Victoria BC is known as a wildlife viewing paradise, but no tour is complete without a trip to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve.
Race Rocks is Canada’s first Marine Protected Area and is home to an abundance of marine life including California sea lions, harbor seals and elephant seals. Orcas and humpback whales have also been observed from Race Rocks.
The Race Rocks Ecological Reserve was established in 1980 thanks to the work and commitment of teachers and students from Lester B. Pearson College. The college monitors and conducts research in cooperation with other organizations. Thanks to an agreement with BC Parks, it also operates the former Race Rocks light station facilities as an education center.
Three cameras webcast 24 hours a day from Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. One from the top of the lighthouse tower, another from the north side of the island and a third fixed underwater camera is mounted off the docks below the water.
Red Rocks Ecological Reserve is located in the most southern part of Vancouver Island and Canada, on the Pacific Coast, 11 nautical miles from Victoria. Seasonal cruise and boat tours make the trip to the area for wildlife viewing.