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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

Departures are from the Salt Spring Marina with pick-ups (on request) available on Galiano Island, Mayne Island (Miners Bay) and North Pender Island (Port Washington), at no extra cost.

Why we are amazing:

  • Our Captains are all trained Naturalists and passionate about wildlife and conservation.
  • Our vessel is high performance, safe and certified, powered by quiet engines with the lowest emissions.
  • We work collaboratively with researchers and support the Centre for Whale Research.
  • We are centrally located in the heart of our local whales' feeding routes, so we can get anywhere the whales are!
  • Our boat has an on-board washroom.
  • Our boat has a hydrophone – to listen to the 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 note below
Two tours daily
, leaving mid-day and early evening; phone to confirm.

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. 3hrs * see note below
Daily, leaving in the morning
; phone to confirm time.

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.

Summer $300/hr
Off Season $250/hr

* NOTE: Our Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife tours range from 3-5 hours in length, 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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