Between July 15th - August 31st, with easy access to the world’s largest concentration of Orca (Killer Whales), our adventure begins with a scenic 1 hour drive aboard our luxury passenger bus to the Port of Kelsey Bay. The journey by bus allows us to bypass what is often a very rough boat ride through the waters north of Campbell River and creates a much more relaxed and enhanced viewing experience. Ideally located in the middle of world famous Johnstone Strait, Kelsey Bay is the perfect place to begin our search for all this amazing place has to offer!
Johnstone Strait is extremely important habitat for the Northern Resident ( inshore fish eating ecotype) Killer Whales. Several families spend much of the summer here feeding on runs of mature salmon moving down the coast of British Columbia bound for the rivers where their lives began. Enjoy watching the whales as they forage for salmon or social surface activity with lots of tail and fin slapping! If your lucky perhaps a full breach! The "rubbing beaches" of Robson Bight are also located in upper Johnstone Strait. The Northern Residents are the only Killer Whales known to engage in this social behaviour!
Listen to the magical vocalizations of the Killer Whales with our onboard hydrophone. The squeaks, squeals and whistles are guaranteed to give you goose bumps. What an experience!
So what do we do in September? We leave straight from Campbell River on our boat! In September the whales typically follow salmon down closer to Campbell River so we don't need to travel as far north in Johnstone Strait to see them.
Don’t forget about the humpback whale! These massive creatures have made a dramatic comeback and there are several individuals that return to our area every year! Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Dall’s Porpoise, Stellar Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals and the majestic Bald Eagle are also common. The quality of sightings and variety of wildlife is unique to this part of Vancouver Island!
Stubbs Island Whale Watching