1. Go whale watching on Vancouver Island
Being on the Pacific presents the opportunity for some breathtaking encounters with sea mammals. A journey on one of British Columbia’s BC Ferries could be accompanied by a pod of dolphins or orca whales swimming alongside, but a surefire way to see these magnificent creatures up close is to take a whale watching tour. There are a wide variety of tours offered up and down the coast of Vancouver Island, from Campbell River to Tofino to Victoria. In March, whale enthusiasts can take part in the Pacific Rim Whale festival, which takes place throughout Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The event celebrates the 20,000 Grey whales that pass through the region on their 13,000 km journey from the waters of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea.