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Best Whale Watching Boat Tours B.C. Central and North Coast

Whale Watching Boat Tours and Adventure Cruises aboard the Great Bear II

Humpback Whale Breaching

B.C.'s Central and North Coast offers some of THE best Whale Watching on earth! Whales are drawn to these nutrient-rich waters after long migrations. In 2024, whale watching will be featured on all of our trips, in both May-June and August-September. If you would like a private charter that focuses completely on Whale Watching, please contact us for available dates.

See our Schedule for dates and rates or contact us.

Our 54 foot motor yacht, Great Bear II is a Transport Canada certified passenger vessel, equipped with all the latest navigation equipment as well as our 18 foot zodiac for excursions and tours ashore, and, kayaks and a rowboat to explore and enjoy the serenity of our coastal anchorages.

Our onboard naturalist will use HYDROPHONES so that you can enjoy the sounds that whales are making.

Humpback whale bubble net feeding

Pacific White Sided Dolphin, known for their acrobatics

Experience unparalleled Whale Watching Cruises on British Columbia's central and north coast and take part in research and meet biologists that are studying these magnificent cetaceans.

Onboard our ship each day, guests will become involved, if they wish, in the sighting and identification of the Humpback Whales that are being studied. Days will primarily be spent on the water, in the comfort of the ship, watching the many behaviours of the Humpbacks as they travel, feed, and interact. As the they surface, and blow, we will hear them from miles away-the clue to their whereabouts.

Bubble net feeding is a co-operative feeding behaviour—one of the most fascinating behaviours we will witness. When the sound of thunder echoes across the water, you can be almost certain that at least one of the whales has performed a full breach—literally flying out of the sea and thundering back in. Seemingly bored, or maybe just trying to knock parasites off their wing-like pectoral fins or tails, we often see the Humpback whales flipper slapping or tail lobbing—a time when we all realize the power of these magnificent cetaceans.

A Whale Humpback Whale Tail

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?Sea lions on haul out

Let's not share the secret of one of THE best areas on earth for Whale Watching, an area that also affords many opportunities to learn about all the marine mammals they share the Central and North Coast of B.C. with!

The nutrient rich waters along this coast of the Great Bear Rainforest, are among the richest on the planet. While we never tire of the antics of Humpback Whales or the stealth of Orca or the acrobatics of Pacific White Sided Dolphins and Dalls Porpoises, there are other marine mammals sure to captivate your interest.

Whether watching giant Stellar Sea Lions lolling about on their haul outs Sea Otter resting or witnessing their prowess at salmon fishing or seeing them nipping at the flukes of Humpback Whales, these playful pinnipeds are great fun to watch and photograph.

When we see the cute, fuzzy faces of Sea Otters, bobbing in the waves, we sometimes forget that these heaviest members of the weasel family are a very important keystone species.

Without sea otters, the undersea animals they prey on would devour the kelp forests off the coast that provide cover and food for many other marine animals. Additionally, sea otters indirectly help to reduce levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, as kelp forests play an important role in capturing carbon in coastal ecosystems.


Although we have had private charters with as few as 1 guest for special photo assignments or couples celebrating their special anniversary, our scheduled trips and private charters have a maximum of 5 guests.

We believe that our smaller group sizes allow our guests to really discover the heart beat of this unique and soul-stirring wilderness.

Thoughtful, patient whale watching and wildlife viewing is practiced so that our guests can witness the natural behaviours of the whales and wildlife and so that we can make the least possible impact on the whales, the wildlife and their wild homes, all of which are extremely important to us.

Bald Eagle in flight

On the surrounding islands, it is possible to see bears as they come to the waters edge to eat barnacles or other delicacies from the sea.  Some of these islands are home to Black Bears, the rare and elusive Spirit Bear, Wolves, River Otters, Eagles, Ravens and many other species of birds.

Life on land here is supported in a large part by the returning wild Pacific salmon, who have, at sea, shared in the bounty of herring with the mighty Humpback Whales.

Out on the water during the day or in the comfort and stillness of our anchorages, guests may also see Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, Seals, River Otters and many kinds of songbirds.

Pod or Orca

Joining us just once for a whale watching boat tour never seems like quite enough according to our guests-many join us each year.

On land and on the ocean, the Great Bear Rainforest seems to stay with us, long after we've returned home, and keeps calling us to return.


At the end of the day you can simply sit back,relax, and enjoy the sunset while wine and appetizers are served or you can take one of our on board kayaks and explore the shoreline of our anchorage.

At night as you fall asleep beneath your cozy duvet in the comfort of your private stateroom, with the distant sounds of a whale blowing or perhaps the song of a wolf on shore, you will remember your day and understand why our guests keep coming back.

Experience the Wild  ...in Wilderness !

First class BC wilderness cruises, coastal tours and charters on the West Coast of British Columbia aboard the 54 ft. Great Bear II, out of Vancouver, BC.
· Haida Gwaii · Queen Charlotte Islands · Great Bear Rainforest · Gulf Islands · Princess Louisa Inlet ·
· Desolation Sound · Howe Sound · Indian Arm · Whale Watching · Bear Viewing · Wilderness Adventures ·

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