Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Explore The Wildlife of Northern Vancouver Island

Wildlife Photography Tours and Workshops

Have a crew you need to take out to get that perfect shot? Or a passion for teaching amazing wilderness photography classes? Whether you need us for a few hours or a week, we are always happy to arrange a trip for your unique project.

Our partnership with Sea Wolf Adventures and Kingfisher Wilderness adventures allows us access to not only marine mammal viewing, but also grizzly bear viewing areas, additional boats, wilderness base camps, and floating cabins in remote areas.

We are excited to be working with a number of professional wildlife photographers in 2021 to offer multi-day wildlife photography workshops. For more information or to book a tour, please visit their individual pages directly.

If you are interested in working with us to create your own photo tour please contact us.

  • 5 star ratingOtters Everywhere!! Our day on the water with guide Tommy Child was amazing - his professionalism, traditional knowledge, and the abundance of wildlife made for an epic day. We set out of Port Hardy in a fog bank but were quickly clear of it and learning about ancient First Nations use of all that the land and waters had to offer.

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  • 5 star ratingFun, informative and professional We had a wonderful time today with Andrew our guide, visiting the islands, coves and waters around Port Hardy. Andrew (one of the owners of the company) was a terrific host and guide, as he was very safety oriented, respectful of the wildlife and knowledgeable about the area. We saw Humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals, bald eagles... read more

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  • 5 star ratingExciting!!! This day trip was so much fun! William was able to keep us safe & calm amid rough water while still looking out for mammals for us to see! we were lucky enough to see humpbacks, orcas, otters and more. we appreciated that once we had been around an animal for a bit, we drove off and didn’t overstay... read more

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  • 5 star ratingAn amazing birthday present! I had an incredible day on the water viewing wildlife with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! I enjoyed the scenery and all the amazing wildlife, especially the whales. The staff were knowledgeable and followed all the recommendations for COVID-19 protocol. Lunch was delicious and I felt comfortable and safe on the water. It was a wonderful day and I highly recommend... read more

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  • 5 star ratingAmazing!! We had a great afternoon trip with CRS, and would highly recommend it to all of our family and friends. We saw sea lions, porpoises, eagles and lots of Sea Otters which were what we were most hoping to see! The boat was comfortable and our driver was awesome!!

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  • 5 star ratingBrilliant day out Had an unbelievable tour with Andrew! We were so fortunate to see a few whales breaching and all the animals we had seen along the way were just amazing! Andrew and his team run these tours incredibly and his genuine love for these tours makes it all the better! I would definitely recommend this tour if your looking for... read more

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    Christopher C.
  • 5 star ratingBe awed and inspired by the beauty of nature What an amazing experience. We were treated to sightings of numerous humpback whales, stellar sea lions, porpoises, and sea otters. Our guide was knowledgeable of the area and wildlife. If you get the opportunity to go on a tour, I recommend you don’t pass it up!

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  • 5 star ratingOutstanding sea otter and wildlife tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! We had a fabulous wildlife tour with Andrew! We saw dozens of sea otters, Dall's porpoises, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, seals, and orcas! Andrew is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, who went the extra mile (many miles, actually!) to locate a large pod of orcas that had been spotted in the area. It was such as bonus to see... read more

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  • 5 star ratingFun, informative and professional We had a wonderful time today with Andrew our guide, visiting the islands, coves and waters around Port Hardy. Andrew (one of the owners of the company) was a terrific host and guide, as he was very safety oriented, respectful of the wildlife and knowledgeable about the area. We saw Humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals, bald eagles and... read more

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  • 5 star ratingIncredible day on the water! Loved the small boat experience, only 8 of us passengers and it was perfect - we all had prime seating, and the ability to move around and to chat with the guide. Our guide (/owner) Andrew was incredibly knowledgable about the area, the wildlife, the history, and daily life. He led us on a 6-hour tour through open channels and... read more

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  • 5 star ratingDELIGHTFUL Evening!!! I took the three hour evening tour and it was just perfect. We saw four humpback whales, at least a dozen Dall's porpoise, many sea otters, lots of bald eagles and other birds. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The moon peaked out between the clouds on our way back into the harbour and that... read more

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  • 5 star ratingSpectacular wildlife experience Wow, did this trip deliver! Although the weather did not fully co-operate, we saw 2 black bears, hundreds of sea lions, 20+ sea otters, 2 minke whales, 28 northern resident orcas, 4 humpback whales, and Dall porpoises . Organization of the trip was very good and their equipment excellent. Covid-19 practices were also very good.... read more

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  • 5 star ratingWildlife, Knowledge and Skill!!! Thank you again for the wonderful experience first hand to observe wildlife in their element. Andrew led a wonderful trip and shared his abundant knowledge of the area. We witnessed Sea Otters cleaning, feeding and relaxing with hands behind head, mama Humpback and calf diving deep, showing tail fins again and again, hearing each blow... Many Sheerwater... read more

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  • 5 star ratingLifetime experience I highly recommend doing a tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris! They obey the Covid-19 rules and It was a pleasure to listen to Mike. Beside the tour he also told us more about life in the sea and Indigenous history. We really enjoyed and Mike made sure we took great photos!

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  • 5 star ratingA great tour of local wildlife! I took the 6hr tour from 10-4 and it was great. I don't expect any guides to produce wildlife for guests. I just expect that they put us in a position to see wildlife using their knowledge of the area. In this case our guide fully delivered. We saw a large pod of orcas, sea otters, 5-6 humpback whales, pacific... read more

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    Justin C.

Port Hardy Whale Watching and Sea Otter Viewing Tours

We are located in Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island. Learn more about Port Hardy, traveling here and local accommodations.

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One of the coolest things I’ve seen ... a humpback whale trap feeding :^)

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We are currently leading a group of photographers around northern Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland on a five day wildlife safari. We have had some great experiences so far
Here is a photo and caption from @bradleyeastphotography from day two of.the tour:

"Yesterday we lucked right out and saw this Coastal Wolf who decided to check us out from the coastline.

What an amazing animal of Vancouver Island!

@coastalrainforestsafaris "•

#wolf #wolves #coastalwolf
#wildlifephotography #safari #visitporthardy #gonorthisland #explorevancouverisland #explorebc #explorecanada #indigenousbc #indigenouscanada #goindigenous

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Ha̱'mapux̱wda t̕ła'yi x̱wa k̕wit̓a'a. Black bears like to eat barnacles, mussels, and other shellfish along the shorelines. At times, we see black bears on our trips; love it! #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational 📸 - @calsnape ...

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Ma̱'a̱mx̱'inux̱w lax̱ a̱wi'nakola sa T̕łat̕ła̱siḵwa̱la. Seeing orca in T̕łat̕ła̱siḵwa̱la territory is breathtaking! Hope Island is home to a beautiful people that have been here for centuries:) #coastalrainforestsafaris #crs #safetrueeducational ...

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