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2000+ Adventurers This Year

We at Salt Spring Adventure Company want to say thank you to all of the 2000 plus guests who have chosen to adventure with us this season.

The orca in the picture above is helping us say thank you by jumping out of the water for joy 🙂

If you have not had a chance to join us for an adventure yet this year, there’s still time, give us a call and we’d love to chat with you about the multiple options for the adventure fun that we offer.

If you have already joined us this year, thank you and if you’re feeling like you need another adventure fix, let us know. We would love to help you go out again, maybe to try something different. Be sure to mention you joined us already when you book 🙂

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Tidal Zone Treasures

Come on a guided kayak tour with us and you might spot some of these amazing tidal zone creatures!

Pictured here a beautiful flat blue porcelain crab and a moon snail.

Sea stars in the region have been affected by wasting disease, scientists believe it is caused by raised water temperatures, or pathogenic bacteria. The Northern Sea Stars (top) have recently been thriving in our local waters along with the Leather Star (bottom). It’s encouraging to see them doing so well this season!

Pictured here are two different types of anemones, there are an estimated 1,000 different species of anemones around the world in different oceans and depths.

Here one of our kayak guides Skylar is pointing out some squid eggs attached to seaweed in the Ganges harbor, the eggs take approximately 3-8 weeks to hatch dependent on the temperature of the water.

Above are sea cucumbers, they help to cycle nutrients in their environment and play an important role in the ocean’s ecosystem.

All our tour guides are trained naturalists and would be happy to show you a glimpse of the beauty the ocean has to offer. If you’re interested in seeing some of the creatures talked about here give us a call to book a tour during low tide, as that’s the best time to spot them. Come Adventure With Us!

 

 

 

 

Whale Watching Boat FAQs

What kind of boat is it?

It is a 30 foot rigid hull inflatable. It has 4 padded bench seats that seat 3 people each (maybe 4 people if two of them are kids) for a total of 12 passengers. It’s an open zodiac style boat that goes up to 30 knots.

Do we provide snacks or water?

Sorry we do not provide snacks, you are more than welcome to bring your own (though we ask that you consider what types of snacks may work well on a fast moving boat) And as for water, we recommend you bring water along for yourself as we do not provide bottled water on our boat to minimize our impact on the whales by reducing pollution caused by single-use plastics.

Where do we go?

We will go wherever the whales are, travelling as far north as Vancouver, and south into the San Juan Islands. We are part of a whale spotting network that lets us know of the whereabouts of the whales so we know which whales will be best for viewing.  

How long are the tours?

The tours range from 3 hours to 5 hours. Most tours are typically 4 hours long. We want to give you an hour of time spent with the amazing marine wildlife and will travel up to 2 hours away to do so, and then 2 hours back which would result in a “rare” 5 hour tour. If the whales are really close, we may be back as early as 3 hours, though the majority of our tours are approximately 4 hours long.

What about a bathroom?

We suggest everyone use facilities on dry land before the tour starts, though if needed the boat does have a toilet for emergencies. It’s not a 5-star bathroom, though it is more spacious than an airplane lavatory and it “gets the job done”

Can I bring my toddler?

Sorry, our minimum age is 4 years old. We are unable to accommodate children 3 and under.

Will I get seasick?

We have very few guests who experience seasickness on our boat. It’s a very stable boat and we are fortunate to be protected by all the islands in the area. These islands provide shelter from big winds. Open water is where one may anticipate having big swelling waves which are more prone to causing seasickness. Our sheltered waters may get choppy at times in the wind but we have very minimal swell. If you are particularly concerned about feeling unwell, there are natural anti-nausea supplements available from most pharmacies, and we also sell anti-nausea bracelets that work by activating pressure points on the wrist to alleviate symptoms associated with seasickness. 

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