Tim’s uncle went home a couple of days ago.
The last days of his stay we visited the unique shops in Gastown, watched ‘Captain America Civil War’ at the IMAX in Richmond, shopped for vegetables at Granville Public Market, went for drinks on Granville Street, took a ferry on False Creek, ate horrible chinese food at Commercial Drive – an indie area called ‘The Drive’ by locals, shopped at Costco, went for ice-cream at Coal Harbour and challenged our acrophobia in the rainforest at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park .
And then there was Whale Watching!
At one of our visits to Coal Harbour we had taken a brochure for Prince of Whales Whale Watching, which seemed as a good company with a double-decker flagship, designed to make the trip more comfortable. We were two with back problems, so it was important that the boat wouldn’t be too small. Their tour cost $160 incl tax for 4-5 hours, which we thought a bit expensive but turned out to be standard pricing, so we booked the tour.
We where lucky with the wather; clear sky and calm waters. Perfect for weather for Humpback watching. We got seats at the upper deck and sailed out to Georgia Strait and south alongside Southern Gulf Islands to the Salish Sea. For the first four and a half hours we saw nothing but Bald Eagles, Sea Lions and Seals resting on the shores. None of the boats are using sonar because it has a negative impact on the whales, so we relied on our eyes and the other Whale Watching Companies reports.
The nature was beautiful but the sun and the ocean air had us feeling tired. We where on our way back to the harbour when one of the passengers saw the back finn of an orca. Turned out to be a small pack consisting of one bull, two females and a calf. Everyone was excited and we followed them from a distance for maybe half an hour taking hundreds of pictures and recordings. The guides reported to the other Whale Watching Companies where the orcas were, and within twenty minutes two small boats came rushing.
We had seen enough of the orcas and sailed for about one hour back to Vancouver, making it a six-hour outing.
We could feel the burn on our faces and for the next couple of days my face was red and continued to burn. And even though I tried to save my skin with cold lavender compacts and moisturizer, I ended up shredding.. But I think it was worth it.