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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**

Starting at $130* 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

    Breathtaking experience! I would say this tour was the highlight during my stay in Victoria. I am speechless,the atmosphere is second to none. A perfect sunny day and the ocean was so tranquil. The whales were not far from us, such a magical experience. This is a must-see attraction in Victoria.

    Posted on 3/26/2019 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

    Off season zodiac boat... still saw a bunch of orcas! We went on an off-season day and still saw a bunch of transient orcas. The guide was informative and kept a respectful distance from the animals and it never felt like a “chase,” just passive observation, as it should be. We also saw harbor seals and pups, stellar sea lions and pups, a river otter, and various birds. The other two adults I was with agreed it was well worth the $86USD or whatever the full price was for an off season morning trip. It was plenty warm with the suits, gloves, and hats provided. Bring your own sunglasses and warm socks/shoes. Heads up- if you sit in the front row (especially with only a few people on the boat) you will need to hang on for dear life at times! Lots of fun!

    Posted on 3/15/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Embark with Mark Terrific morning cruise on the Zodiac with Mark to watch the orcas (we saw four!) enjoy a seal lunch. Exciting and jostling.

    Posted on 4/03/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing trip once again This was my third trip with Prince of Whales & once again we had an amazing time. I visit Victoria over the Xmas holidays every year & its alaways a highlight.
    Jasper took us out on the zodiac & after maybe half an hour spotted humpbacks which where feeding. They keep surfacing every few moments so got to see lots of them. We then headed back along the coast where he showed us some little bays, the scenery was amazing we even spotted 2 bald eagles. Just as we headed back Jasper had a call to say Orcas had been spotted on the other direction so off we went. Once we found them there was a pod of maybe 20 which where heading back towards the harbour so we got cruse along with them.
    Jaspers knowledge was great & really informative he’s an amazing asset to the team
    See you again next year!

    Posted on 1/02/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great staff, well organized, and WHALES! Dress warmly for these whale watching adventures as it can get a little chilly on the upper deck. Not to worry though, they have gloves, hats and blankets to keep you warm. They found us 6 or 7 visible whales, males, female and calves for us to marvel over. The sea lions, deer and big horn sheep were a major plus.

    Posted on 4/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • 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

    Great trip~ Amazing experience!
    Warm and considerate explanation.

    Learning a lot about whales, and I can feel the how closed the local people and animals are.

    Strongly recommend.

    Posted on 3/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    So much fun! This was so much fun! Our kids LOVED it and the crew were so kind and easy going. Lovely experience. We didn't see any whales but we had tons of laughs and saw some Sea Lions and seals, and breathtaking views. The ride itself was so fun we commented several times that we'd have done JUST that. Thanks again!

    Posted on 2/20/2019 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

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.).