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Whale Watching Tour from Vancouver

Experience the thrill of seeing orcas, humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals and bald eagles in their natural habitat amidst the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands during this 3-5 hour whale watching tour from Vancouver.
Where:Richmond, British Columbia
Price for:1 Participant
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Whale Watching Tour from Vancouver - ADULT
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Whale Watching Tour from Vancouver - SENIOR / STUDENT
Seniors: Age 60+ Students must show valid student ID. Subject to availability.
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Whale Watching Tour from Vancouver - CHILD
Age 4-12 (children 3 and under are free of charge). Subject to availability.
Get ready for an unforgettable outdoor experience aboard a half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise!

The waters off the coast of Vancouver are renowned for attracting whales. This tour has had a 90% whale sighting success rate. Should you not see a whale, come again for free until you do, for life, no expiry.

Your whale watching adventure begins when you arrive in the charming centre of Stevenston Village, a short drive south of Vancouver. You’ll climb aboard your modern, whale watching vessel and be greeted by your professional naturalist and guide.

Killer Whales come to this region to feed on the salmon that are returning to the Fraser River to spawn. The salmon start to migrate upriver in May and continue until October. There are three pods (families) of Killer Whales that consist of approximately 80 whales and return to this area every year.

Throughout your tour, the naturalist will share insights into orca behavior, and help you spot a variety of creatures. You’ll have the opportunity to hear the whale calls of any orcas encountered along the way using on-board hydrophones. Handy photo id charts will help you identify different species of animals.

The high-speed zodiacs used on for this whale watching tour offer both an open-air deck and a covered cabin, ensuring a comfortable tour no matter the conditions. The boats ride on top of the water rather than pounding through it, providing a stable ride. 

A Whale Watching Tour from Vancouver is the perfect experience gift for marine lovers in your family whether young or old. Be sure to check this exciting sightseeing tour of your bucket list of fun things to do in Vancouver!

Tour highlights:

  • Guaranteed whale sightings or your next trip is free.
  • Cruise through the spectacular San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands.
  • Watch for orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles and more.
  • Accompanied by a professional naturalist who will discuss the marine ecosystem and answers questions.
  • Listen to orca communicating in real time through hydrophones.

What's included:

  • Whale watching tour aboard high-speed open-air and covered zodiac boats.
  • Bottled water.
  • Snacks.

When: Daily tours April 01 - October 31

Duration: 3-5 hours

Need to know:

  • If you are in downtown Vancouver, a shuttle service is available for an additional fee. The shuttle service can be coordinated when you reserve your tour time with the tour provider.
  • There are restrooms on board all the boats.
  • Tours not recommended for those suffering from neck/back problems, persons in frail health or pregnant women.
  • Children 3 and under are free of charge. They must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The tour provider reserves the right to cancel any trip due to weather conditions, mechanical problems or unforeseen circumstances. They reserve the right to substitute vessels.
  • It is recommended you dress warmly in layers as it is always colder on the water. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • You may want to pack a lunch or snack, as you may be out on the water for 5 hours.

The Whale Watching Tour from Vancouver takes place at Richmond (Stevenson), British Columbia.VIEW MAP

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