• Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration: Varies
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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.

Highlights

  • 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!

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

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an absolute highlight of our time in Vancouver.

The pick up was perfect with the driver telling us little bits of information as we drove round to the different hotels. The wildlife was spot on although this out of the control of the tour company so think we were lucky but seeing past the company was professional and did their best to keep you updated as to what was going on with what you were seeing and also give you some history and context to the area. Overall would recommend this.

SUSAN W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent tour would highly recommend! Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. We booked the pick up bus would recommend this also! Plus we were lucky enough to see a few Whales!

greg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

From the pick up to actual boat was fantastic,saw 5 large humpback whales,good throughout again water provided and warm clothing

mandm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

kimhollanders1983 Belgium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Enjoyed the boat ride. The guide was very informative. Best part was that i actually got to see some whales
up close. And some other animals.

michael f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great experience!

Adam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Wonderful tour. Great information on the way and well conducted. Easy check-in as well.

Ina V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

it was very enjoyable, water was not rough at all and we saw 5 humpback whales very close to the boat, there were 4 adults and a calf. It was not that cold if dressed warmly. The shuttle from the city was very comfortable and timely. There are several pickup sites so it is easy to walk to one. If you need warm clothes you can borrow them from the company before boarding.

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Perfect!

thelastmove

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was excellent from start to finish, the staff at the reception were very friendly and helpful and thank goodness they advised to use the oilskins for the trip which were free by the way. Our guide on board was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain things about the whales and other wildlife along the way. We were fortunate to see during the trip seals, bald eagles, deer on the shoreline and finally a pod of whales so a very successful trip.

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