There are strict guidelines when it comes to watching whales in Canadian and US waters. We take these regulations very seriously so as not to influence the behaviour of marine mammals in any way. We want to respect the fact that these are wild animals and remain impartial observers. We can get as close as 100m to marine wildlife.
Question Categories: Marine mammals related
Southern Resident Killer Whales are consistently sighted April through November. Humpback whale sightings have increased steadily over the last 10 years and now we enjoy the opportunity to spot them at almost any time of the year (although the vast majority of sightings occur in August through December). Gray whales are occasional visitors throughout the year as they transit seasonally, with a small number that take up residence in our waters. Transient Killer Whales can be sighted at any time during the year as they come to our waters to hunt marine mammals, particularly seals and sea lions. Most summer days we also know where to find minke whales.
Between November and May we spend time looking for killer whales, seals, sea lions & porpoises. We have a success rate better than 75% of finding whales in the winter months.
Yes! Prince of Whales Whale Watching has a success rate of ~93% averaged across all of our year-round departures with the success rate being slightly higher between April and October.