Earth Day (April 22) serves as an annual reminder that all of us – the tourism community, businesses, policymakers and individuals – need to act today, and every day, to safeguard our planet.

Whether joining a whale watching excursion guided by a conservation-focused tour operator or visiting a wildlife refuge that rescues and rehabilitates endangered animals, BC offers plenty of opportunities for locals and visitors to learn about species and habitat preservation. Keep reading to learn how you can support, and learn about, British Columbia’s animals this Earth Day.

BC is one of the best places in the world to view orcas, humpback whales, grey whales and other marine species. Victoria, in particular, is renowned for orca sightings – the coastal city sits at the center of the world’s highest concentration of orcas, and during whale watching season the success rate for spotting the distinctive black-and-white mammals can be as high as 95 percent

BC is also home to tens of thousands of plant and animal species living in a rich diversity of habitats and ecosystems – and over 1,800 of them are endangered. Thankfully, conservation centers across the province are actively engaged in species preservation and research while educating visitors about the importance of protecting these animals and their habitats.

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