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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**

$300
Starting at $279* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2019 Season
May 22nd - September 20th, 2020
Adult (18+) $300* CAD
Youth (13-17) $285* CAD
Child (2-12) $185* CAD
Infant (0-1) $90* CAD
2021 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

1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2, 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

    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

    Whale Watching Excellent We enjoyed the Whale Watching Tour. Their new boat was comfortable. The staff were extremely knowledgeable, especially Lili. While out, we saw eight Orcas; amazing. On the way back to shore we were treated to hot chocolate. Wonderful day!!!!

    Posted on 6/04/2019 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
  • Reviews

    Exciting and Educational! This was one of our best days out in Victoria! We chose the morning whale watching trip and we were thoroughly treated to a few pods of whales feeding in the bay. Once we reached a point far from the shore, we started spotting whale activity and we were entertained for the next hour! Pods of whales were feeding, diving and surfacing in the general area so the captain was able to direct the catamaran as close as possible while still being safe for the whales, making sure we didn't disturb them during their feeding. This was mid-August, so it was the height of their feeding season. We were delighted! We also were treated to a view of loads of seals resting or playing on a nearby island. It was a magical day for all of our family and it was some of the best spent hours of our lives!

    Posted on 8/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale of a time I took my friend who was visiting from the UK on this tour, we were both blown away. It was an incredibly windy morning and the water was turbulent but they made this very clear from the beginning and even offered you the chance to rebook. The rough seas only added to the experience for us. It was great fun.

    We managed to find 2 groups of seal eating orca in the Howe Sound and watched then for some time.

    Crew were fantastic from start to finish, you can really tell they have a love for their job and the whales they see on a daily basis.

    I work in local tourism and will definitely be recommending this to my guests!!
    Great job guys 😁

    Posted on 7/18/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing trip!!! We really enjoyed it!!! Wilma was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the whales, she mad the tour very interesting and a lot of fun!! Thank you!!
    Michele, Ashley, Mallory and Maggie
    Minnesota, USA

    Posted on 7/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Awesome Saw sealions, seals, humpbacks and then orcas! Also got to see a wild bald eagle in flight. Crew were excellent and knowledgeable. Great tour.

    Posted on 7/12/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Perfect trip The morning spent with Roman, Sharon & Andy was perfect. We saw 2 humpbacks, a rock full of sea lions, seals & an amazing find of over 50 bald eagles all together in the trees & rocks on a tiny island. Even our guides said they had never seen so many in one place this season. They all three did an amazing job. Sharon was our guide on the top deck. She was extremely knowledgeable and her enthusiasm was contagious. It was easy to see that she loved what she was doing. Thank you.

    Posted on 6/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A beautiful experience! The boat ride alone was worth the trip in the midst of vast expanses of water and islands. We sighted 8 whales surfacing and deep diving. Wow! The guides were
    knowledgeable and informative, always helpful and generous. It was a great experience all around. I will do it again!

    Posted on 8/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Superb Crew Enhanced a Terrific Experience! Whale watching can be hit or miss, so it is important to have a crew that keeps it fun and informative. Wilma did an excellent job guiding us during the 1.5 hours of ride to and from the siting, as well as during to 45 minutes we got to spend with the 2 pods of orcas we encountered. She was charming and very informative, with a deep knowledge of the subject matter and the rare ability to know how much or how little each passenger group wanted to know. The captain, too, did a great job, and took us back via ‘the scenic route’, allowing us to see some additional wildlife within the islands. Every crew member was friendly, helpful, and accommodating. This is a well-run operation.

    Posted on 6/23/2019 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.