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About the ocean & whales

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About the ocean & whales

We will be staying in Victoria for 3 days. My hubby wants to put his feet in the ocean. We will have a car so are there any nearby beach areas on the coast that we can get to easily? Also do the whale watching tour boats go out into the ocean or stay pretty much in the area straits? Thank you

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1. Re: About the ocean & whales

By ocean do you mean any shore off Vancouver Island, or are you specifically seeking the open ocean (which is only found on the west coast of Vancouver Island).

If it doesn't matter, you can walk from downtown Victoria to the southern end along Dallas Road where there are several ways to access the water. However, this is the Juan de Fuca Strait - the waves are no greater than what you'd get along the shores of Lake Ontario, but the Juan de Fuca is connected to the Pacific Ocean.

Otherwise, if you have a car, my suggestion is to drive west for 2 hours to the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, specifically Sombrio Beach. Not only do you get the temperate rainforest there, but the beaches are larger, sandier, and the waves a bit more powerful.

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2. Re: About the ocean & whales

For whales, if you're seeking orcas, then you stay along the sheltered waters along the south/east coast of Vancouver Island. The whale watching companies based out of Victoria go primarily around the Strait of Georgia, and in the channels between the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands to find the orcas.

If you're seeking Humpback whales or Grey whales, then you must go to Tofino (a 5 hour drive one way from Victoria) and go whale watching on the open ocean. You don't get those kinds of whales near Victoria.

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3. Re: About the ocean & whales

Kelly,, Victoria is on the tip of the island, you can see or walk to the oceam from many places. You do not need to drive 5 hours to Tofino for open ocean,, you can drive one hour to Sooke and just a bit north of it there are serveral great beaches, Frenchs and China to name two,, that are on the " ocean" as opposed to straits.

If you are flying into Vancouver and taking the ferry over maybe you'll get lucky and see some whales during crossing, I have noticed more now then there used to be..

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