The Whale Centre

With over 30 years of experience, The Whale Centre offers several tours to choose from including Whale Watching, Bear Watching, Bird Watching, Pelagic Tours and a Hot Springs Soak Tour. Water taxi services to Meares Island where you can walk The Big Tree Trail or hike Lone Cone are also available.

The Whale Centre offers the most comprehensive wildlife and nature viewing tours in Clayoquot Sound! Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, we are the safest and most environmentally friendly eco-adventure company in Tofino. A tour with us will allow you to explore the marine environment, gain an insight into the lives of whales, black bears, sea lions, dolphins and coastal birds for a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you dream of hiking in the rainforest, soaking in all natural hot springs, seeing whales feeding, bears foraging or birds soaring, we offer it all! We specialize in the natural history and marine ecosystems here in Clayoquot Sound. Our office, located in the heart of Tofino’s downtown, has an incredible gray whale skeleton that is a must see for all ages. We also offer free parking, complimentary pet sitting and a great west coast themed gift shop.
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Whale Watching Tours

Tofino is world renown for beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery and fantastic whale watching. A visit to our area is not complete without getting out on the water and viewing whales in their natural environment. During our 2 ½ to 3 hour tours, which depart throughout the day from March until early November, you will have the chance to see gray whales, humpback whales, orcas and other wildlife including sea lions, seals, bald eagles, sea otters and dolphins.

The Whale Centre exclusively uses Boston Whaler boats for all our wildlife viewing tours. These open style boats are used by coast guards, researchers, and photographers around the world and are exceptionally seaworthy. Whalers are referred to as the “unsinkable legend”, providing both exciting and safe travels on our rugged west coast.

Bear Watching Tours

Join us for a calm water experience! Guests aboard our 2-2.5 hour Bear Watching Tours are often amazed by the intimate and personal experience that we provide. Bear Watching Tours are offered from April to October and depart daily at low tide which is the best time to see black bears feeding along the rocky beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, bald eagles and even wolves on this trip!

Our skippers are experienced naturalists and are very passionate about what they do. Sitting in solitude, watching a bear munching contently on shellfish is a sight and sound you won’t soon forget. To observe bears feeding and interacting in their natural habitat without disturbing them is an incredible experience.

Hot Springs Soak Tours

Join us for this trip of a lifetime. Embark on a 6-6 ½ hour adventure to Maquinna Provincial Park.

Your day begins with a 90 minute boat ride aboard our covered cabin cruiser, (open vessels also available for warm summer days), from Tofino to Hot Springs Cove, 32 km (20 miles) up the coast.
Along the way there is an excellent chance to see whales, sea otters, sea lions, birds and even the occasional bear or wolf.

Once you arrive at Hot Springs Cove, there is a 2km (1.2mile) boardwalk through an enchanting old growth rainforest that takes you along the peninsula and out to the geothermal hot pools. This is a lovely trail, with lots of stairs and lookouts to capture the views. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the pools, a toasty 42°C (107°F) or an exhilarating massage under the waterfall!

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411 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC, Canada

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