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The Float House Blog.
Welcome to the Campbell River Whale Watching Blog Whale-y Great Book Recommendations .
I’ve been a big reader for as long as I can re member .

While I love a variety of genres

I’ve slowly been incorporating more non-fiction into my life.
There’s something special about reading about a topic that’s close to your heart and it’s satisfying to have what you already know be validated.
I won’t ever claim to be a whale expert, but these are… Date: 04.09.2020 Categories: Recommendations Facts About Grizzly Bears.

Grizzly Bears are one of the most intelligent animals in the world

They have distinct behaviors that set them apart from other bears and can be found near or in rivers search ing for salmon.
September 1st marks the official start of our Grizzly Bear tours for 2020!  This season we have partnered with Klahoose Coastal Adventures to view bears at the Klite River in… Date: 29.08.2020 Categories: Everyday Wildlife in Campbell River.
Living in Campbell River has a number of different perks – the biggest one is that we don’t have to travel very far to see different type s of wildlife!  We’re so lucky to be surrounded by greenery that animals are attracted to.
It’s not uncommon for locals to have a black bear or two in their backy ard when their pear and apple… Date: 21.08.2020 Categories: Popular Rest Stops / Points of Interest.

Our tours are not only about viewing wildlife ethically and sustainably

but also about enriching our guests with the history of all of the cool places that surround us!  From the Discovery Islands to the different inlets, we are so lucky and privileged to have so many fascinating points of interest to share with you.
Seeing these different areas ultimately depends on which… Date: 14.08.2020 Categories: Places 10 Facts about Pacific White-Sided Dolphins.
Dolphins bring out a child-like wonder in anyone that is lucky enough to see them out in the wild.
In our area.

We have Pacific White-Sided Dolphins.  They are playful

acrobatic mammals and can be the highlight of any tour!  Here are some facts that you may not know about them:   1.  There is currently no population estimate for how many Pacific White-Sided Dolphins… Date: 08.08.2020 Categories: Introducing Our New Boat.
Have you heard our great news.
We have a new covered boat.
Check out our 12-passenger Eagle Craft with an outdoor seating area!  It was originally built in 1994 by Daigle Marine as a tour boat for a wealthy private island owner near Victoria.
After that, the vessel lived most of its life moving crews in and out of logging camps along… Date: 17.07.2020 Categories: Boats 10 Facts about Steller Sea Lions.
We have the pleasure of seeing a number of different marine mammals on our tours.  While we live in an area that has an abundance of Humpback Whale and Transient Orca sightings, we also get to see a vast number of sea lions and seals!  One specific species that we encounter often are Steller Sea Lions.
Steller sea lions are golden brown… Date: 10.07.2020 Categories: We’re Open.
– Business Operations Update.
Our doors are officially open, and we’re thrilled to get back on the water and provide our guests with the experience of a lifetime.
As of July 1st, we are running an assortment of daily tours on our zodiac and covered vessels: 3 hour Whale and Wildlife Evening Tour 4 hour Whale and Wildlife Tour 4 hour Ocean Rapids Tour (tide dependent)… Date: 02.07.2020 Categories: Uncategorized Small Changes That Will Help Save the Planet.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead   Trying to make a difference is a daunting task.
It may seem like nothing you can do would matter.  However, implementing small changes actually helps things in the long run!  It takes thousands of small changes for… Date: 22.04.2020 Categories: Types of Porpoise.
Porpoise are small-toothed whales that are closely related to dolphins.  They can be differentiated by their teeth, which are spade-shaped opposed to cone-shaped, their dorsal fins, which are triangular, and their beaks, which are less elongated.  While there are said to be 32 different dolphin species in the world, there are only 6 different types of porpoises!  In the Campbell River area, we are… Date: 03.04.2020 Categories: Business Operations Update – COVID -19.
To our Valued Community, Amidst all of the news of COVID-19, we would like to take a moment to address how we are handling this ever-changing situation.
The well-being of our employees and customers is of the utmost importance to us.

While Campbell River continues to be a SAFE travel destination

we are erring on the side of caution and opting to take this time to… Date: 16.03.2020 Categories: Uncategorized Exciting new tour!.
Spring is in the air and we are excited to announce our brand-new tour.
Two things that we love about spring are that we spot Bears that have just come out of torpor which is a lighter form of hibernation, and we get to see beautiful flowing waterfalls from the winters melting ice.
Our Spring Bear and Waterfall tour will be the perfect tour… Date: 02.03.2020 Categories: Favourite Winter Activities on Vancouver Island.
Have you found yourself on Vancouver Island after all of the whale watching tours have closed up for the season?  Or are you just looking for new things to do.
Have no fear.
There are a ton of activities to do on Vancouver Island that will make your adventurous heart happy.
Charter a boat We are able to run tours year round!  If you’re… Date: 17.01.2020 Categories: A Greener Christmas.
Christmas is a time of happiness and joy for most people – spending time with family, enjoying beautiful decorations, and giving gifts.  We love the holidays but the holiday season seems to wreak havoc on the environment.
To give you an idea, in Canada alone, over 500,000 tons of Christmas wrapping paper goes to the landfill.  Don’t let this get you down.
There are… Date: 01.12.2019 Categories: October may be the best time for Grizzly viewing!.
Grizzlies are magnificent animals and if you have the opportunity to see them in the wild, you should definitely take it.
You’ll be talking about it for years to come.
The most common question we get regarding the Grizzly Bear Tour is, “when is the best time to go?”.  Typically, we are able to see Grizzlies along the river systems from the middle of August until the… Date: 14.11.2019 Categories: Unique Outdoor Activities to Add to Your Travel Bucket List.
Hiking is a great way to explore your surroundings, but what if you’re looking to do something different.
There’s a lot of breathtaking and lush wildlife all around us, and the best way to discover it is to go out on an adventure.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of sights for you to explore — whether you prefer the energy of the ocean, or the… Date: 09.10.2019 Categories: The Importance of Salmon.
Salmon are one of the most iconic species of British Columbia for so many different reasons.
Ultimately, they feed our animals, our people.

And our forests.  There are seven species of salmon in the Pacific: Chinook (or Spring)

Coho, Sockeye, Chum, Pink, Cutthroat Trout, and Steelhead Trout.
Salmon are born from eggs in a river and as they mature, they head to the ocean….
Date: 27.09.2019 Categories: 10 Facts about Humpback Whales.
Humpback whales are baleen whales that have been making a strong comeback to our area since 2004.
These gentle giants are frequently sighted on our tours, but many people don’t know anything about them.
Humpback whale’s pectoral fins are the longest appendages in the entire animal kingdom at up to 16 feet (1/3 length of their entire bodies).
Female humpback whales… Date: 20.09.2019 Categories: 10 Facts about Killer Whales.
Orcas are well-known for being exceptional predators and are often featured in mainstream media.  While these “ocean pandas” are truly remarkable mammals, there are a lot of misconceptions and unknown facts about them.
Despite being known as “killer whales”, .

Orca are the biggest members of the dolphin family


We see 3 main ecotypes of Orca that differ in diet

appearance, and vocalizations:… Date: 06.09.2019 Categories: Favourite Summer Activities on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island might be small

but it’s packed full of endless and amazing summer activities.
Working in tourism, we can’t count how many times a day we get asked what the best thing to do on the island is.
It can be very overwhelming trying to plan the perfect vacation and deciding which activities are the most worth while – especially when you are… Date: 23.08.2019 Categories: How to Tell Grizzly Bears and Black Bears Apart.
In North America, many people find it difficult to tell the difference between grizzly bears and black bears.  While you may think that their colouring is an obvious difference, it can often be very misleading – especially when you’re face-to-face with a bear!  So what are the telltale signs that differentiate these two animals.
Hump Grizzlies notably have a bigger shoulder hump between… Date: 02.08.2019 Categories: 12 Facts About Harbor Seals.
Harbor seals are so common in our area that they’re often overlooked by locals.  It isn’t until we hear and see visitors get excited about these mammals that we really stop and think about how amazing they are.  Here are some facts about these creatures that you may not know: 1.
Their hearing is 14x better while underwater than a human’s 2.
What can… Date: 19.07.2019 Categories: Sustainable Travel Tips.
More often than not, we seem to think that being “eco-friendly” or “going green” is more difficult than the reality.
Many companies, including ourselves, have been dedicating themselves to sustainable travel, which has become more and more appealing to tourists around the globe.
In fact, eco-friendly tourism has been gaining more traction over the last few years than ever before.
By checking into the… Date: 12.07.2019 Categories: 52 Different Humpbacks.
Every year, we are noticing more and more Humpback whales in the Campbell River area.  In the 2018 season, Sarah Hauser, one of our extraordinary guides, was able to document and ID 52 different Humpbacks with the help of Jackie Hildering and MERS.  You may be wondering how we are able to identify Humpback whales. If you take a close look at the photos, you can see… Date: 06.07.2019 Categories: Watch a whale, .

Save a forest: How $1 per ticket is protecting old growth – CTV News Vancouver Island

We’re thrilled that our carbon neutral initiative has been picked up by the media.
Read the article here.

Not sure what we’re talking about?  Check out our press release

Date: 01.06.2019 Categories: We’re Officially Carbon Neutral!!.
CAMPBELL RIVER – Whale Watching companies provide a unique opportunity to bring the public to the wonders of the marine environment.
Yet, we feel that it is our responsibility to acknowledge and mitigate the impact that our vessels have.
In 2018, we spent a grand combined total of over 3850 hours on the water.
We have always been aware of and concerned about our fuel… Date: 22.05.2019 Categories: An Increase in Humpback Whales in Georgia Strait.

The number of Humpback Whales seen on a daily basis so far this year is between 12 and 20

We tell you why.
Date: 06.07.2018 Categories: An Influx Of Humpbacks.
In the Summer alone, we can expect to see 10 to 20 Humpbacks feeding between Powell River and Kelsey Bay each day.
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