My first travel story coming from my homeland, Canada. Living in Montreal, I finally decided to head west to the beautiful city of Vancouver. I had some friends and extended family there so it made things a little easier. Got to see a more local side of the city and its surroundings. But i’ll save those stories for another blog!. I stayed out west for almost 3 weeks but for me, the day I spent Whale watching and visiting the Hot Springs Cove was one of my favourites.
I’ve always been fascinated with water and the massive creatures that live in these oceans. So I was really looking forward to whale watching and how creatures measuring over 50 feet can just swim around and live in our oceans. Just trying to get a glimpse of these water mammals has been a dream of mine. Yes we can all google images of whales and watch documentaries or visit a zoo, or marine land. YUK. But this is not how I like to view the worlds animals. I try as much as possible to see these animals in their natural habitat. It brings a whole new dimension to my experience. Seeing these animals do what they are doing in their homes is just amazing.
So we may have been on the search for whales but the beauty of nature is you never know what else you will spot or see along the way. From a black bear searching for crabs by the shore, to a sea otter floating around holding onto its next meal to a bald eagle stalking its prey. It’s just amazing to just sit back and watch the natural beauty of my country unfold in front of my eyes. I tell myself often how blessed and fortunate I am to be able to do what I do and to see and experience what I experience. And I often find myself in just a state of awww. BTW these are all pictures I took personally!
We must have been sailing for 2 or 3 hours before we reached the Hot Springs Cove located in the Maquinna Provincial park in Clayoquot Sound. We did manage to spot a few Gray Whales along the way but at a distance. It was now time for a little break, have lunch and enjoy myself in a natural hot spring. And let me tell you it was AMMMMAZING, minus the smell of sulfur, which wasn’t so bad because of the breeze. Sulfur if you don’t know can have a rotten egg smell when mixed with certain bacterias. Regardless I loved this experience. It was like sitting in a sauna/ Hot tub in the middle of rocks looking into the ocean. WOW
Back on the boat after a nice spa like 2 hours. LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. We were almost at the end of our day as we were sailing back to shore where we began our journey. I hoped and prayed that we would see some more whales, and maybe something a little special. And let me tell you someone was listening. As we sailed back, our captain got a radio call that they spotted a Gray Whale feeding. So off we went to find this beautiful mammal. What i saw was incredible. We spent an hour just watching this creature dive deep into the water to feed on the bottom of the ocean, then resurface, and dive again. We were so close, well as close as it was safely suggested. It’s hard to put into words exactly what I witnessed but I’ll let these 2 pictures speak for themselves.
So another check off the never ending bucket list! This experience was incredible. Nature never ceases to amaze me. And all this was done in my own Country, which makes it all that much more amazing. Hope you enjoyed the read. Happy Travels. Fell free to comment at the bottom. or Follow my blog by clicking the follow button and entering your email! Or follow me on instagram @JRontherun21