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  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration:  Varies
While in Vancouver, don't miss the chance to take a whale-watching tour and spot killer whales, porpoises, seals, eagles and other wildlife amid the stunning scenery of Canada’s southwest coast. Join your professional naturalist and board a first class, modern vessel for a 3- to 5-hour expedition, starting in the picturesque, historic fishing village of Steveston and traveling through the spectacular Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.

The area is renowned for attracting whales, and this tour enjoys a 90% sighting success rate. On your quest to find orcas (killer whales), you’ll have the opportunity to see the inhabitants of this diverse marine ecosystem, including bow riding Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and seals. Select the shuttle option to include round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver, and spend a morning or afternoon in touch with nature on this memorable whale-watching tour!


  • 3- to 5-hour whale-watching tour
  • Discover orcas, porpoises, sea lions, seals, eagles and more!
  • 90% success rate of sighting whales
  • Shuttle option for round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver
  • Travel through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan island chains
  • Accompanied by a professional naturalist
  • A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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What You Can Expect

Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

Whale Watching Tour

Killer whales (also known as orcas) migrate to coastal British Columbia between May and October to feed on the salmon that return to the Fraser River to spawn. There are three pods (families) of approximately 80 killer whales that return to the area every year, meaning sightings are almost guaranteed.

The vessels used on this whale-watching tour are open-air or covered high-speed zodiac boats that ensure a smooth and comfortable trip whatever the weather! On your thrilling expedition, you will hear illuminating commentary delivered by professional naturalists, and you’ll see the magnificent orca in its natural habitat. Onboard hydrophones allow you to experience the wild calls of the orcas first hand, and photo ID charts will even help you to identify them. Look out for the orca named Granny, believed to be over 100 years old!

Air-conditioned shuttle transportation is available from nine centrally located pickup points in downtown Vancouver, and free parking is available in Steveston Village for those arriving by car.

Don’t miss this extraordinary rendezvous with nature on the southwest coast of Canada!


Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Extremely safe and powerful Boat did bring us 150km around to see many animals. Also the guide was very competent and gave a lot of details about the Orca family we were watching and following more than 30 minutes. The supplied clothing was comfortable and kept us warm.
A must do for every Vancouver visitor.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Highly recommended !! Fantastic Well arranged

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had an amazing adventure with an expert guide who knew all about the wildlife we saw. From the bald eagles, sea lions, seals and orcas our guide offered detailed explanation about everything. The captain maintained his appropriate distance from the whales while other whale watching boats chased or maintained less than an appropriate distance from them. Within 27 minutes the whales were in sight. Amazing. The captain and guide Rob and Ryan I think could not have been better. Would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Definitely a must do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We really e joyed our trip. It took a few hours to find the whales. It was well worth the wait. Amazing once in a lifetime experience. I would wholeheartedly recommend this tour. We made new friends on the boat and shared dinner a few nights later. Great staff who were friendly and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our first trip to Vancouver and our first Whale-watching tour and I have to say it didn't disappoint! The people were friendly and helpful, the boat was clean. They were full of information and we saw about 20-30 whales in the time we were out there. They knew just where to take us to get to see whales, eagles, seals and other water fowl. This had to be the highlight of our vacation. If we ever make it back to Vancouver we would definitely do this again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour -saw a few killer whales. Boat stays about 200 yards from them so you can't see them really close. Get binoculars and a great camera bec scenery is stunning

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic day, well run and organised. Spent an adequate amount of time observing the whales and their behaviours. Good information provided by our guide Joan.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Highly recommend this tour company. The captain goes out of his way to find the whales, and the wildlife guide will explain and answer any of your questions. Great trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


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