Vancouver Whale Watching Tours
In Steveston Village, just south of the bustling city of Vancouver, you will plunge right into a Vancouver whale watching journey. Relax on your whale watching trip as we transport you through the Fraser River, Strait of Georgia and Gulf Islands in search of some of the many species found along our coast. Step into the ocean world of orcas, or depending on the time of year, perhaps humpback, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, seals or sea lions, eagles, and a variety of seabirds. For your minimum of 3 to 5 hour whale watching trips, be on the lookout for various species of marine wildlife waiting and local scenery to be discovered. With a 90% sighting success rate we offer a sightings guarantee*!
With the convenience of an indoor and outdoor area, and an upper viewing deck, our boats provide a great place for viewing and photography opportunities on your Vancouver whale watching trip. All boats are equipped with washroom facilities and are coast guard certified and safety inspected annually. Our Captains have extensive experience on the West Coast and a certified Naturalist will join you and provide you with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic view on the marine life and ecosystem that surrounds us. Your Naturalist will explain all about the animals you see and answer any questions you may have, making your Vancouver whale watching trip not only fun but educational as well. All boats are equipped with hydrophones to hear the whales vocalize.
What Can We Expect to See On Our Vancouver Whale Watching Trip?
We try to show you as much variety as we can find on our trips, but the animals we see can travel great distances daily so every trip is different! Depending on the time of the year the animals you might see on your Vancouver whale watching trips could vary as well. Probably the most well know cetacean in our waters in the orca or killer whale (Orcinus orca). The transient (mammal-eating) orcas could be spotted anytime throughout the year whereas the resident (fish-eating) orcas (who could also be spotted anytime) are more frequently seen in the summer months as they search for the salmon making its way up to the Fraser River to spawn. In the spring, the migrating Grey whales (Eschrichtius robustus) have been making their way north from their breeding grounds in Mexico. On their journey towards Northern BC and Alaska every once in a while a couple may wander within our range if food is abundant enough for them. Another possibility is the Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), also mostly migratory making their way north as well. Minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) are common residents of the coast as well although they are not often seen since they’re so streamlined and elusive! Apart from the larger species we might also be lucky enough to spot harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) or Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli) on our trip. Also keep your eyes on both water and land for harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) as well as the larger Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus)!
What Else Do I Need to Know About My Vancouver Whale Watching Tour?
Ask about our shuttle service from downtown Vancouver or Richmond where we can pick you up at your hotel at an additional charge of $5 per person, or our on board lunch which you can pre-order at an additional cost through a local deli. Complimentary water, coffee and granola bars are provided during the whale watching tour. There are washroom facilities on board. You may also wish to bring food/beverages, camera, sunscreen, hat, soft soled shoes, and a warm jacket+.
We support PWWA (Pacific Whale Watching Association) guidelines for responsible whale watching and are proud to donate a portion of proceeds towards local marine research programs.
Whatever else you do in British Columbia, don’t miss this Steveston whale watching trip you’ll have a “whale of a tale” to tell!
* Guaranteed sightings: If we don’t see whales we will offer you a return pass, allowing you to come again for free until you see whales! This pass has no expiry date but is not transferable and has no cash value. We have a great appreciation for these amazing creatures and believe it is essential that we respect their behavior and habitat. As a good precaution, please book your trip accordingly with your vacation plans so that you can reschedule if necessary.
+It is also possible to run into a squall on the water and have choppy, rough seas. Your safety is our main concern. Tours not recommended for those suffering from neck/back problems, persons in frail health or late stages of pregnancy.