Meet the giants of the sea

There is a good reason that enthusiasts choose Canada as the destination for their whale watching holiday. With over 202,000km of coastline and more than 30 species of whales living off its shores, Canada offers excellent opportunities to view the giants of the sea. Well-organised boat tours maximise your chances of spotting whales. On this amazing wildlife holiday, you are guaranteed to see incredible marine life from seals, sea lions and porpoises to seabirds and hopefully whales. Whether it’s an exhilarating Zodiac or a statelier cruise, every whale watching trip in Canada is accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the most likely spots to find whales.

British Columbia - and particularly Vancouver Island - is a brilliant location to spot orcas (aka killer whales), minke whales, huge humpbacks and grey whales. Resident orcas live there year-round, while migratory species visit between May and October, with the season peaking around July and August. For the grey whale migration past Tofino, you’ll need to go in March. Churchill in Manitoba plays host every summer to 60,000 elegant beluga whales, which despite their ghostly appearance are friendly and curious about sightseeing boats. In Eastern Canada, Nova Scotia and Quèbec are famed for their humpbacks, and even the King of the Ocean: the mighty blue whale.

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