Gulf Islands Tours

Gulf Islands
British Columbia’s Gulf Islands include both the major populated islands and hundreds of small islands in the archipelago at the southern end of the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the BC Mainland. The Strait of Georgia is part of the larger Salish Sea, which owes its name to the islands’ original inhabitants: the Coast Salish First Nations.

The region, known for its stunning combination of unique culture and beautiful coastlines, are most popular throughout the warm BC summer. The climate is sub-Mediterranean, which means warm and dry summers with plenty of sunshine. This also makes the region rich in agriculture; so organic farms, hobby fromageries, and wineries are all common sights along the rolling terrain of the islands.

While it is possible to tour one, and sometimes two, islands in a single day, many visitors opt to spend a weekend or more hopping between different islands. The communities are renowned for their eclectic lifestyles of artists, musicians, and retirees; however, each of the major islands – Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender, Saltspring, and Gabriola - has its own unique personality.

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Ferries to the main islands are all managed by BC Ferries from ports in Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver. 
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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.
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hours
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$117.76
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Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens

Enjoy two favorite Victoria tours in a single day with this great-value combo package. Voyage into the open waters of the northern Pacific on a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, where you can encounter native marine life such as orcas, gray whales, and harbor seals with the help of expert guides. In the afternoon, explore the elaborate floral landscapes of Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Includes round-trip transfers from downtown Victoria and a flexible return schedule, so you can linger to enjoy the gardens’ luminous displays at night.
  • Duration: 4 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 7 hours
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