North Island whale tours lure thousands

About 4,000 reservations have been made for the new Prince of Whales’ three-hour tours beginning May 1 from Telegraph Cove Resort on northern Vancouver Island.

The tours aboard the 62-foot Ocean Magic II carry up to 74 passengers and will explore the Johnstone Strait in search of marine wildlife, including killer whales, humpback whales and an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife that fill the local waters in the summer.

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Tours leave at 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m and 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $130 for adults, $105 for youths 12-17 and $95 for children two to 12. Infants under the age of two travel free. There is an additional $5 per person conservation fee, which raises funds to support orca conservation and scientific research on the North Island.

In addition, two rigid-hull, Zodiac-style inflatable vessels will be based at Telegraph Cove. They can carry 12 passengers each and will be available for charter groups.

Tours run daily until Oct. 15. For reservations, call 1-888-383-4884 or go online.

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