The Orca is such an iconic representation of what Whale Watching is about here in Campbell River. When we ask our guests on the boat what they want to see, Orca (commonly called Killer Whales) often top the list. We are fortunate to have two main species of Orca here on the coast, Residents and Transients.
Orca travel in groups known as “pods,” and each pod is given a name. The whales typically stay in these pods their entire lives, which make them very easy to track and study. They are often seeing moving at high speeds as they travel up the coast looking for food. You’ll notice boats keep their distance because in Canada, we are now required to stay 200m away from our Orca. If you visit the southern end of Vancouver Island or areas where the Southern Resident Orca inhabit, the boats must stay 400m away.
If you’d like to learn more about our Orca, check out the Vancouver Aquarium’s Website