Ancient Haida poles, Haida Gwaii
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Northern British Columbia

Whale Watching

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Whale watching in Northern BC takes place in the waters off Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands.

From May to October, BC's north coast becomes an ocean highway for Orcas and humpback, grey and minke whales migrating north to the Bering Sea or south to Mexico.

Join a whale-watching tour and spend a couple of hours or days on the water looking for grey whales feeding on kelp beds, enormous humpbacks breaching, or distinct black-and-white Orcas surfacing.

Whale-watching season stretches from May to October. Grey whales can be seen as early as late March and Orcas can be seen from May onwards, while humpback sightings are common from July right into the fall months. It's not only whales that can be viewed; also look for marine life such as sea lions, seals and porpoises, all of which are commonly seen year-round.

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