Orcas and whales seen today, the blackboard says: since we came here, we surely will not surrender to the first obstacle
We are abliged to rewrite our plan – for once that we had one! – and enjoy a nice morning walking at the harbour and the driving north to driving north to Port Renfrew, the last inhabited outpost before the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, one of those visit that were part of our old plan and not of the new one anymore: a natural park along the ocean shore, with a typical dense fog and its never calm waters.
We do not arrive to Port Renfrew actually: we discover that the roads in Vancouver Island are narrow and windy, and the speed limits really low. So we have to turn our car around and go back, not to lose our whales and orcas.
Race Rocks Lighthouse, home to seals, sealion and seagulls
Finally we leave: we jump in the boat and run straight to the best places on the deck, ready to watch what we are waiting to watch. Just out of the harbour we get a sight of our first whale – that will also be the only one. It’s a humpback, she gets out of the water two or three times and then dive down with a last big breath, and we don’t see it anymore.
We then go to another part of the bay, to the Race Rocks lighthouse, a research center of the Pearson College, famous because it’s home to lots of seals, sealions, seagulls and other birds.