Attended one of the outings on Sunday July 13th, 2014
The first person to help us inside was Sara(h) who was very pleasant and seemed happy to be there. They had us fill out a waiver and gave us our tix for the boat.
Went out on a boat (don't recall the name) with Captain Rick and our guide/naturalist Annie. Both were very knowledgeable about the pods and even individual whales (knew them by sight).
We first headed out across Georgia Strait and I believe we passed between Galiano and Mayne prior to bearing south to where 'J' pod was hanging out at Boundary Pass. Because of the regulations in the States, we were limited to a 200 yd distance from the whales which weren't that active at the surface.
After a while, Cap'n Rick received word that there were some transient orcas basically west of Ladner/Richmond. We headed back up there and it turns out they were actually residents of J pod that were headed north up the Strait. We followed them for quite a while and got in quite close (I believe the legal distance in CAN is 100 yds they said). They were much more active than the ones further south and a couple fully breached which was amazing to see. They were coming in so close to some of the boats too (or at least appeared to be) and we had a good hour and a quarter full of lots of action and stunning sights.
It was sunny and hot all day as well which made this phenomenal trip even better.
Had a great time, would definitely recommend Steveston Seabreeze - they know their stuff!
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