Whale Watching Vancouver Island

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Salt Spring Adventure Co Ltd Y
Short Version
Learn first-hand about endangered species and ecosystems. Sightings can include orca whales, humpback whales, minke whales, grey whales, fin whales, harbour seals, porpoise, sealions and bald eagles!
What you can expect
Since the locations of many animals are determined by the tides, weather, time of day, breeding cycles and food supply, we do not confine our journeys to one particular route. The speed and maneuverability of our specially-built vessel, and the daily observations of our crew, make a tour with Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. the best way to experience the nature and splendor of the Gulf Islands. Every journey truly is unique.

We operate between March and October. Our Safaris are based on weather and on whale/marine wildlife and bird sighting information. Sightings of whales vary day to day and generally sightings are greater between April and October. We find them at least 90% of the time! We belong to a whale spotter network and will provide passengers with the most up to date information prior to departure.

The Gulf Islands are a wild place, full of amazing wildlife, and inspiring landscapes. It is also a region that's facing growing conservation concerns. Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. is committed to observing federal guidelines with respect to marine mammal and whale viewing. Learn first-hand about endangered species and ecosystems. Wildlife sightings can include orca whales, humpback whales, minke whales, grey whales, fin whales, harbour seals, porpoise, sealions and bald eagles!

Departures are from the Salt Spring Marina with pick-ups (on request) available on Galiano Island, Mayne Island (Miners Bay) and North Pender Island (Port Washington), at no extra cost.

Terms & Conditions
  • Minimum five (5) passengers required for all tours; maximum 12 passengers.
  • Tours subject to change due to weather and mechanical conditions. 
  • Waivers must be signed prior to departure.
  • Payment (non-refundable) for all private charters is due one week prior to departure.
  • Please dress for the day; we provide full length cruiser/flotation suits, gloves and binoculars. There is a marine toilet on board for emergencies, but we advise using the washrooms before departure.
  • We are the only open 12 passenger zodiac based on Salt Spring Island and proud to serve the Gulf Islands community.
  • We recommend binoculars and zoom lenses for cameras.
Approx. 3.5hrs
Two tours daily, leaving mid-day and early evening; phone to confirm.
Nanook Experience Category:
Whale Watching, Wildlife safari
Nanook Package Type:
Day Tour package
Activity Name
AdultPerson3 hours 30 minutes
Children 4-11Child3 hours 30 minutes
SeniorPerson3 hours 30 minutes
Availability and Schedule
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DailyMarch - October
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