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Sewell’s Marina Top 5 Points of Interest

Howe Sound marine wildlife tour
Aug 21

Sea Safari Eco-Tour

  1. Defence Islands -northern most islands of Howe Sound and large Bald Eagle nests.
  2. Howe Sound Caves – peak into these sea caves created by hundreds of years of the waves surging against the shore.
  3. Playing in the ferry waves – the best natural roller coaster experience in our outdoor playground.
  4. Lighthouse Park –  the largest stand of old growth forest in the lower mainland.
  5. Worlcombe Island – the southern most island in Howe Sound on the door step to the Straight of Georgia.

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  1. Pam Rocks – a seal colony where moms have their pups and teach them their ways.
  2. Snug Cove – a small island community with amazing local shops and bakeries.
  3. Plumpers Cove Park – a Provincial park on Keats Island with a great lawn for a picnic.
  4. Christie Island – a bird sanctuary and home to Cormorants and Gaulacous Winged gulls year round.
  5. Cliffs of Anvil – witness the immense nature of the cliffs of Anvil created during the last ice age 10,000 years ago.

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Fishing

  1. Hole in the Wall – a historical fishing location for Chinook and Coho Salmon especially in Spring
  2. South end of Bowen – the hump is always a good spot from 1/2 mile to 4 miles out into the Straight of Georgia
  3. Hutt Island & Tunstall Bay – the top producing winter fishing locations for winter springs (Chinook)
  4. Bell Buoy to T10 marker – A great location August through September for any salmon that are open to catch.
  5. Defence Islands – Often a great location for Chinook Salmon and a very successful herring spawning location.
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Transient Orcas in Howe Sound

Jun 23

Howe Sound is in an amazing state of rebound this year, with a massive herring spawn enhancing the health of the ecosystem.This is the most successful herring spawn in more than 100 years, which has allowed for spring Chinook salmon fishing, and has attracted many pods of transient orcas into the sound. Yesterday a pod of T65A orcas were spotted in Collingwood Channel between Gambier Island and Bowen Island in the afternoon.

Get outside and explore what this beautiful part of the world has to offer! Please don’t forget to respect the animals and keep 100m away.

Have a look at the BC Cetacean Sightings Network for guidelines about how to reduce the impact of your vessel on marine animals.

For help identifying species, have a look at Wild Whales identification page!

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Baby Mergansers

Vancouver Wildlife
Jun 08

Common Merganser Mom is seen here in Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver swimming with five cute Merganserlettes (aka ducklings). Mom has her work cut out for her protecting them from the two Glaucous-winged Gulls that are in pursuit not to mention the Bald Eagles soaring over head.

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Common Merganser mom with ducklings

These ducks are taking advantage of their food options in the water, lots of herring and stickleback have been seen swimming in the water column.

Get out and enjoy nature!