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Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre is a vibrant and exhilarating environment and a start point for Sooke whale watching, south Vancouver Island. Besides spectacular wildlife, it has a rich community offering settlings for whale-watching lovers. Spirit Bay has a lovely beach and is located near the Sooke area, accessible both from Victoria and Nanaimo.


Types of Whales in Spirit Bay Visitor Centre

Orcas and Humpbacks:
Killer Whales (Orcas) and Humpbacks diving around Sooke give visitors ample opportunity to encounter these marvellous marine animals. Orcas are social animals that travel in groups known as pods. The pods usually are led by females with social hierarchies.

Other types of whales and mammals:
Gray, Fin and Minke Whales may also be visible during excursions. Other creatures include Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals, Dall's Porpoise, Harbour Porpoise, California Sea Lions, and bald eagles.


Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Location

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre is located at 1103 Marina Dr, Sooke, BC V9Z 1B6, Vancouver Island, Canada. It is southeast of Sooke, about 20.5 km (12.7 miles) away. Some other hot spots for Sooke whale watching are Creyke Point, Beechey Head, Cabin Point, West Coast Outdoor Adventure, and Otter Point Park.


How to Get to Spirit Bay Visitor Centre by Car

From Nanaimo:
Distance from Nanaimo: 113 km (70.2 miles) / Takes about an hour and a half.
Getting to Spirit Bay Visitor Centre from Nanaimo is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S. Take Wallace St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S for 550 m (1804.4). Turn right onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S and drive 94.1 km (58.4 miles). Continue on Westshore Pkwy. Take Happy Valley Rd, Rocky Point Rd, and East Sooke Road to Marina Dr. After 18.5 km (11.5 miles), you will reach Spirit Bay Visitor Centre.

From Victoria:
Distance from Victoria: 29.5 km (18.3 miles) / Takes about 35 minutes.
Getting to Spirit Bay Visitor Centre from Victoria is via Metchosin Rd. Drive along Craigflower Rd, Island Hwy/BC-1A W, Metchosin Rd, Rocky Point Rd, and East Sooke Road. Drive 29.2 km (18.1 miles) and take Spirit Bay Rd to Marina Dr. After 300 m (984.2 ft), you will reach Spirit Bay Visitor Centre.

Whale-Watching Destinations Near Spirit Bay Visitor Centre

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

Sooke Whale Watching

Sooke Whale Watching

Victoria Whale Watching

Victoria Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching Features

Whale Watching Package Details

What you Can Expect to See Near Spirit Bay Visitor Centre

Spiral Beach

Spiral Beach

McNeil Bay

McNeil Bay

Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew

Langford

Langford

Gonzales Bay

Gonzales Bay

Jordan River (Settlement)

Jordan River (Settlement)

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Sooke

Sooke

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum

Miniature World

Miniature World

Willows Beach

Willows Beach

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach

What you Can Expect to Do Near Spirit Bay Visitor Centre

Hiking on the Grass Lake Trail

Hiking on the Grass Lake Trail

Hiking on Mount Manuel Quimper

Hiking on Mount Manuel Quimper

Hiking on Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails

Hiking on Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast Trail

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast Trail

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast and Interior Trail Loop

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast and Interior Trail Loop

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Victoria Harbour Ferry Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

Fisherman's Wharf Park Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

West Bay Esquimalt Whale Watching

Cattle Point Storm Watching

Cattle Point Storm Watching

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