While I was in Victoria I heard about whale watching tours. Since I did one in Boston I decided not to take one. However, I am going to Vancouver in August and am considering going to Vancouver Island. Is it better to see whales by kayak or inflatable boat? On a couple of websites I have seen amazing pictures where the whales get quite close to kayaks. However, another website said that people take boats to remote areas that have deep waters because the whales will be more active in the deeper areas. Also, some people have said that northern vancouver island is best and other people have said the pacific rim? Ideally, I would like to see bears, whales, and things like sea lions. I know that no company can guarantee that I will see these animals no matter what region I pick but what region and/or company do people suggest? Also, are the hot springs tours worth doing because I have seen some websites that offer tours to a hot spring in Tofino. Oh, white water rafting would be nice but it is not essential.