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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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2020 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

    Great experience Highly recommended excursion. The staff onboard (Rory, Lilly and others) are very friendly and knowledgeable > 10/10.

    Posted on 6/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching Right from the office visit everyone was wonderful. Orca sightings are never guaranteed but we had an amazing experience thanks to Skipper Scotty and Prince of Whales, as well as Telegraph Cove itself.

    Posted on 7/31/2019 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

    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

    What a beautiful day On the best weather day of our too short a trip to Vancouver we took the ultimate whale watching and trip to Victoria and had a fabulous time. We were lucky enough to see several whales just bobbing along together. Stopped in Victoria for a lovely lunch before popping of to Butchart Gardens which was beautiful and caught the boat back . Tired but happy great crew thank you xx

    Posted on 6/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great trip and crew and whales First of all the crew (Capt. Joe, 1st Mate Lily, Rory, Valerie,etc.) were the best. They were knowledgeable, friendly and patient. After a great deal of searching we found a pod (the J pod) of over 20 whales.
    Lessons learned : dress warmly, in layers with hat and gloves because the boat(Ocean Magic) really moves and the wind really blows.
    It was a fantastic afternoon.

    Posted on 5/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half day whale watch tour This tour far exceeded my expectations. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of some whales, but about an hour in we came upon a small pod and got to watch them for about an hour. Our guide stayed on the upper deck with us and explained the behaviors they were exhibiting. She was extremely knowledgeable and familiar with this particular group of whales. We also saw sea lions and a bald eagle. There was an enclosed cabin in case of inclement weather which looked warm and inviting.

    Posted on 5/19/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Best tour in Vancouver I did this Tour 4 times in the last years and it is definatly one you have to make!!
    The Crew is absolutly friendly, especially Wilma. They all know a lot about the animals and the landscape .
    It is absolutly worth the money!!!!

    Posted on 6/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • 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

    Prince of Whales Whale Watching We had a great time on the Prince of Whales Whale Watching half day trip in Vancouver. We we saw orcas and my son saw the humpback whale!

    Posted on 7/14/2019 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

*Please see our COVID-19 Update here for information regarding future bookings*

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.