Whale Watching, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada

Whale Watching, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada
BC Whale Watching Adventures

Situated 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 abounds.

Dall's Porpoise

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 porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbour seals, California sea lions and Steller's sea lions.

During 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.

BC Whale Watching Companies: Tours & Charters

Vancouver Island
Eagle Wing Whale Watching: Guided Whale Watching Tours & Wildlife Viewing.Trip Advisor's top-rated whale-watching experience in Victoria since 2007. Killer whales, Grey, Minke and Humpback whales, seals, sea lions & porpoise. As industry leaders, they go the extra mile (or 50!) to give... more
Spirit of the West Adventures: We offer sea kayaking tours to the Johnstone Strait & the largest pods of killer whales on the BC coast – Desolation Sound, Quadra Island, & Campbell River - & guided excursions to explore ancient native villages. Set a course for a one of a kind wilderness... more

Whale Watching Adventures in British Columbia

The 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.

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Whale Watching, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada