Archives 2018

Whale Watching in Victoria BC

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Bull killer whale approaching a whale watching boat in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Victoria BC in the summer of 2004. Credit Kevin Stanley on Wikimedia.

It's August, which means it's time for festivals, BBQs, swimming, tourism, and other activities that squeeze out the last of summer, including one of our favourites: Whale watching!

Victoria has its own pod of resident killer whales — also known as orcas — which is one of the largest in the world. The sheltered waters of the Juan de Fuca strait also means a variety of other whales come to visit and play, including humpback whales, porpoises, and grey whales. August is one of the best times of the year to see all three.

In this post we invite you to learn a little more about these majestic creatures, and why the Fantasea offers an experience you won't find with any other whale watching company in Victoria.

The Best Seats For Victoria Symphony Splash

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Attendees for the 2008 Symphony Splash in the Inner Harbour leading up the Legislature.

On August 5, tens of thousands of people will be heading to Victoria's Inner Harbour for the 29th Annual Victoria Symphony Splash. More than 40,000 audience members from all over the world come to watch the Victoria Symphony orchestra on a floating stage right in the middle of Victoria's Inner Harbour. There are featured young soloists, an opening act performance, local food vendors, a family zone, a downtown parade of the orchestra, fireworks and cannons, and much more!

So where's the best place to claim a seat?

Fishing For First Timers

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On the ocean with a cast down rigging fishing rod.

“Most adults suffer from a condition called AAD – Adult Adventure Deficit,” says local coach Vic Lindal. We think he’s right, and we have a perfect cure for it. There are few things in life that offer the adventure, the camaraderie, the relaxed enjoyment, and heart pounding excitement of an ocean fishing cruise.

To maximize your enjoyment and make sure your first ocean fishing adventure is everything you hope it will be, you need professionals to guide you - a captain and crew who know the local waters and weather, who know everything there is to know about fish, and — most importantly — how to catch them. Our ship’s captain has over 40 years of experience in offshore fishing. We know how to find the area’s best fishing spots, how to plan, and how to alter plans quickly as conditions change.

Preparation starts early in the morning for us. Before each trip, the captain pre-rigs the leaders, sets out the tackle and gear, and readies the ship before leaving the dock. A multitude of scenarios can and do arise on the water, and we want to be ready for anything.

To safely enjoy your fishing cruise, you need to make some preparations too. Here are a few pointers.

Planning A Bachelorette Or Bachelor Party in Victoria

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A bride-to-be toasts her bachelorette party aboard the Fantasea.

If you have a wedding on the horizon, you know how important it is to get started early if you want to hold your special day in the warmer seasons of spring or summer — especially if you're getting married in Victoria, where a summer wedding can mean competing with tourists for event venues.

At Fantasea Charters, we start taking reservations as early as January and February for spring and summer wedding events on our 41-foot party yacht: everything from family get-togethers and wedding showers to the main event — a small wedding ceremony on the water is just the thing for some couples!

But the type of event we get the most requests for are bachelor and bachelorette parties. Groups love taking advantage of the unique setting of a boat party, with room to dance and a hosted bar. Quite a few organizers also ask for help planning the event. Enough, in fact, that we decided to collect a list of tips here, to help you put together a great celebration for your wedding group in Victoria BC:

Pacific Salmon Fishing in Victoria

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William Hopkins takes a Chinook salmon out of a tanker truck and tags it. USFWS Photo/Steve Martarano

One of the many benefits to being located on Canada's west coast in beautiful Victoria BC is the mild weather that allows for year-round outdoor activities. Local fish species also appreciate the climate, frequenting the waters around Vancouver Island in all seasons.

Our very own Captain Godfrey has taken advantage of Victoria's never-ending fishing season to hone his skills every day, adding up to more than 40 years of experience. A professional fisherman, Godfrey knows the best fishing spots and times for all popular fish species in the Gulf waters.

And in January, that means salmon!

There's no need to fear the rain and cold that comes along with winter fishing. January can be a fantastic season for salmon, and with few other people out on the water you'll have your pick of the salmon population. With a covered and heated boat, you won't even have to worry about getting wet! So let's get started: