Over two decades of experience and 24 seasons in the business of  whale watching ensures that your adventure is the best one ever!

“We look forward to a fantastic 25th year anniversary and hope you can join us.”

— Cedric Towers, Founder

The History of Vancouver Whale Watch™

Vancouver Whale Watch™ began in 1998 as an eco-tourism company called Captain Zodiac, at that time no one thought whale watching off the mainland was possible. Within a year Cedric Towers, the owner and founder, decided that with the right boats, both seaworthy and fast, whale watching from Steveston was very possible. He was not wrong and Vancouver Whale Watch™ became the first company to offer whale watching tours from Vancouver.

Starting with one 12 passenger zodiac, built by Titan boats. Cedric quickly realized that he needed greater passenger capacity to make the business successful. The company now has two large zodiac style vessels built by ABD Shipyard in North Vancouver and two smaller zodiacs built by Titan Boats. All the vessels are specifically designed for marine mammal viewing and to provide passengers excellent picture taking opportunities.

Operating seven days a week from April 1st to October 31st and employing over 25 staff members during peak season we host thousands of people a year from every country in the world.

Vancouver Whale Watch™ is now entering its 24th season of operation with an over 95% sighting success rate in each of our previous seasons.

We look forward to a fantastic 25th year anniversary and hope you can join us.

What we offer

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.

  • Trips are 3 to 5 hours long – sometimes whales are far and sometimes they are close

  • Vancouver’s largest and most experienced whale watching company

  • Over 95% success rate sighting whales

  • Zodiac style vessels

  • Professional wildlife guide on board to provide information and answer questions

  • Hydrophones

  • Our Guarantee – Should you not see a whale (Orca or Humpback), come again for free until you do, for life, no expiry

  • Spectacular wildlife and views around Gulf and San Juan Islands

  • Complimentary water and snack.


Vancouver Whale Watch is comprised of many different facets to make one well-oiled machine. We have our committed Management Team, dynamic Office Staff, accomplished Captains, knowledgeable Wildlife Guides, and charismatic Shuttle Drivers. Each and every member of our team is dedicated to making your experience with us superb!

VWW Office Staff 2023

Our Office Staff

Our meticulous and caring office staff is prepared to go above and beyond to ensure your overall time with us runs smoothly and is exceptional!

VWW Shuttle Driver

Our Shuttle Drivers

Our travelled, knowledgeable and seasoned shuttle drivers are dedicated to providing captivating commentary and a comfortable drive to our office.

Our Guides

Our Captains and Guides

Our knowledgeable and friendly crews are eager to answer your questions and to make your trip the best whale watching experience ever!


In an effort to support our oceans  and marine wildlife research, Vancouver Whale Watch has implemented a conservation fee of $4.00 per person, which will be collected at the time of check-in. Proceeds from the conservation fee go towards the Centre for Whale Research and select salmon enhancement projects as well as other Marine Research projects.

Together we can make a difference in protecting the Salish Sea.

Thank you for your support.


No request is too big or small for our team. If it matters to you, it matters to us. Let us make your excursion a memory of a lifetime.