About

Authentically
West Coast

Our
Story

John and Lauren Douglas joke that they’ve spent so much time on the water, they have “salt in their veins.”

Almost 20 years ago, after getting his feet wet as a fisherman, John started the first covered vessel whale watching company in Victoria. He met his wife Lauren, whose family operated a marine company in Port Alberni, on the job, and the rest as they say, is history.

Together, they set the industry standard for eco-tourism in the region. Focused on environmental stewardship, aboriginal engagement and wildlife education, John and Lauren never lost sight of their responsibility to the natural habitat as their crew, fleet and services expanded.

Today, Orca Spirit Adventures and sister-company Orca Spirit Marine Transport provide water-based transportation services to a wide variety of industries – from travel and tourism to entertainment, energy and beyond. With more boats, capacity and departure options than any other organization in the region, Orca Spirit is the whale watching, private charter and marine transport provider of choice to tourists, school groups, tour operators and commercial organizations alike.

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Tour Rates

Adults

18 years and older

$115

Reserve

Youth

13 - 17 years old

$85

Reserve

Children

3 - 12 years and under

$75

Reserve

Infants

Under 3 years

FREE

Reserve

All prices are subject to wildlife conservation fee and applicable tax.

We've Got
Salt In Our Veins

Our
Team

The Orca Spirit crew lives, breaths and thrives on respecting the environment, and having fun on water. We're passionate about creating extraordinary experiences for our guests, keeping you safe, and educating you along the way.

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Standing 6'4”, Alex is nothing short of an outstanding individual. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Alex moved to beautiful Victoria, BC five year ago. He joined our pod in 2012, working as a naturalist aboard our covered vessels. Alex holds MED A1/A2, SVOP and ROC-MC certifications, and is in the process of completing a biology degree with a concentration in marine biology at the University of Victoria.




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Breanna has been with Orca Spirit Adventures for over five years and is responsible for all aspects of customer service, from the initial point of contact, to greeting customers and responding to enquiries. She handles organizational logistics, including maintenance of the gift shop, and coordinating the boat crew and fleets.




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Graduated with major in political science and major in public administration. He is born and raised a local of Victoria, growing up in Esquimalt. Brendan has been with Orca Spirit Adventures for two seasons and in his spare time Brendan spare time he can be found playing soccer and delving deep into spy novels!




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Victoria-born Sarah Keenan has spent her life pursuing her passion for the natural world. From summer through fall, she’s a Naturalist with Orca Spirit Adventures, and always eager to share knowledge, tell stories and point out her favourite animals on tour. Winter finds her guiding show shoe tours in Whistler. Sarah’s dream is to eventually captain her own vessel and lead wildlife tours in less explored corners of the world.




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Oliver grew up here in Victoria and loves working at Orca Spirit Adventures because he gets to work by the water every day with awesome coworkers! He is going into hissecond year of university this fall. In his spare time, you can find him at the airport working on flight hours and hopping on as many whale watching tours as fit into his schedule.




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After thirty-seven years in the Canadian Coast Guard, with the last thirty as Captain, Mark retired to seek new adventures. He joined Orca Spirit Adventures in June 2014 and quickly learned the idiosyncrasies of whale watching and providing passengers with a safe, environmentally conscientious and thrilling encounter with wildlife around Victoria.




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Lauren oversees the smooth operations of Marine Transport and Orca Spirit Adventures, including finance and marketing. She has been with the organization for over 15 years.




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Rachael has been a Naturalist with Orca Spirit since 2010. Highly qualified for the role, she has a Degree in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan, a Diploma in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, and a Certificate in Marine Science from Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Rachael also volunteers as a Board Member Cetus Research and Conservation Society, a local whale conservation organization.




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John began his career in the marine industry over 30 years ago. Now General Manager and vessel Captain, he holds a Master 500GT Near Coastal certification, Small Vessel Machinery Operator (SMVO), and has completed programs in Marine Emergency Duties STCW95 and Marine First Aid.




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Working with people in nature has been a life long aspiration for Matt. He started working as a naturalist and guide at 15 years old at Gulf Islands Center of Ecological Learning. He is from Salt Spring island and has been studying the west coast's diverse ecosystems since 8 years old. Matt is one of Orca Spirit’s zodiac drivers.


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Paul joined the Orca Spirit team in 2012 and loves meeting and educating guests from around the world. He’s honoured to be part of their “Bucket List” experience and finds their excitement around whale watching for the first time truly infectious.




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Walter joined Orca Spirit Adventures in 2003 after many years in the commercial fishing industry, while Mabel’s background includes multi-generation ownership of larger vessels. Walter and Mabel leverage their extensive marine experience to bring exciting ideas and streamlined processes to OSA, such as cost savings methods for vessel ownership and management.




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Rachel Thompson has been working at Orca SpiritAdventures as a reservation agent for two seasons. She recently completed afitness and health promotion diploma from Niagara College and moved on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Brock University. This winter, she will be pursuing a post-graduate bachelor of science in nursing. When Rachel isn’t out whale watching when she is not at work, she spends as much of her time traveling as she can.


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Marine
Naturalists

Every Orca Spirit tour is led by a certified Marine Naturalist with a completed or in-progress degree in biology or marine biology. Not only are they experts on marine ecology, local wildlife, naturalist interpretation techniques and regional landmarks, our Naturalists also trained in marine emergency duties.

Their deep knowledge of the sea and its inhabitants allows them to deliver informative, educational tours to guests of all ages and experience.

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Join Our Team

We're creating exceptional natural experiences for guests from all over the world. Want to join in on the fun? It's easy to apply online. Simply select an available position from the list below, fill out your contact details and attach your resume.

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Environmental Stewardship

Orca Spirit Adventures, a Climate Friendly company, is proud to provide carbon neutral whale watching tours and harbour cruises. We thrive on not only maintaining but improving environmental standards by being a leader in the eco-tourism industry.

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