When is the best time to see whales in the San Juan Islands?

orca whales in the san juan islandsThe southern resident pods of Orca whales currently number over 80 individually identified whales in three separate pods. They are generally found in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands between May and October when salmon, their primary prey, come from the ocean to spawn in either the Fraser River or the rivers of the Puget Sound. Late May, June and early July is the best month for seeing these magnificent creatures. However, mid to late July, August and September can also provide great opportunities for seeing Orcas. Last year the Orcas were making semi-regular appearances through mid-October.

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