Our values. . .

dedicated to ethical wildlife viewing, education & conservation

Protecting our environment and a dedication to ethical wildlife viewing, education and conservation is at the core of everything Stubbs Island Whale Watching is about. From the company's beginnings in 1980 as British Columbia's 1st tour operator specifically focussing on whale watching, our concern for the ocean and how we affect the whales has been the foundation of our committment and ongoing involvement in supporting conservation and research.

The concern over the potential commercialization of Robson Bight as a logging dump and sort in the late 1970's started a ground swell of research and conservation activities. It was known only to a few people that the beaches near the mouth of the Tsitika River were of importance to salmon eating orcas known as the Northern residents. The 'rubbing beaches' formed a key social activity for these close-knit families of whales. Led by Dr. Michael Bigg who had developed a method of photo identification using marks on the dorsal fins and saddle patches, researchers began identifying individual orcas in the early 1970's

This early research done by Dr. Michael Bigg has been and continues to be the basis for determining most of the key information concerning types and populations that we understand and continue to learn about killer whales. Although Dr. Bigg passed away in 1990, his work has been recognized with the renaming of the Robson Bight/Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve and the fact that the transient killer whales are now also called Bigg's Killer Whales.

Orca Mother & Calf

The Stubbs Island Whale Watching philosopy is to minimize our impact on the environment and the whales while providing the best possible experience for our guests. We appreciate the opportunity to share this unique area and the great diversity and abundance of marine mammals. We support the Whale Watching Guidelines and strive to allow the whales to be observed in their natural environment without being disturbed. By using larger vessels it reduces our impact on their environment and minimizes our consumption of fossil fuels.

We respect the ongoing research and conservation through support of several local and provincial programs including  Killer Whale Adoption Program, OrcaLab, Cetacean Sightings Network, Marine Education and Research Society, Whale Intrepretive Centre, SOS Marine Conservation Foundation, Marine Mammal Response Network, conservation efforts of the local dive club and a local environmental stewardship bursary.