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Orca Spirit Adventures and Great Pacific Adventures Join Forces

Orca Spirit Adventures and Great Pacific Adventures Join Forces
Press Release - For immediate release
Victoria, BC, Canada (September 5, 2014)
Orca Spirit Adventures, the leading provider of whale watching tours and eco-marine tourism in the Victoria area, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Victoria Whale Watching Company, Great Pacific Adventures (GPA). Orca Spirit will now be able to offer tourists and tour operators more boats, capacity and departure options than any other organization in the region.
“We are very pleased to have GPA join the Orca Spirit Adventures Group.” said John Douglas, Orca Spirit General Manager and Owner. “Great Pacific Adventures is a highly respected company and one of the pioneering whale watchers in the Pacific Northwest. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team and more importantly, a shared passion for the well-being of marine wildlife and the environment. Andrew has done a fantastic job building his company without losing sight of his core values of environmental stewardship and respect.”
Victoria’s tourism industry has seen a very busy season with an increase of overnight stays and air arrivals up from last year. Orca Spirit Adventures believes that more visitors are partaking in outdoor attractions and eco-tourism adventures. “By joining forces with Great Pacific, we now have a unique opportunity to cater to a wider variety of visitors, from individual travelers and tour groups, to the corporate incentive travel market,” said Lauren Douglas, Director of Sales and Marketing.
Orca Spirit and Great Pacific Adventures regularly work together to make sure all customer needs for departure times and vessel requirements are met. Business will remain as-usual for both companies in the short term. The longer term goal is to consolidate the two organizations into a single operating unit with a broader range of qualifications and experience. “We are excited by the prospect of merging our sales and marketing team to offer customers unrivaled service and selection.” Commented Lauren. “We also look forward to expanding our fleet even further to increase the number of seats and vessel styles for visitors, and hiring additional staff to meet the growing business demand,” added John.



Introducing: Ocean Adventures Club

kids aquariumOrca Spirit Adventures and World Fisheries Trust have joined forces to create an interactive educational program, designed to introduce the marine environment around Vancouver Island to students and school groups.

The Ocean Adventures Club begins with a half-hour interactive interpretation with a marine naturalist in The Orca Spirit Education Room.  World Fisheries Trust has set-up a salt water touch tank aquarium to showcase the creatures in our surrounding ocean.  

The group will head out onto the water in Orca Spirit Adventures’ Covered Vessel, to enjoy a three-hour eco-adventure, to view whales and marine creatures in the wild.  Our University trained biologist will teach you about ocean diversity and whale behaviours in our oceans.
September is the most affluent month for marine mammal activity in the Salish Sea.  Our sightings include Orcas (both Resident and Transient), Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Seals, California and Steller Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Porpoises, Otters and a plethora of marine birds incuding Cormorants and Bald Eagles.

New Salt Water Aquarium & Touch Tank

New Salt Water Aquarium & Touch Tank
We at Orca Spirit Adventures are very excited to introduce the newest edition to our Education Room: a saltwater aquarium and touch tank, courtesy of World Fisheries Trust and The Seaquaria Program.  
The Seaquaria in-school program introduces Coastal BC in schools from kindergarten to grade 12, by setting up temporary homes for local marine life.  The marine creatures are cared for by students themselves giving them a hands-on education and helps to build respect and stewardship skills.  Seaquaria is currently doing an Indigogo campaign to raise enough funds to keep this program going and we’re doing everything we can to help.  
We are very lucky to have one of their temporary installments in our Education room for the remainder of our season.  Stop by and say hello to our newest creatures and learn a little more about our coastal marine environment. 
Please help to keep this essential education program going on our coast.  This campaign closes on June 28th and they have only reached $5000 (half of their campaign goal) so far.
To find out how you can help, check out their website at and their  video as well.
Thanks for reading!