Best Whale Watching on B.C.'s North Coast
Whale Watching Adventure Cruises aboard the Great Bear II
Ocean Adventures Whale Watching cruises on BC's North Coast.
B.C.'s North Coast offers some of THE best Whale Watching on earth! Whales are drawn to these nutrient rich waters after long migrations. See below for our trips where Whale Watching is featured.. OR.. Contact us to design a Custom Whale Watching trip that is right for you.
Our ship, Great Bear II is equipped with all the latest navigation equipment as well as our 16 foot Zodiac for tours and excursions off the ship, and kayaks to enjoy the serenity of our coastal anchorages.
Our on board naturalist will use HYDROPHONES so that you can enjoy the sounds that whales are making.
During our "Inside Passage in June" trip we will visit the year round whale research station called Cetacea Lab to meet with the researchers and learn more about what their important work.
FOCUS OF WHALE WATCHING ON B.C.'S NORTH COAST
Experience unparalleled Whale Watching on British Columbia's central and north coast, take part in research and meet biologists that are studying these magnificent cetaceans.
On board our ship each day, guests will become involved, if they wish, in the sighting and identification of the Humpback Whales that are being studied. Days will primarily be spent on the water, in the comfort of the ship, watching the many behaviours of the Humpbacks as they travel, feed, and interact. As the they surface, and blow, we will hear them from miles away—the clue to their whereabouts.
Bubble net feeding is a co-operative feeding behaviour—one of the most fascinating behaviours we will witness. When the sound of thunder echoes across the water, you can be almost certain that at least one of the whales has performed a full breach—literally flying out of the sea and thundering back in. Seemingly bored, or maybe just trying to knock parasites off their wing-like pectoral fins or tails, we often see the Humpback whales flipper slapping or tail lobbing—a time when we all realize the power of these magnificent cetaceans. For more on ‘Cetacealab' visit www.whaleresearch.ca
On the surrounding islands, it is possible to see bears as they come to the waters edge to eat barnacles or other delicacies from the sea. Some of these islands are home to Black Bears, the rare and elusive Spirit Bear, Wolves, River Otters, Eagles, Ravens and many other species of birds.
Life on land here is supported in a large part by the returning wild Pacific salmon, who have, at sea, shared in the bounty of herring with the mighty Humpback Whales.
Out on the water during the day or in the comfort and stillness of our anchorages, guests may also see Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, Seals, River Otters and many kinds of songbirds.
OUR SMALL GROUP SIZES ARE BEST FOR WHALE WATCHING & WILDLIFE VIEWING
Our small groups, with 2 - 5 guests on scheduled trips, provide more opportunities for whale watching and wildlife viewing while still maintaining the safety of our group.
These smaller group sizes also have much less impact on the animals and places we visit, something that is extremely important to us.
Experience the Wild in Wilderness !
TAKE A KAYAK FOR A PADDLE OR SIMPLY SIT AND RELAX
On board our ship, the Great Bear II, sit on deck and enjoy the majesty of some of BC's most remote wilderness and tranquil inlets or take one of our kayaks and explore the shoreline of our coastal anchorages, discovering rich tidal pools, playful river otters and seals. If you are very quiet you may even hear the mournful howl of a wolf as it communicates with its pack.
SUPPORT THE RESEARCH EFFORTS OF CETACEA LAB
Cetacea Lab is a land based whale research station situated in the Great Bear Rainforest on Gil Island. Here Hermann Meuter and Janie Wray have devoted themselves to a lifetime commitment to uphold the balance between all whales and the environment essential for their survival. To accomplish this they have installed an array of 4 hydrophone station located from Hartley Bay to Caamano Sound. These underwater stations broadcast the calls of both orca and humpback whales as they move, socialize and feed through these waters.
After years of research they have established a resident population of over 185 individual humpback whales that depend on this area as a summer feeding ground. The information from this study is now being used by Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans to declare these waters as critical habitat for humpback whales.
The next goal is to have this same declaration for orca families who also frequent these waters. As you pass the southern end of Gil Island you can see their research station, now busy with students that have traveled the globe to volunteer their time towards research for whales.
If you would like to learn more about whales and want to support the research efforts of Cetacea Lab, please visit www.whaleresearch.ca.