Water activity

Vancouver, BC: Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: PRINCE OF WHALES

Vancouver, BC: Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: PRINCE OF WHALES

See whales and other marine animals close up on the state-of-the-art Salish Sea catamaran. The covered boat has several viewing areas on 3 different elevations, and whale sightings are guaranteed.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Explore the waters off Vancouver for whales, seabirds and more
  • Learn about the local geology and marine life from your crew
  • Enjoy views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound
  • Select from half-day and sunset tour options
Full description

Experience whale watching in true comfort and style along the waters off Vancouver. See several types of whales, as well as an assortment of sea birds and other marine species.

Board the Salish Sea Catamaran, an 80-foot covered vessel built for whale watching, and designed to minimize its ecological footprint. As you set out from Vancouver, choose whether you want to stay inside the boat or head outside and pick from 3 different viewing areas on 2 levels.

Marvel at the beauty of the Strait of Georgia on this outdoor adventure. As you sail, learn about the history of the area and the local marine wildlife from your knowledgeable crew.

Select the half-day cruise, or opt for the sunset option to watch the sun go down over the water.

  • Live commentary on board
  • Guide
  • Guaranteed whale sightings
  • Photo package
  • Jr Naturalist guides (kids guide and educational coloring book)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Check-in at the Prince of Whales Adventure Centre on Granville Island. The adventure center is located next to the Ten Thousand Villages store, opposite the yellow building of Bridges Restaurant.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Please check in 30 minutes before the scheduled start of your tour
  • The tour does not include food and drinks
  • Gratuities to the guide and tour host are optional
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 294 reviews

Review summary

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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.

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October 10, 2022

It was a nice tour. The organization went well and the team was very friendly and knowledgeable. We could see orcas and seals, but from a greater distance so as not to disturb the animals. In pictures, these are quite small if you don't have a professional device with you. I thought it was great that pictures of the tour were made available without being asked and free of charge. I didn't expect that, let alone expected it. The time of the orca sighting was definitely in line with expectations, although of course the time is never enough :-) We would be happy to do it again if we were there again...

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September 26, 2022

Great Tour! Several guides are available for explanations and any questions on the ship. It is navigated in such a way that you get a great view of the whales, but don't pressure them - very pleasant for us! In addition, the crew takes great photos and sends them to you free of charge by email after the tour! Would definitely recommend

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September 7, 2022

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