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Sidney Whale Watching

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2537 Beacon Ave | #105, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1Y3, Canada
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We had an unforgettable time on our tour. My boyfriend and I went in April durinf the early season... read more

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Brittany B
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Great responsible whale watching

We picked this company as it seemed like a small-scale operation, and was out of Sidney rather than... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Peteclark87
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Whale watching, wildlife tours and sea kayaking tours located in the beautiful seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Our advantages include; calm protected water and the closest departure point to the Resident Killer whale routes meaning more whale time and an average of 30 minutes less travel time then Vancouver or Victoria. We are also at the gateway to the magical Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, less then 5 minutes off our dock and your among one of the nicest cruising grounds on the planet. Family owned and operated for over 15 years, come share our passion for the beautiful region called the Salish Sea.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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2537 Beacon Ave | #105, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1Y3, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had an unforgettable time on our tour. My boyfriend and I went in April durinf the early season and saw a pod of 5 transient orcas just a short boat ride from Sidney. Leaving from Sidney is such a huge selling point because most...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We picked this company as it seemed like a small-scale operation, and was out of Sidney rather than Victoria, so less distance to the whales. Sidney was lovely and quiet, with a nice pier to sit and have coffee before the trip. It was a...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Choose this privately owned company please, for a real close up, down to the earth & ocean water personal type of grit tour. Suit up in their safety gear. Adventure close up, enjoyable interactive discussions with marine life educated, passionate staff, and strong customer care....More

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Guest Relations Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you so much Viviane for your wonderful review and for choosing Sidney Whale Watching! We are so happy that you had a great time and we are looking forward to seeing you again on your next trip with us. Meghan LeBlanc

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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

It took about an hour to get to the whales, but we went right to them. We were able to watch them and follow them for an hour or so. The trip out and back was breezy. A patron should be prepared to dress warmly...More

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Guest Relations Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you very much for the great review and thank you for choosing Sidney Whale Watching. We are glad you had a good time on your trip with us. Sometimes those whales get a bit far away but we make every effort possible to make...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

I'll preface this by saying I completely understand these are wild animals with unpredictable behavior. Now, we definitely saw orcas on my trip, but we had to go to Port Angeles to do it! Apparently it was the farthest Capt. Dave had ever gone to...More

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Guest Relations Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Hello and thank you so much for your review. It means a lot to us to get feedback from our guests. Although sometimes the whales get farther away than we prefer and things don't go as planned we always make every effort to make sure...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

The boat ride itself was worth the trip-just to see the scenery and be out on the water but of course seeing and following the whales was amazing. Everything about Sidney Whale watching was top notch-booking through the trip all very professional. Loved being on...More

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Guest Relations Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Hello and thank you for the wonderful review! We always love to hear that our guests had a great time out on the water. Thank you for choosing Sidney Whale Watching Meghan LeBlanc

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

We originally booked a tour in early August but were not fortunate enough to see whales. Nonetheless the trip was fun and scenery was beautiful and we did see other wildlife like seals and Eagles. They have a policy where you can come back for...More

Thank Tony L
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Guest Relations Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Hi Tony, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are glad that you were able to take advantage of your free trip and see some whales and what luck that they were so close! We take whale conservation very seriously and it is...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

We knew we had to do whale watching when we returned to Vancouver Island and Sidney Whale Watching was the only option as we'd been out with them previously many years before. We had another enjoyable 3 hours seeing the Orcas and seals in the...More

Thank Amy H
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SidneyWhaleWatching, Guest Relations Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Hi Amy! Thanks so much for the great review! We are glad that you decided to come out with us again and had another fantastic trip. Meghan LeBlanc

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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Having not seen whales on a previous visit 18 months ago, Sidney Whale Watching followed through on their promise of a free trip to see the whales. We had an awesome time on a beautiful afternoon. We were lucky enough to follow 4 whales for...More

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Guest Relations Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad that you were able to take advantage of our whale guarantee and see some whales. We will be sure to let Dave know that you had a great time! Thank you, Meghan LeBlanc

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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Very friendly staff. The day we went the ocean was quite rough and it was hard to see the whales but our captain went above what he had to and stayed out with us longer so that we could see a couple of whales and...More

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SidneyWhaleWatching, Guest Relations Manager at Sidney Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Hi Hilda, Thanks so much for your wonderful review. It is so nice to hear that our guests had a good time when they are out on the water. We will let the captain know that you appreciated his efforts and we are glad you...More

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induvenk
31 July 2016|
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Response from SidneyWhaleWatching | Property representative |
No need to worry about the open boats as they are Transport Canada certified and very safe. All whale watching vessels in Canada and the USA follow the "whale wise" guidelines and mandated by law to stay 100m away from the... More
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