Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Pods of Orcinus orca (aka killer whales, the largest member of the dolphin family) are regular visitors in the waters surrounding Alert Bay.
Some 220 of these magnificent black-and-white predators reside full-time off northern Vancouver Island from June to October, visible from the shores of Alert Bay or on whale-watching expeditions.
Their abundance here is the reason internationally renowned whale researcher Dr. Paul Spong established his OrcaLab on nearby Hanson Island. A favourite haunt for Orcas is the rubbing beach at Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, about 15km/9mi southeast of Alert Bay. The North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association is one of several watchdogs who ensure the whales live in harmony with growing numbers of eco-tourists.
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An eco-tour with the viewing of orcas, humpback & minke whales, numerous other marine mammals & seabirds while touring through the protected waters of Johnstone Strait & the Broughton Archipelago.
Departures are from: Alert Bay on Cormorant Island & the Alder Bay Resort on Vancouver Island. Our 4-5 hr "Sail with the Whales" tour offers exceptional service & value to individuals, families & small groups & includes fresh baked muffins & Devonshire Tea.
If you are looking for a unique & eco-friendly experience, join us, our carbon footprint is very small. There is no other whale-watching tour like it on the BC coast!