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Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Sightseeing Tours

The Gulf Islands are a wild place, full of amazing marine wildlife and inspiring landscapes.

Learn first-hand about endangered species and ecosystems in a region that is facing growing conservation concerns. Since the locations of many animals are determined by the tides, weather, time of day, breeding cycles and food supply, we do not follow a predetermined route – every adventure is truly unique.

We operate between March and October, and see whales everyday between June and September. Our tours are based on weather and whale/marine wildlife sighting information. The speed and maneuverability of our specially-built vessel and the daily observations of our crew, make a tour with Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. the best way to experience the nature and splendor of the Gulf Islands.

100% Whale Sighting Guarantee! (June to September)

We are proud to offer a Whale Guarantee to our guests. We belong to a whale spotting network and provide passengers with the most up to date information prior to departure. If you do not see whales on our Whale Watching Tours between June and September, you get a Gift Certificate good for one year to come back and have another amazing day on our Whale Watching Zodiac.

Wildlife you might see on all our tours:

  • Orca Whales
  • Humpback Whales
  • Minke Whales
  • Grey Whales
  • Fin Whales
  • Dalls' Porpoise
  • Harbour Porpoise
  • White Sided Dolphins
  • Sealions
  • Harbour Seals
  • Bald Eagles

Why we are amazing:

Our Captains

Blair Angus and Yvonne Poirier

Blair Angus
Certified Marine Naturalist

Blair moved to Salt Spring Island to be surrounded by nature and the ocean, his true passions. As a Certified Marine Naturalist, he is devoted to learning about our coastal BC environment and loves taking people on marine wildlife or whale watching tours and sharing what he's learned about the wildlife, ecology and history of our local waters. Blair and Yvonne combined forces, merging his whale watching business into Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. in the summer of 2015.

Yvonne Poirier
Certified Marine Naturalist

As the owner of Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd., Yvonne is passionate about the ocean and outdoors – and loves to share knowledge about the amazing local wildlife, ecology and history of the Salish Sea. She spent her childhood camping, hiking and kayaking on the mountains, lakes, rivers of Canmore, Alberta, and almost a decade working with youth in a recreation setting, involved with the Girl Guides of Canada. She also worked as a kayak guide for multiple seasons with various companies in BC and one in Australia, before taking the helm at SSA Co. in 2013.

Both Captains have their:

  • SVOP and MED-A2 Certificates
  • Marine First Aid Certificate
  • Commercial VHF Radio Certificate
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Pleasure Craft Safety Check Examiner Certificate

$1 Conservation Contribution for every person who tours with us!

We are dedicated to helping to protect our local environment and animals. $1.00 from every person that goes whale watching or marine sightseeing with us goes directly to the Centre for Whale Research, who have been dedicated to the study and conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population in the Pacific Northwest since 1976.

We are some of the luckiest people on earth, being able to view these magnificent whales in their own territory. Our local Orca whale population is endangered and their lives are threatened due to lack of food, among other problems. We want to make sure our conservation donation money is used to directly aid in scientific studies, as well as initiatives working towards habitat protection and salmon stock restoration.

Thank you for helping us create a brighter future for our Orca Whales!

Tours & Prices

Whale Watching Tour

Sightings of whales vary day to day and can include Orca whales, Humpback whales, Minke whales, Grey whales, and Fin whales, as well as a variety of other marine wildlife.
Approx. 3.5hrs * see notes below
Two tours daily
, leaving mid-day and early evening; phone to confirm.

Rates  
Adult $120
Youth (4-11) $100
Senior (65+) $100

Includes your Conservation Contribution to the Centre for Whale Research (see above)

Marine Wildlife Tour

Travel to Mayne and Saturna Islands, and around the nearby smaller Islands. Sightings may include bald eagles, seals, porpoise and sealions. If whales are sighted during this tour, we stay out longer and for no extra charge!
Approx. 2hrs * see notes below
Daily, leaving in the morning
; phone to confirm time.

Rates  
Adult $100
Youth (4-11) $90
Senior (65+) $90

Includes your Conservation Contribution to the Centre for Whale Research (see above)

Private Charters

Private charters are available for private group adventures and your Gulf Islands transportation needs! Full payment (non-refundable unless cancelled due to weather or mechanical issues) for charters is due one week prior to departure.

Rates  
Summer $300/hr
Off Season $250/hr

Departures are from Ganges Marina with pickups from other islands by request, with minimum two people – FREE on Whale Watching Tours, but for Marine Wildlife Tours, will result in an hour shorter tour for picked up passengers. We only do one special pickup per tour, so the opportunity is limited. We recommend booking well in advance. We also do pickups for Private Charters, with an added hour charge for the time from Salt Spring Island. The places we pickup from are:

Our Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife tours can range from 3-5 hrs and 2-3 hrs, respectively, depending on where the whales and sealife are that day! A long tour is rare, but can happen. Please do not book anything directly after your tour. We cannot guarantee when we will return, as we want to show you our amazing marine wildlife, and will travel far do to so!

Terms & Conditions

We are committed to observing federal guidelines with respect to marine mammal and whale viewing.

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