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Vancouver Whale Watching
Photo 1 / 8: Orca whale
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Watch killer whales in their natural habitat, while taking in the diverse marine ecosystem. Be sure to also keep an eye out for Dall's porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles, and seals.
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Pricing and availability
From $119.53 each  Adults (13 to 59) *
From $91.95 each  Seniors (60 & older) *
From $68.97 each  Children (4 to 12) *
*specify age at day of event
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Board a Vancouver Whale Watch zodiac-style boat, and then head out into the waters of the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands. Depending on season, you have the option to choose between a semi-covered Express and an open-air Explorathor II, both types of boats being equally comfortable and safe.

Enjoy a 3- to 5-hour long sail, while keeping an eye out for killer whales, seals, and more. A professional naturalist narrates the entire cruise and answers questions, while onboard hydrophones—underwater devices that allow you to listen to the vocalizations of the whales—allow you to experience first-hand the wild calls of the Orcas.

This tour is available either with or without transportation from select downtown Vancouver locations (via Orca Express shuttle). Please choose the preferred option at booking.

Inclusions :
  • Whale watching tour
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Binoculars and hydrophones
  • Protective outerwear (if required)
  • Snack (granola bar) and bottled water

3–5 hours, depending on whale location

Departure time and location:
  • April 1–June 18: 11 AM
  • June 19–September 3: 9 AM and 2 PM from
  • September 4–October 31: 11 AM
    Tours departs from Richmond (Steveston), BC, located approximately 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
    Check-in time is 1 hour prior to departure time.

    Return time and location:
    Approximately 3–5 hours after departure; same as departure location

    Participant restrictions:
    Pregnant women are not permitted on this tour. Tour is not suitable for persons with health problems, or those suffering from neck or back conditions.

    This tour is available either with or without roundtrip shuttle transportation between select downtown Vancouver locations and Redemption location. Please choose the preferred option when booking.

    It is recommended that you dress in layers, bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a packed lunch, and a camera.

  • Redemption instructions

    After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:
    1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
    2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it is critical to do this before you depart.
    3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

    Exchange your voucher for activity:
    Reservations are required. Please call Vancouver Whale Watch (number printed on the voucher) at least 24 hours in advance of your tour date to confirm your reservation. If you booked the tour including roundtrip transportation, please be prepared to also confirm the pick-up details. If you booked the tour without roundtrip transportation, please ensure you allow adequate time for arriving at Redemption location. Vancouver Whale Watch is located approximately a 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver (complimentary all-day parking is available). Upon arrival at Redemption location, please present your voucher(s) and photo ID in exchange for service.
    Terms and conditions

    Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to 48 hours before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.