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Whale Watching in Vancouver in Winter (March)

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Whale Watching in Vancouver in Winter (March)


My hubby to be and I will be spending our honeymoon in Canada and will be in Vancouver from 5th to 10th of March.

Are there any whale watching tours on during this time? All the sites I've came across state that the season begins in April so we're a few weeks too early :( Appreciate if anyone could confirm, or suggest a company that does tours out of season (Prince of Whales came up a lot but, at the moment, I can't see any March tours on their website). I don't mind if the tours leave from Vancouver or Vancouver Island.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Whale Watching in Vancouver in Winter (March)

Even though Cetacea frequent local waters year round rough ocean conditions generally preclude WW trips in winter & early spring.

You 'might' find a trip out of Victoria if a company can generate interest I've seen Eagle Wing on the water crossing Constance Bank that early in the year.

You'll need to contact each company individually and let them know you're interested.

Berlin, Germany
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2. Re: Whale Watching in Vancouver in Winter (March)

Whale watching opportunities in March around Vancouver Island are very limited. The main target species from Vancouver/Victoria are orcas and humpback whales, and neither are relieably present in early spring. The resident orcas don`t arrive before May (later in the summer is much better, I am not sure how relieable sightings in May are - probably not very much). Transient orcas may pass through the waters any time of the year, but in small numbers, and the chance to see them on a single trip is almost zero. Humpback whales come back from breeding around May.

The only species that are abundent in March are the grey whales on their return from their migration to Mexico. They can only be seen on the west coast (Tofino), not Vancouver or Victoria. And since the weather is usually not good, I doubt that any companies from Ucluelet or Torfino are running tours to see the grey whales in March. You can ask, though.

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3. Re: Whale Watching in Vancouver in Winter (March)

The 31st annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival will be on in mid-March in Tofino. Whale watching opportunities from shore and on boats.


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4. Re: Whale Watching in Vancouver in Winter (March)

Thanks for that post Dave! I must remember to book my stay at the Black Rock Resort for that weekend. It's the last weekend that the stay for 3, pay for 2 promotion for the one bedroom suites.

And congrats on 5000 posts too!

5. Re: Whale Watching in Vancouver in Winter (March)

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