Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
from USD $131.09
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!
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In Brief

Richmond, Canada
3 to 5 hours
April 1 - October 31
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Steveston Heritage Fishing Village, 3820 Bayview St, Richmond, British Columbia V7E 4R7 Canada

Our tours are located in Steveston, it is a small scenic fishermen village.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Vancouver Whale Watch, 12240 2nd Ave Suite 210 Steveston, Richmond, British Columbia V7E 3L8 Canada

This is our office where you can get information about our excursions, and also check in for your tour.

Duration: 3 hours


  • Shuttle pickup and drop off (if option selected)
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Restroom on board


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)

Departure Point

12240 Second Ave, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8, Canada

Traveler pickup is offered
We have 9 central locations that we pick up from in Downtown Vancouver, as well at most Richmond Hotels.

Zone 1 – On the corner of Beatty Street and Robson Street, in front of the Hampton Inn & Suites (outside Sciué Café).

Zone 1A – On the corner of Georgia Street and Howe Street (same corner as Pacific Centre Mall glass dome entrance).

Zone 2 - On Canada Place Way at Burrard Street, across the street from the Tourist Information Centre (on the water side of the street).

Zone 3 – Outside Shenanigans Pub (1227 Robson Street).

Zone 3A – Westin Bayshore Hotel, 1601 Bayshore Drive. Please wait outside the main entrance, in the driveway (by valet stand).

Zone 4 – On the corner of Denman Street and Comox Street, outside the 7-Eleven Convenience Store (1055 Denman Street).

Zone 5 – Outside the Century Plaza Hotel, 1015 Burrard Street. Please wait outside the hotel, by the “Passenger Loading Zone.”

Zone 5A – Outside the Ramada Inn & Suites Hotel, 1221 Granville Street. Please wait by the “Passenger Loading Zone.”

Zone 6 – On the corner of Broadway and Fir Street, outside the Kohler Building (1606 W. Broadway).

Please note we do not pick up from all of these zones everyday so please arrange your shuttle pick up with us directly.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 47 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

A great trip from beginning to end. It started with a shuttle pick up by a quirky yet hilarious driver. The fishing village from where you depart is the real life town of Storybrooke....or at least where Once Upon A Time was filmed. The crew was that took us out were friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to see plenty of humpbacks, seals and bald eagles. I was slightly disappointed that I wasn't able to see orcas but it was of no fault of the company. They just weren't around! This is a definite must do.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2019
I would definitely recommend this highly professional whale watching company. My wife and I total enjoyed the whole experience. We saw both humpback and Killer whales.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
We had a wonderful, knowledgeable guide and saw seals, s a lions, humpback whales, and killer whales on our trip. Magical!
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
A great day out seeing Humpbacks, Orcas, Seals and Sea lions. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, seemed really interested and enthusiastic about her subject.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
We really enjoyed this excursion. We opted for the shuttle pick up and the communication regarding a change in pick up point was excellent. We arrived and were given windbreaker jackets which were definately needed, as it was cold at points. The boat was big but even though it was full to capacity there was so much room to move around, there was no pushing or shoving and everyone could see everything. There was also a top deck that could accommodate 12 people at any one time for that better view. Joan is really knowledgeable and told us loads of really interesting info about the animals. We saw 2 pairs of humpbacks, 2 types of seals and some bald eagles. A trip well worth doing. It was myself and my 8year old. He did at times get bored so would recommend bringing something for them to do to keep them occupied.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
Well worth the trip time to see the killer whales out near Victoria Island, along with other interesting animals along the way. We also saw several seals (keeping a safe distance from the orcas), a bald eagle perched on its nest, and, to the surprise of our guide, a California see lion. At one point one of the orcas surfaced quite near our boat to take a few breaths - really impressive animals, right up there at the top of the food chain. Our guide, Andy, was extremely knowledgeable on the biology of the animals, and she gave us a very useful commentary on the life cycle and personalities of each orca, as well as the work that is underway to protect the environment for these creatures. It is a fairly lengthy boat trip, about an hour each way, and it can get windy and chilly out there on the water. They provide big yellow jackets which you will need, but it's a good idea to take an extra sweater.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
Shuttle was on time. Bus driver was very entertaining on the way to Richmond and back. The boats are well maintained. You will be handed jackets to keep you warm and dry. And yes, we did find the whales! On that trip we found bold eagles, killer whales, seals and others. The guide was exceptional, very knowledgeable and entertaining. Snacks were provided on board as well. I highly recommend this experience.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
Nice, we saw 11 orcas, sealions, seals and two bald eagles. The tourguide was really nice and smart :)
• Submitted 11 Jul 2019
Excellent tour! Smooth boat ride! Knowledgeable naturalist! Loved the map she created to sum up our trip. It included where we saw the humpback and killer whales. I highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2019
We went as a group of 5 but I booked separately, so they moved us all onto one boat to go together with absolutely no faff. Our guide Andy was exceptionally kind and knowledgable, our boat wasn't crowded at all and we were kept completely up to date with everything we could possibly see! We saw a pod of 9 orcas and Andy could tell us exactly which were which and how they were related. I have recommended this tour to all my friends- and hopefully I'll be back in a few weeks to do it again!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Friendly staff at the office during check in. Knowledgeable crew; Nathan did a great job. Saw killer whales, sea lions, seals and scenic view of other islands. Free parking. Overall memorable experience.
• Submitted 08 May 2019
What a fantastic tour. We are so happy we chose to do this tour and can't wait to do it again! Amazing!
• Submitted 29 Oct 2018
Enjoyed cruising along watching Killer Whale family. Environmentalist was very knowledgeable and kept us informed during the whole trip. Glad we were able to have this experience.
• Submitted 07 Sep 2018
We had an amazing time. We took the 9am boat. The shuttle driver was prompt and informative. When you arrive at the office, you'll be given rain gear. Even though it was going to be near 80 for the day, we needed these were glad we wore them. It's cold on the water when you drive around for a while looking for wildlife. The boats communicate with one another, so one there was a humpback sighting, we headed for that. I would guess that for the later boats, you'd get to see whales sooner. We ended up being gone right at 5 hours. Bring your own snacks, especially if you're traveling with kiddos and grandparents and a husband who gets hangry. LOL There's a great deli at the docks that we got sandwiches from. James was our captain and Ellen was our naturalist. Both were fantastic! I highly recommend this tour and would do it again if we visit Vancouver.
• Submitted 17 Aug 2018
We got to see orcas, porpoises, seals and bald egales. Great time, everyone was so nice!! We had prefect weather. Our guide was very informational.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
This was an absolute highlight of our time in Vancouver. The pick up was perfect with the driver telling us little bits of information as we drove round to the different hotels. The wildlife was spot on although this out of the control of the tour company so think we were lucky but seeing past the company was professional and did their best to keep you updated as to what was going on with what you were seeing and also give you some history and context to the area. Overall would recommend this.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2018
Excellent tour would highly recommend! Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. We booked the pick up bus would recommend this also! Plus we were lucky enough to see a few Whales!
• Submitted 12 Dec 2017
From the pick up to actual boat was fantastic,saw 5 large humpback whales,good throughout again water provided and warm clothing
• Submitted 03 Nov 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
Enjoyed the boat ride. The guide was very informative. Best part was that i actually got to see some whales up close. And some other animals.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2017
Wonderful tour. Great information on the way and well conducted. Easy check-in as well.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2017
Great experience!
• Submitted 14 Oct 2017
it was very enjoyable, water was not rough at all and we saw 5 humpback whales very close to the boat, there were 4 adults and a calf. It was not that cold if dressed warmly. The shuttle from the city was very comfortable and timely. There are several pickup sites so it is easy to walk to one. If you need warm clothes you can borrow them from the company before boarding.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017

In Brief

Richmond, Canada
3 to 5 hours
April 1 - October 31

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