1. Outstanding Access to Local Marine Life
You want Whales? We’ve got Whales. The local Killer Whales, along with Humpback, Gray and Minke Whales, cruise our waters throughout the year, giving us great success rates!
2. Our Knowledge of Local Wildlife
Get your cameras ready! This place is a birder’s paradise. The abundant wildlife around Victoria offers you a chance to view Seals, Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Eagles and more in their native habitats.
3. An Unforgettable, Award-Winning Experience
You’ll never forget the time you spend with SpringTide. Observing Whales in their natural habitat – and maybe even having them observe you – will be something you return to again and again! Our guests often tell us that this was a memory of a lifetime, and their favourite activity in Victoria.
4. Our Commitment to Conservation
We strive to keep our Oceans clean by using biodiesel and using environmentally friendly paints on our vessels. But even more than that, SpringTide has a long history as a leader in making the Whale Watching industry safer for wildlife, and in supporting marine species conservation.
5. Ship-shape Vessels
Choose comfort and viewing flexibility on our high-speed Ocean Cruiser or an exhilarating ride on a small open Zodiac! Whatever you pick, our safe, well-maintained vessels provide you with the best while out on your Whale Watching adventure.
6. Our Whale Radar
While it’s not actually “radar”, our accurate spotting networks operate from land, water and air throughout the day, ensuring optimal sightings for every trip. Canadian and American observers work together to provide the latest information for our tours.
7. We Take Safety Seriously
All of our Captains and Marine Biologists are Transport Canada Marine Safety Certified and are highly experienced on our waters. Each of our vessels are fully equipped with the latest in electronics and safety gear. We’ve got decades of seafaring experience under our belts. You’re in the best hands in the business.
8. We’ve Got Biologists On Board
Your tour is guaranteed to be a learning experience! Our Guides and Naturalists will provide an engaging biology talk on board about our local marine life: the what, the where, the why and the how. Every one of our Naturalists has a special relationship with this magical landscape, and they’re eager to share their love of Vancouver Island with you.
9. Our Success Rate
Our abundant local wildlife and nimble spotting networks provide us with an outstanding success rate. May through early October are terrific months for sightings. Come join us and see for yourself! If you don’t see Whales the first time, we’ll get you back out on a complimentary trip. Our “It’s a Fluke” program is easy. You simply Contact Us on our website after your trip and let us know your trip date & time along with your names. Also let us know when you might be able to join us again and we will email you the availability for another trip. It’s our pleasure! These second trips are on a standby basis, and their availability is subject to available seats 20 minutes prior to departure. Just so you know upfront, we are required to have the correct Transport Canada required crew compliment on-board and these numbers increase as our guest numbers increase. This means short notice arrivals may have to try for a different trip. This offer is applicable to those who pay full fare rates, and is not applicable for discounted rates, tour groups and charters.
10. Our Skippers and Captains
The people who drive our boats are some of the most unique characters you’ll ever meet. Every one of them carries a lifetime of experience out on the water, and a deep passion for sharing the adventure of discovery with you. Get to know them on our Team Profiles page and get ready to have a great time!