Whale Trail Sign at Bamfield MSC
Bamfield Marine Science Centre
Barkley Sound is a rich feeding ground for many marine mammals. Our sheltered waters also make a great rest stop for migrating whales.
Humpback whales have made a strong comeback on the BC coast since the end of commercial whaling. They are seen most often between April and October, when they feed on krill and small fish before migrating south for the winter. Gray whales pass through in spring and fall, on their way to and from their feeding grounds in northern BC and Alaska. Killer whales occasionally visit year-round. California and Steller sea lions are seen most commonly in the fall and winter. Look for their heads surfacing, and listen for their loud huffing breaths and strident calls. Harbour seals are here all year – they are small and quiet, so keep a sharp lookout!