About Whales, Wildlife and Culture

Booking now for 2021 tours with Communicable Disease Prevention 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 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 with both inside and outside seating provides 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.

Please refer to the People Water Land as a template for a full day tour of the Whales, Wildlife and Culture program.

 

 

 

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Tour Details

  • 12 guests maximum per tour
  • Brand new heated and covered boats with the option of outdoor open seating
  • Toilet facilities available on the vessels
  • Snacks and beverages included on the 4 hour tour
  • For a full day, please refer to the People Water Land tour (lunch is included on the full day tour tailored to your dietary restrictions)
  • Minimum age is 4 years old (all passengers 4 to 15 yrs. of age must be accompanied by an adult 18+)
  • Start times: 8:00 am and 1:00 pm daily
  • As part of our Communicable Disease Prevention Plan, 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. Notice less than 48 hours is non-refundable
  • 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
  • Hat (toque, beanie, or sun hat)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Camera (tripod and monopod restricted)
  • Binoculars
  • Curiosity

Wonderful Experience!

Very enjoyable adventure. We saw 4 humpbacks! Staff provided lots of information about the whales, and they were as excited to see them as we were. I was also impressed with the respect all showed for these magnificent creatures - stayed well away, idled the boat, didn't disturb them. Reception and admin staff very welcoming and friendly as well. Great day.

MJ C TripAdvisor.com

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Wonderful Experience!

Very enjoyable adventure. We saw 4 humpbacks! Staff provided lots of information about the whales, and they were as excited to see them as we were. I was also impressed with the respect all showed for these magnificent creatures - stayed well away, idled the boat, didn't disturb them. Reception and admin staff very welcoming and friendly as well. Great day.

MJ C TripAdvisor.com

A great day on the water

We had a fantastic day out on the water with Homalco Tours, with their 'WHALES, WILDLIFE AND CULTURE' tour. The staff were all very knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. We were able to see several Humpback Whales (from a safe distance) and learn about the area surrounding Campbell River and Quadra Island. Thanks again for the great day!

Ian C TripAdvisor.com

Great!

Highly recommend this tour provider. The all staff were great from the check-in to the conclusion. We booked a 4hr whale watching and wildlife tour fortunately locating a pod of Orcas in no time and watched as they taught a juvenile how to hunt a seal. Shortly thereafter, the boat captain (Jerry) located 3 humpbacks in another area. Holly was extremely knowledgable and well educated in all of the wildlife and their activities we witnessed during the tour. Kelsey provided the information on the Homalco First Nation's connections to the area. This was the second whale watching tour we had been on. The previous time was with another provider, and while that was good, we thought this provider's services and teamwork were exceptional. We'll do it again!

Blaza E TripAdvisor.com

Deposits and Fees

 STRESS-FREE RESERVATIONS!

  1. When booking – we only take a small deposit of $20 per person
  2. 30 days before tour – full payment is due and we will send you a payment request

A friendly reminder that payment requests 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
  • 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