4 Hour Wildlife
and Cultural Tour
$189 per person
- Wednesday to Saturday
June through September
- Exclusive and private tours available
Departing from Port McNeill, located North of Telegraph Cove and Campbell River on Northern Vancouver Island, BC, our whale watching tour combines cultural discoveries, at a local First Nation museum, with world-class wildlife watching on an adventure into the heart of traditional First Nations’ territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw.
Share our love of the local landscape and witness the simple beauty of our natural world as we come across whales and other wildlife. Learn more about the spiritual side of our connection with the wildlife that calls these waterways home. Experience the elements on a four-hour tour that puts you at one with nature and offers a personal perspective of our Kwakwaka’wakw culture. This tour has a land (museum) component to it.
U’mista Cultural Centre
Our adventure begins in Alert Bay at the U’mista Cultural Centre – a museum dedicated to telling the story of the people of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. Your tour guides, members of one of the 17 tribes of Kwakwaka’wakw, will interpret the exhibitions to delve deeper into the history of the artifacts. See the ancestral masks that were confiscated during the Potlatch Ban between 1884 and 1951, which outlawed traditional ceremonial feasts and potlatches and had a huge impact on indigenous people. If you love art and history, you’ll like this part!
"Deeply knowledgeable about nature"
"We truly enjoyed the Culture and Whale watching tour in Alert Bay, with Mike as our guide. Mike is professional, courteous, and deeply knowledgeable about nature and about First Nation culture, based on direct experience with both. He was concerned about our comfort on the zodiac, and provided survivor suits, gloves, hats, and googles to help us stay warm.
On our outing, we were fortunate enough to see orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, and even a grizzly family on the shoreline, all of which were breathtaking. Even so, the highlight of our trip was visiting the U’Mista Cultural Center with Mike and hearing his personal commentary on the history and artifacts on display. He helped us see the world from the perspective of his people - thank you, Mike."
Jean W (@wyman002) - TripAdvisor
With a greater understanding of the cultural and spiritual importance of wildlife to the Kwakwaka’wakw, we will take an exhilarating zodiac expedition to discover the home of orca, humpback, grey and minke whales. Watch the whales feed, spout and breach while we wait at a respectful distance from these magnificent creatures and keep an eye out for other wildlife! The Pacific waters offer spectacular sightings, with time to reflect and take in the simple beauty of the natural world.
What You May See On Your Whale Watching Trip:
- Humpback Whales
- Bald Eagles
- Great Blue Herons
- Sea Lions
- Migrating bird species
2020 Whale Watching Season – Departure Dates and Times
Our whale watching tours run thru June to September.
Departs Port McNeill at 12:30pm from North Island Marina. Meet at the Sea Wolf Adventures office at noon, 1514 Broughton Blvd. Click here for directions.
Included in the trip:
- Whale watching and cultural interpretation at our local museum
Please download your trip details and joining instructions here!
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