Whale watching in British Columbia!
British Columbia is one of the best places in the world to view orcas, humpback whales, gray whales, and other marine species. The city of Victoria in particular, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, is globally renowned for orca sightings and is the ultimate destination for BC whale watching.
Victoria is at the centre of the world’s highest concentration of killer whales. It’s perfectly situated in the middle of the southern resident killer whales’ seasonal feeding ground, and over 80 whales return year after year to feed on salmon.
During the peak season, from mid-May to the end of October, the success rate for orca sightings can be as high as 90–95%. If you factor in all species of whales—orcas, gray, humpback and minke—the success rate grows to a staggering 96–98%.
These numbers mean a lot. After all, chances are you’ve travelled a long way and you want nothing more than to finally see a whale in its natural habitat. But remember, not every whale watching company in BC has this kind of success.
Why Eagle Wing Tours?
Eagle Wing Tours is Victoria’s first award-winning whale-watching company and has been ranked the #1 Victoria whale watching company on TripAdvisor since 2007.
Why? Well, our tours are the longest and most comprehensive around, and we have some of the highest success rates in the BC whale watching industry. We’re part of an extensive spotting network of over 30 companies that collectively share information. We’re in constant communication with other boats on the water, and have shore-based informants and seaplane connections to let us know of the whales’ whereabouts.
We also have the safest, fastest, most exciting boats in the industry. Our open and closed high-performance vessels feature comforts rarely seen on the water: on-board washrooms, overstuffed seats, room to move around, and loads of free extras like dry storage, waterproof clothing, gloves, toques, binoculars, sunscreen and even a hydrophone to hear the whales.
Our vessels are not only luxurious, but are also quick and offer an extended range, which means we can go the extra mile (or 50) to reach the whales. But, we also know that whales are unpredictable. That’s why we offer our whale sighting guarantee: if you don’t spot a whale during peak season, we’ll take you back out until you do.
Successful, yet sustainable
While it’s great to have a high rate of success, it means nothing without conservation and sustainability.
Here at Eagle Wing Tours, we’ve redefined whale watching in BC. We’re Canada’s first 100% carbon-neutral whale-watching company and the first whale-watching company in Victoria to launch a sustainability fee in support of wildlife research. We’re also involved in a number of other conservation initiatives, both on land and on the water. As a member of 1% for the Planet, we donate a minimum of 1% of our annual sales to environmental programs, and we also contribute to ongoing research projects such as orca adoption, photo identification, diving behaviour and movement patterns, and support local educational programs and non-profits. We’re Victoria’s only true choice for sustainable whale watching!
Eagle Wing Tours offers the most environmentally responsible, professional, thrilling, comfortable and safe whale watching in BC. We encourage you to learn more about what we do on our website, or you can always contact us toll-free at 1-800-708-9488.