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WHALE WATCHING VICTORIA BC

WHALE & WILDLIFE TOURS VICTORIA

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Victoria boasts one of the most stunning harbours, providing easy access to the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Salish Sea. These waters are known for having a high population of whales and are home to some of the best whale watching in the Pacific Northwest.

If you’re interested in seeing whales, here are the best tours in Victoria that guarantee sightings and promise to give you a unique experience when visiting Victoria on Vancouver Island.

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Choosing Your Whale Watching Tour

Victoria offers a variety of tours tailored to every preference, from zodiac boats that offer an exhilarating ride close to the water’s surface to larger, more stable vessels perfect for families or those seeking comfort. The operators are committed to sustainable tourism practices, ensuring your adventure respects the marine environment.

Looking for an unforgettable experience? Victoria offers the largest selection of 3-hour boat tours on Vancouver Island, allowing you to witness humpback whales, orcas (killer whales), sea lions, seals and other wildlife up close.

To help you choose your tour, we have put together a list of the best tours for whale watching in Victoria.

Zodiac Boat Tours:

These whale-watching tours offer an up-close and personal experience with the ocean and its inhabitants. Zodiacs are small, allowing for better wildlife watching and the maneuverability proves an exhilarating ride closer to the water’s surface. These tours are often more intimate, with smaller group sizes allowing for a personalized experience. However, they may not be suitable for very young children, individuals with back problems, or those preferring a more relaxed outing​

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Covered Vessel Tours:

For those who prefer comfort or need to stay protected from the elements, covered vessel tours offer indoor seating, outdoor viewing areas, and amenities such as washrooms and onboard refreshments. These larger boats provide a stable platform for viewing and photography, making them suitable for families, older adults, or anyone who prefers a more relaxed way to see the whales. The covered vessels also typically have a higher passenger capacity.

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Sunset Tours:

If the idea of watching the ocean come alive with the magnificent dance of whales against the backdrop of a stunning sunset excites you, then a sunset whale watching tour in Victoria, BC, is an adventure tailor-made for your next unforgettable experience.

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Also Included, Wildlife Tour

These tours are advertised as an opportunity to see whales in their natural habitat, but that’s not all you’ll experience. You’ll also get to enjoy a wildlife watching tour that often passes by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. It’s common to spot other marine wildlife, such as sea lions and seals, sunning themselves close to one of the older lighthouses along Canada’s west coast.

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Tours from Victoria

Whale watching tour companies in Victoria, BC, typically depart from a few key locations, with the most common being the Inner Harbour area.

Victoria is one of the best Walking Cities in the world, making each whale watching company easily accessible and offering a starting point close to other attractions in Victoria. Specifically, many tours leave from:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf: This vibrant and colourful floating marina, known for its food kiosks, unique shops, and scenic views, serves as a departure point for several whale-watching operators. It’s a popular spot for both locals and visitors, providing a lively atmosphere before setting off on your marine adventure.

  • Wharf Street: Located along the Inner Harbour, Wharf Street is another primary departure point for whale watching tours. It’s conveniently situated near the heart of downtown Victoria, making it easy to find and a great starting point for exploring the city before or after your tour.

  • Lower Causeway, Inner Harbour: Some tours also depart from the lower causeway of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, right at the water’s edge. This area is known for its stunning views of the harbour and the British Columbia Legislature buildings, providing a picturesque backdrop as you embark on your whale-watching journey.

Each of these tours offers a distinct way to experience the rich marine life around Victoria, BC. Whether you prefer the exhilaration of a Zodiac boat, the comfort of a semi-covered vessel, or the luxury of a coastal explorer boat, there’s an option to suit your preferences.

Remember to book in advance, dress warmly in layers, and be ready for an extraordinary encounter in one of the best places to see orcas and whales along British Columbia’s west coast.

Victoria is not the only location on Vancouver Island for Great Whale watching tours. If you are touring around the island most coastal cities offer some great options for whale and wildlife tours.

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