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6 Reasons Vancouverites are Flying to Victoria to Go Whale Watching

August 19, 2015

Look, there’s no way around it: we love whale-watching. We love it so much we’ve made a career out of it.

And there’s no doubt everyone who experiences the whales in their natural habitat for the first time come away with a different perspective. Some are in awe, some are filled with joy, some are even somber about the realities facing these animals in captivity.

The experience is unique for everyone, but one of the beautiful things about whale-watching are the hidden benefits you might not necessarily be aware of.

1. An Aerial Perspective

Flying to Victoria over the Salish Sea and through the Gulf islands, you’re graced with a special perspective, a bird’s-eye-view of our marine neighbour’s habitat. The land shrinks and the expanse of water between Vancouver and Victoria grows. It’s through this perspective that we can truly appreciate just how much space these animals require to live a healthy, enriching life. 

2. Watching the City Fade From View

Killer whales are wild animals. Their civilization has thrived in BC’s waters for centuries, hardly changing, hardly needing change. As we soar through the air and the city lights dim, our souls are drawn away from the fast-paced life on land to the natural splendour of the watery world beneath us. Watching the whales’ domain from above, it’s easy to remember the important things in life: family, health and freedom.

3. Adding to the Perfect West Coast Vacation

Flying to Victoria is an easy addition to a lower mainland vacation and it’s a great way to see the mainland, the coast and the ocean all in the span of an hour. Through our friends at Harbour Air, you can hop on a seaplane, eat lunch in Victoria, join a whale-watching tour with us and be back in Vancouver in time for dinner. And what’s the point of a vacation, anyways? To see and experience as much as possible, right?

4. The City of Victoria

British Columbia is renowned for its natural beauty, and no city captures old world charm and modern amenities like Victoria. Again, we’re biased, but we choose to live here because it’s so beautiful, it feels like a constant vacation! Plus, we’ve got some pretty cool neighbours living in the Pacific Ocean right next door!

Check out Harbour Air’s flights to Victoria.

5. Making Good Time

Whether you’re flying to Victoria or taking the ferry, the trip from Vancouver is an trip everyone should experience at point in their lives. But if you’re anything like us and you like to cram as much adventure into your trips as possible, hopping on a seaplane will save you plenty of time so you can enjoy Victoria and meander about the area.

6. Creating Memories

Ultimately, your trip to Victoria to see orcas in their natural environment depends entirely on your reaction. How you felt when you saw them for the first time, how you reacted, how your companions reacted – this is all part of the process of joining the whales on their turf.

Those memories, to borrow a phrase, will never fade.

No matter how you get there.

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