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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration: Varies (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5322WHALE
While in Vancouver, don't miss the chance to take a whale-watching tour and spot killer whales, porpoises, seals, eagles and other wildlife amid the stunning scenery of Canada’s southwest coast. Join your professional naturalist and board a first class, modern vessel for a 3- to 5-hour expedition, starting in the picturesque, historic fishing village of Steveston and traveling through the spectacular Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.

The area is renowned for attracting whales, and this tour enjoys a 90% sighting success rate. On your quest to find orcas (killer whales), you’ll have the opportunity to see the inhabitants of this diverse marine ecosystem, including bow riding Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and seals. Select the shuttle option to include round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver, and spend a morning or afternoon in touch with nature on this memorable whale-watching tour!

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Killer whales (also known as orcas) migrate to coastal British Columbia between May and October to feed on the salmon that return to the Fraser River to spawn. There are three pods (families) of approximately 80 killer whales that return to the area every year, meaning sightings are almost guaranteed.

The vessels used on this whale-watching tour are open-air or covered high-speed zodiac boats that ensure a smooth and comfortable trip whatever the weather! On your thrilling expedition, you will hear illuminating commentary delivered by professional naturalists, and you’ll see the magnificent orca in its natural habitat. Onboard hydrophones allow you to experience the wild calls of the orcas first hand, and photo ID charts will even help you to identify them. Look out for the orca named Granny, believed to be over 100 years old!

Air-conditioned shuttle transportation is available from nine centrally located pickup points in downtown Vancouver, and free parking is available in Steveston Village for those arriving by car.

Don’t miss this extraordinary rendezvous with nature on the southwest coast of Canada!

GUARANTEED WHALE SIGHTINGS OR YOUR NEXT TRIP IS FREE!

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Steveston Village, British Columbia or nine centrally located pickup points in downtown Vancouver (if shuttle option selected)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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11:00am Tour
Code: 11AMWHALE

Whale Watching Tour departing from Steveston Village at 11:00am

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$171.10
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11:00am Tour and Shuttle
Code: 11AMWHALESHUTTLE

Whale Watching Tour departing from Steveston Village at 11:00am and round-trip shuttle transportation from downtown Vancouver

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$190.85
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

Whale Watching Tour

Inclusions:
  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (if option selected)
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Hazel B, August 2014

We saw whales after going out about 30-45 minutes. Suddenly there they were! Swimming, playing! Beautiful! We watched for about an hour. Our captain called to other ships to let them know we were seeing them, and they came too. I tho't it was nice that he shared that info. He went somewhat out of his way to show us another big male that was further away, and we watched him too. We saw sea lions, bald eagles, cormorants, seals. It was so enjoyable, it is a highlight.

Reviewed by: Jean K, August 2014

i would highly recomend this company trip. the water in the morgning was to rough to go out, but they rebooked us for the aftenoon trip. our guide anna was very imformative through out the outing. she went around asking if nayone had questions and was very informed about whales as she was studying in this field. ouyr captain took us to spots were there were other sealife after seeing whales. we spent a good period of time with the whales always keeping our distance to respect the whales comfort zone. i would highly recomend this trip. mrs jean kathleen rioux hammond

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