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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour was led by Andy and Captain James CPN James is also a native of the area, if I recall. The initial commute to the whales was well spent with several interesting native animals to see along the route. Once we did reach the whales, we spent hours alongside them. The boat is large enough to allow one several vantage points to catch a glimpse of the wildlife, but small enough to allow group conversation / questions for the guide as they reveal extensive information on species. The guides were also very knowledgeable about several organizations working to protect the animals and the history of whale treatment, current aquarium efforts, and research.

Finally, for all the Once Upon a Time fans out there, this tour kicks off in Steveston, BC aka Storybrooke.

An incredible time, for sure.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Saw whales, bald eagles, and more

Glenn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A little cold when we went but very enjoyable. Lots of videos taken.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Collected on time early in fact on comfortable coach. Others picked up on route with some nice commentary to the journey. Booked in at their office where waterproofs available. The boat was very safe and comfortable with mostly enclosed seating. Some open seating at the back and an open upper deck which was great for photos. When moving at speed it can be a bit bumpy but less so if sitting at the back. Professional and very well informed guide and lots of time to take photos and ask questions once whales spotted. Everyone got some good photographs and got a good look at orcas, seals, sea lions and bald eagles. Very enjoyable day in spite of some rain and slightly chilly conditions. Highly recommended to see these wonderful animals in their natural conditions as well as good views of the islands and locality from the water.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I recommend, very corteous, very professional, and the shutler driver was a real gentleman, entertainer and educated. The whales show up, the pilot very calm and pacient.

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A great day out in Vancouver. We were fortunate to track a family of transient killer whales Orca. Our tour guide Joan was very knowledgeable. We also were able to see large male Sea Lions, smaller harbor seals, and the gorgeous coastal landscape and sandstone of the Veldez island. On the way back we saw 2 bald eagle which are usually gone by this time of year. Highly recommend this tour.

Claudia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We have seen about 12 to 15 whales. Great!!! it was a rainy day


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great day out

Margaret M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very informative guides. A great experience

John O R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic as we were very fortunate to see a wonderful pod of killer whales and the lady who accompanied us was very forthcoming with terrific information.

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