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FAQ





1.
  Are we likely to see Killer Whales at any time of year?
2.
  Do you have washrooms on board?
3.
  How close will we get to the whales?
4.
  Is there an age limit to go on the boat?
5.
  What happens if we don’t see anything?
6.
  What should I wear?
7.
  Which departure time is the best for sightings?
8.
  Why can you not guarantee sightings?
9.
  Will we be able to go watch the whales rub on the beach in Robson Bight?
10.
  Will we be able to listen to the whales?

 

1. Are we likely to see Killer Whales at any time of year?

While there is always a chance you may be extremely lucky and see a Transient “Biggs” (mammal eating) Orca in the area the most predictable time to see the Northern Resident Orca’s (fish eating)  in our area is between mid July and mid September.

2. Do you have washrooms on board?

Yes both our boats have onboard washrooms, heated cabins and 3 viewing decks.

3. How close will we get to the whales?

We are dedicated to ethical wildlife viewing, education and conservation and as such will always respect the whale watching guidelines. On June 22, 2018 the Government of Canada announced that it was building on its historic Oceans Protection Plan, and taking immediate action to preserve and restore marine ecosystems to help endangered whale populations recover. As part of this immediate action they imposed a new mandatory requirement for all marine vessels (including recreational boats) to stay at least 200 metres away from killer whales, effective July 11, 2018.

4. Is there an age limit to go on the boat?

There is no age limit, and passengers of all ages are welcome to enjoy our trips!

5. What happens if we don’t see anything?

It is incredibly rare for us to go out on a trip and see nothing. We are fortunate to operate out of an incredibly diverse area so we usually see something, whether it be killer whales, humpback whales, Minke whales, Dall’s porpoise, harbour porpoise, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Steller sea lions, or the occasional black bear down on the beach. Not to mention the great bird viewing and spectacular scenery!

6. What should I wear?

We recommend that you dress warmly in layers as it is always cooler on the water. It is also a good idea to have a waterproof jacket with you just in case.

7. Which departure time is the best for sightings?

Time of day has no bearing on wildlife viewing and all of the departure times have equal opportunities to enjoy some great marine mammal sightings..

8. Why can you not guarantee sightings?

We are viewing animals in the wild, in their natural habitat it is therefore impossible for us to predict exactly where they will be, as they are constantly moving.

9. Will we be able to go watch the whales rub on the beach in Robson Bight?

No, the rubbing beaches in the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve are part of an area that is set aside especially for the killer whales to enjoy. Scientific observations have concluded that boating traffic, including kayaks and canoes, can be very disruptive to the whale’s resting and social behaviour in the Bight. No one (except researchers with permits) are allowed to enter the Bight by foot or boat.

10. Will we be able to listen to the whales?

Yes both our boats are equipped with onboard hydrophones. If there are Orca or dolphin in the area your Captain will put the hydrophone in the water so you can hear the vocalizations and echolocations.