Vancouver Cruises & boat tours

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Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

1. Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

Experience the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island by land and ship on a guided day trip from Vancouver with hotel transfers included. View the British Columbia coastline from a sightseeing cruise, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. On the way, look out for marine wildlife from the outdoor ship decks, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with a dancing fountain. Marvel at the architectural wonders of the city of Victoria boasts, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour.

Vancouver: Carol Ships Dinner Cruise

2. Vancouver: Carol Ships Dinner Cruise

Enjoy the most extensive and festive selection of Carol Ship departures in Vancouver, proud to continue the tradition of providing live Christmas carolers to lead you in all your Christmas favorites.  Get on a brightly colored vessel, lit up on the outside and decked out in its Christmas best on the inside. Enjoy a dual-entree Christmas dinner buffet, and a fully licensed bar, on this 2.5-hour cruise.

Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

3. Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

Experience the thrill of the high seas as you embark on the search for the famous Killer Whales. Benefit from the experience of your tour guide and sighting chances of around 90%. Keep an eye out for the notorious Killer Whale, grey whales, seals, dolphins, sea lions, bald eagles and many other aquatic animals. Professionally trained naturalists and guides will provide more information and facts about the wildlife you will see. Before you set sail, enjoy pick up from your accommodation in Vancouver and drive to the place where the covered boat is docked. Enjoy the adventure onboard the boat, equipped with many facilities including toilets. Drinks will be served on board. Marvel at the magical islands of the Canadian Pacific coast as you travel and experience a truly spectacular natural event. A visit to Vancouver's Granville Island is also included.

Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

4. Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and slip into the required red cruiser suit to get a safety tutorial. Then, board the open-air, purpose-built zodiac boat and set off on a scenic ride through Burrard Inlet. Get up close to native wildlife and listen to the expert commentary as you navigate the waterways at speeds up to 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). Admire the lush greenery of Coal Harbour, North Shore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park, looking for dolphins, harbor seals and bald eagles along the way. Marvel at the skyscrapers of British Columbia’s largest city as you cruise back to harbor.

Taste of the West Coast Seaplane Tour

5. Taste of the West Coast Seaplane Tour

This tour offers a taste of all there is to love about the West Coast! Depart downtown Vancouver by shuttle and travel to Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay. There you will enjoy a two-hour guided nature tour that showcases unique marine wildlife. Recharge from the tour by dining at Doc Morgans restaurant. Complete your day with an exciting seaplane flight back to downtown Vancouver. With over 50 aircraft currently, Harbour Air and Westcoast Air operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

Vancouver: Private Tour and Seaplane Excursion

6. Vancouver: Private Tour and Seaplane Excursion

Explore Vancouver from above with this lovely scenic journey for 20 minutes on a seaplane, starting from Vancouver downtown harbor and fly over Stanley Park English Bay, Lions Gate, North Shore and Vancouver city. The itinerary includes a Vancouver downtown overview of major historic landmark buildings, Canada Place, Robson and Georgia Street, China Town, Historic Gastown, Stanley Park with Totem Poles and Prospect Point.  Explore the public market at the Granville Island for one hour. The last stop on the tour is a visit to Queen Elizabeth park.

Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane

7. Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane

Combine adventure and culture on this unique day trip to Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens. Leaving from Vancouver in the morning, you will be picked-up from your hotel and taken for a thrilling journey in a seaplane over the fascinating islands of the Canadian Pacific coast. Land in Victoria city center at around 9:00 AM, giving you plenty of your own time to stroll the streets and admire the quirky English style. Depends on your choice of shuttle time, you'll be driven to the world-famous Butchart Gardens by a scheduled shuttle bus. Once there, you'll have about 2 hours to admire the flowers and other plant life in these impressive gardens. An excellent live commentary will be performed on the bus by a guide driver. Travel back to Vancouver in a comfortable, take a seaplane departs at 5 or 6 PM. Arrive back at your hotel in Vancouver at around 6 or 7 PM.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 367 reviews

What an amazing excursion!! From the crew to seeing the whales it was awesome. We were fortunate enough to see humpback and orca whales with harbor seals along the way. The crew were engaging and took every opportunity to make sure we were able to see the whales and stayed for awhile at the site to enjoy the whales. Anthony, Sandy, Luke, Stephen and Wilma were very knowledgeable and were able to identify what whales we were seeing. Would recommend this excursion. The ride was smooth and comfortable. Great day!! Also a great bonus was getting the pictures from the day at the end. I wasn’t able to get a lot so having those sent were so helpful.

Great tour, our guide Anthony was fantastic and took such good care of us! It really wasn’t enough time in Butchart Gardens, I could have spent double the time. Very long day but well worth it!

Great guides, you can see that they are not doing at just to have a job, they do it with passion. We also saw seelions and a beautiful sunset, which made the tour even better. Highly recommend!

Was on the fence about this one, but so glad I went. It was a blast, tour guide, Elias, was funny and informative.

The boat ride was pleasant with free hot drinks. We saw orcas, humpback whales and sea lions/seals! Was very cool!