacs?

No, the RHIBs are open-air boats, and therefore do not have washrooms on board. We recommend that you use the public washrooms (located next to our office) before your departure.

Can I bring a camera on a Zodiac?

Yes! Bring your camera and/or video camera to capture the experience. We also recommend that you bring a plastic bag or other waterproof case to keep your camera safe and dry during transit. The boat will come to a complete stop for photo opportunities.

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.).