All summer I’d been wanting to go on a whale watching trip especially knowing that July and August are the peak seasons for seeing orca whales in this area. Jean Robert spotted a special voucher on one of those daily deal websites, which was offering a four hour Zodiac (fast boat) tour for $60 each, instead of $110. Bargain!
Whale watching in Campbell River
So we found ourselves heading up to Campbell River for 8.30am, pretty early for us, since we were both working night shifts at the time. Suited up in our lifejacket/wetsuit combinations, we were soon heading off into the Strait, travelling at what felt like hundreds of km an hour.
Approaching an abandoned Native settlement….what could we find here?
Oh, just a hungry black bear
Heading up towards Bute Inlet – lots of posh resorts in these parts, where guests get flown in by helicopter and/or seaplane! Also a lot of celebrity houses…
What a nice life (sealions)
Stopping for a snack and a walkabout on Stuart Island
Amazing views from Stuart Island! What a paradise, can’t believe it’s so close, yet so far!
Amazingly clear water too….
Our first orca whales!! Turns out that they’re really not easy to spot – the big giveaway is of course air being shot up from their blowhole. Can you see the air and dorsal fin here?
Whale watching rules
They have quite strict rules about whale watching here, you’re not allowed to go particularly close, and definitely not anywhere in their path. Sometimes they play up for the tourists, jumping up and giving a bit of a show. We were unlucky in this respect, but I’m just lucky we got to see some!
There were so many beautiful islands and inlets. Even without the wildlife, this trip would have been worth it just for the scenery. On the way back we went all the way around Quadra Island and through some really narrow passages