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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

Whale Watching

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Take a whale-watching trip in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region and experience the thrill of seeing Orcas (killer whales) in the wild.

Orcas are the most commonly sighted whale here, but grey, humpback and minke whales are also seen. On a guided whale-watching trip, get close enough to see the signature white markings that are unique to each Orca.

Whale-watching trips from this region head out towards southen Vancouver Island to spot the resident Orcas that return to the same waters year after year. These Orcas are easily identified – and even named – with onboard ID charts. Hydrophones allow passengers to “listen in” as the whales communicate with each other with their unique vocalizations.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Vancouver - Vancouver

1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2V4
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone604-633-6413

Prince of Whales is BC's largest marine adventure company. We've been sharing premiere whale-watching experiences with the world for 20 years! With year-round departures, & offices in both Vancouver & Victoria, we've welcomed more than 200,000 guests eager to learn & observe our unique marine wildlife in natural habitats. From downtown Vancouver our multi-deck Ocean Magic cruiser departs the Westin Bayshore Marina on one of Canada's designated Signature Canadian Experiences, our 'Ultimate Day Tour'. Enjoy comfort & convenience, spectacular views & expert guidance as you look for whales & other mammals in the scenic Gulf Islands. Your 'Ultimate Day' continues with free time in historic Victoria, plus a guided tour to Butchart Gardens. You'll re-board right in Butchart's private marine cove & quickly cruise back to Vancouver to enjoy your evening plans.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Victoria - Victoria

812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1T3
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone250-383-4884

Prince of Whales is BC's largest marine adventure company. We have been sharing premiere whale-watching and marine-wildlife experiences with the world for 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver and Victoria, we have welcomed more than 200,000 guests to our waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing unique behaviours of marine wildlife in natural habitats.

From Victoria, tours range from 3-hour Zodiac and Ocean Magic Adventures to longer guided day tours with drop-off at Butchart Gardens private marine cove. Join us from May through September as we embark on an afternoon adventure across Georgia Straight on route to Vancouver. Enjoy comfort and convenience, as well as spectacular views, as we travel through the Gulf Islands behind Salt Spring Island.

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Steveston EcoTours - Richmond

5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 6P3
Toll-free
Phone604-377-5964

Enjoy a unique marine wildlife EcoTour of the Steveston Harbour, Fraser River Estuary & Gulf Islands. Our private group tours depart from Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site in Steveston, to special destinations. View spectacular marine wildlife, explore pristine forest & marine ecosystems & discover ancient historic sites. You will see whales, sea lions, dolphins, seals, eagles & seabirds, depending on the season & tour. Different tours each season! Travel in comfort & safety aboard our custom EcoTour boat Archie V, a 6.7 m (22 ft) aluminium boat with spacious viewing deck, enclosed & heated cabin with large observation windows & seating for 6 guests.

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Steveston Seabreeze Adventures - Richmond

12551 No 1 Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 1T7
Toll-free888-272-7203
Phone604-272-7200

Departing historic Steveston village, 'Gateway to the Orcas', join us for a cruise through the Gulf Islands in search of orcas & other whales. Along the way, be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, porpoises & aquatic birds, as well as the majestic bald eagles.

The boats are semi-enclosed with an upper viewing deck. The small group size of 23 passengers allows you freedom to move around the vessel. We are an owner-operated company & each tour is fully narrated. We have on-board washroom facilities & complimentary water & coffee are provided. Pre-ordered lunch is also available.

Guided fishing tours can also be arranged.

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Vancouver Whale Watch - Richmond

210-12240 Second Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3L8
Toll-free
Phone604-274-9565

Go whale watching with Vancouver Whale Watch celebrating 15 years of whale watching from the lower mainland in 2014. This adventure of a lifetime starts in picturesque Steveston, travelling through the spectacular Gulf & San Juan Islands. We offer whale watching, wildlife viewing & nature tours in open or semi-covered zodiac style vessels. See Orcas (Killer Whales), Dall's porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles & seals in their natural habitat. The only company with Zodiac style boats, we ensure a safe & stable ride for all ages. Avoid ferry hassles by taking your tour direct from Vancouver. Shuttle service from downtown Vancouver available or free all day parking.

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Wild Whales Vancouver - Vancouver

1806 Mast Tower Rd
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 4B6
Toll-free
Phone604-699-2011

Wild Whales Vancouver is the only dedicated whale-watching company departing from Vancouver. The Wild Whales experience allows you to observe Killer Whales & the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime!

Board one of our vessels at Vancouver's historic Granville Island. Keep your cameras ready as you travel into English Bay, where views of Vancouver & the Coast Mountains are unparalleled.

Every trip is different as we explore the Strait of Georgia, the Canadian Gulf Islands & the US San Juan Islands in search of whales. Sightings guaranteed! If you don't see whales, you get a second trip for free!

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Blackfish Sailing & Kayaking Adventures - Victoria

1327 Beach Dr
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 2N4
Toll-free
Phone250-216-2389

We offer both day sailing and overnight cruises from Oak Bay, the 'wild' side of Victoria - only minutes from downtown Victoria. This area and surrounding Gulf Islands are a boater's dream, featuring wild islands, diverse marine life, and tranquil anchorages, against a background of snow-capped mountains.

Ours is a 'hands-on' experience where you will have the opportunity to learn how to sail or gain more experience. Your Captain is a CYA certified instructor, and our vessel is a 35 foot Beneteau sloop.

On our exploratory cruises up the coast we can take along kayaks as well as our inflatable. This spring we are organizing cruises to magnificent Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound from Nanaimo and Comox, harbours convenient to these world famous cruising destinations.

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First Fish Charters - Port Moody

253 Balmoral Place
Port Moody, British Columbia
V3H 4B9
Toll-free
Phone604-202-6522

Within 10 minutes of Vancouver Harbour your fishing adventure begins. The ocean surrounding Vancouver provides very productive fishing grounds for feeding & migrating salmon. Up to 30 million salmon pass through these waters every year as they head towards their local spawning grounds.

The thrill of catching salmon, pulling up a full prawn or crab trap & taking in the amazing scenery are experiences that make fishing in Vancouver highly enjoyable. Your experienced guide will ensure that you have a productive & memorable fishing trip. The fishing is enjoyable for all levels of angler. All equipment is provided. If you are a first time angler, we will ensure that you receive all the instruction you need to assist you in landing your first salmon.

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Harbour Air Seaplanes - Vancouver - Vancouver

1 Burrard Landing 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 0C3
Toll-free800-665-0212
Phone604-233-3505

Experience Vancouver from a new point of view with a breathtaking seaplane adventure. Enjoy a 20 min Vancouver Panorama flight featuring spectacular aerial views of the city & surrounding mountains or take part in a Fly 'N Dine tour including a seaplane flight to Horseshoe Bay, 3-course dinner & limousine back to downtown Vancouver. Whale watching & flight packages to Victoria are also available.

Harbour Air provides a reliable & convenient link to Vancouver Island, offering daily scheduled flights to Victoria, Nanaimo, Comox, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler. Proud to be North America's first carbon neutral airline.

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Ocean Adventures Charter Co. - North Vancouver

Toll-free
Phone604-812-9453

Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature & our photographers the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With our small groups (maximum 6 guests per trip), our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter & experience the Wild in Wilderness!

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