Tofino’s whale specialists since 1984
The Whale Centre offers one of the most comprehensive whale watching and nature viewing tours in Clayoquot Sound with over 30 years of experience! Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, The Whale Centre is the safest and most environmentally friendly eco-adventure company in Tofino. A tour with us will allow you to explore the marine environment, gain an insight into the lives of whales, black bears, sea lions, dolphins, and many coastal birds for a once in a lifetime experience.
The Whale Centre offers four tours to choose from including whale watching, bear watching, bird & pelagic tour, and a hot springs soak. Whether you dream of hiking in the rainforest, soaking in an all natural hot springs, seeing whales feeding, bears foraging or birds soaring, we offer it all! The Whale Centre specializes in the natural history and marine ecosystems here in Clayoquot Sound. Our office, located in the heart of Tofino’s downtown, has an incredible Grey whale skeleton that is a must see for all ages. We also offer free parking and a great west coast themed gift shop.
Protecting the WHALES that we love!
John Forde and the Whale Centre Crew at work rescuing a Humpback Whale from entangled crab lines.
Whale Centre Bear Cub Rescue
Check out the story on John Forde, of the Tofino Whale Centre, lending a helping hand to a young bear cub.
Watch these majestic creatures dive, spout, breach and spy hop in their marine environment.learn more
Sit in solitude, watch a bear munch contently on shellfish and enjoy an experience you won’t soon forget.learn more
Join one of our tours and see Black Oystercatchers, Tufted Puffins, Marbled Murrelets and Rhinoceros Auklets in their natural environments.learn more
Enjoy the comforts of our 30ft covered boat on your way to soak in the thermal springs of Hot Springs Cove, an hour and a half north of Tofino.learn more
Why Choose Us
- Celebrating 30 years of adventure on the Pacific west coast
- A founding member of the Pacific Rim Association of Tour Operators (PRATO)
- Locally family owned and operated, with 2 generations of skippers
- Safest and environmentally friendly whale wacthing & eco-adventure company in Tofino