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!
- 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!
Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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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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Whale Watching Tour departing from Steveston Village at 9:00am
Whale Watching Tour departing from Steveston Village at 9:00am and round-trip shuttle transportation from downtown Vancouver
Whale Watching Tour departing from Steveston Village at 11:00am
Whale Watching Tour departing from Steveston Village at 11:00am and round-trip shuttle transportation from downtown Vancouver
Whale Watching Tour departing from Steveston Village at 2:00pm
Whale Watching Tour departing from Steveston Village at 2:00pm and round-trip shuttle transportation from downtown Vancouver
Whale Watching Tour
- Sightseeing cruise
- Hotel pickup and drop off (if option selected)
- Bottled water
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)
- 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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