Orcas play in my back yard!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)

Majestic Pender Oceanfront


Here is a quick glimpse of a part of this "best protected boating waters in the world" region...the Canadian Gulf Islands enjoy this closeness to nature!

Power boats, sailboats (especially sailboats!) ply these waters, with an archipeligo of Islands floating in Georgia Strait (now also called by its historic name, the Salish Sea), from the southern tip of Vancouver Island all the way to the northern tip, at Cape Scott.   The Canadian islands are nestled in the lee shore of the larger Vancouver Island, and so they enjoy a "rain shadow" effect.

The Southern Gulf Islands are close relatives of the nearby San Juan Islands grouping, and they both enjoy this temperate microclimate known as "cool Mediterranean". 

Once, returning from delivering a video of a Salt Spring Island property to a potential buyer, now in Friday Harbour on San Juan Island, I had the experience of a lifetime.    It's only about an hour, in a 22 foot boat, with a 50 horse motor, between these two islands.    In Friday Harbour, everyone kept saying:  "have you seen the whales, have you seen the whales?".    No, we hadn't.

On the trip back to Salt Spring, just off the Pender Bluffs (where the photo above was taken), we could see the zodiacs and the orange-suited wet gear of the whale watchers, way off in the distance.    Suddenly, right behind us, there was a "whoosh" sound.  

We cut the motor, and sat there, totally surrounded by what turned out to be 13 whales, an Orca pod that cruised this area on a regular basis...big to baby sized.    We became, for a moment, part of the pod.    They looked at us as they rolled past, heading purposefully north...

I don't think we spoke for a good 20 minutes.    It was amazing....lucky me!


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LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
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Very Cool.  I've never been to BC.  Will put on my list.

Dec 29, 2009 07:13 PM #1
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

When I went to the Vancouver Aquarium way back when, we actually got to see the Orca from the "Free Willy" film there while they were still rehabilitating her. Vancouver Aquarium is one of my favorites.

Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2009 08:18 PM #2
Richard Batke
Invis - Richard Batke, Residential Mortgage Broker - Penticton, BC

That sure brings back the memories of fishing off Vancouver Island.  I remember once when we were out on a very foggy morning and we could hear them blowing, and when the fog lifted we could see several killer whales surfacing...what a fantastic sight!

Thanks for the post!

Dec 30, 2009 08:14 AM #3
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

I think when we collide briefly, with beings that can look us in the eye (those whales made eye contact!), then it's always very inspiring.

Dec 30, 2009 05:01 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker, Author&Artist

Oh, I loved this picture and reading about your beautiful areas!  It must have been quite a sight to see.  I went whale watching once and were fortunate enough to see two beautiful whales playing in the water and just remember being in awe!

Dec 30, 2009 09:29 PM #5
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

If I lived where you live, I think the practice of real estate would seem like a vacation compared to the shlepping around in heavy traffic we do. I am kind of jealous. No I AM jealous.

What great pictures! Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2009 08:56 AM #6
Scott Larson
First Weber Hedeman Group - Monroe, WI

I like to fish but this bird could eat my boat.

Dec 31, 2009 08:57 AM #7
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Happy New Year, everyone!  

Dec 31, 2009 11:09 AM #8
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