Located on the edge of Vancouver Island, Victoria, British Columbia - the capital of the province - is situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Visitors to the region can enjoy a wide range of activities from historic to natural. British Columbia is well known for its natural beauty, and its oceanside locale provides opportunities for visitors to spot sea creatures such as Sea Lions, Sea Otters, water fowl and Harbour Seals.
There is one famous locale just outside of Downtown Vancouver where visitors can get up close and personal with a small group of Harbour Seals which has found a home in the shallow waters just off the docks of the Oak Bay Marina. Anywhere from one to four seals have been spotted at the bottom the of the dock, waiting for onlookers to feed them. Visitors can buy a bag of frozen fish pieces at the Marina gift shop to feed the Harbour Seals.
Do not feed them by hand or try to touch the Harbour Seals as they are wild animals. Highly intelligent, these sea creatures have learned to stay hidden in the shallow waters under the building until they see a familiar bag of fish - once they spot them, they will quickly zoom over to visitors, happily posing for photos until the fish disappear, forcing Seal onlookers to buy more fish in order to see them again!
This short but memorable Vancouver Island adventure is highly suggested to see some of the Pacific Ocean's interesting sea life. Also, take the opportunity to walk around Oak Bay Marina and enjoy the views of the surrounding oceans - keep a close eye on the water as otters, seabirds and shoreline creatures such as starfish can be spotted throughout the year.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Seals at Oak Bay Marina in Victoria, British Columbia1327 Beach Drive
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