2020 Vancouver Whale Watching Season – The Highlights Part III
Now that fall is upon us, let’s say goodbye to the summer season and kick off the fall with the third and final blog of our three-part blog series highlighting our 2020 Vancouver whale watching season. Our first two blogs of the season covered our favourite humpback whale sightings and orca sightings of the season. In this blog, we’ll highlight some more of our favourite memories of the season, and if you make it to the end, you’ll learn about the great deal we have for the fall!
As we said throughout the season, we really appreciated the support of our local community, and especially this season it was nice to see the community including, other local White Rock and South Surrey businesses supporting each other. So when White Rock and South Surrey RE/MAX Little Oak Realtor, Daisy Chohan, asked to come for a ride-along to interview Andrew for a piece for the website, Park Bench, we were delighted.
Ride-along with Daisy Chohan
In June, Daisy joined Andrew aboard the Spartan 01 to interview him for the Park Bench website. Park Bench is a network of neighbourhood websites, each sponsored by a community-minded real estate professional; Daisy Chohan sponsors the White Rock Park Bench site. Here’s Daisy’s interview; they chat about how Andrew got started and how White Rock Sea Tours, along with a network of other like companies, work together to take care of the whales.
If you’d like to learn more about the White Rock Park Bench site, visit https://parkbench.com/white-rock.
New Protocol and New Shorter Trips
In June, we announced that we were adding another trip to our tour line-up – a 90-minute Boundary Bay Sea Lion Tour. This tour is perfect for families with young children who may find our 3-5 hour whale tour adventure a bit too long. We stay closer to home, exploring the surrounding scenery of Boundary Bay to watch steller sea lions, bald eagles, and harbour seals. With more families looking for things to do locally, we’re happy to provide this option. Although our Whale Watching Trip is our most popular trip, don’t underestimate the sea lion, they are also pretty entertaining to watch. Special thanks to Marine Naturalist, Grace Baer for taking these photos.
We’d like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to our friends at Ethical Addiction for creating White Rock Whale Tour face masks.
After learning that J35(Tahlequah) gave birth to a healthy calf in September, we were excited to learn the gender. On September 23rd, the Centre for Whale Researched confirmed that the baby calf, J57, is a male. The healthy baby was first spotted on September 5th and believed to be a few days old. J57 is a welcome addition to the endangered southern resident killer whale population with an estimated population of only 73 whales.
Photo courtesy of Sara Hysong-Shimazu/Maya’s Legacy and the Pacific Whale Watch Association
More Baby News!
And then more good news – another baby orca! Expectant mother J41 (Eclipse), gave birth to her calf on September 24th just miles off the Victoria, B.C. Naturalists from Pacific Whale Watch Association News and guests aboard the Orca Spirit Adventures witnessed the birth! We’re extremely thrilled!
Trip advisor 2020 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
Earlier this month we were pleased to learn that White Rock Sea Tours and Whale Watch Vancouver placed in the top 10% of attractions worldwide being recognized as TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best winner! Thank you to all of our guests and supporters who took the time to write a review – we really appreciate it!
Whale Watching in the Fall
We are here 12 months a year and will offer our whale watching tours, sea lion tours, and boat cruises daily. The only differences are that we may not have as many trips each day, and you may need to dress a little warmer. We will also continue to follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s guidelines by limiting the size of our groups and ensure that everyone is following the COVID procedures set out by Transport Canada.
If you’re looking for something to do for your small group this fall, whether it’s for the family, co-workers, or a group of close friends in your bubble, we can plan an outing to suit your needs. We are creative too – crab fishing cruises, gulf island pub crawls, or we can take you out for a day on the water. Whatever you can imagine, we can design a trip for you.
Fall Resident Sale! $99 for BC Residents
If you are interested in coming along on our most popular trip – our Whale Watching Adventure, this is your opportunity. For October only, we are having a Fall Resident Sale – and we are offering a special rate for BC Residents! Only $99 for our Whale Watching Adventure! If you have ever wanted to experience this adventure of a lifetime, now is your chance! The weather looks great this week, book your trip now! Visit our website to check trip times https://bit.ly/34bemEO Just enter the promo code: FALLRESIDENTSALE at checkout.
So, we will end the summer season with a reminder – regardless of the season, it is always important to remember that if you are on the water, please remember to be Whale Wise.
Learn how to be Whale Wise.
If you have a memory that you would like to share with us, we would love to see it! Email it to us or tag us!
See you on the water!