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What Do Killer Whales Symbolize in First Nations Culture?

June 20, 2018

The killer whales living off the coast of British Columbia hold a strong home in the hearts of the First Nations people living in the Pacific Northwest. Just seeing an orca whale breach the surface of the water from land evokes raw emotions that tie generations of Canada’s First Nations together. In fact, it ties […]

Whale Watching Promotion for Mother’s Day

May 7, 2018

Moms are the best. On May 13th, we want to show our love and appreciation by giving them 50% off whale watching tours. Just show up (or better: call 250.800.3747 in advance and make a reservation to make sure we have seats left) and embark on an adventure of a lifetime filled with “oooh” and “wow” […]

OS Scholarship Winner Ciara Verstraete: #SaveOurOceans

March 30, 2018

The pursuit of education, knowledge, and compassion is everlasting. At Orca Spirit, it’s imperative to get the word out about the magical orca whales, humpbacks, sea lions, seals, and all the marine life living off the coast of British Columbia. That’s why we’re so proud to introduce the very first winner of the Whale Watcher’s Scholarship, […]

5 Famous Killer Whales Known for Strange, Unlikely, or Depressing Circumstances

March 1, 2018

One of the most conflicting feelings you get in this job is the thrill of recognizing famous killer whales by name, but then realizing if you didn’t recognize that name, that would mean that the orca in question would probably still be free, be healthy, or simply be alive. It’s a reality our society has […]

Celebrating Family Day

February 11, 2018

As we approach Family Day in British Columbia, here at Orca Spirit, we cannot help but think of the amazing families of whales we are so fortunate to spend time with on our local waters. Killer whales are a species that display some of the strongest family bonds witnessed in the animal kingdom. We can […]

4 Dangerous Reminders of the Relationship Between Orcas and Humans

September 26, 2017

We spend a lot of time here on the blog talking about the powerful relationship between orcas and humans, but the truth is that this impact is felt quite differently from each side. Think about it – when we venture out from the Victoria harbour into the chilly waters off the coast of British Columbia, […]

Reincarnation, Orca Whales, & the First Nations People of the West Coast

September 7, 2017

Last month as I was happily cruising through the water in a zodiac tour boat out of Victoria’s harbour, I had myself a moment. Perfectly content and excited for the adventure upon which I was embarking with ten or so other nature enthusiasts, I was nonetheless overcome with a sudden sensation that I didn’t belong. […]

Tagging Along for a Newcomer’s First Whale Watching Experience

July 26, 2017

“I don’t know what to expect.” It’s a common phrase from a lot of newcomers embarking on their very first whale watching experience with Orca Spirit. Sure, they know to expect a ride out into the Victoria harbour and beyond into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. They know there will be animals. But they […]

The 3 Main Differences Between Cruiser & Zodiac Whale Watching Tours

June 28, 2017

For the past few weeks we’ve been unrolling an interview I did with Mick Miller, one of our most popular zodiac whale watching tour captains. Mick is a captivating guy – I was hanging off his every word and came away from our talk wondering why anyone on Earth would ever choose a cruiser adventure over […]

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