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Vancouver Whale Watch

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Vancouver's Best Whale Watching experience! Seasonal, guided tours led by professional naturalists. Whale watching trips, sea lion and birding tours, and nature and historical tours.
12240 2nd Ave Suite 210 | Steveston, Richmond, British Columbia V7E 3L8, Canada
+1 604-274-9565
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did this tour in late July 2018 on on of the Lightship boats, this was a huge amount of fun. You are given exposure suits but still dress warmly, if you are near the rear of the boat you will get wet, but you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank RobC12222
Reviewed January 5, 2019 via mobile

You get to see kille whales and sea lions at their natural habitat. Can be a rough ride so make sure you get the seasick meds taken before the the trip if you are prone to motion sickness

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jmyer_wander
Reviewed December 30, 2018

I have no time for people who complain that they didn't see whales or that they didn't get close enough. It is a privilege to be allowed to see this planet's magnificent creatures and they need to be treated with respect. If you do see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Anne C
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

We were a little disappointed by the overall experience. Pros: The boat ride was fun and we loved seeing the coastline. The suits you wear are silly and fun for pictures. Cons: We did see a few Orcas, but we had to stay 200 yards...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank redsoxkathleen
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Very short visit to Vancouver but managed to get a trip out with this Company, helpful all the way through from booking in to leaving the boat afterwards

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank CliveW1
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

We booked in advance before coming to Canada on holiday. As it’s nearing the end of the season, we were concerned that we may not get lucky in seeing any whales. However, our worries were unfounded. Within half an hour we’d seen 2 humpback whales....More

Thank Samphe
Reviewed October 23, 2018

We came up from the States and went with some good friends. First hour, we thought, oh this is going to be a bust, and then there where Whales everywhere. We saw Sea Lions, Porpoises, eagles, seals, and much more. Joan was so knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Highly recommend this Whale-Watching Tour! Friends were coming up from the States with the specific intention of getting out onto the ocean. We chose Vancouver Whale Watch after reading the reviews (and because we’ll take any excuse to visit the beautiful Steveston area). From entering...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Renaken
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing time with the staff and crew at Vancouver Whale Watch. Their team was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. They went out of their way to create a wonderful experience for us. Their site says the trip is 3-5 hours. It was 5...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

We went on this whale watching tour and were not dissapointed! We saw humpack whales, sealions, seals, porpoise, 3 bald eagles and many many seabirds. This company guarantee that if you do not see a whale you can return for free and the voucher is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Paula C
January 10, 2018|
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Response from travelnut0315 | Reviewed this property |
We booked the Express boat which worked well for us. We went in July and the boat was open air - not sure when you will be going, but they may have to put tops on them. I had no problems with my camera equipment on the... More
Sophie K
September 29, 2017|
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Response from KeKeGram | Reviewed this property |
We had wonderful weather when we went on Sept 24th. Just dress in layers. We were provided with a life suit which will keep you dry. I wouldn't imagine the whales are affected by the rain. Book it and enjoy!
May 15, 2017|
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Response from for032002 | Reviewed this property |
Went the last week in April. They said humpbacks are there from June-Sept.
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whale watch ship sinks (2 Replies)
I see that a few days ago the vessel Explorathor of Vancouver Whale Watch sunk after hitting a submerged log or something. Fortunately there were boats nearby to offload the 30 or so pax to so no one got wet. I imagine the water temp is kinda cold. We will be watching with VWW in a few days and we are good to go, knowing that this is a very rare event. Still...one must have a plan B, eh?
July 27, 2009|
Response fromVancouverite67|
Yes, I heard about that. Sounds like it all went smoothly and no major concerns. I would expect a company like VWW to be professional and to ensure the satisfaction of their customers. Eg, if they are not able to accommodate all passengers booked because they are down a vessel, I would expect them to make alternate arrangements by either chartering a boat or purchasing space with a competitor. You may want to check with them to see if they have been reassigning people.
Atlanta, Georgia
Best/most fun whale watching? (1 Reply)
Hi, I am hoping to go whale watching while staying in Vancouver on 8/18/16 or 8/19/16. I've done lots of research into companies, tours, boats, etc but am hoping to get the opnion of those with past experience. Which companies are the best? And for those who have done Vancouver Whale Watch on a zodiac boat, how was that experience? Any advice or insight is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
June 21, 2016|
Response fromRobyn|
Open zodiac is the most fun, end of story. :)
Swindon, United Kingdom
Prince of Whales vs Vancouver Whale Watch (1 Reply)
Hi! Staying in Vancouver for a couple of nights in September. Anyone used either prince of whales or Vancouver whale watch for a whale watching trip? Could you share your experience? Tracey xx
July 18, 2016|
Response fromMuftiVancouver|
Lots of people have taken these whale watching trips and left reviews of their experience. The Things to Do in the top green bar will take you to them. Here is Vancouver Whale Watch: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie… and here is Prince of Whales: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie… Note that Vancouver Whale Watch departs from Steveston. I believe they have a $15 shuttle that will pick you up and return you to your hotel. Prince of Whales departs from near...More