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Whale Watching Season - April 1 to October 31

Vancouver Whale Watch™ provides passengers with the adventure of a lifetime through excellent customer service, first class vessels, the highest possible safety standards and added value from an on-the-water education of the west coast eco-system. We emphasize science and conservation while maintaining a fun and professional atmosphere.

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Vancouver Whale Watch - Celebrating 20 years

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Join our Professional Wildlife Guides for a 3 to 5 hour whale watching tour, starting in the picturesque West Coast fishing village of historic Steveston and traveling through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands. Our extensive whale spotting network, has given us a 90% sighting success rate. Our whale watching tour focuses on Southern Resident Killer Whales, Transient Killer Whales, majestic Humpback whales, and other marine wildlife such as porpoises, sea lions, seals and bald eagles.

  • In 2015, in an effort to support our oceans and marine wildlife research, Vancouver Whale Watch has implemented a conservation fee of $2.00 per person. This fee will be collected at the time of check-in.



Our vessels are expedition style Zodiacs specifically designed for marine mammal viewing. They travel over the top of the water instead of pounding through it increasing passenger comfort and safety as well as reducing the chance of seasickness. Our Explorathor II (open) and Express (semi-covered) vessels use water jets which are extremely safe for marine mammals. All three of our ocean going vessels are equipped with washrooms.


The first whale watching company to operate from the mainland. This year we will celebrate 20 years of viewing wild mammals in their natural habitat.


Our “Orca Express” shuttle is a comfortable, air-conditioned 24 passenger bus offering round trip transportation for $15.00 per person. Pick up is from nine prominent downtown Vancouver locations.

All day parking, including RVs. Parking passes available at our office.


Steveston is a lovely historic fishing village just 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Each trip starts in this prime marine environment allowing for immediate access to diverse wild life. Before or after the tour guests can enjoy the museums, shops, scenic areas, fish & chips or an ice cream.


Professional Wildlife Guides are on board each trip to enhance passengers knowledge and enjoyment. They have completed courses in Marine Emergency Training and First Aid.


We have a 90% sighting success rate, however should you not see a whale you can come again for free until you do – for life, no expiry.

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We support PWWA guidelines for responsible whale watching. A portion of proceeds supports local marine research programs.

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