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Whales on the west coast

Blog by Cliff McCool | March 4th, 2007

Looking for something to do over Spring Break?

Each spring the entire North American population of Pacific Grey Whales migrate along the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C.  An estimated 22,000 grey whales make the 16,000 km round-trip journey between their mating and calfing lagoons on the Mexican Baja Peninsula and their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas near the Arctic.

Along the west coast of Vancouver Island whales travel close to the shoreline, providing excellent viewing opportunities from the rocky headlands along the outer coast of our waters.  During the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, free public viewing stations will be set up at Amphitrite Point Lighthouse & Wickaninnish Centre in the Park.  Get even closer to these animals when you venture out onto the open pacific aboard local charter boats or floatplanes offering whale-watching excursions from either Ucluelet or Tofino.

Why not come out and see what the area has to offer?