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About Us


Discovery Marine Safaris is one of the original whale watching companies operating out of Campbell River. Founded in 2007 our privately owned and operated tour company has built an envied global reputation for being “whale wise” and for offering ethical whale watching and wildlife tours that count towards education, research and conservation.

Our Mission: Discovery Marine Safaris' mission is to make our passion for all our local wildlife yours through our fun, educational, ethical, safe & professional tours.

Our Goal: We want you to have a first class experience with us that'll become one of the highlights of your vacation, and for every tour of ours to count towards education, research and conservation so that we can do our part in protecting and building awareness about these magnificent creatures for generations to come.

Heike Garton (right), President & Owner and Wayne Garton (left), Captain & Owner

Our owners Heike & Captain Wayne Garton have some 40 years combined experience in the marine wildlife viewing industry on Northern Vancouver Island. Both are passionate about ensuring that their guests have an experience of a lifetime.

Our crew are experienced and trained in all aspects of marine safety and our vessels are certified by Transport Canada. Discovery Marine Safaris Captains and naturalists are bound by a Code of Conduct that goes above and beyond the legal requirements and Guidelines for whale watching on our BC coastline. Guests can be re-assured that they will be given the opportunity to quietly observe and listen to these magnificent creatures without disturbing or endangering them.

We want you to watch in awe, listen to the magical sounds of the wild and be dazzled by the scenic beauty of our coastal environment while our crew keep you safe and informed. We have a qualified naturalist on every tour to enhance your experience and appreciation of our marine environment. Our hope is that at the end of your tour, you take away lasting memories and a new understanding of this fragile eco-system and the individual whales and other marine and land based mammals that you see. And that you return, with extended family and friends to share and re-live your experience as many of our guests continue to do.