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The Best Places To Kayak with Whales

Can you imagine a better vacation than one spent in your kayak watching wales?

Believe it or not, some of the most touristy places to whale watch are actually not as promising as some lesser-known hotspots.


Below, we have listed four places where you’re guaranteed to find some luck in your PWC, watching whales gracefully playing in their natural environment.

1. Saguenay, Quebec

From July to mid September, you can see a number of different whale species including Beluga, Minke, Finback, Blue and Humpback whales in Saguenay, in Quebec. There are several companies that provide guided tours, or you can venture out on your own if you consider yourself an experienced paddler. You can take a day trip along the St. Lawrence coast or spend the night camping out at Marine Paradise. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy gorgeous whale watching conditions, surrounded by stunning views.

2. Three Capes, Oregon

No passport required for this whale watching vacation. The best months to go are from March to August. You can mainly see Gray whales as they make their trek north with their young. At peak migration, up to 30 whales pass by each hour. No guided trips exist for this destination, but you can paddle out near the coast without trouble. There are a variety of different courses for beginner to advanced kayakers.

3. Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

One of the shorter whale watching seasons, the Bay of Fundy’s whale population is at it’s peak from the middle of August to October. Take a ferry to Deer Island and spend your time paddling among the small islands. You can see Finback, Humpback, Minke and the endangered Right Whale.

4. Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

Orca, Humpback and Minke whales can be seen from July to early September near Vancouver Island. This is the premier location in North America to see Orca whales. When the salmon migrate upstream in the summer, almost 200 orcas are in the water. You can explore on your own or join a guided tour.

Does this sound like your dream vacation? Grab your kayak and get moving and be sure to share any incredible shots with us on our facebook page!

photo credit: Whale Watching Hervey Bay via photopin (license)