Environmental stewardship is one of our core values, both above and below the ocean’s surface. Our mission is to work for the protection of all wildlife as we encourage our guests to explore, become more involved in education, conservation, and sustainability.
Responsible Whale Watching
The west coast of Canada is one of the best places for whale watching on the planet. Canada’s laws and regulations help ensure our whales and marine mammals can still be enjoyed, but at a safe distance.
Transport Canada works closely with whale watching companies to ensure the conservation of marine life, while still giving guests an excellent experience.
We are dedicated to education, conservation, and responsible wildlife viewing, and our priority is the safety of our passengers, crew, and resident marine wildlife.
We are required to keep a minimum distance of 100 metres from most marine mammals.
We are authorized by the Government of Canada and to view both Transient (Bigg’s) Killer Whales and Northern Resident Killer Whales at a safe distance of 200 metres, opposed to the standard vessel approach distance of 400 metres.
Southern resident killer whales (SRKW)
Our partners in conservation
The BC Cetacean Sightings Network is a research and conservation program of Ocean Wise’s Marine Mammal Research Program, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Their goal is to increase public awareness of British Columbia’s cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and sea turtles and the threats to their survival.
We report sightings to their WhaleReport Alert System, which alerts shipmasters and pilots of cetacean occurrence in their vicinity. This awareness better enables vessels to undertake adaptive mitigation measures, such as slowing down or altering course in the presence of cetaceans, to reduce the risk of collision and disturbance.
The data is also used by government agencies, universities and ENGOs for conservation-based research projects, critical habitat analysis, the establishment of marine protected areas, and more. Sightings are analyzed to better understand the relative abundance, distribution, and habitat use of BC’s cetaceans.