Captain Harold is the President and Owner of BC Whale Tours, Victoria's Premium Marine Tour Company.
His love for the ocean, the outdoors and Vancouver Island's wildlife started at a very early age. This was evident when he wanted to explore the island's coast and so he built his first dingy when he was 12.
His enthusiasm for exploring the west coast waters and learning about marine animals continued to grow. At 19 he designed and built a 40 foot sail boat called the 'Lil Dreamer', where he sailed the beautiful waters of British Columbia. To this day, Captain Harold is known for his excellence in seeing a vision and executing it to the point of completion making him a natural leader on and off the water.
His thirst for learning about the waters around him and engineering continued and he completed his marine power engineer and master's captain's qualifications rounding out his skillset for pursing his career in the marine industry business. His background and desire for marine wildlife and sharing it with others lead him to creating his first whale watching company, in 1996, Eagle Wing Adventures.
Captain Harold is famous for his incredible boat designs, which is evident through client testimonals expressed personally and through social media. Folks are "wowed" by the comfort, speed and quietness of their ride on any one of his vessels, which makes this the icing on the cake for a whale watching adventure. He has also been given the nickname of "Whale Whisperer" as punned by Ceaser Milan, the "Dog Whisperer", a guest that enjoyed a marine adventure with BC Whale Tours.
The success of BC Whale Tours would not be possible without his amazing team of guest service agents, captains, naturalists and international marine biologists who make each passenger's experience an unforgettable one. The "crew" simply love what BC Whale Tours has to offer including conservation for the whales, the best boat ride imaginable and imparting their wealth of knowledge to others.
Captain Harold is passionate about this company and plans to continue to do what he does best, like establishing Victoria's first whale guarantee program and improving it to give customers the utlimate satisifaction. Including expansion of the tours, such as 360 Vancouver Island, Bear and Winery Tours and improvements of service based on customer feedback. His goal for BC Whale Tours is to ensure his guests experience that ever so special trip of a lifetime.
An internationally qualified and experienced Marine Biologist, Tom has worked throughout Australia, Vancouver Island and Norway with various research and environmental conservation groups. He has been working on the Great Barrier Reef via Port Douglas, Far North Queensland, educating and inspiring visitors about the beauty and complexity of the reef systems. Most recently, he has just returned from leading a whale expedition in Norway and is now the North American representative of USEA diving as a patroller, which aims to educate the public of how to safely and responsibly interact with marine mammals.
As a Dive Master, he has great firsthand experience and knowledge of marine ecosystems through his countless interactions with the marine wildlife in their natural environment. His passion for the conservation of the marine world is both engaging and contagious as he inspires all of those on board.
Jim is an internationally acclaimed Marine Biologist in orca behaviour and conservation. He has been driving zodiacs for 18 years and loves the diverse wildlife in the waters around Vancouver Island. Jim has a great personality to go along with his extensive knowledge of marine life.
When Jim isn't driving around the local waters of Vancouver Island, chances are he's exploring one of the most extreme places on Earth -- Antarctica. As an experienced captain, he also has the uncanny ability to locate whales. Jim makes every whale watching tour the excursion of a lifetime.
With over 10 years of marine experience, Mike is a skipper, marine wildlife naturalist, eco-adventure-guide, dive instructor, and musician. He has worked around the world, travelling as far as Australia and Antarctica. He played an integral role in an unprecedented research expedition, photographing and tagging whales in the waters of Antarctica. He loves being on the water and is happy to share his knowledge of marine life.
Gord grew up in Victoria and has been exploring the coastline of Vancouver Island since the early 1980s. He first explored the coast through sailing and was a sea cadet sailing instructor for many years. He then moved into the world of commercial diving and worked in the local waters of the West Coast, where he had countless first hand encounters with just about every kind of marine life Vancouver Island has to offer. Gordon moved to Vancouver and worked at many Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M) events as a nationally-known VJ and favourite local DJ. When Gordon and his family returned to Victoria, he was drawn back to the ocean and marine explorartion, one of his greatest passions. He is now one of BC Whale Tours' Captains, where he constantly shares his passion and experience with everyone he encounters.
Russ has been a whale watching captain for the past 7 years. His experience and passion for the local wildlife is evident on all of his tours. Russ is also a coxswain for the local marine Search and Rescue for over the past 6 years. His devotion to helping people comes from his 11 years fire fighter and paramedic. You are sure to be in safe hands, whilst being entertained & informed of the local wildlife when Russ is your Captain.
Anna enjoys boating with her family in the Discovery Strait up near northern Vancouver Island. Growing up in Campbell River, she was surrounded by the beautiful outdoors and enjoys hiking and exploring the west coast. Now residing in Victoria, Anna has completed an undergraduate degree and is looking forward to a summer full of adventure with BC Whale Tours!
Kaylie is an avid marine wildlife fan. She grew up on the north end of Vancouver Island in Campbell River, exploring the outdoors through hiking and camping as well as spending her winters on Mt. Washington snowboarding with her family and friends. Kaylie currently is finishing up her Psychology degree at the University of Victoria with plans as a Probation Officer in her future. She enjoys living in Victoria as there is lots to do and see within a short drive.
Matt grew up on the beaches of Sydney Australia, living much of his life in the water surfing all along the east coast of New South Wales. He finished his Financial Planning degree and moved to Canada in 2014, residing in the mountains up in Jasper Alberta. After travelling across America for four months he moved to Victoria as he needed to be near the open ocean again.
Matt was actually a customer of BC Whale tours back in October of 2014, he had such an awesome experience on board with Capt Gord and Capt Tom that not only did he move to Victoria but he had to come and work with us he loved it that much!
Hilary grew up in the Comox Valley surrounded by the mountains and the ocean. Her favourite summer activity is spending days at the ocean at her grandparent's home. In the winter you can find Hilary downhill skiing at Mount Washington. Hilary is attracted to the busy life style of Downtown Victoria and as a competitve volleyball player, BC Whale tours is the perfect spot to spend her days.