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Nestled in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, near the southern tip of Vancouver Island, there’s a special place called Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. This hidden gem is a treasure trove of nature’s wonders, and it’s a great spot for explorers, scientists, and anyone who loves the outdoors. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Race Rocks so unique and why it’s important!

A Unique Landscape:

Race Rocks got its name because of the powerful currents that swirl around it. These currents create a dynamic underwater world with tall kelp forests and deep drop-offs, making it a perfect home for many types of sea creatures.

Diverse Wildlife:

Race Rocks is like a bustling neighborhood for marine animals. Here, you can find seals, sea lions, orcas, and lots of seabirds. The water is full of different types of fish, like salmon and rockfish, and the rocky shores are home to sea stars, anemones, and crabs.

A Hub for Learning:

Race Rocks is not just a pretty place; it’s also a spot for studying and learning about the ocean. There’s a research station here where scientists can watch the animals and track the weather. This helps us understand our environment better.

Humpback whale and Race Rocks lighthouse!

Protecting Race Rocks:

Race Rocks is like a nature sanctuary. It was built in 1960 and became a protected area in 1980, and it’s carefully managed to make sure everything stays healthy and safe. This way, we can enjoy Race Rocks for a long time!

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is a special place where nature’s beauty and science come together. It’s a place for animals to thrive and for people to learn about our world. Let’s remember to protect places like Race Rocks, so they can continue to inspire and educate generations to come. If you love nature, Race Rocks should be on your must-visit list!

Our guided tours are a fantastic way to experience the beauty of Race Rocks and learn about why it’s essential to take care of our planet.


The Race Rocks Lighthouse.

Race Rocks | Pearson College (August 20, 2016)

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