Storm Riders: SpringTide Whale Watching & Eco Tours

The Storm Rider series aims to celebrate the strength of our industry while highlighting some of the many ways businesses have overcome the challenges resulting from COVID-19. We are proud to showcase how the following businesses have adapted while celebrating the people who are at the heart of what we do. In this post, we hear from the team at Springtide Whale Watching in Victoria.  

Why do you do what you do?

Springtide aims to share our passion for the abundant marine wildlife and natural beauty of the Salish Sea with people both local and from those from afar.

Our hope is that this shared experience and appreciation of this unique environment will mean that it will be valued and managed so that it may thrive for future generations to enjoy.

What is your hope for the future of our region?

The Pacific Northwest is known worldwide for its iconic orcas, bears and big trees. All three are dependent upon the annual return of the salmon and the nutrition and nutrients this provides. Salmon numbers are historically depressed resulting in negative impacts for these iconic species. Our hope is that we can be an important part in the recovery of these salmon populations. We do this through sharing wildlife experiences and giving our guests the opportunity to appreciate and value this region and all within it. We also directly contribute to the recovery through programs such as the salmon restoration project.

What do you want people to know of your business?

SpringTide has been locally family owned and operated for over 25 years. We are an eco-tourism business that aims to share our passion for Orcas, Humpback whales and all the marine wildlife of the Salish Sea. We strive to have a positive impact on our guests, our community, and our environment. We are committed advocates to support the unique whales and wildlife found in these waters.

In your own words, please share “Travel matters because … “

Travel matters because we gain new experiences and expand our perception of the world.

Once you have been lucky enough to see, hear and feel the breath from a humpback whale. Or to stand in awe as that whale decides to thrust itself up and out of the ocean. To fully breach, then hang, pause, and twist to drop gracefully back with an explosion of white water then life will always be richer and the world larger for having witnessed those sights, sounds and memories.