Whale Watching Tour in Sidney, BC
3 – 3.5 Hour Tour With Sidney’s moderate climate, protected harbour, calm seas, and beautiful gulf islands right off shore it’s no wonder why Sidney is one of the best places in the world to depart for a whale watching adventure. Our local wildlife is always changing and surprising us with its beauty and simplicity. We have been involved with nature viewing for over 10 years and still love our jobs, which I think speaks for itself. What you will see on our tours: Transient and Resident Orcas (killer whales), Grey whales, Humpback whales, Minke whales, and the occasional Fin whales. We also have dolphins, porpoise, sea lions, seals, river otters, a huge variety of sea birds, and some very exotic land mammals that have been imported to some of the Gulf Islands. You could come on 10 tours and not have time enough to see all of what the Salish Sea has to offer. K-Ko (pronounced Kay-ko) is our 30ft walk-around vessel. With the comfort of walking around and getting what ever camera angle you like or just asking a question of the skipper, it is an exceptional viewing platform. We also have the new addition of Emerald Moon our 30ft Zodiac vessel, where you can enjoy unsurpassed proximity to the water and the thrill of an open hull boat. The vessels, K-Ko and Emerald Moon, are both built to Transport Canada safety standards and designed specifically for wildlife viewing in the Saalish Sea. These crafts are extremely stable and are exceptional platforms for video or still photography and are equipped with hydro phones to listen to the always amazing language of the whales. Both are washroom equipped and comfortably seat 12 passengers. Spring March – April Best for viewing a multitude of waterfowl, bald eagles, baby animals on the islands, Stellar and California Sea Lions. Porpoise are usually attention starved after being alone all winter. This is also the most common time to see Gray Whales that may be in our area. Mid April is the start to the Orca watching season. Summer April – October J Pod (Orca family) become more predictable in their behaviour frequently swim the Islands off shore more than in the winter months. Porpoise enthral guests with their antics through the fall. K & L Pods return to the Islands each year near the end of May or beginning of June, this then allows guests to view up to 90+ Orca whales. Minke whales may also be seen in the summer. Fall October – November Sightings of all the animals continue through October and into November. This is also the time of year we most likely view Humpback whales. Orcas, known as the Southern Residents follow their most common food source salmon that return to spawn in the local rivers each year. While the salmon return from the oceans to spawn so the Orca sighting opportunities increase.
- Captain is optional.
- You decide if you would like to book with or without a captain.
- 12 guests
- Tours, Lessons, and Diving
- Whale Watching
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