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This customizable round-trip adventure will take you from downtown Vancouver to Victoria aboard a custom-built catamaran, embarking on a 4-hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour (Part 1). From here, you’ll take an ~35-minute tour bus to The Butchart Gardens. Later that evening, the return journey will consist of a 2.5-hour sunset cruise, departing from The Butchart Gardens before arriving at our final destination, Downtown Vancouver (Part 2).

$340
Starting at $279* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2020 Season
May 22nd - September 20th, 2020
Adult (18+) $340* CAD
Youth (13-17) $240* CAD
Child (2-12) $180* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
2021 Season
May 21nd - September 19th, 2021
Adult (18+) $295* CAD
Youth (13-17) $205* CAD
Child (2-12) $145* 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

  • Free time to explore downtown Victoria at your leisure.

  • See it all in a day or extend your stay. Ask us about overnight package options with one of our fabulous accommodation partners.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Narrated bus transfer from downtown Victoria to The Butchart Gardens with CVS Tours (35-45 minutes).

  • Complimentary admission to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Experience this National Historic Site of Canada featuring over 900 varieties of bedding plants more than 100 years in the making.

Highlights & Inclusions

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

  • Selected as a Canadian Signature Experience

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.

  • A return sunset cruise from the gardens to Vancouver.

Experience

Step aboard our intimate, luxury catamaran for a fully customizable adventure from Vancouver to Victoria and back! You’ll cruise the Salish Sea’s expanse in search of orcas and humpback whales, arriving in Victoria’s picturesque harbour where you can explore downtown’s historic sites before hopping on a guided tour bus to the Garden City’s world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Cruise back to Vancouver through the Salt Spring Island passage as sunset blankets the water in golden hues. Not ready to leave Victoria? We don’t blame you—split your tour across multiple days for the ultimate adventure.

Did you know? Many high-end accommodations are within walking distance from our office in Victoria’s inner harbour.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Part 1 – Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria
7:30 AM Check-in begins in Vancouver (Granville Island)
8:00 AM Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30 AM Departure from Vancouver. Whale & marine wildlife watching.
~12:30 PM Arrival into downtown Victoria. Free time in Victoria

Part 2 – Butchart Gardens & Butchart Cove to Vancouver Cruise
1:00 PM, 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM – Bus transfers from Victoria to Butchart Gardens depart. Free time in the gardens.
4:15 PM Meet the boat crew at the Butchart Gardens private dock
4:45 PM Departure from Butchart Gardens
~7:00 PM Arrival into downtown Vancouver (Granville Island)

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 1 hour 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.

  • Package can be broken up over 2 or more days. Build your own adventure by selecting Date & Time for each part when placing a booking.

  • Bring up to 1 airline-sized piece of luggage and 1 carry-on on board at no additional cost.

  • 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

    Unforgettable experience We took the combined tour (whale watching and butchart gardens) split over 2 days. The first morning the captain took a 90mile round trip west where we saw 2 humpbacks, on the way back from Butchart cove the next afternoon the captain ( who had seen Orcas nearby the landing place) persevered for an hour and found them: 3 Orcas... what a magnificent sighting! The staff on both trips was unbelievably dedicated, really went the extra mile to make the experience for us unforgettable. Really highly recommended!

    Posted on 6/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Fantastic! Having booked this whale watching trip, we can honestly say that it was an experience of a lifetime. We were so lucky to have had such perfect ‘viewing’ conditions and having ridden out into the Straights of Georgia for about 50 minutes, not one but two Orca pods were sighted. We followed and shadowed the pods at a respectful distance until one of them came directly under our boat following a ‘kill’. The unfortunate victim was a porpoise.
    Nature can be brutal but that’s how it is and can’t be sugar coated.
    Everyone on board was glued to the sea for the whole trip. The guides were knowledgable and extremely passionate about the subject of whales and marine life in general.
    Thank you to you all for making this trip such an unforgettable one.

    Posted on 6/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great Trip! Thanks to Roman and crew for a fabulous whale watching afternoon. Saw Orcas, humpbacks, stella sea lion, dolphins, and magic views of the water and islands.

    Highly recommend.

    Posted on 6/17/2019 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

    Humpbacks and orcas, oh my! First off, I was impressed with the company’s follow through on safety. My husband booked us for the zodiac, but when they learned of his recent operation they insisted we do the bigger boat instead. He still thinks he would have been fine, but I am glad that we didn’t take the chance at their insistence.

    We had a great tour, we saw both orcas and humpbacks, which they told us doesn’t happen often. The guides were amazing and very informative. And a big thank you to Lili for sharing her wonderful photos with those of us that are amateurs with the camera - I know I appreciate them!

    We had a lovely afternoon with you all out on the water - thank you!

    Posted on 7/10/2019 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

    Great people, great tour We really enjoyed our trip on the high seas with POW. Blessed with a sunny day in January, we were taken all the way down to Sooke. We saw lots of marine mammals and fantastic scenery. We’ll be back for sure!

    Posted on 1/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Got to see Orca Whales! We went out on the first day, and didn't see any whales. However, they allow you to come back anytime for no charge. We ended up going the next day, and within 10 minutes, saw a pod of orca whales! The guides are very knowledgable, and they respect the wildlife. Would definitely recommend.

    Posted on 1/09/2019 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

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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