About Whales, Wildlife and Culture

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Booking now for 2021 tours with full COVID safety procedures in place.

Join us on Whales (Qʷ̓ənɛs), Wildlife and Culture – an excursion of discovery focused on large marine mammals combined with a fascinating view into the world of local First Nations. Campbell River, BC ranks among the most sought-after destinations for viewing some of the world’s most magnificent marine mammals. We depart from Discovery Harbour Marina aboard a custom-designed tour vessel to search for humpback whales, orcas (killer whales), porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, otters, bald eagles and a variety of marine birds.

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 a rich First Nations 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.

This exclusive, small group experience takes place aboard new, custom-designed tour boats. The 12 passenger Homalco Tour vessels are unlike any other. Our landing craft design provides the ability to access beaches on full day tours, while also providing more experience options for guests with TWO seats for every passenger!

  1. 12 Comfort Seats – luxury seating inside the warm and comfortable cabin, plus
  2. 12 Adventure Seats – fresh air seating with clear views outside on the front deck.

The seating flexibility also delivers unmatched COVID-friendly spacing opportunities for added safety while on-board. All guests who wish to ride outside have access to warm and dry safety clothing that includes Mustang Survival Suits and Floater Jackets commonly used on Zodiac-style tours.

For Private Chartered tours, we specialize in a very exclusive, private group (maximum 12 people per boat) experience for a day of marine wildlife and cultural discovery offering a completely unique marine wildlife experience.  We cater to our guests that enjoy the authenticity and connection while bearing witness to some of the most spectacular creatures and landscape the West Coast has to offer – we can tailor to your marine life experience and we are here to listen. You can email or call us and we will help you plan your private custom itinerary to suit your needs for you and your bubble.

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Tour Details

  • 12 guests maximum per day
  • Brand new heated and covered boats with the option of outdoor open seating
  • Washroom facilities available on the boats as well as our retail location
  • Snacks and beverages included on the 4 hour tour
  • For a full day private charter tour, lunch, snacks, and beverages are included and lunch is tailored to your dietary restrictions
  • Minimum age is 4 years old
  • Start time: 8:00 am for 4 hour tour and 8:15 am for full day private charter tour
  • Start time: 1:00 pm for 4 hour tour, same time applies for 4 hour private charter tour
  • Private Charter Tours apply to Whale Watching or an Indigenous Cultural based excursion, Contact us for more information
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, if you are feeling ill, please do not visit or travel
  • For 4 hour tours, Cancel up to 48 hours prior to tour date for a full refund. Fees apply with less than 48 hours notice, For private charter tours, cancel up to 30 days prior to tour date. Fees apply with less than 30 days notice
  • Routes may vary depending on whale sightings and weather
  • Disclaimer: Tour departures can be subject to time change and are weather dependant

What to Bring

  • Warm layered clothing and rain gear
  • Camera. No tripod. Monopod allowed
  • Binoculars
  • Curiosity

Explore on Brand New One-of-a-Kind Wildlife Tour Boats

Your unforgettable adventure begins aboard our new 12 passenger custom landing craft vessels being delivered in Spring 2021. Every guest has 2 seats to make your tour more enjoyable and COVID-friendly! Choose your experience with a Comfort Seat inside the cozy cabin, or an Adventure Seat on the fresh-air deck. Large cabin windows allow for unobstructed views, plus there's an on-board bathroom. No other tour offers such adventure, comfort and convenience.

Book Your Tour Now

Explore on Brand New One-of-a-Kind Wildlife Tour Boats

Your unforgettable adventure begins aboard our new 12 passenger custom landing craft vessels being delivered in Spring 2021. Every guest has 2 seats to make your tour more enjoyable and COVID-friendly! Choose your experience with a Comfort Seat inside the cozy cabin, or an Adventure Seat on the fresh-air deck. Large cabin windows allow for unobstructed views, plus there's an on-board bathroom. No other tour offers such adventure, comfort and convenience.

Deposits and Fees

 STRESS-FREE RESERVATIONS!

  1. When booking – we only take a small deposit of $20 per person
  2. 60 days before tour – a 50% deposit is applied for the entire tour
  3. 14 days before tour – the remaining balance is charged.

A friendly reminder that payment updates will be sent out via email, be sure to check your junk folder, just in case! 

  • You can cancel your tour at any time up to 48 hours for 4 hour tours before for a FULL refund. Stress free!
  • A $5.00 Conservation Fee for a 4 hr tour, 8% Fuel Surcharge, and 5% GST per person will be applied during the booking process. The conservation fee supports the Orford fish hatchery in rebuilding native wild salmon populations to enhance wildlife habitat, while also protecting the indigenous roots, culture and food source of the Homalco First Nation
  • For Private Chartered Tours, you can cancel your tour at any time up to 30 days before for a FULL refund. a Private Charter Conservation fee for a 4 hr tour is $40.00 and for a 6-7 hr full day tour, the Conservation fee is $80.00 per charter and a 50% deposit will be applied during the booking process, 14 days prior to your scheduled tour date, the remaining balance is charged and is non-refundable
  • In the event where we cannot operate tours due to poor weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, guests will receive a full refund or credit
  • Without notice and guests don’t show up for their scheduled tour, guests will be charged full price. All trips are subject to fees and taxes
  • Please contact us directly at 250.923.0602 to cancel or inquire about the cancellation policy