Whale Watching, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada






Whale Watching, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada
BC Whale Watching Adventures

Situated off the northern most region of British Columbia is Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, an exceptionally beautiful and isolated location. This archipelago, made up of 150 islands, has a population of approximately 4,000 people and famous as the home of the Haida people and their culture. This very special place is shrouded in mist, storm ridden but filled with archaeological treasures, marine wildlife is abundant and wilderness abounds.



Dall's Porpoise

The ancient forests are home to some of the largest trees on earth. More than 200 bird species live on the islands and so do half B.C.'s population of sea lions. Marine wildlife in the waters off Haida Gwaii include Dall's porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbour seals, California sea lions and Steller's sea lions.

During herring spawning in February, humpback whales arrive and stay until fall, they can be found on both sides of the islands. Gray whales during their northward migrate from March to June, swim on both sides of the Islands, and are often sighted as they feed and socialize. If lucky, you might see a blue or fin whale off the West Coast and occasionally in Hecate Strait. Resident and transient pods of orcas like these rich waters and may be spotted anytime of the year. Located across the Hecate Strait is the port city of Prince Rupert, the northern terminus for BC Ferries and many fishing and whale watching boat charters that ply the waters between the mainland and around Haida Gwaii.


BC Whale Watching Companies: Tours & Charters

BC Rockies
ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains): Experience the most unique vacations with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, whale watching, heli-hiking and multi-sport activities. We offer unprecedented access to pristine wilderness environments and places no other adventure companies dare to venture. more

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains): Experience the most unique vacations with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, whale watching, heli-hiking and multi-sport activities. We offer unprecedented access to pristine wilderness environments and places no other adventure companies dare to venture. more

Northern BC
Ecosummer Expeditions: Have a whale of a time at Orca Camp! Sea kayak with Orcas and Humpback whales along BC's Johnstone Strait. Join an intimate group of travelers, paddling out on three, four, or six-day kayaking adventures with expert guides. more
Haida Fishing Charters: We offer salmon fishing and saltwater sport fishing charters in Haida Gwaii. Haida Gwaii is rich in sport fishing and Haida cultural tradition and natural treasures! more
ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains): Experience the most unique vacations with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, whale watching, heli-hiking and multi-sport activities. We offer unprecedented access to pristine wilderness environments and places no other adventure companies dare to venture. more
Sea Trek Ventures: Let us put together a world-class fishing and / or scenic cruising tour of the spectacular North coast just right for you. Family owned & operated, we offer a variety of wildlife, cruise, and scenic tours in Spring and Summer – and quality fishing charters ye... more

Vancouver Island
Blind Channel Resort: Unique BC Coastal Vacations, oceanfront cottages, fine dining, coastal tours, marina and store. A convenient destination for coastal mariners just three nautical miles off Johnstone Strait. more
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort: Discriminating travelers will find a world-renowned ultra-luxurious eco-resort, 4 star accommodations, coastal cuisine, adventure, and a lush & breathtakingly wilderness frontier. Our golden triangle of adventure begins and ends in Tofino on Vancouver Island. more
Eagle Wing Whale Watching: Bear witness to natures most awe inspiring creature – the Killer Whale. Our guided expeditions take you through 100’s of Islands in search of ‘Guaranteed’ Whales and other marine wildlife. Come discover a ‘treasure chest' of diverse marine wildlife on an Eagl... more
Ecosummer Expeditions: Have a whale of a time at Orca Camp! Sea kayak with Orcas and Humpback whales along BC's Johnstone Strait. Join an intimate group of travelers, paddling out on three, four, or six-day kayaking adventures with expert guides. more
Five Star Whale Watching: Discover the picturesque West Coast of Canada & Vancouver Island - home to the largest population of Killer Whales in the world. Natural wonders are abundant in this pristine marine environment covering Southern Vancouver Island, Victoria, & the Gulf Islands. more
Mothership Adventures: Join us for a luxury, multiday, sea kayaking experience using the elegant mothership, “Columbia III” as our travelling home. We’ll kayak through pristine, coastal wilderness, paddling glacier-fed waters amongst lushly forested islands while observing abundant ... more
Orca Dreams: Orca Dreams is located on a remote rainforest Island off northern Vancouver Island. Watch breaching humpback whales, orcas or dolphins pass by your tent while sipping on your morning coffee. more
ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains): Experience the most unique vacations with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, whale watching, heli-hiking and multi-sport activities. We offer unprecedented access to pristine wilderness environments and places no other adventure companies dare to venture. more
Sea Kayak Adventures: For 20 years we've offered sea kayak wilderness vacations for active outdoor-minded travelers -- a combination of fun, challenge and excitement. Join us to seek beautiful places to get away from it all, and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. more
Spirit of the West Adventures: We offer sea kayaking tours to the Johnstone Strait & the largest pods of killer whales on the BC coast – Desolation Sound, Quadra Island, & Campbell River - & guided excursions to explore ancient native villages. Set a course for a one of a kind wilderness a... more
Wildcoast Adventures: Kayak in killer whale territory at Wildcoast's Orca Base Camp in Johnstone Strait or sea kayak vacations in Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. Escape, Explore, Discover! Spectacular scenery, scrumptious food and abundant wildlife. more

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains
Blind Channel Resort: Unique BC Coastal Vacations, oceanfront cottages, fine dining, coastal tours, marina and store. A convenient destination for coastal mariners just three nautical miles off Johnstone Strait. more
Ecosummer Expeditions: Have a whale of a time at Orca Camp! Sea kayak with Orcas and Humpback whales along BC's Johnstone Strait. Join an intimate group of travelers, paddling out on three, four, or six-day kayaking adventures with expert guides. more
ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains): Experience the most unique vacations with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, whale watching, heli-hiking and multi-sport activities. We offer unprecedented access to pristine wilderness environments and places no other adventure companies dare to venture. more
Steveston Seabreeze Adventures: Experience our warmth and hospitality as we share with you the pristine BC West Coast wilderness. Our love is to observe marine animals in their natural environment, and to share that experience with our tour passengers. Join us for the thrill of a lifetime! more



Whale Watching Adventures in British Columbia

The coastline of Canada's most western province, is a maze of straits, sounds, and fjords, hundreds of islands and inlets. Scenery is unsurpassed, as the blue ocean meets the green forests covering the mountains, which reach for the sky. Because much of this coast is uninhabited and accessible only by boat or floatplane . . . it remains a pristine wilderness. The rich and nutrient filled waters are home to a great variety of marine wildlife.

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