Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
The waters around Saturna Island are home to several pods of resident Orcas (killer whales), as well as occasional grey, minke and humpback whales.
The best way to see whales is from a guided whale-watching tour, but there are several viewpoints around the island that offer a good chance for whale and wildlife sightings.
Discovery Sea Tours offers guided whale-watching trips departing from Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island. Watch for Orcas and other marine life while cruising the waters of the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands on a high-speed Zodiac with both covered and outside seating. The company also offers wildlife-viewing and sightseeing trips that include beach landings to scenic, rarely-visited locations in Gulf Island National Park Reserve. Whale-watching, sightseeing and wildlife-viewing trips typically last three hours.
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Tumbo Channel Rd
Saturna Island, British Columbia
Departures from Pender Mayne & Saturna Island, well situated close to the San Juan & Gulf Islands, offering some of the most beautiful scenery & abundant natural wildlife in the world. From this strategic location, in the middle of the Orcas summer range that extends from Victoria to Vancouver harbor, combined with the vessel's high speed, whales are easily spotted in their natural habitat. As a member of a large & extensive spotting network we can reliably pinpoint the whales location most days.
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209-1110 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2013) & a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler (2011). Take a multi-day adventure cruise on the 28 m (92 ft) schooner Maple Leaf to really experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords, explore ancient rainforests. A-list naturalists & guides lead you to special bear, whale & seabird viewing & First Nations sites that are not accessible to the general public. Frequent shore trips, gourmet cuisine, friendly crew & comfy accommodations aboard a beautiful ship.
Destinations: Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands. Operated by a leader in sustainable tourism since 1986, these trips are for people who enjoy the path less travelled. We welcome you to contact us or visit our website for information.