We were foiled again today - the weather changed our plans yet again. Our plans were to take a seaplane to Victoria (on Vancouver Island) and then go Whale Watching from there. The rain and poor visibility meant that the seaplanes were once again grounded (or should that be watered?) We were disappointed to miss out on the flight in a seaplane and also not visiting Victoria but were determined to go whale watching. We were able to make a call and rush to Steveston and take another tour.
The tour was fantastic! On the way out we saw eagles, seals and sea lions as well as some great views of the islands. We then arrived at an area where a group of Orcas had been seen recently. After a short amount of time the boat tracked them down and we spent about an hour puttering around watching the whales. The whales typically spend about three minutes coming up and down for air and then disappear for five minutes, so there is always some anticipation and watching to see where they came up next. We were very lucky to spend that much time with them and also very lucky to have seen a calf that they thought was less than 6 weeks old. Leaving to head back to land was sad but we had a great time.
Back on solid land, we couldn't resist some fresh mini donuts before hitting the road. We crossed back into the US after a wait of about 30 minutes at the border. We then drove for about 3 hours and stopped for the night.