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Top Vancouver Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

With the stunning North Shore mountains as its backdrop and a soaring modern skyline, Vancouver is one of the world’s most beautiful waterfront cities. So it makes sense that its grandeur is best experienced by boat—here are some can’t-miss ideas.

Vancouver Harbor Cruises
A relaxing Vancouver Harbour cruise takes you along the city skyline. Choose between a sunset dinner cruise, a lunch cruise up Indian Arm, or a shorter sightseeing cruise. You can even charter a private sailboat.

Whale-Watching Tours
A whale-watching tour will take you to the best spots to view pods of local orcas, gray and humpback whales. Keep an eye out for the porpoises, seals, sea lions, and bald eagles that thrive along the Pacific Coast.

Zodiac Tours
Speeding around in a little Zodiac boat is an exciting way to tour the waterways surrounding Vancouver, and you’re sure to get some incredible photos of the area’s iconic landmarks. Opt for an afternoon tour from Granville Island up Indian Arm, or take a trip to Bowen Island for dinner before heading back to the mainland. 

False Creek Ferry
Get a great overview of Vancouver’s city landmarks like Granville Island and False Creek with a hop-on hop-off ferry pass. You can catch the multicolored ferry at any of the nine convenient stops located in Vancouver's Inner Harbour, including Science World, Granville Island, Chinatown, the Maritime Museum and the Aquatic Centre. Boats leave every five to 15 minutes during operating hours.
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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Looking for an enchanting and unusual way to spend an evening in Vancouver? Take a leisurely dinner cruise along the city’s gorgeous waterfront. Listen to live music and savor delicious Pacific Coast-style cuisine as you float through Vancouver’s Inner Harbor. Stroll the deck at sunset, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet, and take in the beautiful sights including Canada Place, the North Shore Mountains and the West Vancouver skyline after dusk.
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Vancouver Harbor and Indian Arm Lunch CruiseDay Cruises

Vancouver Harbor and Indian Arm Lunch Cruise

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Delight in the beauty of Vancouver on a lunch cruise along the city’s gorgeous waterfront. Enjoy a unique dining experience as your float through Vancouver’s Inner Harbor, Burrard Inlet, and Indian Arm—a dramatic glacial fjord. Stroll the deck, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet and take in the beautiful sights including the Coast Mountains, verdant forests, and local wildlife.
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Private 3-Hour Sailing Charter in Vancouver: Sailors DelightDay Cruises

Private 3-Hour Sailing Charter in Vancouver: Sailors Delight

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Sail English Bay aboard a private sailboat, exploring the Vancouver waterfront with an experienced captain. It’s a private cruise, ensuring plenty of room for your group to relax on deck, snacking on salmon pate, fresh bread, and seasonal fruits as you cruise past False Creek, Kitsilano Beach, the University of British Columbia, and the Outer Harbour.
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Granite Falls Zodiac TourDay Cruises

Granite Falls Zodiac Tour

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Experience Vancouver sights by water on this 3-hour zodiac-boat tour from Granville Island. Cross False Creek and admire Siwash Rock, an iconic stone spire located near the Lion’s Gate Bridge. In Vancouver Harbour, learn about the waterfront landmarks. Venture into Deep Cove and the glacial fjord of the Indian Arm, for incredible views of granite cliffs that you can only see by boat. Capture the beauty of Granite Falls and Silver Falls before heading back.
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Vancouver Harbor Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Vancouver Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy the exquisite waterfront views of Canada's premier West Coast city on a leisurely Vancouver Harbor sightseeing cruise. Travel past landmarks sites such as world-renowned Stanley Park and the city's rejuvenated Gastown district, marvel at the incredible North Shore Mountains from atop an open-air deck, and admire the stunning Lions' Gate Bridge while sipping a cocktail (own expense) from the onboard bar. 
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Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola TourDay Trips

Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

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You’re visiting Vancouver and want to experience the natural wonders outside the city. Avoid the hassle of renting a car with this day trip that shows off BC's fjords, inlets, and mountains, with included transportation and a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola. A guide provides commentary on the drive, and you'll enjoy photo stops as well as free time in Whistler Village.
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Whale-Watching Tour from VancouverOther Water Sports

Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Scout for an incredible array of marine life during this half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including orcas, seals, porpoises, and eagles. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from VancouverOther Water Sports

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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This whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the ‘Ocean Magic,’ a 62-foot flagship vessel, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound.
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4-Day Vancouver Island Explorer Tour from VancouverMulti-day Tours

4-Day Vancouver Island Explorer Tour from Vancouver

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Vancouver Island boasts crystal-clear lakes, ancient old-growth forest, and cascading waterfalls—but organizing accommodation, ferry tickets, and National Park fees to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, enjoy round-trip transport from downtown Vancouver and see the best of British Columbia’s west coast with the key logistics covered. Explore the Pacific Rim National Park with your guide, and follow walking trails through the beautiful west coast rainforest.
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Ultimate Day Tour to VictoriaDay Trips

Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria

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Torn between a day of city sightseeing and nature excursions? Do it all on this full-day tour of Victoria! From Vancouver, cruise the Strait of Georgia for some epic whale-watching, take a self-guided tour of Victoria and soak up the perfumed beauty of Butchart Gardens! At the end of your full day, relax and take in stunning coastal mountain views as you cruise back to Vancouver at dusk.
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Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria (One-Way)Other Water Sports

Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria (One-Way)

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Cruise from Vancouver to Victoria and discover native Canadian wildlife in its natural habitat on this 4-hour one-way whale-watching cruise. Hop aboard your cruise boat in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Take your seat on board or stand out on deck, and head out onto the waves with your guide. Enjoy panoramic views over the local islands and watch the waters for graceful whales, seals, porpoises and sea lions. Listen as your naturalist guide explains the creatures’ feeding habits and life cycles, and arrive into Victoria ready to enjoy your stay!
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Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching CruiseOther Water Sports

Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise

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Discover the natural wonders of Vancouver and Victoria an exhilarating whale watching excursion! Delight in lovely aerial views on the crossing of the Strait of Georgia by seaplane—the most eco-friendly transport to Victoria. From the island capital, set off on an exciting cruise through Haro Strait, native home to orcas (killer whales), sea lions and seals, followed by a return flight to the mainland.
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2-Day Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at the Inn at Laurel PointNature & Wildlife

2-Day Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at the Inn at Laurel Point

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Enjoy the many attractions of Victoria, the charming capital of British Columbia, during this overnight tour from Vancouver. Take an included ferry ride to Vancouver Island, enjoying the scenery and looking for whales on the way. Then enjoy included admission to Butchart Gardens and a short sightseeing tour before checking into a 4-star hotel in central Victoria. Enjoy the next 24 hours to spend as you wish before heading back to Vancouver on a scenic floatplane ride. Your Victoria excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport from Vancouver.
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Vancouver Whale Watching SafariOther Water Sports

Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

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Watch for orca, gray and humpback whales on a full-day wildlife safari from Vancouver on a comfortable, covered boat. Learn about the whales’ lives, behavior and migration patterns from a trained naturalist, and try to spot the dolphins, seals, sea lions and bald eagles that thrive along the Pacific Coast. Whales are sighted on 85% of trips.
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens with Victoria Clipper to Seattle One-Way from VancouverNature & Wildlife

Victoria and Butchart Gardens with Victoria Clipper to Seattle One-Way from Vancouver

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Make the most of your trip from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle on a full-day tour that includes a visit to Butchart Gardens and free time to explore historic downtown Victoria. This point-to-point tour concludes on the Seattle waterfront and includes hotel pickup, ground transport, ferry tickets, and entrance fees.
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Sea Vancouver Waterfront SightseeingJet Boats & Speed Boats

Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing

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See Vancouver's dramatic skyline from the water on a small-group cruise in an inflatable Zodiac boat that accommodates 12 passengers. You'll navigate Vancouver Harbour, Burrard Inlet, English Bay, and False Creek, spotting some of the city's top sites and landmarks along the way. And since Vancouver Harbour is home to bald eagles, harbor seals, and dolphins, keep your camera ready and watch for wildlife as you hit speeds up to 30 mph (48 kph).
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Howe Sound Sea Safari CruiseDay Cruises

Howe Sound Sea Safari Cruise

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Make the most of your time in breathtaking British Columbia with an unforgettable 2-hour Howe Sound Sea Safari! Choose from three different routes and hope aboard a 30-ft (10-m) custom, high-speed boat, to view stunning natural attractions like the cliffs of Anvil Island, cheeky seals at Pam Rocks and the Bowen Island caves. Get out of the city and experience the splendor of Horseshoe Bay and the Strait of Georgia. Great for ages five and up!
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Electric Boat Tour of Coal HarbourDay Cruises

Electric Boat Tour of Coal Harbour

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Learn what makes Vancouver so spectacular as you sail past Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and the port on a 10-passenger vessel. Glide over the water aboard an electric boat, which creates zero air and water pollution. The ultra-quiet motor lets you hear the captain’s narration during this informative eco-cruise. Enjoy stunning views of North Shore mountains and the Vancouver city skyline.
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Vancouver City and Seals Scenic Boat TourDay Cruises

Vancouver City and Seals Scenic Boat Tour

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Discover the sights and sounds around Vancouver, British Columbia, on this scenic, 90-minute boat tour. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, travel along the coastline of English Bay, west of the downtown peninsula, to popular Lighthouse Park, the Seal Colony and centrally located False Creek, which separates downtown Vancouver from the rest of the city. Along the way, see a plethora of attractions, like Stanley Park, English Bay Beach, the Lions Gate Bridge, plus offshore freighters, the beautiful homes of West Vancouver and much more.
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Vancouver Sightseeing Cruise with Westcoast Fish and Chips LunchDay Cruises

Vancouver Sightseeing Cruise with Westcoast Fish and Chips Lunch

Enjoy a scenic 1.5 hour tour around Vancouver’s Beautiful Harbour. Offering commentary on points of interest and fun facts about the city. Sightseeing in style and comfort! *This tour includes a West Coast Fish and Chips Lunch* A la carte snack options are also available on board for purchase. Cash bar on board.
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Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac TourHalf-day Tours

Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac Tour

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Make your meal an adventure on a 3-hour zodiac tour from Vancouver to Bowen Island at the mouth of Howe Sound. In addition to dinner and a drink at Doc Morgan’s, this tour includes a high-speed boat ride, ocean-ready gear, and sightseeing along the Vancouver waterfront.
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Interactive Pirate Cruise from Granville IslandDay Cruises

Interactive Pirate Cruise from Granville Island

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Join an entertaining pirate-themed cruise from Vancouver’s Granville Island. This 75-minute interactive experience is perfect for the entire family. Set sail for False Creek with an expert crew that welcomes you aboard with a pirate name and costume — plus face painting for the kids — that will have you immersed in the world of the buccaneer. Ahoy Mate!
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Whales & Fly: Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria & Return Seaplane FlightDay Trips

Whales & Fly: Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria & Return Seaplane Flight

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Go on an adventure by sea, land, and sky on this full-day whale-watching experience in Victoria from Vancouver, including a return flight to Vancouver by seaplane. First board a boat, and hit the water in search of whales and other marine life. Then, explore the city of Victoria on your own before hopping in a seaplane for a flight from Victoria and Vancouver, overlooking the Gulf Islands.
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Vancouver Holiday Dinner and Carols CruiseChristmas

Vancouver Holiday Dinner and Carols Cruise

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Embrace the holiday spirit and take part in the annual Parade of Lights Festival on this 2.5- or 3.5-hour dinner and carols cruise in Vancouver. Hop aboard your stylish vessel in Vancouver and celebrate the festive season in style! With the other boats in the parade, cruise through False Creek, North and West Vancouver or Deep Cove as the Christmas lights dance over the water. Sit down to a delicious traditional dinner on board and enjoy specialities such as roast turkey and herb stuffing as festive carols ring out.
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