4 Hour Whale & Wildlife Tour 

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Spectacular scenery with wildlife viewing possibilities that may include:

  • Orcas,
  • Sea lions,
  • Humpback whales,
  • Dolphins,
  • Harbour seals,
  • Colourful seabirds
  • Spectacular ocean tidal rapids

Our most popular family friendly tour, the four hour tours take place on our high speed zodiac boats and run twice a day. We’ll cruise the waters in search of the biggest and most exciting marine animals in Desolation Sound and the Salish Sea. During our four hours tours we provide light snacks and refreshments. You'll have plenty of opportunities to stop for breaks at interesting and historical sites in this beautiful area. Tour departs from our Campbell River Marine Adventure Centre at the Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre.


Big Animal Encounters - 1340 Island Hwy #129, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C9, Canada

We supply full survival suits for our zodiacs trips, but consider bringing:

  • Dry Bag / Backpack
  • Resuable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat / Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Money for Souveniers.
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Full survival suits for tours aboard our zodiac vessels
  • All safety equipment as required by Transport Canada
  • The fun!!!

We reserve the right to alter itineraries and vessels based on weather, availability, animal locations, mechanical breakdowns or other factors which our skipper / crew consider imperative. 

In an effort to reduce out global footprint, Big Animal Encounters does not provide plastic water bottles during our tours. We have a filtered water dispenser in the marine adventure centre, which you are welcome to fill at no charge. Consider purchasing a resuable BAE water bottle to take with you and we'll provide $2 to the Wild Oceans Whale Society. 

Our crew work very hard to make your trip and exciting and comfortable as possible and are always greatly appreciative of gratuities received for good service. 


Our 4 hour tours operate on a minimum passenger load of 4. If we do not meet the minimum passenger load we will take the following steps;

  • You may choose to rebook on another date
  • We will do our best to schedule you with another tour provider
  • You may request a full refund withouht penalty.

Thank you for your understanding. 



For the 2020 season we are relaxing our refund and cancellation policies to reflect the following;
  • No deposits will be required upon booking
  • Full payment must be received 24 hours before scheduled departure
  • Deposit payments are fully refundable if tour is cancelled more than 24 hours prior to scheduled departure.

    Please contact us directly:

    Campbell River Phone: 250-914-3483
    Email: explore@biganimalencounters.com