“Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria’s first multiple-award-winning whale-watching tour company!”
Eagle Wing Tours is Canada’s first 100% carbon-neutral whale-watching company and the only one to support 1% For The Planet. Other efforts include the implementation of Victoria’s first Wildlife Fee program, the co-founding of ViSTA (Victoria Sustainable Tourism Alliance), co-chairing the Earth Day Garbage Showdown and organizing the World Oceans Day celebration at Fisherman’s Wharf.
With sustainability integrated into the core of how we do business, Eagle Wing Tours will continue to lead the way for responsible ecotourism in Victoria and around the world.
- #1 on Trip Advisor as Victoria’s best whale-watching company since 2007–2019 (12 years in a row!)
- Canada’s only carbon-neutral whale-watching tour company, since 2009
- Canada’s first 1% For The Planet whale-watching tour operator member, since 2011
- Co-founded ViSTA-(Victoria Sustainable Tourism Alliance) in 2012
- Co-chaired the Victoria Earthday Showdown, 2012–present
- Organized World Oceans Day at Fisherman’s Wharf, 2012–present
- Victoria’s first multiple-award-winning whale and wildlife watching tour company
- Victoria’s first whale and wildlife watching tour company to implement a $2 Wildlife Fee in 2014. Updated to $5 in 2018/19.
- Develop exclusive partnership with Songhees First Nations and created Victoria’s first Cultural Tour, 2016–present
- Finalist for Eco-Star Awards Climate Action November 2017
- Finalist for Top Tourism Business award at Tourism Association of Canada December 2017
2018 – Top Tourism Business: Business Examiner Awards (Vancouver Island BC)
Eagle Wing Tours rubbed shoulders with the top businesses from Vancouver Island and were given the award in the Tourism Category. Eagle Wing is honoured and humbled by this recognition and thanked the staff – they would not have been awarded this without them.
2017 – Top Tourism Business in Canada: TIAC (Tourism Industry Association of Canada) – Nominated
Eagle Wing Tours was nominated for The Business of the Year Award, presented to a tourism business that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operations, and is thus an example of all-round business excellence in the tourism industry.
2017 – GREEN business certified and SURFRIDER approved (VIGB: Vancouver Island Green Business)
Eagle Wing Tours becomes certified “Green” and “Surfrider approved”. Individuals are greatly affected by their work environment and the choices made by their employers. When offices choose to make their operations more sustainable it positively impacts the well being and
productivity of employees. Support your local, certified businesses! See below for lists of certified restaurants, offices, retail shops, and spas and salons on Vancouver Island. Businesses are certified Silver, Gold or Green, with Green being the highest level of certification available. In addition, businesses can also achieve “Surfrider Approved” Certification meeting at least three out of four plastic-reducing points on their sector checklist.
2016 – Top Sustainable Tourism Business Award in Canada: TIAC (Tourism Industry Association of Canada)
Eagle Wing Tours has won the Sustainable Tourism Award not once but two times! This is something for which we’re very proud. We’re passionate about protecting the environment for both ourselves and our fellow mammals. Everyone is responsible for what happens on this planet. We were honoured on November 30 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) at the 2016 Canadian Tourism Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel, Gatineau with the Transat AT Inc. Sustainable Tourism Award.
The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by TIAC to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry, and to reward those people, places, organizations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer travellers superior tourism experiences in Canada.
2016 – EcoStar for Experiential Tourism Award
This award is sponsored by Tourism Victoria and honours a business that is setting an example in eco and experiential tourism
2015 – Top 3 Tourism Traveller Experiences in Canada: TIAC (Tourism Industry Association of Canada)
Eagle Wing Tours was nominated as one of the top three Tourism Experiences in Canada for 2015! Congratulations to Harbour Air for winning the award, but being selected as top three in our fine nation is truly humbling. The VISA Canada Traveller Experience Award is presented to the tourism business or organization that creates the year’s most exceptional tourism product, service or experience centered on the fundamental principles of hospitality and customer service.
2014 – Top Sustainable Tourism Business Award in Canada: TIAC (Tourism Industry Association of Canada)
For Eagle Wing Tours, winning a Sustainable Tourism Award is something we’re very proud of. We’re passionate about protecting the environment and believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect this earth. We were honored on November 26 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) at the 2014 Canadian Tourism Awards Ceremony at the Westin Ottawa with the Transat AT Inc. Sustainable Tourism Award.
2013 – EcoStar Environmental Leadership Award: CRD (Capital Regional District Victoria)
Brett Soberg received this award for being a leading environmental steward of our regional coastal ecosystem. With many local marine species at risk from climate change, pollution and over-fishing, Brett has embarked on a mission to protect our marine environment and enhance community action through eco-tourism, education and mentoring. His passion for the environment led him to co-establish Eagle Wing Tours as Canada’s first carbon-neutral whale-watching company, the founder of the Victoria Sustainable Tourism Alliance (ViSTA) and to initiate Victoria’s World Oceans Day celebration at Fisherman’s Wharf. Brett is an outstanding community leader, whose impact includes over $12,000 raised for marine conservation organizations through 1% For the Planet (in 2012), 900 pounds of waste removed from the beach around Victoria’s Inner Harbour during his last beach clean day and over 12,000 passengers per year educated through his whale-watching company.
“What this means is a total shift in how consumers purchase and, therefore, how businesses must act. A handful of companies, such as Eagle Wing Tours, are setting the bar high for other businesses.” – Jill Doucette, Founder of Synergy Enterprises & Synergy Sustainability Institute
2013 – Sustainable Tourism Business Award: Tourism Vancouver Island
Eagle Wing Tours is recognized by its peers as a tourism business in the Vancouver Island region that has set out to minimize their environmental impact, conserve natural resources, respect local cultures and benefit local communities in the past 12 months (2013). Their commitment to environmentally responsible tourism and changing the way they conduct business serves as an example to the entire industry.
“Of the many tourism industry organizations I routinely come in contact with, work with or observe, few are showing the type of commitment and real dedication to sustainability and stewardship as what I have seen with Eagle Wing Tours over the years. Their progression and transformation from a boat tour operator to a community and industry leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship has been nothing short of amazing to witness, and an example for others to follow.”
– Christian J. Blondeau, Director Operation – UCW Pearson College – Race Rocks Ecological Reserve
Green Tourism Canada: GOLD certification 2013, 2015 & 2017-present day
Green Tourism Canada is the World’s largest and most credible* Sustainable national Tourism grading Program. They personally visit each member to ensure they are meeting Green Tourism standards. The ‘GOLD’ standard is the highest recognition within the GTC grading system.
Eagle Wing Tours is the first whale and wildlife tour company in Victoria to achieve this certification!
“I have to commend you for the fantastic SealCam. WOW! What a treat to check in and enjoy a taste of beautiful Victoria from my office. I have sent the link to all my friends and colleagues and they were all blown away too. We already loved you Eagle Wing Tours for your incredible knowledge and service and for providing our guests with a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but now we love you for the SealCam. Thank you so much.”
Kimberley, General Manager Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa