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Celebrate Transient Orca this Canada Day Weekend

The Transient Orca population is doing really well in recent years, and we have seen over 40 whales frequenting our region in the past few weeks. We have Whale Watching tours going out daily all weekend. Come join us on one of our tours to see these majestic mammals in our beautiful oceans. 

Whale watching tour Departure times:

Friday, June 28 @ 12:00

Saturday, June 29 @ 12:00

Sunday, June 30 @ 12:00(fully booked) and 5:00

Monday, July 1 @ 12:00

We also have all of our many other adventure options happening this weekend as well. Make this Canada Day weekend one to remember. Choose from scooters, bikes, e-bikes, paddleboards, canoe, pedal boat, and kayaks to rent. Or join us for a kayak tour with one of our lovely guides. 

Highlight your Canada Day celebrations with viewing the fireworks from the seat of a kayak on our Fireworks Tour. This 3 hour tour will paddle out to chocolate beach, enjoy the sunset, and then paddle back into the harbour to view the fireworks from the water. What a blast! 🙂  

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Happy Summer Solstice

As we celebrate the summer solstice tomorrow and today marks the last day of spring, we are in full swing here at Salt Spring Adventure Company, helping all kinds of wonderful people with their adventure plans. We have provided adventures to 900 people already this season and look forward to the many more hundreds that will join us this summer. If you don’t have any summer solstice celebration plans yet, come mark the start of summer with an adventure.

We offer an array of adventures such as, guided kayak tours ranging from two to six hours where you can check out beautiful Chocolate Beach on Third Sister Island, or head over to Prevost Island. If you’re feeling hungry, book our Gourmet Lunch Kayak Tour and have your tastebuds delighted with delicious local food prepared by your kayak guide. If you’re wanting to witness the magical transient Orca and Humpback whales or the adorable harbor seals and herons, hop on our twelve passenger zodiac! Or if slow and chill is more your style, rent a stand up paddleboard or two and head out to explore the calm waters of Ganges Harbour, whether you are a beginner or experienced the harbour is a beautiful place to explore in the warm summer months. We have lots of options to offer as we head into summer, give us a call to book your next adventure!

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Scooter the Island

Touring the island on a scooter is an enjoyable way to take in the scenery. There are incredibly 360 km of paved roads to explore on the island. Here is a picture of all the paved roads mapped out with a tracking app by actually driving them with a scooter.

This adventure was done over two days and was almost 10 hours of actual driving. There are so many interesting corners of the island to explore. Our Honda Ruckus Scooters are 49 cc with a V-matic Transmission meaning no shifting required and requires a class 5 drivers license (or equivalent) to operate. The scooters are easy to learn how to drive and a fun way to experience the island in a unique way. Come try one out for the day and see where your scooter adventure can take you.

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Whale Watching & Our New Laws

Salt Spring Adventure Co Ltd. is pleased to announce our new Whale Watching Laws that have started on June 1st! These laws are LONG overdue, and are the first step in helping our Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) survive and thrive in our region.

We want to educate the locals and the tourists about these new laws to ensure they are being followed, and to inform everyone about the reasoning behind these important laws.

For more information, please come talk to us! We have brochures about the new laws and are happy to chat about them and the local environmental issues, always!

Our SRKW are the Salmon eating Orca of our region. They have been in decline for many years now, as their only food source is salmon, which have been reducing in numbers for decades on our coast due to fishing pressure as well as the degradation of the rivers and estuaries where they breed.

In contrast we have more healthy Transient Orca than ever in our region, which eat mammals like seals, sea lions, and porpoise. These Orca have been moving into our region, replacing our SRKW, as they have moved onto other coastal areas to search for salmon.

We also have a large amount of Humpback Whales that have moved back into our region over the last decade, bringing new calves yearly to feed. Scientists surmise these whales are moving from other areas that are being affected by climate change, moving here where the food is.

Salt Spring Adventure Company has been focusing on viewing these Transient Orca and Humpback whales for a couple years now for our whale watching tours, as we feel there is no need to view our SRKW that need all the help they can get. Now there are actual laws which protect them!! We have always focused on an environmental approach to whale watching, making sure we abide by all the laws which are created by DFO and the Pacific Whale Watching Association, who created the Whale Watching Guidelines many years ago. We feel we have a captive audience on our tours, and we make sure that every client learns about the issues our region faces, and how they can make a difference as individuals.

We are Nature Lovers, and we work directly with researchers and local enforcement to ensure whale safety and passing on critical sighting information, as well as entanglements etc. We also donate annually to the Centre For Whale Research who are the leading Researchers for our SRKW for over 40 years.

Our laws in the Salish Sea are now focusing on protecting all our Orca. PWWA member have pledged to not view SRKW at all, and we are allowed to view Transient Orca at 200 metres. All other boats now have to stay 400 metres away from ALL Orca, as most people are unable to differentiate between transient Orca and SRKW. There are also No Go Zones in the region that were created to protect critical habitat for the SRKW.

To learn more about the New laws, please visit https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/mammals-mammiferes/watching-observation/index-eng.html

Our enforcement in the Salish Sea to make sure these laws are upheld now have more funding than ever! They include: Department Of Fisheries, NOAA, Sound Watch, Strait Watch, RCMP, San Juan Sheriff, Canadian Coast Guard, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. There are even planes which cover the Coast, which have high powered cameras and video for enforcement!

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