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The Whale Centre & Museum

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411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Wanted to see some bears

Went on a very well run bear watch tour. Beautiful calm morning and were very impressed by their... read more

Reviewed yesterday
DebbiesNest
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Saskatoon
I felt safe on their boat.

We went bear viewing at low tide. Our guide was very knowledgeable, polite & fun. He clearly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marilyn B
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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 continues to venture out into Clayoquot Sound, off the coast of Tofino, BC, taking passengers on Whale Watching Tours, Bear Watching Tours, Hot Springs Soak Tours, Bird Watching Tours, Pelagic Birding Expeditions and water taxis to Meares Island on open and covered vessels. We specialize in the natural history and marine wildlife of the Clayoquot Sound area. Located in the heart of town in Tofino, we offer free parking, complimentary dogsitting and a gift shop complete with a full gray whale skeleton! The Whale Centre is a member of the Pacific Rim Association of Tour Operators. We support and abide by the guidelines for responsible whale watching and safety. A portion of proceeds supports local wildlife research and marine wildlife rescue programs.
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Went on a very well run bear watch tour. Beautiful calm morning and were very impressed by their professionalism. Howie ensured we knew how to be respectful of the animals we were going to see and we had a great tour with up close views...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went bear viewing at low tide. Our guide was very knowledgeable, polite & fun. He clearly respected the bears and the environment. Everyone got a good look at the 4 different bears we sighted. Plenty of time to take photos & answer our questions.

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Not every company goes to the Hotsprings in the winter season but The Whale Centre does and they did everything they could to make it happen; they were incredible ! Especially Allie at the front desk - she was a wealth of information and was...More

Thank Matthew P
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Hi Matthew, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your experience with us. Winter is one of the best times to head to Hot Spring Cove! We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves and that our front desk agent, Allie...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We took a Hot Springs Cove Tour with this company and cannot say enough things about it! We had Tim as the captain and he was amazing! We found a couple of grey whales which was so exciting, a couple sea lions, a seal and...More

Thank CCBR13
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Hello there, Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write a review about your experience with us! We're so glad that you and your family were able to get out onto the water and have a real west...More

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

The Whale interpretive Center is very informative of the wild life in the Pacific Rim National park, Great for kids to teach them of the area and history. Worth a walk on the beach too.More

Thank T40love
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to come in and explore the museum at The Whale Centre. Most don't know that we have a full size grey whale skeleton inside our centre! It's quite a sight to see. We're glad you were able...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Our absolute priority whilst on the west coast of Canada was to get to Tofino to see the whales... We were advised by the lovely young receptionist Alice what we could expect to see and not... Well!! We were blown away! Porpoises, Grey Whales, Sea...More

Thank Holly L
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Hi Holly! Thank you so much for your detailed review of what sounds like an extremely well rounded and thrilling tour! We're so glad you enjoyed yourself with Alistair, he's so incredibly knowledgable on wildlife, geology, the culture and history of Clayoquot Sound and so...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Loveliest staff in Tofino. Special shout out to the Kiwi girl that worked the front desk, such a helpful sweetheart. I did whale watching, bear watching & the hot springs tour. All exceptional tours, the boats are great and maintained really well and the skippers...More

Thank Sinead W
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hi Sinead, Firstly, thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review. Our staff work very hard in the Summer to ensure each guest experience is a memorable one and we appreciate your kinds words. It sounds like you had a well rounded...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We booked a hot springs tour with the whale center and I would 100% go with them again! In total we saw 5-6 grey whales (sorry, I lost count!). At one point they were coming up right beside the boat! We also saw sea lions,...More

Thank northerngirl2693
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hi there, We already can't wait to have you back on tour with us! It's always a good day when you've lost count of just how many whales you've seen. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed a relaxing day at the Springs and hope to...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

The Whale Centre was recommended by the HI Hostel in Tofino & I am glad they did. I went with 5 others on the trip to Hot Springs Cove on September 6th & we thoroughly enjoyed it. We only saw one whale on the way,...More

Thank outdoorduck
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us. One of the best parts of the Hot Springs is the gorgeous landscape and scenery you get to experience first hand while aboard our heated, cabin vessel. It's always...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

I have just finished 3 days of going out with the whale centre 2 Whale watching trips and 1 Bear. The Bear trip was fantastic although it was pouring with rain we watched 2 Black Bears very close. Skipper was excellent very informative about the...More

Thank NickiB28
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Hi Nicki, Thank you for your informative review. Our skippers do their best to keep all of our guests well informed of all wildlife and aspects, including safety of each tour. We're happy to hear you had the opportunity to see Orcas while you were...More

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