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Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

1. Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

Experience whale watching in true comfort and style along the waters off Vancouver. See several types of whales, as well as an assortment of sea birds and other marine species. Marvel at the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this 3-6 hour adventure. An informative crew will tell you about the history of the area and about the marine wildlife. Board the Salish Sea Freedom, a 62-foot covered vessel built for whale watching, and designed to minimize its ecological footprint. You can choose to be inside or outside, and can choose from 3 viewing areas on 2 levels.

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From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

2. From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

Go on one of the must-do tours in British Columbia! Start the day hopping aboard a luxury coach, then sit back and enjoy the spectacular views and scenic stops that the Sea to Sky Tour has to offer. Along the journey to Whistler, you will come across panoramic ocean views, sky-high mountains, and glaciers as well as the opportunity to spot local wildlife. The first stop is in the city of Squamish, famous for its huge granite mountain called the Stawamus Chief. Once in Squamish, take a short ride up to the summit of the Sea to Sky Gondola (which reaches an impressive 885 meters (2,904 feet) above sea-level). At the top, take 1.5 hours to soak up sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. Take some photos, walk the suspension bridge, and enjoy a quick snack or drink. After departing Squamish, the next stop is the stunning 70-meter (230-foot) high waterfall Brandywine Falls, located just a short 10-minute walk within the Provincial Park. Take in views of the waterfall or walk to a second viewing platform to view Daisy Lake and Black Tusk. Take an hour to soak up the spectacular sites and don't forget to keep an eye out for the rare red-tailed frog. Continue north along the Sea to Sky highway to the world-famous Whistler Village, a charming pedestrian-only village with something for everyone. Enjoy 4 hours to explore year-round cafes and world-class restaurants or shopping. Feeling more adventurous? Try zip-lining, rafting, a bicycle ride or the record-setting Peak to Peak Gondola which holds the world record for being the longest and highest gondola!  This tour can be combined with an overnight hotel stay (additional costs apply) at some of the top hotels in British Columbia with the option of coming back to Vancouver on another day. If returning on the same day, take in the gorgeous sunset along the way back down the Sea to Sky corridor. Arriving at approximately 8:00 PM, you will be dropped at one of the four drop-off hotels.

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Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

3. Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

View the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with dancing fountain. The city of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the unique shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour. Packed with ever-changing experiences of the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island, this tour is a must-do for those who have not yet visited Victoria.

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Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

4. Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

Jump into a boat for a 1.5-hours to see the city and its seals. Embark on an adventure you won't forget and travel along the epic coastline of the English Bay, out to Lighthouse Park, over to the Seal Colony, and back into False Creek. Take in the sights of Stanley Park from the water throughout the journey. Pass by English Bay Beach and underneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.  Marvel at the beautiful homes of West Vancouver, offshore freighters, and Seal Colony along the coast. Make your way past Siwash Rock, Jericho Sailing Centre, and Kitsilano Beach. All of the boat tours depart from the Granville Island Location.

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From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

5. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

Meet in central Vancouver and take a 90-minute scenic cruise aboard the ferry to Vancouver Island. Sail through the Strait of Georgia and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to visit the outside decks as it’s not uncommon to see all kinds of sea life, including porpoises and whales. Arrive on Vancouver Island and first visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Explore this world-renowned botanical garden which was once a quarry, featuring the Japanese Garden, the Ross Fountain, an Italian Garden, and other floral displays. Continue the trip with a ferry ride to the city of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Discover the main sights of Victoria with your guide, starting at Mile O. See Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, Empress Hotel, and historic Chinatown, including the famous Fan Tan Alley. Later, enjoy some free time to explore on your own or book an additional optional activity. Your guide will be on hand to assist you with suggestions on the best restaurants, breweries, shops, and hidden gems. Relax as you cruise back to the mainland in the evening, arriving back in Vancouver at approximately 9:30 PM.

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From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip with Guided Village Tour

6. From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip with Guided Village Tour

Discover Whistler’s year-round sightseeing attractions and adventure options on a day trip from Vancouver. Get taken off the beaten path to enjoy some hikes and sights less known by visitors but frequented by locals. After pickup at 1 of the 2 meeting points in Vancouver, drive to Whistler, enjoying scenic stops along the Sea-to-Sky highway on the way. Upon arrival, receive a guided tour of Whistler Village. Next, join your guide on a walk to discover Lost Lake and/or participate in an optional activity such as bungee jumping or zip trekking. Enjoy free time to explore the village further or experience the breathtaking views, great hiking trails, and new suspension bridge of the Whistler Gondola and Peak 2 Peak. With so much to choose from, your guide will be there to help you plan and optimize your Whistler experience. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Vancouver. 

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Vancouver: Private Tour and Seaplane Excursion

7. Vancouver: Private Tour and Seaplane Excursion

Explore Vancouver from above with this lovely scenic journey for 20 minutes on a seaplane, starting from Vancouver downtown harbor and fly over Stanley Park English Bay, Lions Gate, North Shore and Vancouver city. The itinerary includes a Vancouver downtown overview of major historic landmark buildings, Canada Place, Robson and Georgia Street, China Town, Historic Gastown, Stanley Park with Totem Poles and Prospect Point.  Explore the public market at the Granville Island for one hour. The last stop on the tour is a visit to Queen Elizabeth park.

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Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

8. Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and slip into the required red cruiser suit to get a safety tutorial. Then, board the open-air, purpose-built zodiac boat and set off on a scenic ride through Burrard Inlet. Get up close to native wildlife and listen to the expert commentary as you navigate the waterways at speeds up to 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). Admire the lush greenery of Coal Harbour, North Shore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park, looking for dolphins, harbor seals and bald eagles along the way. Marvel at the skyscrapers of British Columbia’s largest city as you cruise back to harbor.

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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

9. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

Enjoy an extended 13-hour tour of Vancouver Island and Victoria, with return transfers from Vancouver or drop off in Victoria if you prefer. Once at Vancouver Island’s Swartz Bay on the Saanich Peninsula, drive by air-conditioned coach to Butchart Gardens and walk among the 50 acres of magnificent foliage. Then head to downtown Victoria, traveling through quaint Chinatown and the Inner Harbour. Take free time to explore the Inner Harbour, admiring heritage sites such as the Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, and BC Legislature. Depart from downtown Victoria for your return journey to Vancouver in the late afternoon. Your return journey to the mainland will be on board a BC Ferry, where you can watch for whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other magnificent marine mammals. Arrival in Vancouver is scheduled for approximately 21:30, where you can be dropped off at your downtown hotel or disembark at the terminal.

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Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

10. Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, explore Whistler Village and admire the natural wonders in between on this 10-hour adventure that departs from Vancouver. Feel in awe of ever-changing landscapes along the Sea to Sky Highway. There will be a pit stop to marvel at the 335 meter high Shannon Falls. Ride the famous Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, an outdoor paradise for climbers and backcountry adventurers. The gondola takes you to Habrich Ridge, where you will have 90 minutes to take in breathtaking views of the mountains, coastal rainforest and network of inlets of Howe Sound. Pass the quaint town of Squamish and the Tantalus Glacier while continuing the journey to Whistler. Once there, spend an afternoon exploring downtown shops and cafes. Located at the base of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, home of the 2010 Olympics, you will be able to take advantage of the surrounding hiking trails.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 367 reviews

The tour was awesome! I haven’t had this much fun in a really long time. It was a good mix of being out on the water in a boat and just enjoying the wind in my hair and having Paul, our tour guide and captain of the boat, explain a bit about Vancouver history. Would highly recommend to locals and tourists alike!

We were so fortunate. The weather was cperfect and the water was calm. Only 30 people on the boat made it so easy to see out to where the wildlife was spotted. We saw humpbacks, orcas, sea lions and porpoises! The crew was phenomenal. A totally amazing experience.

It was a wonderful tour, we saw an orca and 3 humpback whales. The guides are very nice and they explain everything that we need to know about the whales.

Was awesome! Ian was the best guide tour ever ! Very funny and he knows about all the places we went. Highly recommended

Our tour guide Alex was fantastic. So friendly, funny and informative!