Posted by: cherylyoung | March 19, 2012

JOHNSTONE STRAIT IS HOME TO THE LARGEST RESIDENT POD OF KILLER WHALES IN THE WORLD

 

Johnstone Strait is a deep and narrow glacier-carved

passage located between the east coast of Vancouver

Island  and the British Columbia mainland, extending

roughly  from Telegraph Cove in the north to

Rock Bay in the south.

Johnstone Strait serves as an important thoroughfare

for marine vessels that include cargo freighters and

cruise ships bound for Alaska in the summer months.

Bordered by the Queen Charlotte Strait to the west

and Discovery Passage to the east, gentle conditions

prevail in the sheltered waters of Johnstone Strait,

where the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations are the

traditional gatekeepers, having lived here for thousands

of years and still call the area home.

To experience a tranquillity that passes all description,

paddle these waters where whales rub and salmon run

in summer months.

Sea kayaking is fabulous in these protected waters.

 

There are several staging areas, including Telegraph

Cove, which is the place to begin exploring Johnstone

Strait and Robson Bight.

At Telegraph Cove you’ll find a boat launch and moorage,

as well as fishing licences, tackle, and bait for sale.

 

This is also a prime staging area for whale-watching

tours and kayak departures.

Long-term parking can be arranged here for those setting

out on extended boating trips in Johnstone Strait.

 

Johnstone Strait is home to the largest resident pod of

killer whales (orcas) in the world, with a population

of approximately 200 whales.

There is no better place to view these amazing

marine mammals.

 

In addition to the orcas that can be viewed around

Robson Bight, Johnstone Strait offers up a wide variety

of other marine life, including minke, humpback and

grey whales,

Pacific white sided dolphins, harbour porpoises,

Dall’s porpoises, harbour seals and Steller’s sea lions.

Bald eagles and an abundance of seabirds will also

be encountered in the area.Location:

Johnstone Strait is located off the east coast

of Vancouver Island, bordered by Queen Charlotte Strait

to the west and Discovery Passage to the east.

 

The 87-kilometre waterway stretches from Chatham

Point to Hanson Island, with Vancouver Island to the

south and the rugged coast of the BC mainland to

the north.

CHERYL C YOUNG

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B C. www.cherylyoung.ca

 

 
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