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This one-way adventure begins with a 3-hour cruise from Seattle, WA, USA, to Victoria, BC, Canada aboard a high-speed passenger-only ferry, operated by Clipper Vacations (Part 1). On your arrival to Victoria Inner Harbour, you’ll have free time to explore BC’s capital city at your leisure before taking a 35- to 45-minute tour bus to the world famous Butchart Gardens (Part 2). This is followed by a 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise behind Salt Spring Island before en route to your final destination, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Part 3).

Please note: **This is not a whale watching tour**

Starting at $300* CAD / Adult Learn More

Rates
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2019 Season
May 24th - September 22nd, 2019
Adult (18+) $300* CAD
Youth (13-17) $285* CAD
Child (2-12) $185* CAD
Infant (0-1) $90* CAD
2020 Season
TO BE ANNOUNCED
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • A 3-hour high-speed, passenger-only ferry from Seattle to Vancouver through Puget Sound operated by Clipper Vacations.

  • 35 to 45 minute narrated bus transfer and admission to The Butchart Gardens.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Butchart Gardens to Vancouver scenic cruise through the Gulf Islands.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • The perfect viewing platform and the only one of its kind on British Columbia coast. This 95 passenger catamaran was engineered and built in Canada with the safety of our beloved marine wildlife and our guests as priority number one.

  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.

Experience

If you find yourself needing a lift from Seattle to Vancouver, why not transform your journey into a scenic cruise including a stop in Victoria! Step aboard a high-speed passenger ferry in Seattle, and traverse the Puget Sound into Victoria’s harbour. With a guided tour bus, we’ll take you from our historic downtown to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens where you’ll explore 55 acres of colourful blooms before boarding a sunset cruise on our luxury catamaran to downtown Vancouver.

Did you know? There are over 280 varieties of roses at The Butchart Gardens.

What To Bring

Passports and possibly visas are required when travelling between the United States and Canada for all passengers. Please visit https://www.clippervacations.com/travel-information/ for detailed ID requirements.

It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a tight-fitting hat, a camera to capture some memorable moments and, above all, your sense of adventure!

Onboard snacks are available for purchase with CAD cash only (no credit/debit cards accepted) but please feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.

Departure Location

Clipper Vacations – Seattle Terminal

Pier 69: 2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69, Seattle WA, USA

Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to scheduled departure time and check-in with Clipper Vacations agent inside the terminal. Boarding will begin 45 minutes prior to departure. Final boarding call is 15 minutes before departure.

Passports (and possibly visas) are required when travelling between the United States and Canada.

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Arrival Location

Granville Island Adventure Centre

1516 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4, Canada

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Know Before You Book

  • Whale watching is NOT included in this adventure and Whale Sighting Guarantee does not apply.

  • This adventure is ONE-WAY ONLY, no return transportation to Seattle is included.

  • The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please call us to book.

  • Reviews

    Whale and Fly We enjoyed very much the tour on May 31, 2019. Fantastic program, very friendly and knowledgable crew and a very experienced and patient captain. We got to see whales in two separate locations, group of seals in an island and many birds on the cliffs. The captain got of his way and in one occasion went back to show us the whales (see the chart). The flight back from Victoria to downtown Vancouver was very scenic. The entire program was very memorable.

    Posted on 5/31/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Wonderful experience! We arrived last minute and didnt really know much about this provider! So we just decided to take the risk! And what can I say it was more than words can describe: Amazing;)
    The crew was very very friendly and helpful. AND WE SAW SEVERAL ORCA FAMILIES:) Me and my daughter were overwhelmed and very happy to have experienced this. And I would recommand this trip to everyone outhere:) Especially because it feels not too touristy and plus nature is unbelievabley beautiful.

    Posted on 7/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Whale Watching Tour Beautiful day! We saw lots of nature and wildlife! Enjoyed the water and the crew were knowledgeable.

    Posted on 6/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great Whale Watching Trip, Super-friendly Crew! Starting from beautiful Telegraph Cove, I participated in a whale watching tour. We took our boat through the areas where they expected to find certain whales. We got lucky to get approached by a few Doll's Purpose. Later, we saw a few humpback whales and even a family of orcas! To finish it all off, we saw a sea otter swimming close by. It was such a great experience! Much more than I expected.

    The crew was well informed and could always provide relevant information to what we saw out on the waters. It was pretty cool how the captain was able to spot and approach wildlife, just by sight, with minimum disturbance of the animals. Shoutout to Rebecca for answering all my questions, it was so interesting to learn so much about whales! Would do again if I had the chance too.

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
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    Wow During our short stay in Victoria, whale watching was high on the list of things to do. We had two or three boat companies to choose from but the Prince of Whales boat stood out as it was larger than the others we saw and looked the business.
    We weren’t disappointed as the crew were, friendly, knowledgeable and placing our safety high on their agenda.

    During our 3 and half hours on the boat we saw several Orcas and a Humpback Whale which we viewed from the advised distance to prevent stress to the whales. As a result the whales performed beautifully for us.

    We also saw seals and birds of prey. Wrap up warm as it gets really cold, the boat has blankets for all that asked for them.

    We highly recommend the Prince of Whales for Whale watching and thank all the crew for giving us an experience we shall never forget.

    Posted on 6/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Thrill of a lifetime We were treated to see Orcas and Humpbacks!
    What a trip
    The boat was equipped with blankets, scarfs, hats if needed.
    The presentation by the Naturist were both informative and amusing.
    The safety procedures were presented pretty well before we left the dock.

    Posted on 7/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whales, sea lions & eagles Great morning watching whales, sea lions and eagles lead by Aaron, Selina, Olivia and Craig. Great photos and memories, thanks guys

    Posted on 8/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Absolutely amazing trip with really knowledgeable guides We were a group of 7 (4 adults, 3 kids). The trip was perfect. We saw humpbacks, orcas, sealions and bald eagles. The guides were so friendly, knowledgeable and patient, responding to the kids incessant questions!
    We highly recommend this trip, it was worth every penny.

    Posted on 7/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Excellent whale watching experience Fantastic experience on a very large comfortable and well equipped vessel. The team on the boat were fantastic, knew their stuff and went above and beyond to engage and inform us. The company has a very good ‘no whales’ policy - you come back free! We did just see a pair of whales through a fog, but the captain invoked the no wales policy anyway.

    There are lots of options for different cruise/fly options between Vancouver and Victoria. The experience was great value and we had a great time.

    Posted on 5/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Brilliant We went out with Captain Chris, Bill, Valerie Laura and Lili today and while out saw 21 Whales. We also go to hear them which we were told was very unusual. The crew Knew their stuff and were passionate about the whales. We were told that the amount of whales we saw was unusual. Got some great photos. Recommend going.

    Posted on 6/28/2019 via TripAdvisor

FAQS

Do tours run in all types of weather?

Tours operate rain or shine! Safety is our priority and, in extreme weather conditions or high winds, adventures may be cancelled at the discretion of our qualified crew. We will be in touch should this be the case.

Will we really see whales?

Yes! There is a high chance of seeing orcas, humpbacks, and other types of whale on your tour. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

This adventure is covered by our year-round Year-Round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case, we do not see whales on this adventure, you can join us on another whale watching tour. This guarantee is valid for a lifetime!

When is the best time of day for watching whales?

There really is no better time of day for whale sightings, as the whales do not run on a schedule as we do! The whales are active throughout the day and their behaviour changes as groups encounter each other. If you are looking for the best scenic light for photography choose morning departure.

Are there bathrooms on the Catamarans?

Yes! The catamarans are equipped with two airline-style washrooms.

Do passengers often feel seasick?

No, our boats are custom-built for whale watching with passengers in mind. Captain and crew will also do their best to minimize the impact of the sea. However, if you are prone to seasickness, we recommend you purchase non-drowsy Gravol from a pharmacy prior to your adventure with us.

Are there snacks or beverages on board?

Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate will be available on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies, chocolate bars) can be purchased with CAD cash. You can also bring your own snacks.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Cancellation Policy

This adventure has a hassle-free 72-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 72 hours prior to your adventure departure to cancel and receive a full refund, no questions asked. Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Promotional (discounted) bookings are final sale.