Whale Watching

Our 3-Hour Whale Watching tour runs through the beautiful Gulf Island Archipelago
everyday from March to October.

Join the Adventure! Only 30 Minutes From Victoria

As your boat speeds along the breathtaking coastline of the Salish Sea, the barking of Steller Sea lions alerts 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 Orca 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 of Victoria or a 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.

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, home to transient and resident Orcas, Humpback whales, Grey whales, Minke whales and the occasional Fin whales. Porpoises, sea lions, seals, river otters, a huge variety of seabirds, and some very exotic land mammals that have been imported to the San Juan Islands are just a few of the many animals you may also encounter on our tours. Check out our gallery of the animals you may see!

Map of the Gulf Islands

Our Vessels

Our walk-around aluminum vessel allows you to get the camera angle you need or get up to ask the skipper a question. Our zodiac vessel offers unsurpassed proximity to the water and the thrill of an open-hull boat. Both our boats are 30 ft and seat up to 12 people.

People on a whale watching boat

These crafts are extremely stable and are exceptional viewing platforms. They are also equipped with hydrophones to listen to the amazing language of the whales. They are built to Transport Canada safety standards and designed specifically for wildlife viewing.

Please browse our FAQ to make sure you’re well prepared for your whale watching experience.

Our rates

Whale Watching
Adult - $160
Children - $109
Senior - $140
Discount: 15% for groups over 8 people and 20% for locals
Private charter
$1,400 for 3hrs
$1,700 for 5hrs
Call 1-888-656-7599 to book your private charter
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