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Heriot Bay marina
After my mom and brother left, I spent a couple days exploring Campbell River on my own and just relaxing while my aunt was at work. My friend Sam and her parents arrived in town on Wednesday and I was excited to have someone to do things with after a couple days on my own.

When my aunt was done work, we all hopped in the car and took the ferry to Quadra Island, to Heriot Bay where there's an inn where we had dinner. It was a beautiful day and we sat on the patio and watched the sun disappear behind the mountains. It was there were Sam, her parents and I planned to return the next day to do some kayaking in the area.

Morning came and we took the ferry back to Quadra Island, ready to do some kayaking! It was cloudy and a bit windy, but we were ready for anything! We got to Heriot Bay where the kayaking company was based and got completely side tracked by a whale watching guide we had met the night before.
Suddenly, kayaking was out of the picture, and we were hurrying to get changed and catch the whale watching tour that would be leaving in a few minutes.

Now this was exciting! As much as we wanted to go kayaking, I'd never been whale watching before and the idea was intriguing! Our guide was great and very informative. We saw a lot of animals: seals, sea lions, porpoises, black bears, eagles, and of course... orcas! The area around Quadra Bay is a great place to go whale watching because there are actually relatively few whale watching boats in the area and plenty of whales, compared to places in Victoria and elsewhere on the Island where there are more boats than whales. We followed the whales down the passage for a little while. The rule is you can't go within 100m, but if they come to you, then it's alright. So our guide would drive the boat ahead of the pods and we'd watch as they all swam past us. In the end there were about 5-6 pods of 30-40 orcas around us. It was a great experience - the water was calm and the rain held out while we were outside watching the whales.
mellemel8 says:
gorgeous i am gonna make a point to come here the next time i visit vancover.
Posted on: Sep 29, 2007
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Heriot Bay marina
Heriot Bay marina
Heriot Bay
Heriot Bay
Seal Island
Seal Island
Seal Island
Seal Island
Seal Island
Seal Island
a fuzzy and two cubs seen from our…
a fuzzy and two cubs seen from ou…
a fuzzy and two cubs seen from our…
a fuzzy and two cubs seen from ou…
my friend sam on the boat
my friend sam on the boat
the view from my aunts house and …
the view from my aunt's house and…
the ferry to Quadra Island
the ferry to Quadra Island
the ferry to Quadra Island
the ferry to Quadra Island
the water at Heriot Bay
the water at Heriot Bay
my dog in my aunts garden
my dog in my aunt's garden
Picnic area at Rebecca Spit on Qua…
Picnic area at Rebecca Spit on Qu…
Rebecca Spit
Rebecca Spit
My friend Sam taking a lovely pict…
My friend Sam taking a lovely pic…
Quadra Island ferry
Quadra Island ferry
Campbell River pier at night
Campbell River pier at night
Campbell River
photo by: silan