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The Whale Centre & Museum

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411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
+1 250-725-2132
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2 Whale trips and 1 Bear

I have just finished 3 days of going out with the whale centre 2 Whale watching trips and 1 Bear... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
NickiB28
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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Bear Watching At Its Best

The Whale Centre provided an all round excellent experience for myself and our Austrian guests. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ted T
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Vancouver, Canada
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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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411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Whale Centre provided an all round excellent experience for myself and our Austrian guests. The process of booking, preparing with an informational talk, suiting up for the fast travel over the water, safety aspects of the equipment and vessel and the thorough informational trip...More

Thank Ted T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the boat trip to hopefully see bears feeding at low tide. John, the guide, caught wind that there was a Wolf swimming between islands and we detoured to see the rare sight....great value! The bears we spotted were great also and John...More

Thank Graham L
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Graham, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience out on tour. We had a spell of above average temperatures so it's no surprise that some of the wildlife decided to go for a swim! As you mentioned above,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great day today 28 Aug 17 for seeing Orca pod and Greywhales! Fantastic guide that knew all the spots and perfect tour! We also seen Sea lions,Sea otters and Seaĺs!

Thank Bob G
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Bob! Sounds like you had a well rounded tour! We're happy you got the chance to see the Orcas and Greys and enjoyed the interpretive aspect of the tour that our fantastic guides provide. Hope to see you again soon! The Whale Centre Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a bear watching and whale watching trip. Both guides were fantastic, were knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and were really respectful of the wildlife they were taking us to see. Fantastic experience and we were really lucky to see Orcas!More

Thank Nicky W
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Nicky, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience with us. We're very happy to hear that you had an incredible and well informed time on both our Whale Watch and Bear Watch. It's always a memorable trip when...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Howie - your a super guide - thanks very much for an amazing trip. Would of likes to see a killer whale but like any wilderness tour, nothing is guaranteed.More

Thank BriWerner
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Hi BriWerner, Howie is the whale whisperer on these waters! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time with him. We would all love to see Orcas everyday if we could have it our way, alas, like you mentioned, wildlife is unpredictable. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

We were sent here after a bad experience with another whale watching company (Jamie's) and found this outfit to be excellent. The equipment was all well maintained and the staff are knowledgable and really cared about what they were doing and took the trouble to...More

Thank JoMohito
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Hi JoMohito, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your experience with us. It sounds like you were able to take part in some incredible, well rounded tours. It's always a treat when we get to see Whales on the way...More

Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Great spontaneous sunset trip welcomed by grey whales, seals and superb groups of sea otters numerous birds and extremely knowledgeable Artie as a guide made the experience memorableMore

Thank lesleyfoz
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled to hear your spontaneous trip was a success! Artie is an exceptional guide and especially knowledgable on the several bird species that frequent Clayoquot Sound. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017

Our trip was really good. The small boat was fast and quiet, the kids LOVED the speedy return and sharp turns. Howie was a good driver and guide. We drove out to Long Beach and watched 4-5 grey whales feeding and spouting for about a...More

Thank Boomerang409
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on tour. It sounds like you had an incredible adventure with quite the variety of wildlife sighted! Long Beach is a beautiful area to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. Sea otters and Sea...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Wonderful experience with John who knows a lot about wildlife. Very accomodating, well organized and the museum is a plus! Many thanks!More

Thank Lou L
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Hi Lou, Happy to hear you enjoyed your experience on tour with John! He is an incredible skipper and also the owner of The Whale Centre. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and we hope to see you again soon. The...More

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