Whale Watching

Join the Adventure! Only 30 Minutes From Victoria

As your boat speeds along the breathtaking coastline of the Salish Sea the barking of Stellar Sea lions alert you to the massive animals lounging on the rocks. Bald Eagles hunting for Salmon soar high above, and in an exhilarating and unforgettable moment  the sound of the blow of a whale brings your attention to the beautiful jet black fin of the killer whale as it comes up for another breath.

Sit back and enjoy this awe-inspiring 3 hour experience .



Sidney Whale Watching is located in beautiful Sidney, BC only 30 minute drive north from Victoria or 5 minute drive from Swartz Bay ferry terminal and Victoria International Airport.

We are open daily for whale watching and wildlife adventure tours from March 1 – October 31.

You will be provided with a survival suit to protect you from the elements, please dress appropriately for the weather on the day of your trip. Closed toe shoes are required.

Reservations are recommended.

Whale Guarantee

We have a 95% whale sighting rate throughout the year. On the rare occasion that we might not see a whale you are welcome to join us on another tour free of charge. This offer does not expire!

Discover the Magic of the Salish Sea

Sidney Whale Watching operates on WSANEC First Nation territory and the Salish Sea (SAY-lish), an intricate network of coastal waterways that includes the southwestern portion of the Canadian province of British Columbia and the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Washington. The waterways of the Salish Sea were important trade routes for the Coast Salish people and today they still remain a source of food and other resources for the indigenous peoples.



These waters are also home to transient and Resident Orcas (killer whales), Grey whales, Humpback whales, Minke whales to the occasional Fin whales. 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 are just a few of the many marine animals that you may also encounter on a tour. Check out the gallery of the animals you may see!

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. This is an exceptional viewing platform.



Emerald Moon, our 30ft zodiac vessel offers unsurpassed proximity to the water and the thrill of an open hull boat.

Both vessels 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.


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