Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound
& Broughton Archipelago
Starting in early May through June our tours focus on the humpback whales and the diverse wildlife that live, feed and breed in the rich environment around and on the many islands of the area.
Each spring we see the returning of the humpbacks to the area as they migrate back from wintering in Hawaii and Mexico. They spend the summer feeding in our area and we work with local researchers to document and identify each individual whale we sight.
Bald eagles build large nests to raise their young and teach them how to hunt from atop the tallest trees. Migrating bird species spend time resting and feeding before continuing their journey north in the spring and south in the fall. Seabirds number in the thousands as they congregate to feed on the abundant fish population.
Steller sea lions haul out on the rocky islands between feeding on migrating salmon and other fish species.
Harbour seals are common and start having their pups in mid-June.
We are always on the lookout for the transient/Bigg's killer whales as they patrol the area looking for seals, dolphins and porpoises to feed on. These whales have huge ranges and are constantly traversing the area but they are stealthy hunters and can be challenging to locate.
In recent years we are witnessing larger numbers of Pacific white-sided dolphins returning to the area. They like to travel in large groups and its not uncommon to see between 300 to 400 all swimming together as they feed and play. We have on occasions seen groups of over 1,000 dolphins come through the region.