A sea bird and seal paradise off Vancouver's coast- Sewell's Marina Howe Sound Sea Safari

Vancouver is a city of spectacular beauty. The Pacific Coast here blends with the many snow capped mountains clothed with towering temperate rainforests. Streams fed by melting snow flowing down the mountains into the ocean are a sight to behold. Not surprisingly the area around the city is blessed with a variety of wildlife, including many aquatic life forms. One of the best ways to sight the aquatic wildlife is on a sea safari. 



There are many companies with a long track record of safety and qualified wildlife biologists guiding guests during the safaris. One such company is Sewell Marina based at Howe Sound. I took the company's 2 hour Howe Sound Sea Safari in early July 2017 and had a wonderful time in the ocean, getting to see rare wildlife from close. The safari starts from Horseshoe and sails through a deep fjord (valley created by a retreating glacier) passing by many beautiful small islands including Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary and Anvil Island. The guide explains the area's human, natural and geological history stopping by at many places. 

Here are a few pictures from the Sewell Marina Howe Sound Sea Safari

Horseshoe Bay village has the terminal to many of BC's ferries 


Harbor seals resting near Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary

Harbor seals resting near Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary

Harbor seals resting near Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary with a backdrop of temperate rainforests and snowy hills

A harbor seal near Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary

A harbor seal peeps from behind a glaucous-winged gull on Canada's Pacific Coast 

Harbor seals pups near Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary in Canada's British Columbia

Harbor seals and glaucous-winged gull near Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary

Black oystercatcher at Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary

Bald eagle - Queen of Canadian waters

A bald eagle looks out

Bald eagle in flight

Great blue heron

Beautiful temperate rainforests lining Pacific Coast north of Vancouver City

The Sewell Marina departs at Horseshoe Bay village, north of Vancouver City

A street in Horseshoe Bay village 

A view of the coast on the bus ride from Vancouver City's downtown to Horseshoe Bay village

A cyclist on the Lions Gate Bridge 

North Vancouver as seen from Lions Gate Bridge

Tips:
Clothes: Wear warm clothing even in summer. Be prepared for the cold wind even on a sunny day. Sewell Marina provides you with a warm dress that also acts as a life jacket, which can be worn over your existing dress. 
Photography gear: I would take decent pictures with my DSLR and 55-200mm lens. A higher focal length lens will be helpful to take close-ups of the rare wildlife, although some times the boat approaches the wildlife pretty close. Make sure you carry your gear in a water resistant bag to prevent the occasional wave from damaging it. 

Here's a link to Sewell's Marina web page: http://www.sewellsmarina.com/ 

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