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Departing from Granville Island in downtown Vancouver our high-speed, custom-built, luxury catamaran will take you on a 3- to 5-hour fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife tour.

$170
Starting at $149* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2020 Season
July 1st - November 1st, 2020
Adult (18+) $170* CAD
Youth (13-17) $130* CAD
Child (2-12) $105* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
2021 Season
April 16th -October 31st, 2021
Adult (18+) $175* CAD
Youth (13-17) $135* CAD
Child (2-12) $105* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife tour. Opportunity to observe different species of whales in the wild, sea birds and other marine wildlife. Guided by 3-4 Transport Canada certified marine naturalists.

  • Year-round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case that we do not see whales, you can join us on another whale watching tour for free.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • A comfortable semi-covered express cruiser, with 3 different viewing areas on 2 distinct elevations.

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

Experience

Experience the majesty of the Salish Sea and its wildlife, from whales surfacing in unison to bald eagles soaring overhead. Explore the Strait of Georgia’s and Howe Sound’s currents in search of orcas and humpback whales, and listen to our marine mammal experts bring the animals’ stories to life (while you stay warm, dry and hydrated in its heated cabin, of course!) The quintessential whale watching experience for every adventurer.

Did you know? Male orcas weigh up to 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds)!

What To Bring

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

Granville Island Adventure Centre

1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2, Canada

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes before your adventure.

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Know Before You Book

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

  • Reviews

    Absolutely amazing-one of the best experiences I've ever had! An excellent whale watching trip. I have been on several whale watching trips before but this one was the best. We saw Orcas, Humpbacks and on the way back we stopped at an island overflowing with Sea Lions. The guides were constantly looking for whales. They were concerned that we didn't have a close viewing but we saw a couple pods of Orcas and several Humpback whales close enough to see them quite well. I would recommend this experience to anyone.

    Posted on 6/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    went 4 times in a week went 4 times in a week trying to see the Orcas; saw whales on the first 3 trips but no Orcas; on the 4th trip they specifically went out to find the Orcas and found them and it was amazing; Captain Bill, Captain Chris and Captain Joe did an outstanding job and naturalist Laura was exceptional; would highly recommend the catamaran boat

    Posted on 7/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    An enthusiastic guide Joe and Lili were great. They were knowledgeable and tried really hard to find us whales. Alas we had no luck.... however; the tour group gives a guarantee so we have a credit to come back! The boat was nice and gloves, toques and blankets were provided to keep warm.

    Highly recommend this tour group and our guides!

    Posted on 4/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    half Day whale watching Victoria Excellent company! The boat was comfortable and easy to move around. There was space to sit inside (warm) and the windows were large making it easy to see the whales easily. We really appreciate the blankets to sit outside.

    The best part were the staff who were very knowledgeable and personable. On the day we went, Lilly hosted most of the talks we listened to and they were so informative. We learned a lot.

    We saw a family of whales, a group of porpoise and lots of sea lions.

    Highly recommend this company !

    Posted on 10/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Best Adventure Our guide Valorie made sure we had a terrific time and saw as many whales as possible plus countless seals of various types and sea fowl. Great experience!! Highly recommend!!

    Posted on 8/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Excellent Tour by Rory and the crew! Half day tour out of Granville Island. Huge boat with inside and outside areas. Great day and boat and staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Learned a lot and the boat was very clean with solid COVID protocols. Beautiful day.

    Posted on 7/13/2020 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Close-up with a Humpy Had an amazing experience seeing many humpback whales close-up and one was less than 10 feet away. I never imagined getting this close to a whale! It was unbelievable! Our guide, Austen was super knowledgable and he knew so much about the whales and their habitat. We would love to go whale watching with Austen again.

    Posted on 9/19/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fantastic trip! This was an incredible experience- really well run (blankets and hats included as it was cold on the open water) with super experienced and knowledgeable crew. Captains Bill and Joe were fantastic, taking us from harbour and elephant seals right into a pod of Humpback 🐋 and Lily, Rory and Laura told us so much information about the whales that we learnt so much as well as had such a fantastic experience with the animals. Bought for my dads 70th but we all had a unique experience and a truly memorable day out.

    Posted on 7/10/2019 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

    1st time whale whatcher Had a great afternoon on 11th Sept with Stu and Amy who were very informative, friendly and helpful. Got to see pod of orca, sealions and a shy hump back whale. Made our day. Thank you, would definitely recommend this trip. If you go to Canada you need to include a whale trip with this good company.

    Posted on 9/25/2019 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!

Are there bathrooms on the boat?

The boat we use for this tour is 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 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 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.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 20 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).

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