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Tour code: 5322WHALE
Spend the day scouting for an incredible array of marine life during this 3- to 5-hour Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including killer whales (orcas), seals, porpoises and eagles, among others. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver also includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.


  • 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

Explore the incredible marine life near Vancouver during this 3- to 5-hour whale watching cruise in search of killer whales and much more. If you’re a nature lover or simply looking for a way to immerse yourself in the scenic beautiful of the western coast of Canada, this excursion is a great option.

Start your whale watching trip with pickup from select Vancouver hotels or by meeting at Steveston Village where your boat departs. A shuttle transports guests from nine convenient hotel locations in Vancouver, and free parking is available for those arriving by car. Depending on the option you select, your cruise may leave at either 9am, 11am or 2pm. Check with your tour operator during reconfirmation on your exact schedule.

Then climb aboard your sleek, modern whale watching vessel. The high-speed zodiacs used on the trip offer both an open-air deck and a covered cabin, ensuring a comfortable ride no matter the conditions. On-board hydrophones will also allow you the chance to hear the whale calls of any orcas encountered along the way, and handy photo ID charts will help you identify different species of animal.

Soon your boat cruises out into the waters of coastal British Columbia. The area for your excursion is renowned for the killer whale pods that come to feed on the spawning salmon in the area between May and October each year. During your ride, listen as the naturalist shares insights into orca behavior, and helps you spot for a variety of creatures. Three pods of killer whales, totaling around 80 animals, reliably return to this area annually, making it more likely you’ll have a sighting. Keep your eyes peeled for the orca old-timer named ‘Granny,’ who many believe is more than 100 years old.

Guaranteed whale sightings or your next trip is free.

Customer Reviews

Ioi Kuan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We saw two different types of whales, the humpback and the killer whale, the tour guide was friendly and told us a lot about whales and also the area. Very nice experience!

Anthony J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Alan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great company and got to see a mother and baby whale breaching water together. Recommend bridge camera or better to get the shots in


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I'm giving this tour a 5 star rating, because of the effort and the dedication of the staff, right from the beginning. We took the shuttle option. The shuttle was right on time, just remember to confirm with the company. Our Shuttle driver, Trevor, was fun and kept us awake with trivia questions. Did not know that the location of this place is just in front of the Set of 'Storybrook' of the TV Show Once Upon a Time. This was a super plus for me, being a huge fan of the show. This tour was so well organized. They offer jackets, should you need it. The vessel was super clean and comfortable, with huge windows. They give you a granola bar, and all the bottled water you wish. We got to see sea lions, and bald eagles. This was the frustrating part: We did not see Orcas in this journey. The staff did their best to find them, and we understood that this is not their fault. At first we did not get to see any whales at all, and we were heading back to base and they were going to hand us a rain-check voucher that did not expire. I was so frustrated, because its very likely that I was not visiting Vancouver for a long time. But then, out of NOWHERE, the vessel made a U-Turn. They received information that they saw Humpbacks Whales. Yay!! We saw two, and followed them for around 45 minutes. We saw them really close. We were in our journey for about 5-6 hours. The ride itself is fun. So, A for the staff!!

Mark O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic in all respects. Great staff. Friendly and knowledgeable. Nice boat. Well run. Saw 12 orcas, multiple eagles, sea lions, seals, auklets, etc. Highly recommend VWW.

Andrew J C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Stunning! Saw a multitude of wild life, including a hump-back whale and several pods of killer whale. The highlight of our trip to Canada and not to be missed.

Tracy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Vancouver Whale Watch is an amazing tour group! Highly recommend them to anyone. Very friendly and knowledgeable! Could not have asked for a more exceptional experience. We saw many whales! And they made sure everyone had a chance to get some amazing pictures!

Victoria T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A very well organised, well run trip. The whales were incredible. We spent a couple of hours watching them. The company is very professional, they were very knowledgeable and I would have no hesitation in recommending this excursion - must-do!

William R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic tour - spent about six hours out on the water and around 4 hours with Whales - saw both Humpbacks and Orcas - amazing!

Tonya H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour! Levi the shuttle driver was great. Gave a lot of information about the area and the history of it. The tour guide was very informative. Would definitely recommend.

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