Cruise the waters around Knight Inlet on these sailing tours around northern Vancouver Island. The Knight Inlet area at the northern end of Vancouver Island is regarded by whale researchers as the best place in the world to observe orcas or killer whales. This sailing tour allows you to observe and participate in some of the research of these amazing whales. The killer whale is one of the most exciting marine animals to observe, you will watch orcas forage for salmon, spyhop and breach - leaping clear out of the water. From whale researchers and the onboard naturalists, participants learn about the behaviour of these fascinating creatures, listen on the ship's underwater microphone, and learn to identify individual animals.
The exciting 'Orca & Grizzly Bear' trip combines majestic killer whales with the rare opportunity to see the powerful, grizzly bear. You voyage up scenic Knight Inlet to watch grizzly bears feed on spawning salmon in a mountain river. From the safety of the raised viewing platforms, local bear guides will inform and educate you. These islands protect a wealth of wildlife and native cultural history.
The northern end of Vancouver Island is a maze of islands and waterways, full of wildlife, beautiful scenery, and the history and traditions of the Kwakwaka'wakw people (Kwakiutl). The Pacific Ocean funnels into the protected waters of Johnstone Strait creating strong tidal currents, and incredibly nutrient-rich waters. Millions of salmon, returning to spawn in the mainland rivers, must converge to pass through the Strait. This tour offers an excellent opportunity to observe grizzlies feeding on spawning salmon up Knight Inlet and orcas and humpback whales feeding in Johnstone Strait.