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 tours, and a hot springs soak.  Whether you dream of hiking in the rainforest, soaking in 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, complimentary pet sitting and a great west coast themed gift shop.

If you’re looking for information about getting here, please see our Getting to Tofino page.  If you’d like to learn more about local accommodations, please visit our Accommodations page.

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 Whale Centre, lending a helping hand to a young bear cub.

Read John’s story in this Blog entry

Watch these majestic creatures dive, spout, breach and spy hop in their marine environment.

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Sit in solitude, watch a bear munch contently on shellfish and enjoy an experience you won’t soon forget.

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Join one of our tours and see Black Oystercatchers, Tufted Puffins, Marbled Murrelets and Rhinoceros Auklets in their natural environments.

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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.

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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
      • Safe and environmentally friendly whale watching & eco-adventure company in Tofino