About Whales, Wildlife and Culture

Witness BC’s magnificent coastal mountain range while you explore traditional Homalco territory and learn about Homalco people and the animals that share their home.  Join us on a captivating whale watching experience that focuses on large marine mammals combined with a fascinating view into the world of local First Nations.

Campbell River, British Columbia ranks among the most sought-after whale watching destinations for viewing some of the world’s most magnificent marine mammals. Our boat tours depart from the Coast Marina aboard a custom-designed tour vessel to search for different species of whales, birds and other marine mammals. Lucky groups may even spot black bears, sea otters and rare species of whales!

Your journey with us as a First Nations tour operator is complimented with a unique Indigenous perspective on your marine wildlife experience. Campbell River and the Discovery Islands contain rich First Nation history with millennia of occupation by the people of Homalco, Klahoose, Tla’amin, K’ómoks, Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai and more. Our guides and skippers will share their knowledge of history, legends, stories and culturally significant sites while we search for whales.

WHY CHOOSE US? 

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours is 100% owned by the Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) First Nation and the land you will visit is the traditional territory of Xwémalhkwu First Peoples. We have been providing visitors with world-class wildlife tours for over 20 years. The Whales, Wildlife and Culture experience includes both a skipper and an Indigenous guide to provide a full First Nation experience right from Campbell River. 

PLUS, our new custom tour boats are unique on the coast, built for comfort and safety, and allow us to access shore locations (specific tours only) without a dock.

 

 

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Tour Details

  • 4 hour tour
  • Heated and covered boat with onboard toilet
  • Snacks and beverages provided
  • Minimum age is 4 years old (all passengers aged 4 to 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 19+)
  • Check in: 8:00 am and 1:00 pm daily
  • Routes may vary depending on whale sightings and weather
  • Disclaimer: tour departures can be subject to time change and are weather dependant
  • We require all guests and staff to wear face masks while inside closed spaces (tour office and boat cabin). This is for guest, staff and Homalco community safety

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

Great!

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

Deposits and Fees

STRESS-FREE RESERVATIONS!

  • 2022 tours – Full amount is due upon booking; cancel with full refund up to 48 hours before tour start
  • 2023 tours – A small $50/person deposit is taken with full payment due in 2023; cancel with full refund up to 48 hours prior to tour start

Be sure to check your junk folder for tour confirmation just in case! 

CANCELLATION POLICY:
You can cancel at any time up to 48 hours before your scheduled tour for a FULL refund. Less than 48 hours’ notice is non-refundable. Please see our Covid-19 Updates for questions about Covid-19.

SALMON RESTORATION & MARINE MAMMAL CONSERVATION:
Contributions will be applied for each guest during the booking process. Salmon conservation supports the Homalco Salmon Hatchery in Orford Bay. Marine mammal conservation supports the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association (NIMMSA), aimed at benefiting marine mammals, the economy and the marine environment off northern Vancouver Island.