Thetis Island Tour

Birds of a Feather’s Zodiac Medline III based in Victoria is available for private charter transport (water taxi) to and from Thetis Island. We are also available for marine eco-tour charters, or simply boating the west coast.

 

History:

Thetis Island was named after the H.M.S. Thetis, a 36 gun British frigate which was on the Pacific station in the mid 1800’s surveying the region.  The first european pioneers moved onto Thetis in 1874. Today there are appox. 350 permenant residents.

 

 

Thetis is a small, quiet island, ideal for a picnic day trip to watch wildlife and explore secluded bays and inlets.

Canoe Pass is an infamous shallow, narrow passage between Thetis and Kuper Island.  It was dredged in 1905 to allow boat traffic between the islands.

Pilkey Point on the northeast tip of Thetis is a popular spot to picnic and swim.

 

Humpys, Orcas, Stellars and California Sea Lions all in one afternoon

Every day is a unique adventure out on the Salish Sea but today’s trip stood out. We launched at Pedder Bay Marina in Metchosin to place us close to Race Rocks. As the California and Stellar Sea Lion bulls were entertaining us from their perches on the rock formations we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by a dozen or so of these mamoths swimming, diving and porpoising. Then the incredible happened. One of the stellars suddenly sprang out of the water not 40 feet from us with a huge salmon which it had just caught as it breached the surface. The salmon was squirming it the sea lion’s mouth. Just as quickly as the stellar had surfaced he dove again and repeated this motion 2 more times. All the while a dozen or so of his very excited mates were porpoising almost in unison as a group. In 12 years being out here on the ocean that was a first for me. This was just the begginning of our adventure. We had heard reports of 4 to 6 humpbacks in the general vicinity over the past week. As we networked with our colleagues we heard 6 transient orcas were nearby. We spent a bit of time enjoying the orcas before heading out in the direction of the shipping lanes where soon we spotted 4 humpbacks. They put on quite a show for us including some excellent tail flukes. The humpbacks were also very vocal. All this in the space of 4 hours on one of those special autumn days when the seas were calm and the sun was out.