Vancouver Island Wildlife & Whale Watching
In the Vancouver Island region, wildlife lives in the accessible wilderness.
From a tour boat, you’ll see massive grey whales or pods of orcas, also known as killer whales, as well as all kinds of other marine mammals and birds.
You can sign up for a guided snorkelling-with-the-salmon tour or take a bear-watching tour to see Vancouver Island black bears or grizzly bears at nearby coastal inlets on the mainland.
If you are a bird watcher, you will be well rewarded — the number of bird species to watch for exceeds 200.
And that’s not all: on the water, on land, and in the air, the Vancouver Island region is home to all kinds of wonderful creatures. Wildlife celebrations and a long list of wildlife attractions enhance your experience.
Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures
Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale’s blow as it swims past your ocean-side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of killer whales, also known as orcas, swim past your kayak as a bald eagles swoops down to catch a salmon. This can all happen on a “Kayak With Whales – Orca Waters Base Camp” kayak tour with Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures.
There is no better place in the world to kayak with both killer whales and humpback whales than Johnstone Strait off the northeastern corner of Vancouver Island. This area is recognized as one of the most predictable places in the world to see these great marine mammals and Kingfisher’s Orca Waters Base Camp is located right in the heart of these wildlife-rich waters on an island covered in old growth rainforest.
During a four day and three night stay at the base camp you explore the variety of kayaking routes the area has to offer. Killer whales and humpback whales regularly pass by the camp, often while you are enjoying the morning’s first cup of French-pressed organic coffee or a dinner of locally caught salmon around the campfire. The nearby waters are home to harbour seals, porpoises, minke whales, and rich intertidal life. A number of bald eagle nests and a Steller sea lion haul out are all within easily paddling distance of camp and it is not uncommon to see humpback whales lunging through schools of small fish as they fatten up for their migration south.
The Orca Waters Base Camp offers a very comfortable camping experience and with Kingfisher’s knowledgeable kayak guides this tour is suitable for adventurous travellers even if they have little or no kayaking or camping experience. Roomy tents, each raised off the ground on wooden platforms, are situated throughout the forest with views of the ocean. The tents provide standing room for most guests and are outfitted with wooden beds with the thickest and widest Therm-a-rest mattresses available. Sheets, fleece blankets, full-size pillows, warm barrel-style sleeping bags, and hot water bottles are all provided to ensure a good night’s sleep. A recharging station for digital cameras, an extensive library of natural history books, a propane-heated shower, and a large covered kitchen and dining area made from locally milled red cedar make for a very comfortable camping experience.
In addition to the “Kayak With Whales” tours, Kingfisher offers a “Whales and Grizzly Bears” and “Family Kayak With Whales” tours from their base camps plus offer longer expedition style kayak tours of northern Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Great Bear Rainforest.
Stubbs Island Whale Watching
EXPERIENCE STUBBS ISLAND WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURE! We think this is the best place in the world to see the incredible Orcas (Killer whales)! You’ll love our location, the magnificent mammals and bird species you’ll see, and the friendly people you’ll meet.
At Stubbs we are proud to be BC’s first whale watching company (est. in 1980) and we set the standard for marine adventures and ethical whale watching. Our trained marine naturalists share fascinating insights about Orca (Killer), Humpback Whales and many other marine mammals which frequent the Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight area.
Join us for an exciting sea adventure from Telegraph Cove, the Whale Watching Capital of British Columbia! Our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa and the 40 foot (12 metre) MV Kuluta are comfortable and perfect to take fabulous pictures! Both have heated cabins with toilets and hydrophones (underwater microphone) so you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.
Historic Telegraph Cove is British Columbia’s last boardwalk community. Nature’s abundance is everywhere with eagles soaring overhead, river otters playing on the docks and deer and bears roaming nearby. The Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago are home to a bounty of nature’s magnificence including Humpback Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Dolphins, Porpoises, Bald Eagles and so much more. Every trip from our base in Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, is an adventure of a lifetime.
Depending on the time of year in British Columbia, you may see Minke whales, Harbour Porpoises, Dall’s Porpoise, Humpback Whales, Bears, Steller Sea Lions, various birds, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and of course, our famous Orca (killer whale).
Once you board our custom built whale watching boats we will guide you through the passages and around the islands that are teeming with wildlife in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations on British Columbia’s coast.
Our boats are equipped with underwater microphones (hydrophones) so we can listen in on the squeaks, whistles and echolocation that allow orcas and dolphins the ability to communicate and locate their food. Our captain and naturalists are always happy to answer your questions and we provide a short on-board presentation about the whales and other marine mammals.
At Stubbs Island Whale Watching, we are dedicated to ethical wildlife viewing, education and conservation. We are very concerned about the environment and do everything we can to reuse, recycle and reduce.
Join us for our 37th season in 2016 on one or more of our tours that run daily from early May to October.
Jamie’s Whaling Station
In 2012, Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres celebrated an amazing 30 years! … and we’re excited about the next 30!
Jamie Bray, the original and current owner, pioneered the art of the whale watching industry on Vancouver Island. Since 1982 the company has grown to encompass the original Whaling Wharf- our Jamie’s Adventure Station in Tofino, and in 2000 established the harbour-front hub of Jamie’s Adventure Station in Ucluelet. But Jamie’s is more than just whales – we’re your ticket to the real west coast- fostering partnerships with many local operators to offer a range of adventure options for all ages and interests, making us a one-stop resource for whale watching, bear watching, tours to Hot Springs Cove and Meares Island, kayaking, scenic flights, hiking, sunset cruises and more!
Jamie’s has the largest, most varied fleet of whale/wildlife tour vessels on the west coast.
- Two large 65′ cruisers for whale watching tours. Each accommodating up to 49 (and 46) passengers of all ages. Heated indoor seating, outdoor upper and lower viewing decks, washroom, liquor-license, snack bar (free coffee, tea & hot chocolate), wheelchair accessibility
- A large 45′ high-speed custom-built, covered zodiac-style vessel specifically for bear watching, accommodating up to 40 passengers, with indoor seating, outdoor viewing deck, washroom
- A 35′ covered cruiser for tours to Hot Springs Cove, for up to 12 passengers, washroom, back deck and kayak transportation racks
- Five 29′, 12-passenger state-of-the-art, high-speed zodiac-style vessels (RHIBs) for whale watching and private charters.
Over 45 west coast residents make up our crew of professionals each year, the majority of which are dedicated employees that have been here from 5 to 25 years. Together with their families this represents approximately 3% of the population of Tofino & Ucluelet combined. In this way, we consider ourselves to be a family-run, family-oriented business. Jamie’s prioritizes extensive certification to ensure our crew are always trained and equipped with the highest standards of safety and service. The Jamie’s crew are all passionate about life on the water and proud of the unique and inspiring west coast experiences we are fortunate to share with the thousands of visitors, and locals, we see each year.
Wildlife research, rescue and education are also an important and vital part of the big picture. We are proud to recognize that since 1997, with the help of our patrons, we have raised and donated over $700,000 to non-profits such as: Pacific Wildlife Foundation, Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society, Raincoast Education Society, West Coast Bear Aware, North Island Wildlife Recovery Center, Ucluelet Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ucluelet Aquarium, and various other independent projects. Jamie’s $2 per passenger research fee, added to all of our fares, will be collected well into the future to ensure continued support of these non-profit organizations.
It has been an amazing 30 years in business and Jamie and the crew are eager to continue sharing our passion for the west coast and its wild inhabitants for many years to come.
Call Jamie’s today and ask about our special offers at 1-800-667-9913.
What in the WILD do you want to do?
The Whale Centre located in Tofino, BC offers whale, bear, bird and Hot Springs tours. You will have an opportunity to see Grey Whales, Humpbacks, Orcas, Sea Otters, Black Bears, Eagles and many other marine species. Our friendly, experienced staff is committed to providing you with an exceptional wildlife experience.
Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Come out whale watching with the resident experts by choosing Prince of Whales Whale Watching – locally owned and operated and the longest running whale watching company in Victoria. With both zodiac style boats and expedition cruisers on offer, we have an optimally flexible schedule with hourly departures. Our tours will take you out to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, and other marine wildlife while providing commentary on the natural history of our beautiful province along the way.
A premier tour company offering guaranteed whale watching, bear watching, coastal hot spring tours, Meares Island walk & custom private charters. Comfortable state of the art cabin vessels & large zodiac with washrooms. Free parking, gallery & espresso bar. Book online before June 1st & receive a 10% discount. Readers choice award – Voted #1 charter company for six years.
Wild Whales • Bears • Kayaking • Hot Springs – All with ‘Remote’ – quality Tofino adventures since 1986. Cruise the open Pacific or visit quiet-water inlets • Zodiac or 32’ all-weather cabin vessel • All gear provided for comfort and safety • plus Rainforest walk on Meares Island “Big Tree Trail” – great for families! Multi-tour Discounts • CAA/AAA • Lodging + Tour Packages available March to October • Toll Free Canada & U.S. 1-888-439-3396
Eagle Wing Tours
Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria, BC’s 1st award winning whale watching tour company. We’ve achieved this in part through our support for 1% For the Planet and for being Canada’s first 100% carbon neutral whale watching company.
When you ride with us you are guaranteed to see whales (and guaranteed adventure). For travellers demanding more, Eagle Wing Tours is Trip Advisor’s top rated whale watching experience in Victoria, since 2007.
At the centre of the world’s highest concentration of killer whales (orca) in the Salish Sea you will be treated to a thrilling, sustainable, and premium marine adventure.
Vancouver Island North Tourism
Vancouver Island North exerts a magnetic pull on easygoing adventurers seeking authentic experiences in a spectacularly panoramic natural setting – largely undiscovered yet just a day’s travel from Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. The variety of things to do here is remarkably diverse.
Spot black bears on the north Island, and depart from here on a grizzly bear viewing tour to the adjacent mainland coast. Fish some of the richest waters around Vancouver Island. Take a day hike or a multi-day backcountry adventure on the North Coast Trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park. Shop local for smoked salmon, funky folk art, and exquisite First Nations masterpieces. Get to know some of the colorful individuals who call the area home at lively seasonal festivals, coffee shops, waterfront eateries and on the main streets of friendly north Island towns.
The region is a tempting retreat for independent travelers craving unstructured holidays that can be shaped according to their own passions, interests and energy levels. The people here are down-to-earth and rooted in a sense of place and you will find the businesses here providing a full range of creature comforts with a personal touch.
Nothing says summer like tent camping, and Vancouver Island North caters to those who enjoy sleeping under the stars with options ranging from full-service family friendly spots to basic wilderness sites. There is also plenty of choice for those who prefer a roof overhead with cozy B&B, cabin, and cottage options, to hostels, hotels and resorts.
Discover timeless First Nations traditions flourishing in Alert Bay, Fort Rupert, an other Vancouver Island North communities as you meet artists, watch carvers in action, participate in guided canoe and marine expeditions, and step into a Big House to witness traditional dance performances. The region’s legacy of European settlement, logging, fishing and mining is well represented in local museums.
The towns and villages here are bastions of civilization in the midst of a wild landscape populated by bears, wolves, cougars and bald eagles. To the west is the open Pacific, with miles of ruggedly beautiful coastline and access to secluded wilderness beaches. To the east are the more protected waters around the islands of the Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait, an area internationally renowned as one of the world’s very best whale-watching environments.
It’s easy to find yourself off the beaten track and immersed in the surrounding nature. Explore with friends and family while following your own internal compass and Visitor Centre maps and guidebooks. Or enlist one of the area’s knowledgeable guides for direct access to the region’s very best fishing, diving and wildlife-watching spots.
Gaze in awe as black bears snack on roadside grass. Take road trips deep into the Island’s interior. Hike for as little or as long as you like on wilderness trails to lakes, mountain peaks and beach fronts unsullied by a single footprint. Chill out by swinging a golf club, getting pampered with a spa treatment or while wading in rivers, lakes and the ocean.
Plan ahead or write each day’s agenda hour-by-hour. The scenery is breathtaking and the picture-perfect moments seem endless. Welcome to Vancouver Island North. Your first trip here won’t be the last.
Grizzly Bear Lodge and Safari
Grizzly Bear Tours, Lodge and Safari offers grizzly tours and grizzly bear watching from viewing stands and wildlife tours for grizzly bears, killer whales (orca) humpback whales, dolphins, stellar seals, sea lions, black bears and eagles. Our grizzly bear tours are conducted on Canada’s famous natural fjord known as ‘Knight Inlet BC’ and on the salmon rivers that flow into Knight Inlet. For more information about grizzly bear tours and viewing, how to see lots of bears, whales, dolphins, eagles and all the other animals of the GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST in British Columbia.
Majestic Ocean Kayaking
Paddle the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island, BC and have an adventure of a lifetime with Majestic Ocean Kayaking! Explore tiny islands, quiet coves, and camp on white sandy beaches. Watch for whales, eagles, bears and abundant ocean life. Our certified professional sea kayak guides will share their extensive knowledge of the rich natural and cultural history of the west coast.
We offers a wide variety of all-inclusive kayaking adventure tours, ranging from day trips in Ucluelet, Tofino, Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to our unique multi-day tours to the Broken Group Islands, Clayoquot Sound, and the Deer Group Islands. We also offer kayak rentals and instruction from our kayaking centre in Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Our home is also here in Ucluelet, a quiet fishing village located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Ucluelet is the gateway to the paddlers paradise of Barkley Sound; a spectacular area that features the Broken Group Islands Unit of the Pacific Rim National Reserve and the Deer Group Islands. The vast wilderness and ancient temperate rainforests of Clayoquot Sound lie to our north west. With its abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery, Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound offer unforgettable kayaking on Vancouver Island.
We are best known for our personalized service and attention to detail. Everyone who arrives as a guest, leaves as a friend of Tracy & Ted Eeftink (owners) and their fantastic team.
Our Vancouver Island kayaking tours include the use of top of the line double and single fiberglass kayaks from Nimbus and Seaward. We provide all kayaking and camping equipment and serve hearty, homemade food to our kayakers using locally sourced ingredients and our tried and trusted recipes.
Come and experience kayaking the west coast of Vancouver Island. Explore the pristine wilderness of the national park, encounter the wildlife that share our beautiful west coast home, embrace our passion for kayaking and the natural world.
In British Columbia kayaking is the best you will find anywhere in the world, especially if you visit the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Our guides are exceptional. They come from a variety of professions and backgrounds and each bring a real passion for kayaking and exploring the west coast.
All of our guides are certified with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and are trained in wilderness first aid and safety procedures specific to our operation. All guides are experienced outdoor leaders, skilled in kayaking, back country travel, and responsible environmental practices with an abundance of knowledge on the area, history and wildlife. Our guides each have a remarkable sense of pride in their leadership abilities.
You can also savour the taste of local cuisine from our own kitchen. The food on our trips is nutritious and varied. We use local and organic products as much as possible to support both the environment and the economies of local communities. Your guides will prepare a variety of tasty meals with recipes developed and tested by Tracy and prepared by the team in Majestic Ocean Kayaking kitchen. Tracy has always enjoyed feeding people and is very conscientious about the quality of ingredients that we serve our guests. Homemade cookies, cakes and desserts are served every day and are baked in Tracy’s kitchen. Having the food prepared and packaged in our clean kitchen ensures the health of the food and makes it easier for the guide to spend more time with the guests. Guests will not be left sitting around waiting long periods of time for meals to be served on the kayaking trip.
Whiskey Landing Lodge
Located on the historic waterfront in the heart of Ucluelet, BC, the Whiskey Landing Lodge design, using native cedar, post and beam construction, rock and glass is a tribute to the local culture and West Coast’s natural beauty. The 15 beautiful suites offer an ideal base for your adventure – fishing charters, whale and wildlife tours, hiking, kayaking and surfing, or simply relaxing in this pristine environment.
Guest rooms at Whiskey Landing Lodge, featuring studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, include modern stainless kitchen, jetted soaker tub, fireplace and water views. Comfortable sofa sleepers allow for expanded occupancy with family and friends.
On Canada’s wild west coast, you can visit the edge of an island both ancient with history and young in energy. Visit with whales, bears, eagles, and rainforest creatures. Storm watch, surf, kayak, hike and fish where the mountains reach the sea. Wander Vancouver Island’s beaches and clifftop trails right from your motel, cabin, resort or B&B. Ucluelet, BC is a world class destination.
The area is famous for having some of the largest stands of old-growth red cedar in the region and is just minutes away from Long Beach, BC, the longest stretch of sandy beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast. You can spend days exploring the beaches and trails of Ucuelet and Pacific Rim National Parks’ beaches and trails.
Chemainus is one of the most beloved places by visitors to Vancouver Island. An Arts & Cultural Destination that is famous for its well over 40 murals painted on the towns various walls. Golf, diving, shopping and exploring our natural surroundings in this seaside village.
Long Beach Lodge Resort
Luxury oceanfront resort on the expansive sandy beach of Cox Bay; relaxed inspirational West Coast setting & award winning architecture. Iconic Great Room with oceanview dining room & lounge. Two types of accommodation: beachfront Lodge rooms or self-contained, 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottages. Pet friendly accommodation available. The Surf Club is our adventure centre offering on-site surf /sup lessons & rentals, Marine Adventures on our new heated charter vessel, and luxurious post-adventure spa-like facilities.
Long Beach Lodge Resort is set amongst the native coastal vegetation and takes full advantage of the expansive sandy beach and the open ocean with wild west coast surf… in fact it is one of the few Tofino hotels that can claim such a spectacular locale. Come view Tofino’s biggest waves from the comfort and warmth of our Great Room and partake in some of our award-winning cuisine!
The Resort is for the traveller who prefers first-class service in a relaxed, informal setting. Choose accommodation in the beach front Lodge (41 rooms), most rooms with spectacular ocean views, gas fireplaces, double soaker tubs & balconies. Or retreat to a tranquil, 2 bedroom Rainforest Cottage (20 Cottage) with full kichen, living room, fireplace and outdoor patio hot tub. Our cottages are ideal for families, two couples or extended stays.The warm and welcoming interiors utilize natural colours, fabrics and textures. Each of the guest rooms include luxurious bathroom amenities, bathrobes, cozy duvets, and waterproof rain jackets and umbrellas.
The Great Room
The Lodge is home to the Great Room which is a central focus of this Tofino Resort – a gathering place for guests with its massive granite fireplace and post and beam construction. Sink into an overstuffed chair, put your feet up, and gaze out to the crashing surf and lighthouse beyond.
The Surf Club & Marine Adventures
The Surf Club Centre is our adventure booking centre… come chat with us and let us know what you are after. We are happy to customize your experience whether it be a private on-site surf lesson or a marine adventure on our brand new charter vessel which seats 12 guests in comfort, has a heated cabin, full washroom facilities and for the exclusive use of Lodge guests. Come explore our pristine marine environment with our captain and in-house naturalist—incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.
Long Beach Lodge is the only Tofino hotel or resort that offers an on-site surf school with full equipment rentals, luxurious apres surf facilities including showers, change rooms, lockers, hot tub & sauna, and Marine Adventure charter service. The Surf Club is a one-of-a-kind facility and a first in Canada that will set a new standard for the surfing world. This spa-like facility is open during the day to all visitors to the Tofino area who wish to experience the professional, customized surf instruction of the Resort’s Surf Club. During the evening Resort guests have exclusive access to the facilities.
The Surf Club Centre also provides stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons and equipment rentals, and houses a gift shop and cappuccino bar with outdoor patio seating.
Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Pacific Sands Beach Resort boasts Tofino’s only Deluxe all Suite Ocean view and Beachfront accommodation with Vancouver Island’s finest and most comfortable, fully equipped suites and Beach Houses. Located beach-front on Spectacular Cox Bay the resort sits on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park, a short scenic drive from Long Beach as well as the charming, seaside village of Tofino – famous for local culture and artisans. Built on family romance and fun, guests have revered and returned to Pacific Sands for decades. From smores and board-games around the gazebo, to surfing adventures and boardwalk strolls to Pettinger Point, it’s a hot bed of history and memories.
Breathe in the intoxicating ocean air as you relax on your private deck. Enjoy home-cooked meals from your fully-equipped kitchen or venture out to a variety of restaurants for local flavours. Renowned for year round fun, explore summer fishing, whale-watching and golf, winter storm watching, and all season beachcombing.
Beachfront and OceanView All-Suite Tofino Accommodations
Part beach house, part full-service luxury, Pacific Sands Beach Resort offers beach front and ocean view accommodations from fully-equipped, family-friendly kitchens to cozy fireplaces, relaxing hot tubs, social BBQ areas and more, our Tofino accommodation takes easy, seaside living to new heights and sights with jaw-dropping, panoramic views steps from the surf.
Ranging from 520 to 1,400 square feet, choose from a wide range of suites and beach houses to suit your romantic, family or group wants and needs. Check out our accommodation choices at: http://www.pacificsands.com/accommodation/rates.php
Pacific Storm– Go wild this winter at Pacific Sands Beach resort with our value-packed Pacific Storm Watching package at its best.
Pacific Escape – When fresh air and the tranquil melody of the surf bekons in Tofino, escape to Pacific Sands Beach Resort to relax and recharge; complete with wine and Sobo dinner upon arrival
Pacific Surf– featuring Surf Sister, an accredited surf school with BCASI certified instructors. Enjoy world class surfing right at your door-step. From beginner to advanced, Surf Sister delivers a safe, fun experience for all ages.
Pacific Fishing – We have teamed with Clayoquot Ventures Tofino Fishing to create the pacific Fishing package for you to experience the thrill of the catch
Pacific Adventure –Watch majestic black bears roam the ocean shores from the safety of a boat. Hang out with whale pods from the comfort of an enclosed cruiser with outdoor viewing deck or an exciting zodiac. And don’t be surprised when a friendly seal joins you on your kayaking tour. Choose your quest, bring your camera and leave the rest to us.
Pacific Romance – From sunsets and storms to surf and solitude, Pacific Sands Beach Resort revels in romance with a resort package you’re going to love.
We’re turning up the heat with our Pacific Romance Package, perfect for passionate getaways and heavenly honeymoons. Enjoy a sunset stroll to Pettinger Point and reconnect. Toast by the fire and relax. Take a new look at romance from our beach-front perspective.
There’s so much to do at Pacific Sands Beach Resort. Resort Activities include:
- Sunset Trail Boardwalk through the rainforest
- Beachcombing and tidal pools on Cox Bay
- Kid’s Camps during Spring Break, Easter & July/August
- Beachside BBQ – Wed & Sat in July/August
- Gazebo BBQ and fire pit
- Surf fun with beach toys
- Games and puzzles
- 500+ DVD Library
- Daily surf lessons spring, summer and fall
- Easy rider & Children’s bike rentals, May to October
- Guided interpretive walks
For parents looking to enjoy some worry free one-on-one time, we’re also pleased to provide babysitting and childcare.
Visit our website: www.pacificsands.com to check our rates and availability.
Discover the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada with Clipper Vacations
Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering year-round transportation, hotel packages and group travel. The high-speed Victoria Clipper ferries transport passengers from Pier 69 in downtown Seattle to Victoria’s Inner Harbour in less than three hours, allowing passengers to enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains, the Washington coastline and islands. The Victoria Clipper vessels can accommodate pets, bicycles and cargo. On board the ferries there is a gift shop with smart apparel, traveler needs and local duty free item, as well as food and beverages so you can enjoy a snack or light meal during your journey. Clipper Vacations also provides connections via car, motor coach, train and airplane to a variety of picturesque and popular destinations around the area, such as Vancouver, Portland, the Canadian Rockies and Whistler.
Explore All Vancouver Island has to Offer
Rent a car to travel “Up Island” to explore all of Vancouver Island has to offer. Pamper yourself with a relaxing stay at Tigh Na Mara, which is located on 22 acres of forest next to the ocean. In addition to fabulous grounds, the hotel features a Grotto spa complete with a whirlpool, sauna and a warm water mineral pool. If you are feeling adventurous, trek through the Horne Lake Caves in Parkville, visit Hot Springs Cove in Tofino or fish in Campbell River, which is the salmon capital of the world. Likewise, you can learn more about the wildlife found on Vancouver Island by paying a visit to the Pacific Northwest Raptors Visitors Center or the Shaw Ocean Discovery Center, which focus on raising awareness for birds of prey and ocean ecosystem, respectively, and provide interactive exhibits for kids.
Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre
Don’t miss a visit to one of the most spectacular outdoor destinations on Vancouver Island. Ranked #1 Attraction by TripAdvisor, this unique park offers something for everyone, both above and BELOW ground. Open YEAR ROUND, park visitors can check out Canada’s only Cave Theatre, hike the Fossil Trail, explore the marble caverns, or learn how to rock rappel.
The easiest and most popular caving experience is the 90 min. Family Cavern Tour. This guided family-oriented tour leaves every hour 10am – 5pm in summer months and visits the crystal-filled Riverbend Cave without any crawling or vertical climbing. Great for kids age 5 and older.
For those looking for more adventure, try the 3hr. Ice Age Spelunking Tour which adds some extra caves that feature easy climbing and rock scrambling along with an underground slide!
For maximum thrills, the 4hr. And 5 hr. Extreme Tours are your best bet. The 4hr. High Adventure Expedition is a great introduction to vertical roped caving – no previous experience necessary. Short crawls and roped climbing leads you to a unique crystal formation over 4 storeys tall! The 5hr. Extreme Rappel Tour adds a wild rappel down a seven-storey waterfall UNDERGROUND and a look into the China Shop near the end of this amazing cave!
If you’re not familiar with rappelling, you can learn the ropes outdoors same-day on the 2hr. Rock Rappel Clinic. Great for families looking for extra fun. The Extreme Cave experience is much more enjoyable if your first rappel is not done in complete darkness!
If you prefer to guide yourself, the park has two caves open for self-guiding – Lower Cave and Andre’s Annex. These public-access caves are more rugged than the Family Tour and are open for exploring during park hours, 10am – 4pm. To help get you geared up, helmets with mounted lights and maps are available to park visitors.
In winter, visitors can witness the awesome natural forces that created these amazing caverns on the 3hr. Wet & Wild Spelunking Adventure. Climb an underground waterfall, scramble through the ceiling galleries on this thrilling and sometimes wet adventure.
Since the park can get very busy, reservations are highly recommended and can be made online at HORNELAKE.COM or by phone (250) 248-7829. Call or email for more detailed information including departure times and weather conditions.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located next door to the Horne Lake Regional Park Campground. This campground offers a beautiful beach, lakefront camping and canoe / kayak rentals – all within walking distance to the cave park.
Oak Bay Marine Group
Our celebrated fishing lodges and resorts are located in stunning, oceanfront locations on Vancouver Island and Quadra Island. We invite you to experience an unforgettable adventure with us.
A legendary fishing lodge, a gateway to nature. This is Painter’s Lodge. Upon the shores of Vancouver Island’s Campbell River, on the banks of Discovery Passage, lies the illustrious Painter’s Lodge. Welcoming nature and fishing enthusiasts from all corners of the world, it’s a place for adventure, a spot to relax, and a retreat to experience the wilderness. A guided fishing trip, a tour of the wildlife, a whale-watching expedition – choose your own adventure. Or simply relax. Garden view, oceanfront, or a cabin in the woods – find an accommodation option that suits you. And be spoiled in an unspoiled wilderness.
APRIL POINT RESORT & SPA
Tucked away in a pocket of pristine British Columbia lies April Point Resort & Spa. On the shores of Quadra Island, our vacation resort is surrounded by the waters of Discovery Passage and Gowlland Harbour, set against the backdrop of the majestic Coastal Mountains. Experience serenity, charm, and wonder in our gardens, on a kayak, or from our restaurant deck that is perched right over the ocean. Find luxury in the great outdoors at our Aveda Spa. Or set your sights wilder on a Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Tour or fishing trip. At a resort where ocean views aren’t optional, discover what it means to be present in a moment.
CANADIAN PRINCESS FISHING LODGE & MARINE ADVENTURES
On the rugged shores of Ucluelet near the most spectacular beaches on Canada’s west coast, The Canadian Princess Lodge is a base for all things wild. The west coast of Vancouver Island, the very core of the Pacific Rim, draws anglers, adventurers, surfers, explorers, and hikers to its beautifully rough setting. And our celebrated lodge is at its centre.
Sleep in our rustic dwellings on shore. We’ve got you and your group covered in rooms with two beds or loft rooms with four. Warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations. That’s all you need when the great outdoors beckon.
Use The Canadian Princess as your base for the ultimate west coast adventure. The endless rolling waves of Long Beach are right next door, and more beaches, including Cox Bay and Chesterman, are nearby. This is British Columbia’s surfing Mecca, in the heart of the majestic Pacific Rim National Park. At our doorstep is renowned Wild Pacific Trail, guiding you through the heart of the rainforest at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Beach comb, walk, cycle, kayak, find local artwork – there’s plenty to do in this breathtaking part of the world.
Call us now 1-800-663-7090.
PEDDER BAY RV RESORT & MARINA
Welcome to Vancouver Island’s premier RV resort and Marina located just 40 minutes from downtown Victoria. Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of the area against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountain Range and the Race Rocks Marine Reserve. Pedder Bay offers full service marina facilities including a fuel dock, three-lane boat launch ramp, boat rentals and guided fishing charters, gear rental, a tackle shop and lots more!
Every experience starts with a story. Step into the timeless culture and living history of Vancouver Island’s Aboriginal peoples, and experience their stories, myths and legends through fascinating tours, adventures, art and much more.
Where to Stay
- WYA POINT RESORT
Luxurious oceanfront lodges, yurt glamping. tent and RV camping. Ucluelet.
- CLUXEWE RESORT
Oceanfront cabins in the land of the Kwakiutl people. Port Mcneill.
- TSA-KWA-LUTEN LODGE
Magical place offering ocean views and beachfront cottages. Quadra Island.
Where to Fish
- WALTER’S COVE RESORT
Known for a luxurious setting and incomparable fishing. Kyuquot.
- AUGUST POINT LODGE
Family business and B&B; the perfect gateway to west coast fishing. Zeballos.
What to See and Do
- NAKWAKTO RAPID TOURS
Experience boat tours to the world’s fastest navigable tidal rapids. Port Hardy.
- SEA WOLF ADVENTURES
Up close adventures with grizzlies, whales and Aboriginal culture. Telegraph Cove.
- U’MIST A CULTURAL CENTRE
Discover ancient artifacts in the “Potlatch Collection·. Alert Bay.
- ADVENTURE VILLAGE ISLAND
Experience authentic cultural kayak adventures around Village Island. Telegraph Cove.
- CULTURE SHOCK INTERACTIVE GALLERY
Explore traditional Nusa art forms and storytelling. Alert Bay.
- SIDNEY WHALE WATCHING
Experience Orcas and learn about the Salish Sea’s marine life. Sidney.
- T’ASHII PADDLE SCHOOL
Discover fascinating canoe or SUP tours in the Tla-o-qui-aht territory. Tofino.
- AHTSIK NATIVE ART GALLERY
Up close cultural experiences with First Nations artists. Port Alberni.
- ABORIGINAL JOURNEYS
Immerse yourself in exciting cultural and wildlife-viewing tours. Campbell River.
Discovery Marine Safaris
Make your Canadian Dream come true! Our covered vessels depart daily from Campbell River, the gateway to the Island’s unique wildlife sightings: watch awe-inspiring, giant killer whales breach high out of the water, follow playful dolphins and swift porpoises or observe majestic grizzly bears hunt for salmon. We operate our tours with respect to the pristine coastal environment and its animals, and our passionate guides will add the icing to your experience of a life time! Our comfortable boats are heated with full washrooms to make your trip as awesome as you could wish for! WIR SPRECHEN DEUTSCH!
Great Bear Nature Tours
From early May through October, Great Bear Nature Tours offers grizzly bear viewing tours from Port Hardy to our floating lodge in a remote wilderness valley. The ecotourism lodge is the ideal base for photography and wildlife viewing tours, nestled at the mouth of a pristine salmon river. Wilderness-gourmet meals await you upon your return from the two guided viewing sessions per day. Great Bear Nature Tours is rated by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth. With a maximum of ten guests, you are assured of a personalised wilderness adventure in this very special area.
North Island Wildlife Recovery
We are located on Vancouver Island in Canada. North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization which specializes in the rehabilitation of black bears and raptors. The mission of the North Island Recovery Centre is to partner with the citizens of Vancouver Island to establish a facility for the care of the ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife and to educate the public on wildlife and environmental issues. Our wildlife viewing area houses non-releasable wildlife, which is designed for the pleasure of the public to see these magnificent birds and animals at close proximity.
Sea Wolf Adventures Wilderness Lodge
Culturally Immersive Experiences
Wilderness and Wildlife Experiences
Traditional and contemporary cuisine
All inclusive packages; including return airfare
First Nation family owned
Departure point: direct flights from Campbell River
to the lodge. Sea taxi from Port McNeill.
Tourism Campbell River
Welcome to the North Central Island -a spectacular region so full of outdoor recreational adventures that the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what activity to enjoy next. World renowned fishing, whale watching, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, deep sea diving, surfing, caving, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing - challenge yourself a little or a lot. Campbell River & Region has an irresistible lure to visitors from around the world in search of great outdoor experiences, tranquil beauty, spectacular scenery, and traditional First Nations heritage and culture. Journey through Discovery Passage and Desolation Sound to Quadra and Cortes Islands then west to the salmon fishing capital of the world Campbell River, and inland to magnificent Strathcona Park – BC’s oldest and largest provincial park. Take time to explore Gold River and the preserved gold rush town Zeballos enroute to the rugged West Coast of BC. There are remote fishing lodges, resorts, marinas and campgrounds throughout the region and each community offers friendly hospitably along the way. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfasts, comfortable hotels and inns, to RV parks, campgrounds and oceanside cabins. Unique shops, artists’ studios and museums provide you with a fascinating array of things to explore and the lush rainforest habitat of north central Vancouver Island is also home many species of wildlife including black bears, bald eagles, Orca killer whales, dolphins, grey whales, great blue herons, sea lions, deer and elk.
Steep Island Lodge
Spectacular Private Island Lodge, all inclusive fishing and adventure packages, day trips, eco-tours, kayaking, private cabins with ocean views capacity 22, reserve lodge for group of 12 or more exclusively. Ideal for wedding, family reunions and corporate retreats.
A legendary fishing lodge, a gateway to nature. This is Painter’s Lodge. Upon the shores of Vancouver Island’s Campbell River, on the banks of Discovery Passage, lies the illustrious Painter’s Lodge. Welcoming nature and fishing enthusiasts from all corners of the world, it’s a place for adventure, a spot to relax, and a retreat to experience the wilderness. A guided fishing trip, a tour of the wildlife, a whale-watching expedition – choose your own adventure. Or simply relax. Garden view, oceanfront, or a cabin in the woods – find an accommodation option that suits you best.
Brown’s Bay Resort
Nestled in the Salmon Capital of the world known as Campbell River, Brown's Bay Resort is just a short 5km drive off hwy 19. This unspoiled resort includes new Rental Cabins, an oceanfront RV Park, full service Marina with fuel barge, tackle shop, restaurant and launch facilities. Please visit us at brownsbayresort.com for more information and reservation details.
April Point Resort & Spa
Tucked away in a pocket of pristine British Columbia lies April Point Resort & Spa. On the shores of Quadra Island, our vacation resort is surrounded by the waters of Discovery Passage and Gowlland Harbour, set against the backdrop of the majestic Coastal Mountains. Experience serenity, charm, and wonder in our gardens, on a kayak, or from our restaurant deck that is perched right over the ocean. Find luxury in the great outdoors at our Aveda Spa. Or set your sights wilder on a Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Tour or fishing trip. The choice is yours.
Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures
It’s rugged. It’s wild. It’s fishing at its finest. The Canadian Princess Lodge, on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet, sits at the very core of the Pacific Rim on the edge of the iconic broken islands. Our celebrated fishing lodge invites you to experience something unforgettable on these waters rich with salmon, halibut, and bottom fish. This part of British Columbia is known for its surfing, hiking, and wildlife, and we’re your base for exploration and adventure.
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn
Jamie’s Rainforest Inn sits on 4 acres of old growth rainforest, with trails to private waterfront bird sanctuary on Tofino Inlet. Short drive to town and only 10-minute walk to Chesterman Beach. Restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch
Get West Adventure Cruises
Explore Vancouver Island’s "Wild West” coast aboard the MV Uchuck III, a 136-foot passenger and freight vessel. See whales, sea otters and other marine wildlife while cruising and dropping off freight at maritime villages, logging camps and resorts along the route. Summer day cruises to Friendly Cove include time for exploring the beach and tidal pools, a visit to the Nootka Light House and shoreline trail walks. This is a national historic site. Spend a few days exploring Nootka Sound, Kyuquot Sound and Esperanza Inlet. Trips include accommodations in maritime villages. Kayak wet launches and hiker drop-offs available at select locations along scheduled routes.
Alert Bay Cabins
All our 14 cabins are built for privacy, include a kitchen and provide a truly west coast ambiance with breathtaking ocean view.
When you check into Alert Bay Resort you can relax on your private patio, watch the eagles and listen to the whales in the distance or take a kayak out and explore the coast; you never know what you may see!
Only steps from your cabin is one of Alert Bay’s most historic nature trails, where you can walk the the famous boardwalk and experience the mystical surroundings.
Lady Rose Marine Services
Cruise spectacular Barkley Sound on the Frances Barkley. Watch for eagles, cormorants and other seabirds. There maybe sea lions or seals insight or you may be lucky enough to see black bear or whales along the way. There are year-round sailings to Bamfield, and June-September sailings for Ucluelet and the Broken Group. You can also rent kayaks, book a stay at our scenic Sechart Lodge in Barkley Sound, or make a reservation for our convenient Sechart-based connector water taxi. Visit our website for full schedule details.
Terrace Beach Resort Ucluelet
Jason Priestley & Family invite you to our beach front resort in Ucluelet, BC. Many units with private hot tubs. All with kitchenettes and fully equipped. Connected to the Wild Pacific Trail. Open all year.
Coastal Bliss Adventures Ltd.
Imagine the tranquility of paddling through the Gulf Islands, or of exploring the islands and inlets of the West Coast. Allow yourself to be immersed in Vancouver Island’s stunning nature, rich culture and intriguing history. Enjoy home grown and locally sourced gourmet meals when you join Coastal Bliss Adventures on a hiking or paddling adventure. Develop skills and confidence by taking an instructional program, in your journey to design your own adventures. Our guides and instructors are certified, professional and passionate about sharing the magic of Vancouver Island with you. Start your adventure today by contacting Coastal Bliss Adventures.
Travelodge Campbell River
Campbell River has long-been-known as the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World.
The Travelodge Campbell River is ideally located at the ocean's edge with a close up view of Discovery Passage. A passage which services a great deal of marine traffic, including cruise ships heading to and from Alaska. The Travelodge is just minutes from downtown Campbell River and the famous Discovery Pier. Guests can enjoy all manner of outdoor activities offered in Campbell River, including world famous salmon fishing, whale and grizzly bear watching.
Excellent skiing and golfing is nearby as well as beaches, kayaking, hiking, and cycling areas.
West Coast Expeditions
Experience the joy and wonder of a personalized sea kayaking adventure rich in marine biology, Aboriginal culture, and space to explore. Join us on Spring Island in remote Kyuquot on Vancouver Island for superb kayaking, enchanting old-growth forests, and diverse wildlife. Ocean kayak with sea otters while eagles soar overhead. Savour fully-catered outings from our base camp, multi-day expeditions, or family-focused adventures. Have a uniquely flexible, fun, and refreshing vacation! We’re celebrating over 40 years of connecting small groups with the west coast, including over 25 years by sea kayak.
Coast Mountain Expeditions
Experience the wild coast, salt wind and island time on a kayak journey in BC’s outer Discovery Islands. Our well-organized trips include skills & safety instruction, quality equipment, expert guides, kayak lodge accommodation, and garden-fresh homemade meals. Enjoy friendly local knowledge on affordable wilderness adventures in a spectacular natural environment! Since 1987.