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Whale Watching with Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens from Victoria

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the wilderness that makes Victoria famous on this 8-hour whale watching and nature tour. Cruise through the Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait en route to the Pacific Ocean on a 3-hour whale-watching tour, with opportunities to see additional wildlife such as seals, sea lions, and marine birds. Then, hop aboard a shuttle and head to the floral displays at the Butchart Gardens and the tropical Butterfly Gardens.
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • All entrance fees included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Live commentary onboard
Transport by air-conditioned coach to Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens
Professional guide
Coffee and/or Tea
Alcoholic drinks
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4, Canada

Traveler pickup is offered
To request a shuttle pick up from your downtown Victoria Hotel, please call our office 24 hours prior to your tour departure.

Departure times from the Fairmont Empress to Butchart Gardens vary throughout the year:
January 1 - 6: 4:00pm, 6:00pm
January 7 - February 12: Closed
February 13 - March 31:  12:00pm
April 1 - 30: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
May 1 - 30: 9:00am, 1:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
June 1 - September 15: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm
September 16 - 30: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
October 1 - 31: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
November 1 - 30: 12:00pm
December: 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm

Departure times from the Butchart Gardens: 
January 1 - 6: 7:00pm, 9:00pm
January 7 - February 12: Closed
February 13 - March 31:  3:00pm
April 1 - 30: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
May 1 - 30: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
June 1 - September 15: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm (On Fireworks Saturday nights: If the fireworks end after 10:00pm, the last shuttle to downtown will depart 15 minutes after the fireworks are over)
September 16 - 30: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
October 1 - 31: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
November 1 - 30: 3:00pm
December: 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm (No stop at Butterfly Gardens this month and no service December 25)

Butterfly Gardens Hours of Operation
March 9 – June 30: 10am to 4pm
July 1 – August 31: 9:30am to 5:00pm
September 1 – September 29: 10:00am to 4:00pm
September 30 – March 8: 10am to 3:00pm

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Please note: the zodiac inflatable boat does have an age restriction of at least 6 years of age
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Orca Spirit Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whale Watching with Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens from Victoria?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Awesome Adventure
Excursion20440
, Sep 2019
The crew was awesome. They spoke but also let you admire and take it all in. I wasn't sure I would enjoy this but I was wrong. It was GREAT!! I highly recommend.
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Whale of a time!
Qapots
, Sep 2019
Very knowledgeable crew, Got to see and hear whales up close. Trip was highlighted by the sight of whales breaching and fin slapping. Only disappointment was that we didn’t see any Orcas. Oh well maybe next time!
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