Whale Watching, North Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Whale Watching Adventures
Strait between Vancouver Island's north shore and the mainland is world
famous as superb salmon fishing and orca
watching waters. This area offers excellent opportunities to observe
orcas, also known as
whales in their natural habitant. Nineteen pods, totalling approximately
summer in Johnstone Strait, feeding on the migrating salmon and other
these magnificent black and white mammals almost daily as they spyhop,
breach and dive. Robson Bight, a B.C. Ecological Reserve, is a bay along
Johnstone Sound that has "rubbing beaches." Here orcas come in close
to shore and rub themselves against the underwater pebble beach. Scientists
and marine biologists are studying the reason why, but they might never
learn the answer.
Near by are the towns of PortMcNeill, TelegraphCove and AlertBay that serve as bases for whale-watching guided tours.
These communities are also popular with kayakers and canoeists as a
base for self guided trips.
are spotted now and again, in this region. In recent years, they have
documented more than a dozen grays as summer residence in Queen Charlotte
Sound. Both the Dall's porpoises and harbour seals are common and often
sighted. The playful Pacific
white-sided dolphins, are all along the West Coast and seen in
Johnstone Strait. These enthusiastic bow riders and open ocean wave surfers
are the latest marine mammal crazes for whale watchers. Pacific
white-sided dolphins are popular because they love to bow ride and
surf. They are fast, powerful swimmers that often leap and somersault.
Whale Watching Companies: Tours & Charters
Watching Adventures in British Columbia
coastline of Canada's most western province, is a maze of straits,
sounds, and fjords, hundreds of islands and inlets. Scenery is
unsurpassed, as the blue ocean meets the green forests covering
the mountains, which reach for the sky. Because much of this coast
is uninhabited and accessible only by boat or floatplane . . .
it remains a pristine wilderness. The rich and nutrient filled
waters are home to a great variety of marine wildlife.