4 Hour Wildlife
and Cultural Tour
$189 per person
- Daily, June 15 to July 14
& September 1 to September 31
- 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 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 fast-paced three to four-hour zodiac tour that puts you at one with nature and offers a personal perspective of our Kwakwaka’wakw culture.
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 19 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.
"Highly Recommended Cultural Experience"
"Spend the day or even a few hours with Mike Willie and you are in for a special communion of knowledge, experience and fun! As a First Nations member and due to his family history and education about his culture, Mike is in an ideal position to share history and stories you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. You can certainly visit Alert Bay on your own but I guarantee it will be more meaningful if you experience it with Mike."
BJ G - 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
2019 Whale Watching Season – Departure Dates and Times
Our whale watching tours run from June 15th to July 14th and September 1st to September 30th.
Departs Port McNeill at 9:00 am (09:00) from North Island Marina. Meet at MacKay Whale Watching at 8:45am, 1514 Broughton Blvd. Click here for directions.
Included in the trip:
- Whale watching and cultural activities and interpretation
- Gloves, hats, survival suits
Please download your trip details and joining instructions here!