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whale watching from Salt Spring

Marine Adventure Tours from Salt Spring Island

Coming to the Gulf Islands to visit Hastings House is like stepping away from the hustle of daily life and into an amazing micro-climate perfect for fun in the sun (especially when whale watching is involved!) Since we’re surrounded by ocean, when you’re not gazing at the calm waters of the Salish Sea, you’ll want to be out on it.

Whale Watching

Have you been on a whale watching tour that involved hours on the windy open ocean just to get to the whales? Salt Spring is ideally located for a most enjoyable whale watching trip. Ganges Harbour is only a 45 minute ride by Zodiac to Active Pass, which is one of the main spots on the whale feeing route. The faster you get to where the whales are, the more time you can spend observing these amazing mammals, including Orcas, Humpback whales, Minke whales, Grey whales and Fin whales.

Salt Spring Adventures offers whale watching tours daily departing at noon during peak season and operates March – October.

Kayak and SUP Tours and Rentals

As Salt Spring is nestled among the other Gulf Islands, the water can be as glassy as a pristine lake. There are two organizations that offer Kayak rentals so that you can explore the harbour waters on your own, and three that offer guided day trips with snacks and tea!

Beachside offers kayak tours to Chocolate Beach on Third Sister Island (3 hours), Sunset Paddles (3 hours), Bioluminescent and Full Moon Paddles (2 hours), and Marine Park Tours (4 – 6 hours). Beachside also has a Ganges Harbour SUP Paddle and rents SUP boards, kayaks and canoes. They also have an oceanside café and patio with live music on Saturday afternoons.

Kayak Salt Spring specializes in small, educational private tours for two up to six people, including a Walker’s Hook Paddle (2 hours), Eleanor Point Tours (3 – 4 hours), and Sansum Narrows Tours (2.5 – 4 hours).

Salt Spring Adventures offers kayaking tours to Goat Island Tour (2 hours), tours to Chocolate Beach (3 hours), a Bioluminescence Paddle (3 hours), and a Marine Park Tours (4 – 6 hours). They also have a Ganges Harbour Paddle for those new to sea kayaking. Salt Spring Adventures also rents SUP boards.

If you are heading out on your own adventure, Hastings House has three different gourmet picnics that would make the perfect accompaniment to your excursion either on or around the island. Order the day before and pick up your picnic after breakfast so that you’re all set for a day in paradise!

*Photo Credit: Salt Spring Adventure Co.

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