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The Whale Centre & Museum

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Address: 411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Open year round with very competitive pricing. The Whale Centre invites you...

Open year round with very competitive pricing. The Whale Centre invites you to join us for an exciting sea adventure in pristine coastal ecosystems! Celebrating over 30 years of operation on the west coast of Vancouver Island, The Whale Centre continues to venture out into Clayoquot Sound, off the coast of Tofino, BC, taking passengers on Whale Watching Tours, Bear Watching Tours, Hot Springs Soak Tours, Bird Watching Tours, Pelagic Birding Expeditions and water taxis to Meares Island on open and covered vessels. We specialize in the natural history and marine wildlife of the Clayoquot Sound area. Located in the heart of town in Tofino, we offer free parking, complimentary dogsitting and a gift shop complete with a full gray whale skeleton! The Whale Centre is a member of the Pacific Rim Association of Tour Operators. We support and abide by the guidelines for responsible whale watching and safety. A portion of proceeds supports local wildlife research and marine wildlife rescue programs.

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An amazing day!!

We had an incredible morning whale watching with Howie. We were very lucky to see so many sea lions and whales and even had one that came right up to our boat a few times. We were... read more

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Tofino, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an awful experience for myself and my family. We went on the tour today. The boat was too small for the level of choppy waters that were out there today. It was borderline dangerous. Because of the weather, it was dangerous to be on the water which made for an awful, awful, awful boat ride out to see... More 

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1 Thank cherishlove27
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear cherishlove27, Thank you for your review and we are sincerely sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time on the water with us. It is expressed several times during the booking process that we do run rain or shine and in the event of rain we equip all guests with rain gear on top of the mandatory... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an incredible morning whale watching with Howie. We were very lucky to see so many sea lions and whales and even had one that came right up to our boat a few times. We were all very excited to be that close to a whale. So close we were getting sprayed on! Howie went above and beyond. We... More 

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Thank Jessica A
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a lot of careful research we chose The Whale Centre to experience the Whale watching tour with. Howie was our captain extraordinaire and showed a true passion for his job! He had been out earlier that morning on his way to work to find the best spots for us and this proved to be invaluable. howie took us just... More 

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Thank AJ01005
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear AJ01005, We appreciate your kind review and words about our skipper, Howie. All of our skippers are extremely passionate about their roles on the water and take great pride in sharing their knowledge of this beautiful location and its wildlife. We are thrilled to hear you saw a variety of wildlife on tour and were able to get an... More 

Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

It was excellent! Even we did not have enough people to fill the boat still we went to the tour - thank you for that! Tour was great!!! Our guide Howie was really nice and informative. We have seen three grey whales, bold eagles and sea otters. Lady at the Centre ( sorry that I forgot your name) was very... More 

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Thank tsiroa
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Tsiroa, We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your intimate Whale Watch tour with our guide Howie and were able to see a variety of wildlife! We're always more than happy to get our guests out on an adventure so that they can take some incredible memories home with them. Thank you for your kind review and we look... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

My friend and I booked a trip to the hot springs and were completely shocked at how affordable this adventure group was in comparison to others!! This adventure group definitely made our mini-vacation!! We also had $10 off coupon from one of the town maps, making it a no brainer! We also loved the fact that the boat tours started... More 

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Thank starz555
WhaleCentre, Front Office Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear starz555, Thank you for the wonderful review! It's great to hear that you had such a good time on your Hot Springs Soak Tour and that Tim was able to find some wildlife for the group. We hope to see you back here soon. Regards, The Whale Centre More 

Castlederg,Ireland
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42 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Very helpful and honest staff.Went bear watching first -very cosy flotation suits,safe boat.Art was very knowledgeable and pointed out local wildlife.Saw 3 bears.Enjoyed this trip so much we then booked whale watching. Rough seas out to see whales but felt safe.Howie was very helpful and we saw numerous whales. Brilliant trips helpful friendly staff.

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Thank TheOHareclan
WhaleCentre, Front Office Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear TheOHareclan, Thank you for the kind review. It's great that you were able to get out on both tours and that you had such a good time. We always want to go into each tour honestly and with the same expectations as each passenger so we're happy to read that you appreciated this. Kind regards, The Whale Centre More 

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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I went on a Bear Watching tour with the Whale Centre, and it was fantastic! Being fall, there were lots of bears to be found, as we saw 9, including a mom and cub! John was a great captain, and very informative, and knowledgeable. It was nice to be on a smaller boat that could approach the shore closer to... More 

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Thank Christel-Anna
WhaleCentre, Front Office Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Christel-Anna, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour. It sounds like you had a very successful Bear Watching Tour up the calm waters of the inlet. We always love seeing the very adorable cubs! We can't wait to take you out again! Kind regards, The Whale Centre More 

Hamburg, Germany
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

They say they have the best boats for whale watching and they do. We had the opportunity to jump right in the front and ge the two seats with an unobstructed view. As our skipper Howie said these were the bumpy ones but it's really fun if you like a small boat... We saw sea otters, seals, sea lions and... More 

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Thank Esther K
WhaleCentre, Front Office Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Esther K, We're so happy that you enjoyed your tour and appreciated the vessels that we use as well as your time with Howie. It's wonderful that you were able to see the incredible gray whales that spend their summers here. Hopefully we will see you in Tofino again for another tour. Kind regards, The Whale Centre More 

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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to TheWhale Centre had bear watching! It was so good! Not only we had seen 7 bears but also the wonderful service

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Thank Jane Z
WhaleCentre, Front Office Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Jane Z, Thank you for the great review. We're happy to hear that you were able to view so many black bears on your tour. We hope to get you back out on the water one day soon! Regards, The Whale Centre More 

Rugby, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Excellent trip on a Boston Whaler on a great sunny day. Loved it all from the Eagles to the Sea Otters and birds, but undoubted highlight was the Grey Wales, first time I have seen one and to be covered in whale 'spit' a real treat. They came so close to the stationary boat, very inquisitive and swam right under... More 

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Thank Steve B
WhaleCentre, Front Office Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this review

Dear Steve B, Thanks for the wonderful review! There really isn't anything quite like whale spit, especially the smell! Hopefully we will see you back in Tofino for another tour one day soon. Kind regards, The Whale Centre More 

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