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Nestled on Vancouver Island’s northern bounds, Telegraph Cove is an intimate haven for whale watchers and conservationists. A former fishing village, today Telegraph Cove plays host to our quintessential whale watching adventure. Cut through Johnstone Strait’s currents and navigate the Broughton archipelago in search of orcas and humpback whales, and listen to our marine mammal expert bring the animals’ stories to life.

Departing from Telegraph Cove Resort aboard a 12-passenger open-air Zodiac-style boat, this adventure will take you on a 3-3.5 hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife viewing tour.

Starting at$139* CAD/ Boat See Seasonal Rates

May 1, 2021 - October 11, 2021
$139* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax. Seasonal rates may apply.

About the experience...

  • To ensure your comfort, all-weather exposure suits, hats, gloves and goggles will be provided.
  • Year-round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case that we do not see whales, you can join us on another whale watching tour for free.
  • An exciting ride soaring up to 55 km/h (35 m/h) in a high-speed, open-air, rigid-hull inflatable zodiac.
  • Guided by 1 expert guide, who will also be your boat driver.

Cancellation Policy

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

This adventure has a hassle-free 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 hours prior to your adventure departure to cancel and receive a full refund, no questions asked. Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Promotional (discounted) bookings are final sale.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 20 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).

Prepare For Your Adventure

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It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. We will also provide you with warm all-weather exposure suits to wear on top of your clothes. Gloves & hats will also be available upon request.

It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a tight-fitting hat, a camera to capture some memorable moments and, above all, your sense of adventure!

Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check-in. Participants must be 19 years of age or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.

The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please call us to book.

Telegraph Cove Adventure Centre

24 Boardwalk, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0, Canada

The Telegraph Cove Adventure Centre is located at the north end of Telegraph Cove Resort next to the Whale Interpretive Centre.

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure.




Do tours run in all types of weather?

Tours operate rain or shine! Safety is our priority and, in extreme weather conditions or high winds, adventures may be cancelled at the discretion of our qualified crew. We will be in touch should this be the case.

Will we really see whales?

Yes! There is a high chance of seeing orcas, humpbacks, and other types of whale on your tour. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

This adventure is covered by our year-round Year-Round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case, we do not see whales on this adventure, you can join us on another whale watching tour. This guarantee is valid for a lifetime!

Are there bathrooms on the Zodiacs?

No, the RHIBs are open-air boats, and therefore do not have washrooms on board. We recommend that you use the public washrooms (located next to our office) before your departure.

Can I bring a camera on a Zodiac?

Yes! Bring your camera and/or video camera to capture the experience. We also recommend that you bring a plastic bag or other waterproof case to keep your camera safe and dry during transit. The boat will come to a complete stop for photo opportunities.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

  • Reviews

    We were very lucky!! Spotted the big 5: killer whales, humpback whales, dolphins (yes Patrick, those were dolphins), seals and sea lions. Amazing tour. Professional captain, great gear. We didn't get wet, almost.
    Highly recommend.

    Posted on 7/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing experience I took the trip on 18 Sep. Wilma was on the upper deck giving us a lot of information. We spotted a family of killer whales (orcas) just outside the harbour; we spent about an hour with them following them around but keeping our distance so they were safe. Even though we saw whales pretty soon in the trip the crew took us further into the sea to look for humpbacks, which we also saw. Then on the way back we went through a place known for sea lions.
    It was an amazing experience being able to see this gorgeous animals, and so many of them. Thanks so much to the crew for taking the time to give us all those gifts on the same trip.
    They said because of their licence they can stay 100m closer than other companies, it is probably worth noting that when you are looking for a provider. Not only because you will see them from closer but because you will know they have expertise on board and the animals will be safe.

    Posted on 9/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great tour on the sound Fantastic tour seeing Orcas and hump back whales. Lili was great and gave us a detailed commentary as we were on the sound looking at all wildlife. The boat was very comfortable and a cup of chocolate hit the spot to warm us up after being outside on deck

    Posted on 6/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    1st time whale whatcher Had a great afternoon on 11th Sept with Stu and Amy who were very informative, friendly and helpful. Got to see pod of orca, sealions and a shy hump back whale. Made our day. Thank you, would definitely recommend this trip. If you go to Canada you need to include a whale trip with this good company.

    Posted on 9/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experiance + Very friendly staff
    + good explanations regarding the wildlife
    + saw the whales from near
    - nothing

    Posted on 8/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Experience of a lifetime Had the most amazing experience on the Salish ocean - we got to see humpback whales up close and personal.
    The tour company was well organized and had the most amazing staff, everyone very knowledgeable and well informed.
    Thankyou for a great afternoon, well worth the money spent.

    Posted on 7/17/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    whales! We had an awesome time on the boat and with the guides. We got to see a momma whale and her baby, seals, sea lions, eagles, and beautiful water surrounding us. I recommend this company!!! It was fun with a 16-month old, too! :)

    Posted on 8/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Do youself a favour! We spent a fabulous day aboard the whale watching boat with Amy, James, Anthony and Sandy. We were treated to sightings of Humpback whales and Orcas and there was even a marriage proposal for one lucky passenger! Amy and James made the tour seem very personal, taking the time to speak individually with passengers about the area, as well as addressing the whole group. We thoroughly enjoyed Victoria but the highlight was the cruise. Well worth the money spent!

    Posted on 7/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing whale watching experience!! Worth every penny!! My 6 year old and myself went and had the best afternoon ever!! Saw so many orcas...sea lions,eagles and other wildlife. Options to sit on upper or lower area of boat, great views and protected from the elements. Wonderful staff, very knowledgeable and great with the kids on the boat. We could not have asked for more!! I was skeptical about the cost and what we may or may not see but I would go again in a heartbeat!! I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Victoria!!

    Posted on 4/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Wale Watching Tour from Vancouver BC Ich habe bei dem 1. Versuch leider keine Wale gesehen, allerdings hat Prince of Wales die Garantie eine neue Tour zu buchen, also tat ich dies und bei der 2. Tour haben wir bereits nach 15 min Wale gesichtet, es war so unglaublich!! Die Guides auf beiden Touren waren super informiert - Olivia und eine ursprünglich aus Deutschland kommende Frau, die seit 29 Jahren in Vancouver lebt, dessen Name ich leider vergessen habe, waren echt super! Die Landschaft ist atemberaubend egal, ob man Wale sieht oder nicht.

    Posted on 6/22/2019 via TripAdvisor