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Attractions: The Whale Centre, Tofino

Any visitor to British Columbia with a 'bucket list' surely has "whale watching" and "visit Tofino" near the top of experiences to check out. The Whale Centre is the perfect destination for crossing both off your list - with whale watching, bear viewing, hot springs soaks, and stunning natural vistas all near the celebrated resort community of Tofino.

Celebrating 20 years of operations, this eco-friendly tour company offers visitors the best that world-famous Clayquot Sound has to offer.  From March to November each year, the centre offers 3-hour whale watching tours in Boston Whalers, the boats used by Coast Guards, exceptionally seaworthy open vessels ready for the wild coast.

Humpback WhaleGuests wear Mustang suits (to keep cozy and safe) on their quest to see grey and humpback whales, sea otters, ocean birds, and pay a visit to a bald eagle nest. On many trips guests are treated to the sights and sounds of "bears being bears", munching on sea life, scampering along the coast, play fighting ... a sight unmatched in any zoo.

For visitors seeking the ultimate in relaxation, a special six-hour tour to Maquinna Provincial Park includes a boat journey to Hot Springs Cove, a stroll along a forest boardwalk, and a soak in the geothermal springs (at a toasty 42 degrees celcius) - along with a natural massage from the waterfall.

Whether it's whale watching, bear viewing, or a relaxing hot soak, The Whale Centre has it all. To book your nature retreat or for more information on their tours, click here.

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