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The Whale Centre & Museum

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411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
+1 250-725-2132
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Hot Springs Tour in December !!!

Not every company goes to the Hotsprings in the winter season but The Whale Centre does and they... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matthew P
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Victoria, Canada
Exceptional Service!

We took a Hot Springs Cove Tour with this company and cannot say enough things about it! We had Tim... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
CCBR13
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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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411 Campbell Street | PO Box 111, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not every company goes to the Hotsprings in the winter season but The Whale Centre does and they did everything they could to make it happen; they were incredible ! Especially Allie at the front desk - she was a wealth of information and was...More

Thank Matthew P
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We took a Hot Springs Cove Tour with this company and cannot say enough things about it! We had Tim as the captain and he was amazing! We found a couple of grey whales which was so exciting, a couple sea lions, a seal and...More

Thank CCBR13
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello there, Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write a review about your experience with us! We're so glad that you and your family were able to get out onto the water and have a real west...More

Reviewed 3 November 2017

The Whale interpretive Center is very informative of the wild life in the Pacific Rim National park, Great for kids to teach them of the area and history. Worth a walk on the beach too.More

Thank T40love
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to come in and explore the museum at The Whale Centre. Most don't know that we have a full size grey whale skeleton inside our centre! It's quite a sight to see. We're glad you were able...More

Reviewed 23 October 2017

Our absolute priority whilst on the west coast of Canada was to get to Tofino to see the whales... We were advised by the lovely young receptionist Alice what we could expect to see and not... Well!! We were blown away! Porpoises, Grey Whales, Sea...More

Thank Holly L
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Hi Holly! Thank you so much for your detailed review of what sounds like an extremely well rounded and thrilling tour! We're so glad you enjoyed yourself with Alistair, he's so incredibly knowledgable on wildlife, geology, the culture and history of Clayoquot Sound and so...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

Loveliest staff in Tofino. Special shout out to the Kiwi girl that worked the front desk, such a helpful sweetheart. I did whale watching, bear watching & the hot springs tour. All exceptional tours, the boats are great and maintained really well and the skippers...More

Thank Sinead W
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hi Sinead, Firstly, thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review. Our staff work very hard in the Summer to ensure each guest experience is a memorable one and we appreciate your kinds words. It sounds like you had a well rounded...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We booked a hot springs tour with the whale center and I would 100% go with them again! In total we saw 5-6 grey whales (sorry, I lost count!). At one point they were coming up right beside the boat! We also saw sea lions,...More

Thank northerngirl2693
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hi there, We already can't wait to have you back on tour with us! It's always a good day when you've lost count of just how many whales you've seen. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed a relaxing day at the Springs and hope to...More

Reviewed 24 September 2017

The Whale Centre was recommended by the HI Hostel in Tofino & I am glad they did. I went with 5 others on the trip to Hot Springs Cove on September 6th & we thoroughly enjoyed it. We only saw one whale on the way,...More

Thank outdoorduck
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us. One of the best parts of the Hot Springs is the gorgeous landscape and scenery you get to experience first hand while aboard our heated, cabin vessel. It's always...More

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

I have just finished 3 days of going out with the whale centre 2 Whale watching trips and 1 Bear. The Bear trip was fantastic although it was pouring with rain we watched 2 Black Bears very close. Skipper was excellent very informative about the...More

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WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Hi Nicki, Thank you for your informative review. Our skippers do their best to keep all of our guests well informed of all wildlife and aspects, including safety of each tour. We're happy to hear you had the opportunity to see Orcas while you were...More

Reviewed 5 September 2017

The Whale Centre provided an all round excellent experience for myself and our Austrian guests. The process of booking, preparing with an informational talk, suiting up for the fast travel over the water, safety aspects of the equipment and vessel and the thorough informational trip...More

Thank Ted T
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Hi Ted, Thank you for sharing your experience as well as some fantastic photos you captured. We're happy to hear you enjoyed the journey on our Boston Whaler. They are excellent vessels that allow us to get quite close to the bears at low-tide as...More

Reviewed 30 August 2017

We went on the boat trip to hopefully see bears feeding at low tide. John, the guide, caught wind that there was a Wolf swimming between islands and we detoured to see the rare sight....great value! The bears we spotted were great also and John...More

Thank Graham L
WhaleCentre, Manager at The Whale Centre & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Hi Graham, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience out on tour. We had a spell of above average temperatures so it's no surprise that some of the wildlife decided to go for a swim! As you mentioned above,...More

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