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Whale Watching - April 1 to October 31


Our whale watching tour focuses on magnificent Orcas (Killer Whales), majestic Humpback Whales, and other marine wildlife such as Porpoises, Sea Lions, Seals and Bald Eagles.

The Killer Whales come to this region to feed on the salmon that are returning to the Fraser River to spawn. The Salmon start to migrate up river in May and continue into October. There are three pods (families) of Killer Whales that return to this area every year and they consist of approximately 80 whales. Killer Whales are matriarchal meaning that the eldest female leads the group.

We have two types of Killer Whales that come to this region to feed on food, the one type (Resident Killer Whales) feed on Salmon that are returning to the Fraser River to spawn and the other type (Transient Killer Whales) feed on marine mammals such as Seals, Sea Lions, and Porpoises. Both Resident and Transient Killer Whales can be identified by their dorsal fin and saddle patch (the grey area behind the dorsal fin) and each whale has their own name and/or number. For example, one whale from J pod (a resident Killer Whale) is named Princess Angeline - J17 and one whale from a Transient pod is named Stanley – T123A.

"We had a great time on our trip, and I'd recommend Vancouver Whale Watch to any other groups, definitely." ~ Mandy from SWAP.ca

Our 3 to 5 Hour Tours

Orca WhalePod of Orca WhalesAn Orca Whale Breaches the Surface

Rates & Departure Times


Boat Type Adults Students
(with valid ID)
Seniors
(60+)
Children
(4-12)
Infants
(0-3)

Explorathor II
(Open Air / Covered Convertable with Observation Deck)

Operates: April 1 to Mid-June - Covered
Operates: Mid-June to Mid-Sept - Open Air**
Operates: Mid-Sept to Oct 31 - Covered

$145 $125 $125 $85 Free

Express (Open Air / Covered Convertable)
Operates: April 1 to Mid-June - Covered
Operates: Mid-June to Mid-Sept - Open Air **
Operates: Mid-Sept to Oct 31 - Covered

** Roofs come off Mid-June weather dependent and
go back on Mid-Sept weather dependent

$145 $125 $125 $85 Free

Lightship I & Strider I (Open Air)
Operates: MAY: Thursday – Sunday @ 11:00 AM
Operates: MAY 20th (Victoria Day) @ 11:00 AM
Operates: JUNE 1st-7th @ 11:00 AM
Operates: JUNE 8th – SEPT. 3rd @ 9:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Operates: SEPTEMBER 4th – 30th @ 11:00 AM

* Children must be a minimum of 8 years of age to ride the Lightship.

$150 $150 $150 $150* N/A


Departure Times Date Trip Length
11:00am April 1 - June 7 3 - 5 Hours
9:00am & 2:00pm June 8 - September 3 3 - 5 Hours
11:00am September 4 - October 31 3 - 5 Hours

Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest LogoWe support PWWA guidelines for responsible whale watching.
A portion of proceeds supports local marine research programs.

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