Pacific White Sided Dolphins

The Seasonal Guide to Whale, Wildlife and Bear Watching in Campbell River, Vancouver Island

Written by Maddie Lemke Wondering when to spot the best wildlife on our tours? It’s a common question, with answers as dynamic as the wildlife itself. “What kind of wildlife will I see?” or “What are the chances of seeing specific animals?” – the excitement lies in the unpredictability. Many species around Campbell River are migratory, making each season unique in its offerings. While it… Read more »

Big Little Fish: Forest Edition

Written by Zoe Hasenfratz A tiny silver streak in the water. It catches your eye, and you turn your head to investigate. As you look down into the depth of a jade sea, you notice that it isn’t just one streak but thousands of silver fish darting through the water forming a formidable bait ball. Herring. The tiny link in a very large food web. … Read more »

breaching humpback whale

Photography Tips for Your Whale and Wildlife Watching Adventure

Words by Maddie Lemke Encountering whales in the wild is a special experience. Taking photographs on your tour is a great way to enhance lasting memories. However, capturing photos of whales is easier said than done. The boat is constantly moving, being rocked by the waves, and wildlife disappears and reappears unpredictably.  In this comprehensive guide, we will introduce you to everything you need to… 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 »

Humpback Whale Tail coming out of the water

Whales and Climate Change

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 maintain a healthy ecosystem…. 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 »

Drawing of a whale tale that says Reading is a Whale of a Time

Whale-y Great Book Recommendations

  I’ve been a big reader for as long as I can remember. While I love a variety of genres, I’ve slowly been incorporating more non-fiction into my life. There’s something special about reading about a topic that’s close to your heart and it’s satisfying to have what you already know be validated! I won’t ever claim to be a whale expert, but these are… Read more »

Grizzly Bear charging through river

Facts About Grizzly Bears

  Grizzly Bears are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They have distinct behaviors that set them apart from other bears and can be found near or in rivers searching for salmon. September 1st marks the official start of our Grizzly Bear tours for 2020!  This season we have partnered with Klahoose Coastal Adventures to view bears at the Klite River in… Read more »

Red Float House seen through window of whale watching boat

Everyday Wildlife in Campbell River

    Living in Campbell River has a number of different perks – the biggest one is that we don’t have to travel very far to see different types of wildlife!  We’re so lucky to be surrounded by greenery that animals are attracted to!    It’s not uncommon for locals to have a black bear or two in their backyard when their pear and apple… Read more »

Dolphin Leaping right out of the water

10 Facts about Pacific White-Sided Dolphins

  Dolphins bring out a child-like wonder in anyone that is lucky enough to see them out in the wild! In our area, we have Pacific White-Sided Dolphins.  They are playful, acrobatic mammals and can be the highlight of any tour!  Here are some facts that you may not know about them:   1.  There is currently no population estimate for how many Pacific White-Sided Dolphins… Read more »