Minkes, humpbacks, and gray whales often frisk in B.C.’s wild coastal waters. The scene stealers, however, are the orcas, especially the gentle resident pods that eat fish rather than other marine mammals. These “killer whales” actually belong to the dolphin family and are cherished for their acrobatics as well as their adorable white bellies and “eye patches.” Take an aquatic safari with Vancouver Whale Watch, an ecotourism outfitter that dates back to 1998. From April 1 to October 31, the company runs three- to five-hour Zodiac tours, maintaining a more than 95 percent success rate of sighting whales. If you’re one of the unlucky few to not see a whale, you’re welcome back until you achieve victory—an offer that never expires. Book at the Tourism Richmond visitor center and get 10 percent off your ticket.