A fun-fuelled family trip from Horseshoe Bay
With an experienced skipper at the helm, a semi-rigid inflatable boat leaves Horseshoe Bay, about 10 kilometres from downtown Vancouver. On board are a dozen participants raring to start their sea safari. They are heading for Pam Rocks. In next to no time, the 225-hp engine propels the custom-made rocket of a boat to the deep waters of the Strait of Georgia. Screams of excitement can be heard from the boat. Kitted out in a gleaming survival suit, the two-hour excursion takes you along the craggy coastline of British Colombia. An expert guide is on hand to reveal the secrets of the marine ecosystem in the Vancouver region to visitors of all ages.
Discovering harbour seals near Anvil Island
As you pass by the sheer cliffs of Anvil Island, your guide points to a colony of harbour seals frolicking about a few metres from you. Kids just stare in amazement. Cameras at the ready to capture this special moment forever. Wildlife watching continues as a majestic bald eagle swoops overhead. The naturalist explains that this sea eagle is very widespread in North America and feeds mostly on fish. Your trip continues along the jagged coast from Pam Rocks, where you are greeted by playful seals, as far as the mysterious caves of Bowen Island.
Wild-bird watching near Christie Islet
Next stop is Christie Islet, a national migratory bird sanctuary. In its crevices and gullies, cormorants, gulls and guillemots all make their nests. Keep your binoculars to hand as you try and make them out. On the journey back, moved by the sight of such wildlife, cast a last contemplative look at the pretty pastel-coloured villas lining the west shore of Vancouver.
6409 Bay Street
West Vancouver BCV7W 3H5
+1 604 921 3474
Sea safaris from 1 April to 31 October