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Prince Rupert

Whale Watching

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

A variety of whales pass Prince Rupert on their regular migrations north and south, so whale watching here is a remarkable and unforgettable experience. 

Whales are usually best viewed a few miles from Prince Rupert's shore, past the small coastal islands in the harbour. Local species viewed include gray whales, humpback whales, Orcas (killer whales) and minke whales.

Tours and Best Times to See

Peak viewing periods differ for each species. For example, for humpback whales, it's August to October; for Orcas, May and June are best. Several companies in town offer half-day whale-watching boat tours. No companies guarantee a sighting, but tourists seldom return to shore without seeing the animals.

Though boats try to keep a fair distance from the animal, to respect their space in their natural habitat, some of the whales will swim an arm's length from the boat, even under them.

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