In the company of awesome Humpback Whales!
There's no better way to experience the NE Coast of Vancouver Island than to venture into the foggy mist that can often linger in the summertime on the calm and quiet waters on which we travel. Making our way through the Stephenson Islands, Harbour Seals, were hauled out among the islands and were a beautiful sight to see and for some, to photograph! Carrying on our way towards Blackfish Sound, we spotted many groups of birds resting on the water and a group of Steller's Sea Lions who were cruising along the shores of the Plumper Islands. We quietly drifted along, listening to the vigorous exhalations of the Sea Lions. As we neared Flower Island, we observed, hundreds if not thousands of birds, Gulls of several species, Common Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets all grouped together and feeding. Moments later, we were listening to the blows of Humpback Whales and out of the fog, we watched in awe, suddenly finding ourselves surrounded by Humpback Whales, and it was wonderful! The whales continually fed as gulls and the diving birds formed bait balls, it was incredible viewing and kept us fully focussed on their intense feeding behaviour. We finished the trip with scenic views of the islets flourishing with lichen covered Hemlock trees while enjoying freshly baked scones and tea.
Also seen: Dall's Porpoise, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Harlequin Ducks (males) & Bald Eagles.
Today's penned comments: "Beautiful misty coastal day. Wonderful to see the humpback whales. Thank you for your hospitality." Barbara & Henry, BC
"It was a magical experience being out on the ocean in the fog and seeing the humpback whales was definitely a highlight. Very hospitable hosts and a lovely tea!" Tanya and Rob
"Thank you for your hospitality and for scones and muffins. C'est magnifique'! It a wonderful day to see whales in the fog. Scones and muffins are so good! Very good day for us. Merci beaucoup! "Anne, Philipe, Clare, Patrick, France
"Awesome. Great hospitality and an enjoyable ride. The Devonshire cream was a nice touch." Traci Steves, Penticton, BC
"Thank you for a lovely tour!" Greg and Connie, Burnaby, BC
"Thank you David and Nicole for sharing this beautiful experience with us! I can't find the words to express what this does to me, it's overwhelming. And the Devonshire scones I will try to make it. Thanks a lot!" Bon, Holland