Each year more than 20,000 Gray whales travel along the west coast of Vancouver Island, near Ucluelet and Barkley Sound, between early March and late May. Gray whales have the longest known migration of any mammal, more than 16,000 km round trip, between their winter mating and calving lagoons in Baja, Mexico, to their summer feeding grounds of the Bering Sea. Barlkey Sound and the Ucluelet area host some of Canadas best whale watching and is home to a multitude of wildlife unique to the area. Pacific Herring returning to spawn in the spring attract a wealth of predatory species including Black Bears, Coastal Wolves, Sea Lions, Salmon, Bald Eagles, and an abundance of other marine birds, fish and sea otter populations that are currently returning to Barkley Sound and actively transforming near-shore ecosystems.