North Vancouver Island

Northern Vancouver Island is the undiscovered part of Vancouver island.

You will come here for sure if you are going to take the Inside Passage cruise from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. However, you should also come if you love the ocean, beautiful scenery and all sorts of wildlife. Orca (killer whales) abound here from July to October; you can see black bears locally and take an excursion to Knight Inlet to see the grizzly bears. Enjoy the sea otters off the west coast and splendid beachcombing.

Killer Whale Nature Tour with Ocean Rose Coastal Adventures

Departing at 9:30 a.m. and returning at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Killer Whale Nature Tour highlights the very best of Northern Vancouver Island and the Broughton Archipelago.

All aspects of the Marine Environment are explored. You will search for Resident Killer Whales, visit Sea Haul outs, look for Humpback Whales, Harbour and Dahls Porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Dolphins, Minke Whales, River Otters, Black Bears, Transient Killer Whales and a multitude of other creatures that make their homes in the North Island environment.

Enjoy a picnic lunch in one of several locations, if geographically feasible, giving us the opportunity to explore and stretch our legs. You never know what you will see on any given day, but one thing is for sure, every day is spectacular and unique!

Orca – Killer Whale watching from Port McNeill – with Mackay

Join the Mackay family, pioneers in killer whale watching in BC, for a cruise aboard the most innovative certified passenger vessel on the British Columbia coast. The 55 ft. vessel, the “Naiad Explorer”, offers comfort, heat and washroom facilities for whale watching passengers. Launched in April of 1999, it has been designed to minimize underwater sound generated by props and engines, thus decreasing any impact we may have upon whales or other marine mammals. These educational and entertaining whale watching tours are approximately four to five hours in duration and lunch is provided. You will learn the latest information about the killer whales (Orcinus orca) and be able to listen in on the whales’ vocalizations with the on-board hydrophone (underwater microphone). The chances of observing killer whales and other whales are extremely good, however, we cannot guarantee sightings.

Other species that frequent the area are Minke whales, Pacific White-sided dolphins, Dall’s porpoises, harbour seals, Steller sea lions, humpback whales and a wide variety of sea birds.

Why choose Mackay Whale Watching?They offer one of the most advanced whale watching boats in BC, Canada and the world. This high speed craft can travel to the killer whales. If there are whales to be found they’ll do their best to let you see them! The tour is also an hour or so longer than some and so offers better value.