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The Whale Centre

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Open year round with very competitive pricing. The Whale Centre invites you to join us for an exciting sea adventure in pristine coastal ecosystems! Celebrating over 30 years of operation on the west coast of Vancouver Island, The Whale Centre...more
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411 Campbell Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
+1 250-725-2132
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Reviewed December 26, 2018

the Whale Center whale watching tour was the most wonderful afternoon of my trip. Howie our Captain, was excellent. having a local man born & raised in Tofino, who knows & loves this area & his job was a godsend, we saw Otters, Sea Lions,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lynn M
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Well-prepared tour and knowledgable guide. We saw an otter, plenty of seals, sea lions and birds, and a grey whale that we kept watching for most of time - just what you'd expect ;)

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lisa S
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been whale watching in BC three times now and this has the best variety of animals. We got to see Grey whales, sea lions, eagles and otters. Howie was an awesome tour guide and made sure we saw everything we could! Really cute tourist...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ravenmackenzie
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

The whale center was one of our highlights on Vancouver Island. We booked a hot springs tour and were glad to see some whales and see otters on our way to the springs. The guide is super friendly and has a lot of insight knowledge...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DonKeoki
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We had been recommended the Whale Centre for bear tours, and were impressed from the start with their customer service, and genuine enthusiasm for the trips. Great care is taken getting you kitted up in waterproof clothing, and then off you go, on small, but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hudgster
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

We went on our tour in late September and were so lucky to go out with Howie. We saw two whales, otters, sea lions and harbour seals. Howie was so knowledgeable about the animals and their behaviour. He was also able to find whales based...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank fschwartz1
Reviewed August 30, 2018

This is an excellent smaller company doing whale and nature watching from boats. What is very special about his company is that - in additional to the main stream tours (whales and bears) - it offers regular tours for birders! I went on a birding...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Henrik M
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing bear watching tour with Alister. Great skipper with a brave heart for nature. He explained a lot and he slowly approaches the bears. The bears were looking for food at the coast at low tide. In total we have seen 8...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Hi Oliver, Alistair is an incredible naturalist with a diverse knowledge on wildlife, geography and geology in Clayoquot Sound. We're happy to hear you were able to see 8 black bears and a diverse range of wildlife whilst on your tour with us. The inlet...More

Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

We went out on a dank and dreary day. Personally we wanted to find Gray Whales and in the end we did. Initially we saw two harbour porpoises then fleeting look at a sea otter. Then on the way (we thought) to see the several...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BT3rd
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience with us. All of the outfitters in Tofino work together on the water in order to spot wildlife and 'hand-off' certain whales or pods so that everyone can enjoy the unique...More

Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

We signed up to the Bear watching trip, Dan our guide was knowledgable and he was able to get us into some great places to see the bears. It’s a magical trip seeing them in their natural habitat with stunning views along the way. It’s...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DKFH
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

Hello, Viewing bears up the inlet at low-tide is truly a magical experience. The calm, protected waters of Fortune Channel allow us to drift into the shallow waters where black bears like to turn over huge boulders and scavenge for crab and other shellfish that...More

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