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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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Amazing - saw big group of orcas

Amazing experience with howie and the team. Sales girls were excellent and howie was an excelled... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sanjay A
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
via mobile
whale watching

we saw orcas, grey whales,a variety of seals and a group of sea otters. Our guide (Howie) was very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard N
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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

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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 5 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to previous recommendations, I selected The Whale Centre whale watching tour and I'm so glad I did! Having been greeted by the lovely land team we took to the water with our excellent skipper Howie. Although the weather conditions meant that the ride to...More

Thank sophiepalmer
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sophie, Thank you for taking the time to write a kind and informative review of what sounds like a very memorable experience! We love hearing about our guests' experiences and the different wildlife viewed as every tour is truly different in its own way....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't remember why I chose The Whale Centre over all the other places offering Whale and Bear watching in Tofino, but I am glad I did. They were friendly, knowledgeable, especially Artie and his bird knowledge, and value for money. I went out on...More

Thank claires2nes
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Claire! Thank you for your review! We were more than happy to have you on tour with us multiple times and wish you great patience whilst you edit and filter through all the wildlife footage you captured. Thank you for sharing a few shots...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did 2 trips with the Whale Centre same day, both were excellent. Small boats make it a more 1-2-1 experience with the wild life, fellow passengers and professional / knowledgeable skippers. On the day it would have been more enjoyable for us if the family...More

Thank 677layla
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi 677layla, Thank you for your review! It sounds like you had an action packed day with us. We're glad you had a memorable experience despite some ill guests. Unfortunately it's impossible to know whether someone is going to feel sea sick on board but...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For only $140 per person, you get a six-hour tour that includes whale watching, a rainforest hike, and a dip in the hot springs in Maquinna Provincial Park. (This price is comparable to what you would pay for a 3-hour whale watching-only tour out of...More

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

Hi jenapotamus, Thank you for your kind words and review. We're so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour with us and had the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Tim is a veteran skipper who loves being on the water and educating guests...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

This was an awful experience for myself and my family. We went on the tour today. The boat was too small for the level of choppy waters that were out there today. It was borderline dangerous. Because of the weather, it was dangerous to be...More

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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear cherishlove27, Thank you for your review and we are sincerely sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time on the water with us. It is expressed several times during the booking process that we do run rain or shine and in the...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

We had an incredible morning whale watching with Howie. We were very lucky to see so many sea lions and whales and even had one that came right up to our boat a few times. We were all very excited to be that close to...More

Thank Jessica A
Reviewed 30 April 2017

After a lot of careful research we chose The Whale Centre to experience the Whale watching tour with. Howie was our captain extraordinaire and showed a true passion for his job! He had been out earlier that morning on his way to work to find...More

Thank AJ01005
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Dear AJ01005, We appreciate your kind review and words about our skipper, Howie. All of our skippers are extremely passionate about their roles on the water and take great pride in sharing their knowledge of this beautiful location and its wildlife. We are thrilled to...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

It was excellent! Even we did not have enough people to fill the boat still we went to the tour - thank you for that! Tour was great!!! Our guide Howie was really nice and informative. We have seen three grey whales, bold eagles and...More

Thank tsiroa
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Dear Tsiroa, We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your intimate Whale Watch tour with our guide Howie and were able to see a variety of wildlife! We're always more than happy to get our guests out on an adventure so that they can take...More

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