whale watching tour

whale watching in campbell river, bc

Jumping Orca On A Whale Watching Tour In Campbell River

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY

You will explore some of the most pristine and remote areas of the coast. Our route takes us through the passages of the Discovery Islands, and into Desolation Sound exploring areas that most people only ever dream of. Our small groups allow us to make our trips a little more personal.

Humpback Breaching On A Whale Watching Tour Campbell River

meet the wildlife

Part of the adventure is not knowing what you're going to see! During the summer months (July/August) we have a very large population of Humpbacks. It is not uncommon for us to see 15+ Humpbacks on a single tour! We also have transient and resident Orca frequently come visit us, but Orca cover a very large ground, so they can be a bit more unpredictable.

Our focus is not only on whales, but on all of the wildlife and scenery our area has to offer. Other wildlife we often see during our tours are Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Seals, Sealions, and Eagles. In the spring and fall at low tide, we have a very good chance of spotting Black Bears and Grizzly Bears scavenging on the beach!

Our wildlife sightings are completely on their terms, and our goal is to give you a fun, educational, and memorable experience that is safe for both you and the wildlife.

Transient Orca

Embrace the Journey

Our tour begins from Brown's Bay Marina, and from there we'll go where ever the wind takes us! We are fortunate enough to be a part of a fantastic Whale Watching community in Campbell River, so often we know where everything is before we even get out on the water. This helps us spend less time searching, and more time watching!

Your journey takes place on our 30' partially covered Aluminum boat. The boat has ample seating, and room to move around on the deck while we are stopped viewing wildlife. During the tour, we will take a landbased stop for a nice homemade lunch (included). Guests will have a chance to get off the boat and stretch their legs, and use the bathroom if necessary.

$239 Adult / $219 Child (3-15yrs)

Prices Exclude 5% GST and 8% Fuel Surcharge

Your Tour Includes:

Tour Duration

6 Hours

Small Group Sizes

Maximum 8 Guests

Includes Lunch

Homemade Sandwhiches, Snacks, Hot & Cold Beverages

Boat

Spacious, Partially-Covered, Transport Canada Certified Vessel

"Pit Stop"

We'll stop half-way for a land-based bathroom break

Knowledgeable Guide

A Fun and Educational Captain to Keep You Informed, Entertained, and Safe on Your Adventure

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What to Bring

Where to Meet

You can enter Brown’s Bay Marina or Resort into your GPS (15021 Brown’s Bay Road, Campbell River). Once you arrive to the resort, head straight down the marina boardwalk, after you go through the float house (bathrooms are also located here) you will find our boat on right hand side of the dock. 

Please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to departure, we want to maximize our water time!

FAQ

The beauty of mother nature is that you never know what she has in store for you! We’ve had tours where we’ve spent the entire trip watching humpbacks launch themselves out of the water, or had pods of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins play in our wake. Orca often make appearances as well 🙂

We focus not just on whales, but on all of the beautiful wildlife and scenery our coast has to offer.

Check out what kind of local wildlife you might encounter here 

It depends what you really want to see, and how much time you’d like to spend on the water. We have wildlife and beautiful scenery on all of our tours, but our most popular tours are our 6 Hour Whale Watching Tour and our 4 Hour Coastal Adventure

During our 6 Hour trip, we have the opportunity to travel a bit further and spend more time with the whales. We also take a nice break for a homemade lunch, where guests will have a chance to get off the boat and stretch their legs, and use the bathroom if necessary.

If you’re looking for something a bit shorter, the 4 Hour Coastal Adventure, is essentially is just a shorter version of the above, lunch is not included in this one. We often see whales during our 4 hour tours, but we are a bit more limited with the time spent with them.

If you have young kids, we suggest doing the 4 Hour Coastal Adventure, 3 Hour Sunset or even our 1 hour Seymour Narrows Trip.

  • A warm jacket or sweater to wear while the boat is underway
  • Weather appropriate footwear & clothing
  • Camera
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Please keep in mind we are on a boat and things might get wet!
  • Your Sense Of Adventure!

No two tours are the same! At the beginning of the tour, we always ask what our guests would like to see! Depending on what has been spotted already, weather conditions and general vibe of the group, we will make a game plan of where to go.

Typically our longer trips will involve going into Desolation Sound, or further north (depending on weather). Our shorter trips will explore around Quadra Island and Discovery Passage.

Your journey takes place on our 30′ custom built aluminum vessel.  The boat features bench style seating down each side of the boat, along with two rows of forward facing seats at the front (the forward facing seats are under cover and protected from rain and sun). While underway, all guests must remain seated but when we are stopped, there is ample deck space for guests to get up and move around/take pictures.

We do not have a washroom on board, so we encourage our guests to use the washroom at the marina before departing. For our longer tours, we will make a land based stop for lunch where guests can use the washroom facilities. Rest assured, that in an emergency, we will always find a way to accommodate you!

Though sometimes we encounter rougher water heading out/coming in, most of our routes are fairly well protected and quite calm! 

If you know you are prone to seasickness, we recommend taking some anti-nausea medication as a precaution before we leave the dock.

For the enjoyment of everyone on the trip, the minimum age for our 6 hour trips is 3 years old, for all other trips the minimum is 1 year. Please keep in mind that kids need to be able to keep their life jackets on at all times while on the boat. If you are doing a private tour, we have no minimum age limit. 

We do not have a bathroom on board the boat. However we do make a stop halfway through our longer trips for a land-based lunch and bathroom break. We are usually relatively close to a bathroom so if it’s an emergency we will find one for you! There is also a bathroom at the dock, so we recommend everyone going before boarding the boat.

We understand things happen and we try to be as flexible as possible. All tours have a 48-hour cancellation policy, and a full refund will be provided. Groups of 4 or more are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Unfortunately late cancellations, or no-shows will not be refunded.

We require a minimum of 4 guests for each trip, and reserve the right to cancel tours if we are below our minimum. We also reserve the right to cancel the trip if the captain deems the weather or conditions are unsafe. A full refund will be provided to all guests if a trip is cancelled.

We are following diligent cleaning and sanitization procedures, and are operating at a reduced capacity of 8 people. We want our tours to be a place where our guests can safely escape the constant reminders of the pandemic, and truly enjoy nature and our beautiful coast. For more details on our Covid procedures. Please click here for more information

There are plenty of ways to have fun during our tours! But we have a zero-tolerance alcohol and substance policy. This means no smoking of any kind, alcohol or drugs while on board. We take the safety of our guests extremely seriously and anyone found violating this policy will be returned to the dock, and refunds will not be given. 

We Practice Ethical Whale Watching

For the safety of our guests and the marine life, we practice ethical whale watching. This means we follow all of the guidelines and distance regulations put in place by DFO and Transport Canada.