Situated at the bottom of "Digby Neck" (see previous post for map or consult Ms. Google), Brier Island is as close as you can get to "Whale central" in the Maritimes.
After driving off the ferry from Long Island, we arrived in Westport (Population 210), the only village on Brier Island.
This was my first experience staying in a hostel, and at $20 a night, my expectations were not high. I certainly did not expect to find a living room with a picture window looking out over the harbour, a marvellously outfitted kitchen and comfy beds. In truth, I was also a bit surprised that Sandy and I were sharing a room with a charming young Professor from Barcelona, Spain !
|The hostel living room.|
|Random signs dotted the waterfront in Westport.|
Each morning I got up early, and Wendy and I explored the town.
And of course we also went for evening walks too.
|That grey building on the left is the hostel.|
Oh right. Whale watching. Yup. We went. We saw Whales.
It was over three hours of standing on a boat that rocked lustily on the waves, scanning the horizon as it moved UP and DOWN, and UP and DOWN.
Because it was choppy, it was sometimes hard to tell a distant Whale fin from a wave. But when that "wave" shot a spout of foamy, water into the air, a cry of "WHALE" would go up, fingers would point, and someone would shout the time. Not the time on the clock, but rather to indicate to the captain where the Whale was in relation to us. "Six o'clock" would mean the Whale was behind the boat, "Nine o'clock" meant it was on our left, and so on. And so the captain would swing the boat in a wide circle, throttle back the engine and we'd stare and shout in amazement as Whales cruised past, toward, AND under us.
Of course we weren't the only boat loaded with folk keen to see Whales. I was impressed that after we'd been watching a couple of Whales close up, our captain told us we had to move along as other boats were approaching, and there is an unwritten rule that no more than two boats can be near a Whale at a time.
This short video I made gives you a bit of a feeling of what it was like.
|Me and Sandy|