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Whale watching

We are travelling to Vancouver 03/30-04/03. While I would love to go Whale Watching I understand the season only starts on April 1st and I'm wondering what are the chances of seeing whales in the first 3 days of the season? Any advice is appreciated!

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1. Re: Whale watching

Whales that early is dicey but there's always a lot of sea life to be seen-reports are coming in of a monster sized Elephant Seal in the Strait of Georgia-a two tonne bruiser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgoafW9GWBc

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Seeing an elephant seal would be something!

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Whale watching in Vancouver starts April 1st, not the May long weekend. Steveston Seabreeze Adventures and Vancouver Whale Watch definitely start their tours on April 1st. I don't know about Wild Whales Vancouver, but those two Steveston-based companies are tweeting and Facebooking their excitement at how whale watching season begins this weekend.

Realistically, your chance of orcas is 90% during the season - whether that stat's accurate for April 1st, it's hard to say. June, July, and August, your chances increase because there are 3 pods of orcas in the local waters, rather than just the one pod.

Either way, J-Pod is around... it's just a matter of locating the orcas in the morning. All whale watching companies and boaters are in communication with one another, so often the companies will set out in different directions, and will radio in once the orcas have been spotted, and then all the boats will come by to watch.

J-Pod is actually around all the time. The only time you don't see orcas is when they've travelled out to the open ocean, which is too far for a Vancouver-based whale watching boat to travel to in one day. However, those companies guarantee sightings, meaning, you can come back another time, as many times as necessary, until you see an orca (even if you do see other marine life, which you frequently do regardless, including dolphins, bald eagles, seals, sea lions, etc.)

Right now you're still early enough to see the sea lion migration taking place at the mouth of the Fraser River - something that ends by May. So there's a little bonus.

Honestly? I'd take the chance. If you don't go, your chance is 0%. ;)

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Thanks so much for the info think we might leave it till its summer and more probable to see whales.

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