Jul 19 2012
Enjoy a whale-watching trip righ here in White Rock!
Did you know that you can spot beautiful whales right here in White Rock?!
Departures from White Rock pier, well situated close to the San Juan and Gulf Islands, offer some of the most beautiful scenery and abundant natural wildlife in the world. From this strategic location, in the middle of the Orcas summer range that extends from Victoria to Vancouver harbor, combined with the vessel’s high speed, whales are easily spotted in their natural habitat. As a member of a large and extensive spotting network whales can be reliably pinpointed most days.
Aboard the boat your Captain and Naturalist are available to answer questions and will provide a wealth of information on the local whales and wildlife as well as interesting stories and facts about the local area.
On rare occasions the resident Orcas head out to the open West Coast waters where no boats can find them or weather conditions are too rough, unsafe and just too uncomfortable to view whales. Should this occur they focus on looking for the transient Orca pods, which may be anywhere in the sheltered Gulf Island waters.
Such trips allow a closer look at the amazing shorelines and abundant wildlife of the islands. Time permitting, we dock at the Saturna Island Winery one of the most beautiful spots in the Gulf Islands. Here is a wonderful opportunity to stretch your legs, do a little beach combing or play in the sand. You may also enjoy a 10-minute scenic walk through the vineyard to the winery.
The three to four hour whale watching trips depart weekends from June to September. In July and August additional sailings may be added on Thursdays and Mondays. Complimentary bottled water, juice boxes and Granola bars are provided.
For further information, please see White Rock Whale Watching.