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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

Troy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had an excellent time. The guide was very informative and fun. We saw two different types of whales and we saw an orca breech, which is not common.

Chris Cox United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

After being fully kitted out with waterproofs, also hats and gloves if required, we embarked on the largest of the vessels for what turned out to be a 5 hour approx 90 mile round trip. We saw Bald Eagles, several porpoise, a seal, cormorants and to cap it all Killer whales. Our guide was very attentive and ensured that everyone was ok, and kept us informed of progress in locating the whales and provided information sheets as well as interesting facts and figures. The whale watching community seem to help each other which is why the success rate for spotting whales is so good. Seeing the whales in the wild is such a thrill. Altogether a fantastic trip, highly recommended. .

Noemi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Ronald T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour guides went out of their way to make sure that we saw whales in this case, orca whales.

Elizabeth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour with enthusiastic, friendly guides. We saw humped back and killer whales and beautiful islands. The tour takes nearly five hours and it was cold and windy in July so wrap up very warm.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I had an amazing time at the whale watching tour. We saw a family of Orcas and a humpback whale that breached twice in front of us. It was an amazing experience. I had 5 tours this summer and this one was definitely the highlight of my summer. I highly recommend it!!

Maria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

1St time to Vancouver. Whale watching was amazing! Would do it again if I get the chance

Leonardo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Honestly was a great trip. I was expecting to be a bit closer to the whales, but if you're like me, and you don't realize that even though they can control where the whale sightings are, that they can't control how close the whales will be to your boat, then you should try and come more prepared than I did when I went on the trip. If you are a photographer, then a tele converter is a must using a lens of 200mm or more as minimum range to get some usable shots. I used a 200 2.8 Nikon lense, and i barely managed to get a few usable shots, and the only reason why is because i shoot with a D810 and so the mega pixels allow for quite a crop without seriously compromising quality...... Either bring a tele converter or a 500mm lens to really get the most out of the experience..... The tour it self, was hands down spectacular, highly recommended....

Matthew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One word.. WOW. Must do!!!!

Ioi Kuan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We saw two different types of whales, the humpback and the killer whale, the tour guide was friendly and told us a lot about whales and also the area. Very nice experience!

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