Whale Watching! It’s the quintessential British Columbia experience. Heading out on the ocean to watch these majestic creatures in their natural environment is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. And did you know that you can go whale watching from Surrey? White Rock Sea Tours & Whale Watch Vancouver depart from the Crescent Beach Marina in South Surrey. Hop on board their state-of-the-art rigid hull inflatable boat and get ready for an adventure!
Your experienced captain will explore the Canadian Gulf Islands in search of southern resident and transient Orcas and Humpback Whales, and along the way be sure to keep an eye out for other wildlife like sea lions, seals, porpoises, otters and eagles.
Once you find the whales, and you will, White Rock Sea Tours has a 90% sighting success rate, be sure to have your camera ready! The captain, in keeping with guidelines set by the Pacific Whale Watch Association, will maintain a set distance from the whales, which ensures that you’re respecting the whales’ habitat, and gives everyone a great view.
All whales are amazing to see, but if you’re lucky and the whale-watching gods are in your favour, you may spot members of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. These majestic Orcas of the Salish Sea, are currently listed as endangered on the Species at Risk Act and are actually one clan, or family, that consists of three pods (J, K and L) with several mother-lines within each pod.
Each journey is different as the whales are never in the same place twice and trips are between 3 and 5 hours and include island breaks to stretch and grab a bite to eat as whale watching is hungry business … it’s all that fresh air and excitement.
Whale watching trips depart daily from Crescent Beach Marina and peak times to view whales are between April and October. In addition to whale watching trips, White Rock Sea Tours offers sunset, sea lion, and crab fishing cruises.
White Rock Sea Tours and Whale Watch Vancouver are members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), a group of Canadian and American whale-watching companies committed to research, education and responsible wildlife viewing.
Photo credit: White Rock Sea Tours & Whale Watch Vancouver