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Navy Town: The Military Importance of Victoria

June 21, 2013

As you leave the Inner Harbour during your Victoria whale-watching trip, you may notice the grey military ships docked at Esquimalt naval base. Did you know that Victoria is home to the Maritime Forces Pacific (in other words, Canada’s Pacific navy)? It is the home port of 30 ships, including two submarines. Thousands of military […]

The Coast Salish, Early Inhabitants of Victoria

June 5, 2013

Although only settled in the 1800s, southern Vancouver Island has been inhabited since, archaeologists say, at least 9,000 BC (or for 11,000 years). Victoria, in fact, is built on the traditional land of the Coast Salish, where they lived and thrived for thousands of years before the arrival of European colonists. As you prepare for […]

Two Marine Ecological Reserves Near Victoria

May 14, 2013

Victoria’s unique geographical position, at the confluence of Juan de Fuca and Haro straits and near enough the open sea, makes for interesting marine and bird life, along with an ecology that’s fascinated scientists for years. The perfect spot for whale watching in British Columbia, it’s also home to numerous and unique marine life. Not […]

Sea Birds of Victoria: Great Blue Heron

May 11, 2013

A common bird in coastal and wetlands areas of North America, we are lucky to have a Great Blue Heron rookery here in Victoria. As you walk along the shore in Victoria or observe it from a boat during a Victoria whale watching adventure, keep an eye out for this smart and elegant bird. What […]

Erich Hoyt: Whale & Dolphin Researcher & Conservationist

May 4, 2013

An inspiration and an authority on whale and dolphin watching and conservation, Erich Hoyt is arguably the most influential figure of modern whale watching. He is the author of 14 books and hundreds of articles, some of them for children, and a major figure in oceanic research and marine habitat conservation. In the beginning, there […]

7 Little-Known Facts about Orcas

May 4, 2013

These beautiful black-and-white creatures have secrets, but here are some interesting, little-known facts about them.  Something to think about on your next Victoria whale watching trip! 1. Orcas are actually dolphins Orca’s, often referred to as “killer whales” (Orcinus orca) are a toothed whale and is the largest member of the dolphin family (from the […]

An Ecological Approach To Whale Watching

April 21, 2013

As our name indicates, whale watching is an amazing adventure. These big marine mammals have fascinated people since they first saw them; many cultures, such as British Columbia First Nations, have used whales as symbols and considered them divinities. Jonah spends three days in the belly of one—so does Pinocchio. Whale watching as economic activity […]

Overview of Canadian Whale Watching Laws

April 4, 2013

As you hang over the railing of the boat, anxiously waiting for a whale sighting, you may wonder why the boat doesn’t get closer. After all, you’re here to watch whales, and it’s hard to see them when they seem so far. However, as you may or may not know, whale watching companies have to […]

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