two humpback whales are diving under the water. one whale is showing its fluke while the other is showing its fin and back

World Oceans Day 2024: Awakening New Depths with Campbell River Whale Watching

Written by Maddie Lemke The ocean, a vast expanse of wonder and life, faces challenges as deep as its waters. As stewards of this blue planet, it’s imperative that we do not allow the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” to guide our actions. Instead, we must awaken new depths of responsibility, understanding, and compassion towards our oceans. This year, on World Oceans Day… Read more »

Mossy Forest

How to Travel More Sustainably in 2024: Exploring Responsibly Around the Globe

By Maddie Lemke Sustainable travel is not just a trend but a responsibility we hold as global citizens. It involves making smart choices at every step of our journey, from booking transport and accommodation to supporting local businesses and minimizing our environmental footprint.  Whether you’re a seasoned eco-traveler or just getting started on your sustainable travel journey, these practical tips will help you explore the… Read more »

breaching humpback whale

How Ethical is Whale Watching? A Guide to Finding a Responsible Tour Operator

Words by Maddie Lemke Whale watching has gained popularity as a captivating recreational activity, allowing people to observe these majestic marine mammals in their natural environment. Observing wildlife can have many positive impacts, but if not done responsibly, it may do more harm than good.  In this blogpost we want to give an overview of positive and negative impacts of whale watching and help you… Read more »

How to Make your Holiday Festivities More Ocean Friendly in 2023

Words by Maddie Lemke How to make your holiday festivities more ocean friendly in 2023 The holiday season is upon us, and it’s a time for celebration, spending time with loved ones, and giving back. At Campbell River Whale Watching, we’re not only passionate about marine mammals but also committed to preserving their environment. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to make… Read more »

Humpback Whale Breaching

Does Wildlife Put on a Show?

Words and Photos by Zoe Hasenfratz Picture this, you find yourself on a whale-watching tour. You are bobbing about on the water, having just discovered several humpback whales. Suddenly, you start to witness some acrobatic behavior: pectoral fins waving back and forth in the air, tails slapping the surface, and breaching. As you watch the whales propel themselves out of the water in what nearly… Read more »

The fluke of a humpback whale showing as the whale dives into the ocean in front of Vancouver Island

Whales and Climate Change: The Whale Pump Explained

Written by Maddie Lemke Whales are not only magical creatures, but also play a vital role in the health of our planet. As we struggle with the effects of climate change, it is crucial to understand the significant contributions whales make in mitigating its impact. One such fascinating phenomenon is the “whale pump”, a process that showcases how (baleen) whales help sequester carbon dioxide and… Read more »

pacific white-sided dolphins swimming in the ocean

World Ocean Day 2023: How We Can Save Our Oceans

Written by Maddie Lemke Oceans cover 71 % of the planet and are home to important species and ecosystems that we rely on for food, livelihoods, climate regulation and more. But our oceans are facing a lot of challenges these days, with a lot of species and ecosystems being at risk. Most of those challenges are impacted by human actions including overfishing, plastic pollution, as… Read more »

scenic image of ocean in the foreground and mountains in the background

Sustainability Goals Update

Setting goals around our sustainability is an important part of our business, and how we ensure we are continuing to do better! We set the following goals for ourself at the start of 2021, and have made some significant strides towards reaching them. 1)    To eliminate single use plastics by 2022 We are very proud to say that we have accomplished this goal! Back… Read more »

Assortment of Christmas Gifts

5 Ways to Have a More Sustainable Christmas!

1) Shop and Support Local Businesses This year more than ever independent small businesses need our support. Buying from small shops helps families in your community in a meaningful and direct way. We know that for many of us, money is tight this year, but there are ways to support your local businesses without spending a dollar. Promote them on social media! Like and share… Read more »

Looking down on large forest with river through the middle

Gift Ideas for Nature Lovers

    It’s not uncommon to have somebody in your life that is impossible to shop for.  What do you get someone that already has everything?  Look no further: we’ve put together a list to make your life easier! Check out these unique and environmentally friendly ideas!   Gift a piece of Old Growth Forest Who doesn’t want to own a piece of land? Donate… Read more »