Posted by: cherylyoung | March 7, 2013

With March break just around the corner you might want to think about Whalewatching, there is no seagoing experience quite like it.

 With March break just around the corner you might want to think about Whalewatching, there is no seagoing experience quite like it. There’s no seagoing experience quite like watching,


close-up, a sleek whale weighing thousands of pounds
frolic like a child in it’s natural habitat.

Up and down the coast of British Columbia,
from Victoria to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island,
from Vancouver to the BC Gulf Islands, and up to
Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Orcas
(killer whales), Gray whales and Humpback whales
ply the waves and perform their watery rituals.
Whalewatching at its best!

Whatever else you do in British Columbia, don’t miss the
whale watching boat – you’ll have a tale of a whale to tell


Orcas (Killer whales)

B.C’s killer whale population is divided into 2
distinct groups which, curiously, never mingle.

Residents travel in large pods within predictable
ranges and feed primarily on fish.

Transients roam in smaller groups over large areas
of the coast, feeding on marine mammals such
as seals, sea lions and other whales.

The resident orca population is divided into
2 communities, each with its own geographical range.

surfing Killer Whales

The ocean around Victoria is home to the southern
resident community of 3 pods totalling 100
magnificent animals.

The northern residents total 217 whales in 16 pods
which patrol the Johnstone Strait, the waters of
northern Vancouver Island and the mainland coast.

The transient killer whales comprise 30 small pods
of about 160 whales and travel much further than
the resident pods.

Best viewing from May to October.

Pacific Gray whales migrate north along the west
coast of the island during March and April.

They are easily accessible by boat or can be
viewed from mounted telescopes in the Long
beach area

Over 20,000 Gray whales participate in the longest
migration of any animal, some stop to feed and
rest in our protected bays, while 40 to 50 grays will
spend their summers feeding off Vancouver Island.


Humpback whales will thrill you to the north of
Vancouver Island,at the outer edges of the Inside
Passage, with their acrobatic behaviour and
elaborate underwater song.

Treasure lifetime memories of these magnificent
whales breaching within metres of your boat.

Minke whales, Pacific White-sided dolphins,
Harbour porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, Harbour seals
and Steller‘s sea lions are also viewed in the waters
around Vancouver Island.


Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Whale Watching Guidelines Types of Whales, Wildlife
and Scenery

Think dramatic, windswept shores, endless miles of
sandy beaches, islands, hidden coves and
swirling currents.

And of course, there are many types of whales in
British Columbia, such as Orca, gray, Minke and

Thousands of whales migrate along the BC coastline
en routeto Alaska or back to Mexico. Pods of Orcas
(killer whales) reside in southern Vancouver Island’s
protected, marine-life-rich coastal waters.

Also be on the lookout for porpoises, seals, sea lions,
seabirds and more.

On many guided tours, onboard naturalists and
marine biologists explain these fascinating marine

Whale-watching near Vancouver and Victoria.

There’s not too many places in the world where it’s
possible to walk to the downtown harbour of a
capital city, don a marine suit, board a high-speed
zodiac and be sightingwhales within minutes.

This is the case in Victoria, and whale watching is
just a short, convenient launch from Vancouver, too.

Feeding grounds are located close by BC’s two
major cities.

Whale Watching on Vancouver Island and in
Northern BC

BC boasts hundreds of kilometres/miles of remote inlets
and a craggy coastline, particularly along Vancouver
Island and in Northern BC.


Whale-watching operators head to secluded spots
where whales thrive, but are much too remote and
harsh for human settlement.



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