FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Where are the whales? The Orca come to this region to feed on salmon that are returning to the Fraser River to spawn migrating up river in May until October. Their search for salmon covers a large area from the West Coast of Vancouver Island, to the San Juan and Gulf Islands over to the mouth of the Fraser River
Can you tell which whales are here? Our three resident Orca pods, J K & L, comprising of eighty-six Orca residing in our area can be identified by their dorsal fin and saddle patch. They all have names, for example, the head of J pod is named Granny (J2) and is thought to have been born in 1911.
How close do they come? We adhere by a strict rule of guidelines set to protect the animals and their habitat. Our mission is not to have any negative impact on the animal's environment. We do our best to avoid the path of the animals and we don't want to disrupt their behavior patterns by being in their way of travel. In the same context, engaging propellers in the vicinity of animals has negative affects and can potentially be dangerous.
How often do you see whales? Between the months of May to September your chances of seeing a whale is over 90%.
What happens if we don't see any? If we do not see whales and you would like to come out with us again we offer a 50% off coupon for another trip.
At White Rock Whales we are upfront and honest about the whale sightings. Even with the fastest boat of any mainland company that can get you to the whales that are out of range for other companies there are days when no whale boats see whales. On these rare days we will cover as much of their area as possible to find them and see all the amazing sights and wildlife this area has to offer. Some tours leave the dock with "no whale reports" only to find whales during the tour. "If You Are Not On The Water You Won't See Whales!"
Should we reserve seating? Yes. Our 12 seats book up fast, so reserve your seats ahead of time.
When should we show up? Check-in is 20 minutes prior to departure.
What should we wear? Wear what is comfortable. A fleece style garment with a wind resistant outer core in case you get chilly while the sides are open or you are on the outside viewing area. On cool and rainy days we close the sides and turn the heat on. There is stowage on board for extra clothes and personal items, throw them in a knapsack for the trip.