Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait

Sep 07, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Our evening cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound was remarkably calm—allowing us to rest up for a big day in Alert Bay and Johnstone Strait. In the morning we visited the U’mista Cultural Centre where we learned about the Kwakwaka’wakw people and were able to view their extensive collection of masks and regalia. We then took a short walk to the ‘Namgis Big House where we enjoyed watching the dances and listening to the stories of our hosts.

Our afternoon in Johnstone Strait rewarded us with not only humpback whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins, but a large group of resident killer whales that where very active at the surface roiling in the currents and light chop.

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Sean Neilson


The summer after Sean graduated from college, he waited tables in Yellowstone to delay entering “the real world”. It was there, in the unending beauty of such a special place, where he realized the natural world was the real world—and it had captured him. 

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