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.

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$139.00* CAD/ Adult See Seasonal Rates

2022 Season
May 1, 2021 - October 11, 2021
Adults (18+)$139.00* CAD
Youth (13-17)$109.00* CAD
Children (7-12)$89.00* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax. Seasonal rates may apply.

About the experience...

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.).

Prepare For Your Adventure

windbreaker<br />jacket
Warm<br />Sweater
Long<br />Pants
Closed-toe<br />Shoes

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!

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.

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.




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.

  • Reviews

    Very cool! Great experience! Saw lots of Humpback whales, which the guides can identify by their tails and have names for them! We also saw sea lions and seals. It gets pretty windy so dress accordingly. Staff were super knowledgeable about Vancouver area and the various animals that live near the shores. Went with my 11 year old daughter - she was whaled our by 4 hours so she read a book. I would highly recommend this tour and company!

    Posted on 7/13/2020 via TripAdvisor
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    Great adventure What a wonderful adventure. We got to see multiple pods of Orcas...our crew was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in telling us all about the whales and their environment. Our Captain did a great job finding whales and positioning the boat for optimum viewing. Definitely a great trip!!

    Posted on 7/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Close encounters with two kinds of whales Our captain Jasper on the Court Jester took us to see a pod of Orcas feeding together, then drove out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca to show us an up-close-and-personal encounter with a couple of huge Humpbacks. The female Humpback was in no hurry and swam and somersaulted around our boat, even showing us a great view of her tail as she dove and then surfacing and hanging in the air to check us out! It was the closest view we will ever have to a whale in the wild, and we thank our skipper for his diligence in getting us to the feeding grounds!

    Posted on 6/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Loads of whales! Great trip today. It was their first trip on the catamaran during COVID and they made sure everyone felt safe and comfortable. Masks were provided, everyone had a reserved seat distanced from the other passengers and they were constantly cleaning the common areas. Lili, Val and Seanie were knowledgeable and the captains found us loads of whales! We saw humpbacks and orcas. It was such a good day! I highly recommend Prince of Whales!

    Posted on 7/01/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Wilma made the trip! I was very excited to go whale watching in Vancouver after all of the positive reviews I had heard about Prince of Whales.

    It did not disappoint!
    We had the ideal scenario for whale watching.
    The weather was perfect.
    The water was calm.

    We saw humpback whales (so close!), killer whales, porpoises and seals. An unforgettable experience.

    Wilma was our knowledgeable educator/host on the upper deck of the ship. (Sit on the upper deck of the ship). She was amazing. Not only does she care deeply about these animals, but her excitement and love of what she does is infectious. A rare gem.
    Thank you Wilma!

    I highly recommend Prince of Whales.

    Remember to Bring a warm wind resistant jacket!!!!! It really gets chilly out there.

    Posted on 9/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Experience of a lifetime Had the most amazing experience on the Salish ocean - we got to see humpback whales up close and personal.
    The tour company was well organized and had the most amazing staff, everyone very knowledgeable and well informed.
    Thankyou for a great afternoon, well worth the money spent.

    Posted on 7/17/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Incredible experience ! We had an incredible time with Prince of Whales. We did the tour on Monday 30th. The crew members were truly passionate and really nice, we had the opportunity to hear the experience and the knowledge of each naturalist (James, Camille Amy). During the tour, we saw two humpback whales, a male orca swimming on his own and then a pod of six orcas! They were hunting and then kind of making funny moves. The captain (Ian) was really respectful regarding the distance put between the boat and the animal. It was really sunny, and also, good to know : you can have as many coffees, teas or hot chocolates as you want!
    I highly recommend Prince of Whales.

    Posted on 10/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Learnt so much in a beautiful part of the world Went out on the whale watching tour this week with rebecca and chris and had a fantastic time. They were all so knowledgable, really keen to teach us about the conservation programmes and had years of experience. You could literally ask them anything! We were in a quite a small group which was lovely. Telegraph cove is a beautiful part of the world! Tea and coffee on board was a lovely touch. Thanks guys!

    Posted on 6/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    New Boat We went on on their new boat and it was very comfortable. The staff were very informative and we got to see lots of whales and other sea life.

    Posted on 6/28/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Me Andy Lawton Today was just the most incredible day I've had in many many visits to Canada. We where blessed to be treated by a large number of Orca and a selection of Humpback Whales. The staff onboard are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the Whales. Strongly recommend this trip for anybody our trip ranged in ages 50 to 1yr old.

    Posted on 8/20/2019 via TripAdvisor