Whale Watching, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada
Whale Watching Adventures
off the northern most region of British Columbia is Haida
Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, an
exceptionally beautiful and isolated location. This archipelago,
made up of 150 islands, has a population of approximately 4,000
people and famous as the home of the Haida people and their culture.
This very special place is shrouded in mist, storm ridden but filled
with archaeological treasures, marine wildlife is abundant and wilderness
The ancient forests are home to some of the largest trees on earth.
More than 200 bird species live on the islands and so do half B.C.'s
population of sea lions. Marine wildlife in the waters off Haida
Gwaii include Dall's
white-sided dolphins, harbour seals, California
sea lions and Steller's sea lions.
herring spawning in February,humpback
whales arrive and stay until fall, they can be found on
both sides of the islands. Gray
whales during their northward migrate from March to June,
swim on both sides of the Islands, and are often sighted as they
feed and socialize. If lucky, you might see a blue or fin whale
off the West Coast and occasionally in Hecate Strait. Resident and
transient pods of orcas
like these rich waters and may be spotted anytime of the year. Located
across the Hecate Strait is the port city of Prince
Rupert, the northern terminus for BC Ferries and many fishing
and whale watching boat charters that ply the waters between the
mainland and around Haida Gwaii.
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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.