Picnic lunches are taken on all day tours. Grizzly bear tours and whale watching trips normally leave the lodge at 8:00 am in the spring and summer and after August 24th at 7:30 am. Whale watching picnic lunches are normally eaten in the boat while drifting with the humpback whales. This most often occurs after a bathroom break in Telegraph Cove. The grizzly bear day’s lunches are eaten on the float tied up in the mouth of Glendale Bay. Eating lunch in a skiff closer to the bears is not a good idea, as they might want to join the picnic, especially if smoked salmon is part of the lunch. The lunches are good with enough variety that even the guides do not become bored with the food and enough food that in my nine years with the lodge we have yet to eat all of a lunch. This photo is from late September as the guests are still wearing their coast against the chill of being on the water.
Not all of the time on the whale watching safari trips is necessarily spent watching wildlife. Once the wildlife viewing is satisfied there are often other interesting activities occurring. On this day it was a commercial seine fishing boat. They had set their nets and after about an hour they are required to pull them in and empty their catch before resetting. Once the net is close to the boat they use a bailing net to remove the salmon and on this day they emptied about eight bail nets full. A reasonable catch for a few hours work.
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