About Salish Sea Whale Watching Tour

TOUR AT A GLANCE

  • For marine wildlife lovers who want an authentic Indigenous whale-watching experience
  • On this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see humpback whales, orcas (killer whales), dolphins, sea lions, and so much more!
  • Available April through October
  • Half-day (4-hour) guided tour
  • Depart from Campbell River in the morning or afternoon
  • Heated boat with indoor and outdoor seating and toilet facilities
  • Snacks and beverages included
  • Appropriate for ages 2 and up
  • By taking this tour, you’re supporting an Indigenous-owned and operated company

Travel to Campbell River, one of the most sought-after whale-watching destinations in the world, to catch sight of iconic ocean mammals like orca and humpback whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and more. Lucky groups may even spot black bears, sea otters or rare species of whales.

If you’re looking for the ultimate family-friendly whale-watching adventure on the Salish Sea off of Vancouver Island, you’ve found it. Your Homalco guides, the northernmost Coast Salish Peoples, know a thing or two about the best spots to witness whales and other marine creatures from a safe and respectful distance.

The Homalco people, also known as the “people of the fast-running waters,” have been stewards of these lands and waters since time immemorial. We invite you to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and see the majestic beauty of these lands through our eyes.

For similar tours, please see the PEOPLE WATER LAND TOUR or DELUXE GRIZZLIES & CULTURAL TOUR

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Tour Details

  • 4 hour tour
  • Heated and covered boat with onboard toilet
  • Snacks and beverages provided
  • Minimum age is 2 years old (all passengers aged 2 to 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 19+)
  • Check in: 8:00 am and 1:00 pm daily
  • Disclaimer: tour departures can be subject to time change and are weather dependant

What to Bring

  • Warm layered clothing and rain gear
  • Hat (toque, beanie, or sun hat)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Water bottle to help us in our efforts to reduce single use plastics
  • Camera (tripod and monopod restricted)
  • Binoculars
  • Curiosity and a smile :-)

Wonderful mix of scenery, whale watching, and First Nations culture!

It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Seeing the whales was amazing and the boat pilot shared with us his experiences as a First Nations person growing up and how important his culture is and how important it is that he and his people are able to reclaim more and more of their culture and language. I highly recommend it.

Craig1459 TripAdvisor.com

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ON TRIPADVISOR

Wonderful mix of scenery, whale watching, and First Nations culture!

It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Seeing the whales was amazing and the boat pilot shared with us his experiences as a First Nations person growing up and how important his culture is and how important it is that he and his people are able to reclaim more and more of their culture and language. I highly recommend it.

Craig1459 TripAdvisor.com

A great experience!

The staff great, the adventure exhilarating, and the experience enlightening! While lots of tours give you marine wildlife experience, the Homalco Wildlife & Culture Tours gives you that extra bit of cultural knowledge, and environmental understanding. I highly recommend this to anyone!

Torilynn T TripAdvisor.com

Highly recommend!

Highly recommend this tour provider. All the staff were great from the check-in to the conclusion. We booked a 4hr tour and located a pod of Orcas in no time. Shortly thereafter, the boat captain (Jerry) located 3 humpbacks in another area. Holly was extremely knowledgeable in all of the wildlife and their activities we witnessed during the tour. Kelsie provided information on the Homalco First Nation's connections to the area.

Blaza E TripAdvisor.com

YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO CONSERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY

The ecosystem in and around Homalco territory is unparalleled in its beauty and rich diversity – but it’s also incredibly sensitive. It’s our responsibility, as stewards of these lands and waters, to play our part in protecting the natural environment for generations to come. By joining us on a wilderness or cultural tour, you are directly contributing to the Homalco First Nation’s conservation and sustainability efforts. For more information, visit our Conservation page.

CANCELLATION POLICY

We know that plans can change. That’s why you can cancel at no charge up to 48 hours before your scheduled tour. Unfortunately, we can’t issue refunds for tours cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice. Please contact us directly at 250-923-0602 to cancel.