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Orca Whales & Totems in British Columbia

Exploring the wildlife and First Nations of the Great Bear Rainforest

Pricing From: $2,500 USD per person

Duration: 7 days

Operator: Maple Leaf Adventures

Take an orca whale watching vacation aboard the classic schooner Maple Leaf. This educational cruise will take you beyond the spectacle of just seeing whales and lets you learn about the natural and human history of the area they inhabit.

Expect to spend hours with orcas and humpback whales for days. Wake at anchor in the wilderness, where mists rise up the mountains and spend your day in nature.


A Note About Orca Whale Watching

On this sailing cruise, the itinerary varies depending on the interests of the guests, and the actions of weather and wildlife. This sample itinerary is meant to give you an idea of the typical trip.

Day 1 - Telegraph Cove

Our trip kickoff includes a visit to Telegraph Cove on the northern part of Vancouver Island and the Alert Bay First Nations cultural centre. Dinner and hotel stay are included.

Day 2 - Wildlife Viewing

Today we board the Maple Leaf, get a ship orientation, and begin sailing. We'll look out for porpoises and dolphins and take an optional evening kayak excursion.

Day 3 - Orcas & More

Today we'll spend watching killer whales for hours. We'll lunch in the company of whales. In the afternoon, we'll do a forest interpretive walk.

Day 4 - Echo Bay

Today includes more sailing, a beach walk, and intertidal life viewing. We can visit remote Echo Bay, part of the Broughton Archipelago where Billy Proctor's Museum fascinates visitors with a collection of historical items from the region.

Day 5 - Fjord Cruising

We'll cruise the majestic mainland fjords, take a walk along a river estuary, and search for bears. Optional activities include kayaking or a zodiac ride.

Day 6 - First Nation Village Visit

Visit an ancient Kwakwaka'wakw village site to learn about their fascinating culture. We'll look for humpback whales and visit whale researchers on Hanson Island.

Day 7 - Return to Port McNeill

On our way back to Port McNeill, we'll include more orca whale watching and exploration.

Prices & Dates

Dates: August & October

Duration: 7 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Pricing From: $2,500 USD per person

Included: Prices are per person and include all accommodation, fine meals, shore excursions and use of gear on board (including kayaks, fishing gear, sea boots, rain gear and more).

Excluded: They do not include travel to and from the trip departure and end points, a $100 sustainability fee per person, or tax (for BC trips).


Benefitting Organization:

Raincoast Conservation Foundation - A team of conservationists and scientists empowered byresearch to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.

By booking this trip through SEEtheWILD, we will make a donation of $140 to Raincoast for their whale conservation efforts.

Featured Animals: Orca


© Brian Falcone / Maple Leaf Adventures
Humpback whale fluke
© Maple Leaf Adventures
Dolphins bow riding in front of a zodiac
© Maple Leaf Adventures
© Maple Leaf Adventures
View of the Great Bear Rainforest coast
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Photographing an orca from the Maple Leaf deck
© Maureen Gordon / Maple Leaf Adventures

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