The candidate site Vancouver Island North, in British Columbia, Canada, encompasses all marine waters southeast of a line between Cape Sutil and Cape Caution and northwest of a line between Salmon Point and Atrevida Reef. It also includes all coastal islands within this region.
All year around, the diversity of wildlife that is seen within this candidate site is unparalleled. It is an important feeding, breeding, resting and socializing habitat for eight species of cetacean as well as a diverse range of other marine and terrestrial mammal, fish and bird species. The site is regularly visited by four species of whale: humpback, common minke, grey, and fin whale; two porpoise species: harbour and dall’s; and two species of dolphin: Pacific white-sided dolphin and killer whale.