The best places to whale watching Alaska & Canada
Nature is in Canada and Alaska very close. No wonder. If you take a closer look at the Canada map, you quickly realize that the densely populated regions of the country are not that big. Leaving these, you can quickly reach areas that have rarely or never been changed by humans. And so it is no wonder that there are many places in Canada and Alaska where you can watch animals. This also applies to whales. These sites are the best for whale watching on the coasts of Canada and Alaska:
The coasts off Vancouver and Vancouver Island
The West Coast of the Vancouver Islands is a place to look for whales, especially in autumn and spring. Then the gray whales pass the Pacific coast on their way to the feeding grounds in the Arctic or into the waters of Central America or Hawaii, where they give birth to their young. Tofino and Ucluelet celebrate each year in spring Whale festival to return the gray whales, The south and east coast of the Vancouver Islands, on the other hand, is a good place for whale watching all year round. Before Telegraph Cove, Sayward or Victoria, Orca families romp around the year and replicate their prey in the coastal waters.
Accommodations near whale stations on Vancouver Island
The waters of Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage off Juneau in Alaska
Humpback whales are particularly well-watched in these regions of Alaska. If you're lucky, you'll see a whale mother pushing her massive body out of the water with her offspring and maybe watching for the next shoal of fish or watch a group of humpback whales create a bubble net that can hold thousands catch small fish. With your mouth open, you dive into this network of air bubbles and fill your stomachs with tons of prey in a short time.
Hotels in Juneau & near Glacier Bay
The belugas at the Beaufort Sea
No wonder the waters of the northern Canadian Beaufort Sea around Hershel Island used to be a whaling stronghold, where thousands of white beluga whales gather each year. If you want to see them, you have to fly from Inuvik to Hershel Island, and if you are lucky you will see their white bodies in the coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean.
The whale waters in the St. Lawrence River
East of Quebec, the St. Lawrence River is getting wider and wider. At Tadoussac, the Saguenay River flows into the stream, and two different warm waters mix with each other at this point. This creates the perfect mix of water in which countless tiny sea creatures grow and thrive in abundance: krill, the staple food of whales. That is the reason why you can observe very different species of whales in this part of the St. Lawrence: Minkie whales, belugas, fin whales and with good luck even a blue whale.
The coasts of Newfoundland and New Brunswick
In the summer, the whales migrate to the cold waters of the north on the east coast of Canada to fill their bellies. Then the best time to do it off the coasts of Newfoundland to observe. With a little luck, they can even be seen from the countryside. So you can often find them in front of the cliffs at the easternmost point of Canada, the Cape Spear. However, they are closer to you if you venture out into the waters of the Atlantic by boat. Then you hear the loud hiss that they emit when they squeeze the compressed breath through their nostrils.
Whale watching accommodation in Newfoundland
The Bay of Fundy
Especially at the exit of the Bay of Fundy towards New England is a good place for whale watching. From Grand Manan Island In the summer, boats leave daily for the marine mammals that like to spend their time in the deeper waters at the Bay of Fundy. It's best to reserve a spot aboard one of the whale watching vessels when you come from the ferry to Blacks Harbor.
All these places are well suited for whale watching, partly from land, but mostly from the sea, where they are definitely getting closer. A whale watching tour is an impressive experience that promises different impressions every time and should not be missed when the opportunity presents itself.
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