Where to say "Thar she blows"
With nearly 30 marine mammal species on and near the Olympic Peninsula shores, the region is ripe when it comes to water wildlife. While there’s no big secret to spotting whales (no, you don’t have to whistle), there are a few key locations where pods often swim.
The Olympic Peninsula has 15 viewing spots along the Pacific Ocean, northern Olympic Peninsula coast (including ferry routes between Port Angeles and Victoria, B.C.) and Hood Canal. They’re all official stops along the Whale Trail, a series of West Coast sites from British Columbia to northern California where the public can get a gander at whales, sea lions, seals and other marine mammals. Each site features an interpretive sign and Whale Trail marker.
Bring your binoculars and set your sites on frolicking pods and spouting blow holes. There’s also a lot of action close to shore. Whale sightings aren’t guaranteed, of course, but these spots are designated for a reason. There’s a pretty good chance you’re going to see some action during the migration in the spring and fall. Whale watching excursions leave Port Angeles and Port Townsend and often visit pods of resident orca.
Pick your spots or travel the entire Olympic Peninsula trail.
Here are some of our favorite viewing places: