Campbell River BC has some of the most unparalleled whale and wildlife watching in the world. Campbell River is located on the eastern side of Vancouver Island at the south end of Discover Passage – which is about two-thirds up the Island from Victoria.
Campbell River has access to the world’s largest concentration of killer whales (Orcas). Also known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” it lies on the costal inside passage where whales call home. It is no coincidence that Orcas thrive in these salmon laden waters.
Be sure to bring your camera to capture the spectacular whale watching and wildlife viewing.
The best way to see these magnificent creatures is to take a tour with one of the professional tour companies. During your whale watching tour or on a separate tour you may see bald eagles, seals, pacific white sided dolphins, black bears and much more.
Campbell River Whale Watching Tour Operators
Aboriginal Journeys Wildlife Viewing and Adventure Tours
Aboriginal Journeys is a family owned First Nations wildlife viewing and adventure tour company operating within the traditional territory of the Laichwiltach (native) peoples. Their killer whale tour departs Campbell Rivers to explore the nearby Discovery Islands and Johnson Strait. Their tour boats include a 27-foot covered, high-speed boat with on board bathroom and a 24-foot Zodiac which can accommodate 12 passengers.
Suite # 398 – 1434 Ironwood Street
Campbell River, BC V9W 5T5
Toll Free (N. America): 1-888-455-8101
Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours
Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours offer tours for spectacular Orca Killer Whale watching and as a bonus you can see Bald Eagles, Seals, Sea Lions or take a Grizzly Tour. You can see the whales as they pass the boat and by using underwater microphones listen to their calls. They even have a guarantee – If you don’t see whales they will give you a free standby trip until you do.
Discovery Marine Safaris
Discovery Marine Safaris offers a 6 hour whale watching safari with daily departures at 9:00 AM from Campbell River. You can listen the killer whale symphony through the onboard hydrophone. You can also catch eagles, black bears, pacific white-sided dolphins, seals and porpoises.
Wear warm clothing as it can be cool on the water even during a hot summer day. The boats, largest in town, have heated cabins and onboard washrooms. Included in the fare is a full picnic lunch, fruit, coffee and water. They also have a number of other tours including magical sunsets from June to late August.
Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd.
1003 N Island Highway, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C4
Tel: Phone: 1-866-501-ORCA (6722) or 250-287-7008
Fax: 250-287-7005 (summer), 250-923-7514 (winter)
Getting to Campbell River
Campbell River is a 1 1/2 hour drive from the Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo or about 3 1/2 hours from Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. There is also an airport (YBL) and a seaplane base (YHH).
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