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The Whale Centre & Museum

#1 of 4 Museums in Tofino Features Animals
411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
+1 250-725-2132
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Whale watching and more

Great spontaneous sunset trip welcomed by grey whales, seals and superb groups of sea otters... read more

Reviewed today
lesleyfoz
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Fun Outing w Teens

Our trip was really good. The small boat was fast and quiet, the kids LOVED the speedy return and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boomerang409
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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 today 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 memorable

Thank lesleyfoz
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 yesterday

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 1 week ago 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 yesterday

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day out, Started with a Grey whale in the harbour and continued with a family of transit killer whales jumping and hunting. Very kind and informative crew and back office team. Left with the feeling I will be back for more :)More

Thank scfc1905D
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We're thrilled to hear you had a memorable experience and even more excited to learn that you were able to see one of the transient orca pods! It's fairly rare that we get to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been on several whale watching tours in different places by now - this was definitely one of the best experiences so far. First to mention, the absolutely stunning landscape; all the islands and islets, the mountains, the rocky beaches - unbelievably peaceful and beautiful....More

Thank DorisHeimgartner
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Doris, It sounds as though you had an incredible experience on the West Coast. We're so happy you had a memorable experience and were able to see some incredible species, including Puffins! We occasionally get 'friendly' whales that let their curiosity get the better...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Other than the walk up and down a very steep hill going to and from the dock where the boats are, this is a fantastic place to visit and the tours are great. Whale watching may be the main term on everyone's tongue when they...More

Thank Joe W
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Joe, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience. We're thrilled you had the opportunity to see the all elusive West Coast Wolf amongst lots of other wildlife. It sounds like you had a well rounded tour. Thank you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This company does it right. Small, fast boats. Just 12 people per boat if it is full. Our guide, Archie, was remarkably sensitive to all the passengers in terms of how the ride went, AND what we were able to photograph. He took extra time...More

Thank Tony P
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Tony, Artie is an incredible guide and we're very fortunate to have him on our team! We're so happy to hear you saw such a variety of wildlife on your tour. Sounds like you had some incredible views and were able to take home...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great trip out with Howie off Tofino to see whales...very professing team at the Whale Centre Tofino ...Lovely trip out to sea where we saw Stellar sae lions and some huge Grey Whales..Well worth a visit to this company.. Clare Ireland..More

Thank treacy c
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Clare, Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to write a review. We're so thrilled you enjoyed your time out on tour with us and were able to take in a variety of wildlife. We hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing experience with howie and the team. Sales girls were excellent and howie was an excelled skipper. Full boat, bumpy but exciting ride out to see some rare resident orcas. 15 in total just incredible. Sea otters, sea lions, grey whales on return. Brilliant trip...More

Thank Sanjay A
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Hello Sanjay, Our Team remembers feeling extremely jealous when your group returned with photos and descriptions of a pod of 15 Orcas. What an experience! That's what it's all about. We never know what we might see out on tour and that's just one of...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017

we saw orcas, grey whales,a variety of seals and a group of sea otters. Our guide (Howie) was very experienced and put effort into getting us into positions to view all of this. Not every trip can be like this but Howie will try.More

Thank Richard N
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Hi Richard, We're so thrilled you had the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife whilst on tour with us! We want our guests to get the full experience of Tofino when they come out on tour with us and our skippers always do their...More

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