Whale Watching Victoria BC

Marine Wildlife Sighting Guide for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands





 Each summer Victoria becomes a Mecca for whale-watching from around the world. We offer private tours aboard our luxury zodiac.




One of our happy clients!

Humpback whales 40 minutes offshore from Victoria, BCHumpback whales 40 minutes offshore from Victoria, BC - Photo Credit Jeff Lorton

Birds of a Feather whale-watching departures can be from Victoria’s inner harbour, from Sidney, Metchosin, Sooke, Salt Spring Island, or anywhere we can trailer the boat. In fact we can even come to Vancouver and pick you up there, or just about anywhere on Vancouver Island. We specialize in custom private small-group charters which sail to your convenience and schedule.

Birds of a Feather Custom whale watching Victoria BC charters

Orca breaching during Victoria whale-watching tour

  • The best time of year for Orca (killer whale) watching is April through October. The Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits are home to three Resident Orca pods, called J, K and L pods, which total nearly 100 Orcas. In addition to the Orcas, we often see Minke, Gray and Humpback whales, porpoise, Stellar and California sea lions, harbour seals, elephant seals, river & sea otters and a large variety of sea birds such as cormorants, bald eagles and puffins, to name only a few. Sighting success rates during this peak season can range up to 99 % !!
  • wmv movie of Orcas with audio .89 MB
  • mpeg Orca breaching amongst kayakers 1.95 MB … a good reason to book one of our boats :-)

Orca breaching during whale watching tour from Victoria

Orca Killer whale

Orca Killer whale watching off Vancouver Island

Below: A Humpback whale flukes his tail in the ocean waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca just off southern Vancouver Island

Humpback Whale



Thanks for a lovely holiday

We had a wonderful 5 day stay at the Birds of a Feather. We enjoyed all that this area had to offer, from the beautiful sunrise, the abundant wildlife and amazing scenery, the lazy sunsets. The advice that Dieter gave us was invaluable. Had we not taken this advice we would have missed a most exciting whale watching trip. We were lucky enough to encounter a super pod. Everywhere you looked, you saw whales performing all sorts of acrobatics. It was perfect. The gardens at Hatley Castle also provided us with photo opportunities. We saw peacock families as well as hummingbirds. Well worth a visit. Thanks for a lovely holiday.

Whale calf buoys hopes for pod - L118 Orca

A rambunctious youngster is causing waves among whale watchers around Juan de Fuca Strait.

The first new calf of the season for the endangered southern resident killer whales is racing around with other members of L Pod, said Ken Balcomb, executive director of the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor, Washington.

Endangered western Pacific grey whale could be bound for Vancouver Island

Flex, an endangered western Pacific grey whale who has astounded researchers by leaving Russia and speeding across the Bering Sea, could be in northern Vancouver Island waters by the weekend.