Searching for seals in the fjords of Howe Sound, British Columbia
Looking for a fun day trip from Vancouver?
One of the things we like to do in Vancouver during the summer is to visit the curious seals that hang out on Pam Rocks, a cluster of tiny islands located in the centre of Howe Sound. Howe Sound is network of fjords situated between West Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, about 30 minutes northwest of Vancouver.
The only way to see these small rock islands and its wildlife is by boat. Fortunately, one can easily rent a small motor boat from nearby Horseshoe Bay.
Renting a boat is not that expensive and you don’t need to have a special boat licence, a standard driver’s license is sufficient. For two hours of personal boat time (usually enough to get to the seal colony and back) it’s about $130, and the boats can fit between 4-6 people. To visit marine parks and secluded coves that can only be reached by water, it’s wise to do the 4-hour rate and head to Gambier or Anvil Islands.