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The Whale Centre

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411 Campbell Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Whale watching in Tofino, what a fabulous trip, well worth the money

Our guide and boat driver John was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and we felt 100% safe in his... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
SPSurrey
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Surrey
Our Tour with Howie was Great!

You wrote a review for The Whale Centre 3 hours ago 5.0 star rating 5/29/2018 We had the best... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
dm915
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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411 Campbell Street, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our guide and boat driver John was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and we felt 100% safe in his hands. We saw lots of wildlife including Pacific East coast grey whales, seals, sea lions, puffins and an otter. The scenery was stunning. Great service and very warm...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You wrote a review for The Whale Centre 3 hours ago 5.0 star rating 5/29/2018 We had the best experience with Howie. He is very experienced, knowledgable and friendly with a great sense of humor to boot. He knows the water and where to find...More

Thank dm915
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your positive words! We're so thrilled to hear you had what sounds like a really well rounded tour with Howie! We like to think of Howie as 'the whale whisperer' as he always finds whales! Being born and raised in Tofino...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the tour this morning. Despite they offer seing two different kind of whales and orcas as you can see in the attached image), the tour guide, very nice guy though, as soon as we stepped on the boat, reckoned us we wouldnt see...More

Thank Marta V
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Marta, Thank you for giving us your feedback. We apologize that we were not able to get as close to the whales as you would have liked but legally, all vessels are to remain 100 to 150 metres from whales at all times. Of...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

We signed up for a morning whale watching tour and had a fantastic time out on the waters around Tofino with our guide, Howie. Having grown up in Tofino his knowledge of the area and the marine life was second to none. We had a...More

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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there! We're so thrilled you had a great experience with us on the water. The landscape views on our whale watching tours are a great addition to seeing all the wildlife that Tofino has to offer. It sounds as though you had a well...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We went on a whale whatching tour at the end of april. We were with a total group of 10 persons. Howie was our guide. He is such a great guy: we felt his passion for both the sea and the wildlife. He really took...More

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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! Howie is a fantastic guide who had a way with whales as they always seem to double in numbers anytime he's out on the water. We're glad you got to see a...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

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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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2018

Hello Debbie, It sounds like you had a well rounded tour with quite a variety of wildlife sighted! Those are our favourite tours! The Bear Watch is a fantastic way to see a different side of Tofino as you cruise up the calm waters of...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

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.More

Thank Marilyn B
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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2018

Hi Marilyn, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on our Bear Watch. The inlet is a magical place at low-tide and we're thrilled you were able to grab some photos to remember your time out with us. Hope to see you...More

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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

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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 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 6 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

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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 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 3 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, responded to this reviewResponded 5 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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