Whale Watching

Where the Whales Are!

Only 30 minutes from Victoria, Sidney is located in the middle of orca whale foraging grounds and is, on average, 30 minutes closer to the whales than any other departure point – that means less travel time and more “whale time.”

  • 3-3.5 Hour adventure tour
  • Fast, fun, and open air experience
  • Guided by an experienced captain/naturalist
  • Warm insulated cruiser suits for each guest
  • Hats and gloves available if needed
  • Marine restroom on board
  • Small groups – 12 people per boat
  • Whale Guarantee – If you don’t see whales we take you out again for free!

Enjoy all that the Salish Sea has to offer!

Sightings range from transient and Resident Orcas (killer whales), Grey whales, Humpback whales, Minke whales to the occasional Fin whales. We also often encounter: dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, seals, river otters, a huge variety of sea birds, and some very exotic land mammals that have been imported to the Gulf Islands. Even after being on 10 different tours around our oceans, you may not have had time to see everything that the Salish Sea has to offer to us.

 

 

Our Vessels

K-Ko (pronounced Kay-ko) is our 30ft walk-around aluminum vessel. With the comfort of walking around the vessel it provides the ability to get the camera angle you need or just getting up to ask the skipper a question, it is an exceptional viewing platform.

We also have a 30ft Zodiac vessel, Emerald Moon where you can enjoy unsurpassed proximity to the water and the thrill of an open hull boat.

The vessels, K-Ko and Emerald Moon, are both built to Transport Canada safety standards and designed specifically for wildlife viewing in the Salish Sea. These crafts are extremely stable and are exceptional platforms for video or still photography and are equipped with hydro phones to listen to the amazing language of the whales. Both are washroom equipped and comfortably seat 12 passengers.
 

 

Orca swimming at sunset

Whale Watching Season

Spring

March – April

Best for viewing a multitude of waterfowl, bald eagles, baby animals on the islands, Stellar and California Sea Lions. Porpoise are usually starved for attention after being alone all winter. This is also the most common time to see Humpback whales that may be in our area as they make their way north to spend the summer their summers feeding. Mid-April is the start to the Orca watching season.

Summer

April – October

One of the Resident Orca families- J pod becomes more predictable in their behaviour frequently swimming between the islands off shore of Sidney more than in the winter months. K & L Pods return to the Islands each year near the end of May or beginning of June, this then allows guests to view up to 80+ Orca whales. This is the time of year when we most consistently see our Resident Orcas in the Salish Sea. Minke whales may also be seen in the summer.

Fall

October – November

Sightings of all the animals continue through October and into November. This is another the time of year when we view Humpback whales. They are now migrating south for the winter. Orcas, known as the Southern Residents follow their most common food source salmon that return to spawn in the local rivers each year. While the salmon return from the oceans to spawn so the Orca sighting opportunities increase.