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This adventure will take you on a 90-minute waterfront sightseeing tour of downtown Vancouver aboard a 12-passenger open-air, Zodiac-style boat. (NO WHALE WATCHING IS INCLUDED).

Starting at $49* CAD / Adult Learn More

2020 Season
June 26th - September 30th, 2020
Adult (18+) $49* CAD
Youth (13-17) $49* CAD
Child (7-12) $49* CAD
2021 Season
April 17th - September 30th, 2021
Adult (18+) $49* CAD
Youth (13-17) $49* CAD
Child (7-12) $49* CAD
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Downtown Vancouver sightseeing tour from the water, including Coal Harbour, the North Shore, English Bay, False Creek, Stanley Park and more.

  • Guided by 1 expert guide, who will also be your boat driver.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • An exciting ride soaring up to 55 km/h (35 m/h) in a high-speed, open-air, rigid-hull inflatable zodiac.

  • To ensure your comfort, all-weather exposure suits or lifejackets will be provided.


Gain a unique perspective on Vancouver’s history on this 90-minute tour and take in the sights of the city from the water. Suit up in an all-weather Mustang Survival Suit for the classic Zodiac experience, and step on board our most intimate boat: a 12-passenger, open-air vessel that’ll have you holding onto your seat (and your hat!) as you cruise the waters at high-speed. You will take in a fascinating array of information, highlighting the sights of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, Northshore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park.

Did you know? The Lions Gate Bridge was built by the Guinness Family to connect Vancouver to the North Shore municipalities of North Vancouver. The bridge officially opened in 1938.

What To Bring

It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. We will also provide you with either warm all-weather exposure suits or lifejackets (depending on weather conditions) to wear on top of your clothes. Gloves & hats will also be available upon request. 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!

Departure Location

Granville Island Adventure Centre

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

Please remember to check-in 1 hour before your adventure.


Know Before You Book

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

  • This adventure is not suitable for anyone with a history of serious medical conditions, including but not limited to, back or neck injuries, recent surgery, and/or current or suspected pregnancy. Passengers under 4ft/120cm in height or 50lb/23kg in weight also cannot join (typically applies to children under 7 y.o.).

  • Each passenger is required to sign a Release of Liability at check-in. Participants must be 19 years of age or require a parent or guardian to sign on their behalf.

  • The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Reviews

    Great visit Although no whales seen the skipper was incredibly friendly and informative and we get a free trip next time to compensate. Lovely people!

    Posted on 3/16/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    BEST DAY OF THE SEASON! We saw so much wild life that day... massive sea lions languishing and squabbling on a favorite ocean rock, eagles feeding, seals, countless orcas and humpback whales, school of dolphins. It was a gorgeous, sunny and crisp day in Vancouver--even snow capped Mt Baker was visible in the distance. We were told by the crew that it was the best day of the season for sea life. I'm not out there every day so I will take their word for it. Personally it was a highlight of a lifetime. The captain and crew were fantastic! And a special shout out to naturalist and crew member Wilma Fuchs, whose knowledge and enthusiasm made the day over the top EXTRA special! I highly recommend this adventure to everyone, locals and travellers!

    Posted on 12/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experience My husband and I went on this tour for my husband’s birthday. It was lovely, we saw a humpback whale, sea lions and seals. I loved it. The crew on board were wonderful, Aurora, Rebecca, Craig and Aaron, the captain. They helped me on and off the boat since I have mobility issues, and were awesome throughout the trip. However, there’s one thing I wish the company would do which is to provide a short ramp onto the boat to make it easier for people with mobility issues to get on and off. Currently, there are three steps people have to climb to get on or off the boat, and this adds more stress on the crew who have to physically help them on and off. A ramp would solve this problem.

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Orcas and seals we spotted even on a windy rainy day with hail! The weather was something else --thank goodness we were on a large craft that included a totally enclosed downstairs with large windows and super comfortable seats and tables. We thought for sure we'd likely only see hail stones. Not so! We were delighted to see several different pods of orcas,and our hosts were able to show us pictures of the exact whales that we saw, knowing their age, sex and even how they are related! We enjoyed sea birds, an eagle's nest and seals as well. It was well worth it! Our hosts were kind and friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had a great time inspite of the poor weather!

    Posted on 9/27/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Vacation The staff are outstanding. We were fortunate to see 5 humpback whales on the trip. They even stopped to view whales on the return trip which wasn’t part of the itinerary but was appreciated by all!

    Posted on 8/06/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Cherry on the cake.. Hunting Orcas during our trip! This has been great fun! On Thursday 09/20/2019 we've did an excursion with this Whale Watching Tour. And man, did we see them? YES!! After a long journey of over an hour on the beautiful coastline north of Vancouver. we met up with a group of ORCAS.
    The much expierenced crew were enthousiastic and did their best to explane all we wanted to kow and what we were seeing.
    The orcas were hunting for food. Some 8-10 of them were lining up at one direction. And than: One of them swam the other way. At some point one of the big ones rises up from the sea.
    And turned over a piece of food, probably a just killed seal. We even got that on camera and video. It was very rarely shown. So we felt like the liucky ones.
    Great trip. Worth every penny. Great crew, for the love of nature!

    Posted on 10/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    WHALES Great experience. Staff was very informative, interactive, fun. Saw numerous humpbacks, killer whales/orcas, sea lions etc. Boat was ample for our needs and hot choc a nice touch. Worth the $ and definitely recommend!!

    Posted on 8/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Incredible tour and excellent crew attention Everything was amazing, the crew was super helpful, great service. We saw orcas in both trips, and a lot of wildlife! We split the tour and spend a night at Victoria so we also went to fisherman wharf to take lunch, visited old town and chinatown. Next day we went to the butchart gardens, we took the first bus and spend the whole time at the garden. Everything was on time! Great, i really recommend it!

    Posted on 8/05/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Simply Amazing!!! My girlfriend and I were on the November 2, 2019 tour, and we were simply blown away by the experience. The crew and staff were informative, engaging, and helpful. We did see humpback whales, a bald eagle, and sea lions. The humpbacks put on a show for us and actually breached 3 times during our encounter. AMAZING!!! We were late into the season for orca watching, so we will have to come back next year during the summer months. It was worth every penny. Thank you again!

    Posted on 11/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching Fantastisch, we hadden het geluk om op 2 verschillende plekken totaal 10 walvissen te spotten. Uitzonderlijk. Het enthousiasme van de medewerkers werkt aanstekelijk. Super leuke dag gehad.

    Posted on 7/02/2019 via TripAdvisor


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 see whales on Sea Vancouver?

No, this is a city sightseeing adventure and it DOES NOT include whale watching. Vancouver, however, is home to a variety of birds and sea mammals and we may occasionally see dolphins, harbor seals, bald eagles, and other sea birds during adventures.

Are there bathrooms on the Zodiacs?

No, the RHIBs are open-air boats, and therefore do not have washrooms on board. We recommend that you use the public washrooms (located next to our office) before your departure.

Are there snacks or beverages available on board the Zodiacs?

No, there are no snacks or beverages available on the Zodiac-style boats. You can bring your own snacks on board; however, do not consume too many liquids as there are no bathrooms on board.

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.

Can I bring a camera on a Zodiac?

Yes! Bring your camera and/or video camera to capture the experience. We also recommend that you bring a plastic bag or other waterproof case to keep your camera safe and dry during transit. The boat will come to a complete stop for photo opportunities.

Are Zodiac adventures safe?

Yes, all of our captains and boats are certified by Transport Canada. Zodiacs move fast but are very stable. There will be no 360-degree turns on this tour. These adventures are designed for fast sightseeing and not a thrill park ride.

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 4 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).