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This one-way adventure will take you from Victoria, BC, Canada on a 35- to 45-minute tour bus to the world famous Butchart Gardens, where you will have free-time to explore at your leisure (Part 1). From here, you’ll take a 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise behind Salt Spring Island before en route to your final destination, Vancouver, BC, Canada aboard a custom-built high-speed catamaran (Part 2).

Please note: **This is not a whale watching tour**

$130
Starting at $109* CAD / Adult Learn More
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2019 Season
May 24th - September 22nd, 2019
Adult (18+) $130* CAD
Youth (13-17) $115* CAD
Child (2-12) $95* CAD
Infant (0-1) FREE
2020 Season
TO BE ANNOUNCED
*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

*+ Conservation Fee & Tax

Highlights & Inclusions

  • 35 to 45 minute narrated bus transfer and admission to The Butchart Gardens.

  • 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’ve whale-watched before, and you’re just in search of a guided tour from Victoria to Vancouver, look no further: Our bus will take you on a fully guided 30-45 minute ride to The Butchart Gardens, where you’ll explore the lush greens and colourful blooms of the world-renowned historic site. When you’ve had your fill of flowers (and gelato), enjoy a 2.5-hour sunset cruise to Vancouver aboard the warmth and comfort of our custom-built Salish Sea Dream catamaran.

Did you know? Biggs (Transient) Orcas are actually carnivores—they’ll even eat sharks!

 

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

Downtown Victoria Adventure Centre

812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

The Victoria Adventure Centre is located below the Visitor Information Centre, next to Milestones restaurant across the street from Fairmont Empress hotel.

In order to catch your shuttle to the gardens, please make sure that you first check-in at our office. Available shuttle times are 9:00 AM; 10:00 AM; 11:00 AM; 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM*. You are welcome to select any of these departure times based on the amount of time you’d like to spend at the Butchart Gardens.

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Arrival Location

Granville Island Adventure Centre

1516 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4, 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 Victoria is included.

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

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

  • Reviews

    Excellent whale watching experience Fantastic experience on a very large comfortable and well equipped vessel. The team on the boat were fantastic, knew their stuff and went above and beyond to engage and inform us. The company has a very good ‘no whales’ policy - you come back free! We did just see a pair of whales through a fog, but the captain invoked the no wales policy anyway.

    There are lots of options for different cruise/fly options between Vancouver and Victoria. The experience was great value and we had a great time.

    Posted on 5/30/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Orcas and Humpbacks Did the Ultimate Day Trip to Victoria, very well organised and the staff were professional, friendly and passionate about the wildlife. We saw humpbacks on the way to Vancouver Island and spent a lovely afternoon at Butchart Gardens. The bus stops right outside of the Fairmont Empress so we had lunch there, however there are plenty of lunch options in the area. The 2.00pm bus gave us sufficient time at the gardens before our 4.15pm pick up. On the way home, our crew was in contact with other boats - there had been no orcas spotted south, so our crew decided to take a different route home to try the northern waters. Sure enough, we spotted a small pod of orcas just before reaching Vancouver. Very impressed with the crew Anthony, Sandy, James and Amy, what a great day out!

    Posted on 7/14/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Whale Watching Went out on the Salish Sea today through Boundary Pass with Captain Joe, Lilli ana Valerie. We were blessed with T86As, T101s, and T124As hunting Sea Lions. T86A also had a calf approx 1yr old, and was outta control with excitement 😆 My partner happily took around 800 photos on her DSLR from a safe distance of 200+ meters away. Wished we could have taken more, but am beyond stoked with the ones we got. This is the only acceptable way to view sea life - in the wild where they belong.

    Posted on 4/23/2019 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

    Amazing tour on 22.6.2019. It was a great tour, wonderful close experience with one family of whales, great weather and fantastic crew. Wilma was our host and she did an amazing job, so passionate, devoted and honest. Well done and congratulations!

    Posted on 6/23/2019 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

    Awesome Humpbacks Not much else to say - thoroughly enjoyable trip with Jasper on a morning Zodiac adventure for the family.

    Highlight was Humpback sightings including one very large whale that was launch feeding the krill soup that was served up by nature's west coast kitchen this morning !

    Jasper shared a lot of information to the passengers and always observed a respectful distance from the undersea visitors.

    The weather was very warm and calm which made for excellent viewing and hardly a drop of spray to worry any of the expensive cameras on the boat - even at speed. The zodiac ribs seem to be super stable and agile - I want one !

    Posted on 7/25/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A wonderful afternoon!! This was the highlight of our visit to Vancouver. And yes we did see Orcas!!! The weather was beautiful but cold. The boat has plenty of seating inside and out and provides hot drinks for free. This was a wonderful experience even without the whales. The views of the mountains, lake side homes and other wild life made the whole trip interesting. Would do it again, was just a great afternoon. The staff are friendly and informative and talk with such passion. It was just a thrill to see these lovely creatures.

    Posted on 5/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Perfect day Whale watching with Prince of Whales Class operation with knowledgeable and very friendly crew. On top of great whale watching you get to see the very picturesque Broughton Archipelago - 5*****

    Posted on 7/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    The perfect tour It was a really great tour on the sea. We saw a lot of different whales. For example Orca and humpback whales. Roman controlled the ship very well. It felt very safe and he took care of the whales. Sharon was with us on the upper deck and answered us. You noticed that she is very interested and also knows a lot about the different creatures on land and in the water. Scotty was also very nice and helpful. We were lucky to have seen whales. The tour was perfect.

    Posted on 6/13/2019 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 see whales on the trip from Butchart Gardens to Vancouver?

Not likely, this adventure DOES NOT include whale watching. On rare occasions we may encounter wildlife on this tour.

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 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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