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Victoria, BC in November: An Epic Day Trip Exploring Salmon Spawning, Scenery and Wildlife

a large body of water with a mountain in the backgroundVictoria, British Columbia, is a place of natural wonders, and one of its most awe-inspiring annual events is the salmon run close to Victoria, BC Every fall, many thousands of salmon make a heroic journey from the open ocean to their birthplace in the rivers and streams.  This remarkable migration marks a crucial stage in their life cycle. EV Tours takes you from Victoria to prime locations to witness this breathtaking spectacle, the epic migration of the salmon where the bald head eagles, and sea lions eagerly await.

The Epic Migration

The salmon run and the arrival of the sea lions occur in November.   This natural marvel unfolds in the waters of Vancouver Island, not far from Victoria.  Five species of salmon return to their spawning grounds, with the most prominent being the Chinook, Coho, and Chum salmon. These fish travel hundreds of miles, navigating through treacherous waters, evading predators, and overcoming formidable obstacles to finally arrive to the river and streams of their birth.Salmon spawning in stream near Victoria, BC, Canada

Sea Lions in Cowichan Bay

Timing is Everything

If you are in Victoria, BC in November, experiencing the salmon run is an absolute must.  Allow us to guide you on a memorable day trip up Southern Vancouver Island, where you can explore the charming town of Cowichan Bay, explore scenic viewsand waterfalls and relish in a delightful lunch.


Ecosystem Impact

The salmon run in Victoria, BC is not just a visual spectacle; it’s also a critical event for the entire ecosystem. As salmon return to their natal streams and rivers, they bring with them vital nutrients from the ocean, enriching the freshwater environment. This influx of nutrients supports the growth of algae, which, in turn, feeds insects, crustaceans, and other aquatic life. This chain reaction sustains the entire food web, from insects to bears.

There is something magical about visiting Victoria BC, in November.  If you are looking for a day trip to Vancouver Island, let EV Tours take you on a journey that you won’t forget.

a small boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background