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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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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
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or your next trip is free
  • Professional naturalist ensures you don’t miss any wildlife
  • Listen to orca calls in real time through onboard hydrophones
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from downtown hotels (if option is selected)
What to Expect
After a scenic 35-minute ride from Downtown Vancouver, arrive in the charming center of Steveston Heritage Fishing Village. Door-to-door shuttle service from your hotel is available, if the option is selected, as well as free parking for those who drive. Tours depart rain or shine, as all boats are equipped with both open decks and covered cabins. Snap photos in the serene waters of the Gulf Islands, while an expert in marine biology gives you an overview of the animals in the area.
The captain navigates to the best spots for orca sightings, and the onboard naturalist ensures you don’t miss out on seeing a variety of sea creatures, including orcas, sea lions, and porpoises. Complimentary hydrophones give you a rare opportunity to hear whale calls in real time.
Enjoy a snack on board before docking back in Steveston Village, the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon, or hop back on the shuttle to your Vancouver hotel.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went on the stride vessel, which only seats 12. It was great fun! We saw humpback whales, harbour seals, sea lions, a bald eagle & an osprey. The crew on board were great and water and granola bars offered during the trip.

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Professional knowledgeable curtious staff and a well organized tour. The 6 whales we saw were breathtaking and a calf even breached. I would recommend this to anyone!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Dee Dee J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife, two sons (4 and 6 year old) and l went on this trip on the morning trip. We found everyone so helpful from the telephone booking to directions to find the shop to the staff in the shop are great. We had Sue...More

Thank SRobson1970
Reviewed 2 days ago

Went on the tour 5 years ago and had a blast, had my daughter and sister visiting BC for the first time so I took them for a tour, amazing experience, amazing staff and an awesome experience as always... Look forward to doing it again...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Thetrifel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic trip. Seen six humpback whales. Thoroughly recommend this trip. All staff were brilliant making sure we were taken to the best spots.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Navigate21172329251
11 August 2019|
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Response from BMukherjee | Reviewed this property |
You have to ask your tour company. Thx.
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5 July 2019|
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Response from dorychristol | Reviewed this property |
We were emailed out ticket for the bus to get to the tour. When we checked in at the tour office we were given our boat assignment and ticket.
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nicole2689
27 April 2019|
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I would check with your Hotel and ask if they have a shuttle service from/to the airport, if not after you clear security there is an information deck in the terminal and they will tell you the price of a taxi to your Hotel... More
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