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Whale Watching in Vancouver

By Viator, September 2013

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Whales frequently frolic in British Columbia’s Straight of Georgia and around the Gulf Islands, within day-trip distance from the city of Vancouver. If you’d like to spot these graceful marine mammals, plan a whale-watching excursion from the Vancouver area.

As you cruise out toward the whale pods, you’ll often see other marine life, from bald eagles to seals or sea lions. You’ll occasionally spy porpoises, too, who come to play in the boat’s wake. Naturalists on board will tell you about the region’s ecology and help you find sometimes-elusive creatures.

The most-commonly sighted whales are “resident” orcas, who feed on migrating salmon, or “transient” orcas, who hunt for porpoises, seals, and other marine mammals. You may also see grey whales traveling through the region.

British Columbia’s whale-watching season typically runs from March through October. It’s often much cooler on the water than it is on shore, so dress in layers. Whale-watching trips last anywhere from three hours to a full day.

You can even combine a whale-watch trip with a visit to the city of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. One option is to depart from Vancouver on a morning whale-watch boat, which will drop you off at Victoria’s Inner Harbour after you’re done spotting whales. Alternatively, take a floatplane from Vancouver – a great way to take in the water and island views – and embark on your whale-watch excursion from Victoria.

Whichever tour option you choose, have your camera ready. Spotting these mammoth creatures leaping nimbly above the water, right by your boat, is an experience you’ll want to capture.

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