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Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Sightseers whale watching (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Vancouver whale-watching tours offer breathtaking scenery and wildlife viewing just minutes from a major urban centre.

Upon leaving the dock, passengers are surrounded by incredible coastal settings and have the opportunity to see Orcas (killer whales), grey whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and other marine life like porpoises, dolphins and seabirds.

On a whale-watching tour, it's possible to see Orcas breaching, spyhopping and hunting. Use onboard charts to identify individual whales, and listen through hydrophones to hear whales communicating underwater.

Whale-watching tours depart from downtown Vancouver and from nearby Steveston, located at the mouth of the Fraser River in Richmond, with whales generally seen in the waters of the Georgia Strait, Gulf Islands or San Juan Islands.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Vancouver - Vancouver

1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2V4
Websitehttp://www.princeofwhales.com
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
Websitehttp://www.princeofwhales.com
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 Seabreeze Adventures - Richmond

12551 No 1 Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 1T7
Websitehttp://www.seabreezeadventures.ca
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.

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Vancouver Whale Watch - Richmond

210-12240 Second Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3L8
Websitehttp://www.vancouverwhalewatch.com
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
Websitehttp://www.whalesvancouver.com
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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Harbour Air Seaplanes - Vancouver - Vancouver

1 Burrard Landing 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 0C3
Websitehttp://www.harbourair.com
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

Websitehttp://www.oceanadventures.bc.ca
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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Steveston EcoTours - Richmond

5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 6P3
Websitehttp://www.stevestonecotours.com
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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West Trek Tours - Vancouver

110-736 Granville St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6Z 1G3
Websitehttp://www.westtrek.com
Toll-free
Phone604-408-9378

West Trek Tours is one of Vancouver's top budget tour providers, servicing the international student community, backpackers & locals since 1998! Whether it's to Whistler, Seattle, Victoria, Tofino, Portland or the Rocky Mountains, West Trek tours are fun, high energy & affordable. We strive to give visitors of Vancouver a uniquely Canadian experience while helping to create memories & friendships that last a lifetime. West Trek - you have to be there!

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