Why Stubbs Island Whale Watching?
Making a choice for a whale watching company may not be simple. In addition to location and price, considerations likely include comfort, frequency of sightings, and wanting your choice to be environmentally sound. Below we summarize what Stubbs Island Whale Watching has to offer.
An overall approach that is highly respectful of the environment – striving to have your whale watching adventure count for the good of research and conservation and to have our operations be environmentally sustainable.
Past winner of the Oceans Blue Foundation’s Environmentally Responsible Tourism Award.
Near core habitat for Humpback Whales, Northern Resident Killer Whales / Orca, Steller Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoise and more.
Great frequency and diversity of marine mammal and bird sightings. See our Sightings Log.
Possibly the best place in the world for the chance to see both Killer Whales (Orca) and Humpback Whales on one trip. Historically, both species are sighted on our July to October excursions BUT the whales are wild and therefore sightings cannot be fully predictable.
As BC’s first whale watching company, our knowledge of the area and its wildlife dates back to 1980.
Captains have extensive experience in operating vessels around marine wildlife, adhering to guidelines and avoiding disturbance.
Onboard naturalists have degrees in biology and receive intensive training in local marine mammal science from our Education and Conservation Advisor.
All crew have marine emergency duty training and undergo regular safety drills.
Office staff are highly knowledgeable and accommodating.
Departure is from picturesque, historic Telegraph Cove – BC’s last boardwalk community.
This is the closest possible departure point to where the whales and other wildlife are most often sighted leading to reduced average vessel transit time and minimized carbon footprint.
The waters on the inside of Vancouver Island are sheltered. Rough seas and seasickness are an absolute rarity!
We travel among a myriad of islands where the scenery is breathtaking and provides a great sense of space.
Our office is located right beside the Whale Interpretive Centre - a must-see of skeletons of whales and other marine mammals.
Our large, custom-built, spacious, Coast Guard approved vessels provide:
- Greater comfort - with lavatories, snack station, and indoor seating.
- Reduced carbon footprint and less noise entering the marine environment.
- On-board hydrophones whereby the Orca may be heard communicating underwater.
Research and conservation
Since 1980, our company has worked to make the experience of whale watching count for the sake of research and conservation.
Early efforts include helping establish the marine mammal viewing guidelines and the Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve at Robson Bight.
Recent efforts include:
Relaying whale ID photos and sightings data to the Marine Education and Research Society and DFO’s Cetacean Research Program.
Logging sightings for the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.
Providing financial and in-kind support to:
OrcaLab; the Marine Education and Research Society; Moutainaire Avian Rescue Society; Whale Interpretive Centre; warden programme at the Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve at Robson Bight.
A wide variety of local community groups.
Facilitating marine mammal research e.g. by hosting researchers.
Initiating the use of the Whale Watch Flag alerting boaters to the presence of whales.
Member of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association.