Subject: Whale watching

Paul's message about the time to see whales in Australia leads to my question.

When is the best time to view whales along the Northwestern coast of the U.S (excluding Alaska) and the eastern coast of Canada? When last visiting Oregon and Washington states we were continually told "the whales were here" or "the whales will be here". We visited during the latter part of April.

If I'm going to plan a whale watching vacation, I'd like to have real information from people who know.

Lucy, Toronto