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Boat Tour from Vancouver: Whales, Victoria, Butchart Gardens

Product ID: 19768
Join a whale watching adventure from Vancouver! You’ll travel on a magnificent Salish Sea Dream whale watching catamaran while on the lookout for orca and other marine wildlife and then spend the afternoon visiting the Butchart Gardens.
About this activity
Duration: 10.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Experience Vancouver's Ultimate whale-watching cruise
  • Explore Historic Victoria Harbour before taking a guided coach up the Saanich Peninsula to Butchart Gardens
  • Discover the world-famous Butchart Gardens, including the Sunken and Japanese Gardens.
  • Enjoy a relaxing Gulf Islands sunset cruise back to Vancouver
Full description
Departing from Vancouver at 08:30 after a 7:30 check-in, a 95 passenger vessel will whisk you around Stanley Park and out into the Strait of Georgia before heading south toward Victoria in search of whales. Trained Naturalists will guide you and answer questions on the 2 different Orca types and 3 different whale species that frequent the Gulf Islands. Resident and Transient Orcas, Minke, Humpback, and Grey Whales are all possibilities as well as several species of seals, sea lions, and porpoises. Eagles, Shearwaters, and several other marine bird species are also common.

Arrive in Victoria around 12:30 pm, where you’ll have free time for lunch before being transported to the Butchart Gardens by guided coach. Make sure you have your camera ready as you explore the famous Sunken Gardens, as the Hummingbirds, Butterflies and flowers make for excellent photo opportunities. After a full afternoon of exploring the beautiful Gardens, head to a private dock for your return trip to Vancouver.

Depart the Butchart Gardens at 16:30 from a private dock in the Japanese Garden for the 2.5-hour Gulf Island Cruise that will take you back to Vancouver.
  • Guided whale and wildlife watching on the way from Vancouver to Victoria
  • 40-minute bus tour from Downtown Victoria to the Butchart Gardens, including live driver narration and free wi-fi
  • Admission to the Butchart Gardens
  • 2.5-hour sunset cruise from the Butchart Gardens to Downtown Vancouver
  • 2 seats per person (inside and outside) on a 95-passenger luxury whale watching catamaran featuring indoor heated cabin & 360-degree open air deck
  • Captain and expert crew of 4-5 guides/naturalists
  • Live commentary and educational materials on board
  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate
  • 1 piece of checked-in luggage (up to 50 lbs/23 kg) per person
  • 93% whale sighting success rate
  • Lifetime whale sightings guarantee - new free tour from Vancouver or Victoria until you see whales!
  • Goods and services tax
  • 2 per person Salish Sea Conservation Fee
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Excess luggage charges (over 50 lbs (23 kg) per person)
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The local supplier's office at 1666 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2, Canada.

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Important information
Know before you go
There are two very comfortable airplane style washrooms on-board the vessel, as well as a snack bar with low-cost hot and cold drinks and snack items available for purchase. We have hydrophones available for listening to underwater activity when on the scene with wildlife.

Dressing warmly in layers is recommended, as are sunscreen and flat-soled shoes. Baggage is limited to one bag and one carry-on per person.

The vessel used for this tour is perfect for passengers of all ages and fitness levels, however it is not wheelchair accessible. We recommend passengers bring their own lunch or snacks for the adventure.

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Super recommended!

We spotted several whales after about 2.5 hours of sailing, so don't be discouraged if these beautiful mammals don't show up right away. The guides were expert, super prepared and attentive. Perhaps the only thing that I was a little sorry about was not having more time to visit Victoria. Otherwise everything is perfect, from organization to sighting. I would do it again !!

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August 19, 2019

Highly recommend this trip. The check-in process was so easy with a friendly gentleman waiting at the door with his tablet because the desk was busy. The scenery was lovely, and the staff was amazing. They were constantly on the lookout for the whales and communicating with other boats to locate them. Plus they never kept you guessing on your location or what to expect. I get sea sick very easily and they took the time to come and check on me periodically to make sure I was feeling ok, and to see if I needed anything. They provided personable service to everyone, and the fact that Wilma would come to each individual or family grouping to keep us updated on where we were, and the plan to find the whales was pleasantly unexpected. You really feel the care they took in your safety and satisfaction; and the knowledge they had was so impressive. Thank you Wilma, Pascale, Anthony and Captain Malcolm. You made our trip enjoyable and unforgettable.

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September 10, 2017

We did not have many expectations to see whales but there were many Speckh

July 30, 2019

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Product ID: 19768