Two orcas glide silently through the water, their shiny black dorsal fins framed by an azure sky. In a thrilling display of acrobatic synchronicity, they explode out of the sea and into the air, a glorious spray rising from the water. Such awe-inspiring sights are regular occurrences in the calm waters of the Salish Sea, where humpback whales, grey whales, dolphins, and sea lions join the more than 80 resident orcas that swim in these waters throughout the year.
For more than a decade, Michael Child of Sidney Whale Watching has been at the helm of his family-run company — taking visitors out from March to October in open hull boats, a ride combining the comforts of a full-size craft with the speed of a Zodiac. A member of the Kwakiutl First Nation, Child’s been plying these waters for as long as he can remember. “There are few places in the world like this,” he says. “Every time I take visitors out, I get to relive the wonder of seeing it for the first time.”
Along with tours and private charters, Sidney Whale Watching, located in the town of Sidney, B.C., offers kayak and standup paddleboard rentals for those wanting a self-guided tour of the seabird roosting sites and the foraging grounds of porpoises that also call this spectacular setting home.
“We’re so fortunate to have such beauty here,” says the passionate educator and conservation advocate. “We all get so busy in our lives, we sometimes forget there is a natural world we all depend upon.”
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PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture
Join us for genuine cultural experiences and build meaningful connections between our past, present and future. Hear stories, songs and legends that have been passed down through countless generations, take part in a cultural tour or workshop, and witness the intricate beauty of Indigenous arts and crafts.
See nature and wildlife through Indigenous eyes
Step out into the wild and take in the beauty of the natural world through an Indigenous lens. From the seas, mountains and rainforest to the prairies and the tundra, explore unique landscapes and experience the wonder of respectful animal encounters with your Indigenous hosts and guides.
Welcome to the heart of Indigenous hospitality
From rustic camping and upscale glamping to lakeside cabins, luxurious resort spas, casinos and golf courses, authentic Indigenous accommodation and relaxation options offer something for every vacation. No matter whether you want to get away from it all or be at the heart of the action, you’ll feel at home with your Indigenous hosts.
TAKE A DELICIOUS JOURNEY INTO INDIGENOUS CULTURE
Pull up a seat at one of the many Indigenous owned eateries from sea to sea to sea. All across the country, authentic Indigenous chefs and culinary experts are cooking up delicacies that infuse modern recipes with traditional techniques and flair. Here, you’ll find everything from cozy bistros and premade spice mixes to large catering operations and upscale restaurants.
UNIQUE PRODUCTS, AUTHENTIC INDIGENOUS QUALITY
Find everything from unique gifts, treasured keepsakes to modern art pieces of epic proportions—lovingly crafted by Indigenous makers and artisans across the country. Every piece, from the smallest bracelets to the largest sculpture, tells a story that transcends generations and the ages. Every purchase you make helps to keep those stories alive.