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Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Montreal
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Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration:
15 hours
Price:
Starting from $209.87 per person

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While you’re in Montreal, don’t miss a chance to see some of Canada’s best wildlife on an exhilarating whale-watching cruise! You’ll travel by road along the scenic St. Lawrence River past Quebec City to reach Rivière-du-Loup, where you’ll board your cruise boat for an exciting escapade to look for whales, belugas, seals and other marine life. The fabulous scenery is just a bonus on this adventurous day trip from Montreal.

Rivière-du-Loup, a favorite destination for nature-lovers and a five-hour drive from Montreal, is renowned for its luxuriant landscape. A bus tour to Rivière-du-Loup and a whale-watching cruise makes a fabulous day trip from Montreal. You’ll travel there in comfort aboard a deluxe coach, admiring the beautiful scenery along the St Lawrence River.

You’ll then board the Cavalier des Mers cruise boat and sail from the south shore of the St Lawrence for an exciting encounter with whales, seals and belugas! Aboard the boat, soak up the fresh air, and become engrossed by the beauty of the rugged coast, the islands and the traditional lighthouses. The Cavalier des Mers is fully stabilized and offers an on-board bistro both outdoor and indoor observation deck, so you are ensured a comfortable voyage.

As you cruise through the water and the Saguenay–St Lawrence Marine Park, a certified naturalist-guide will narrate your whale-watching journey, and binocular rentals will be available.  Grab a snack at the bistro and bar while you enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean and the whales. Truly an extraordinary rendezvous with the beautiful nature of eastern Canada!

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Full-Day Whale Watching Cruise from Quebec
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Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration:
10 hours
Price:
Starting from $139.90 per person

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While you’re in Quebec City, don’t miss a chance to see some of Canada’s best wildlife on a whale-watching cruise! You’ll travel to Baie-Sainte-Catherine by road and then board either a large, three-level observation boat or a small, open-air zodiac boat for an exciting escapade to look for whales, belugas, seals and other marine life. The fabulous scenery is just a bonus on this adventurous day trip from Quebec City.

Escape Quebec City for a day, and treat yourself to an exciting adventure on the water. After meeting your guide you will board a deluxe motor coach and travel along the picturesque mountainous coastline of the St Lawrence River to reach Baie-Sainte-Catherine, where you’ll board either the Grand Fleuve observation boat or a speedy zodiac for a memorable afternoon of whale-watching.

The choice of transportation in the water is yours – the Grand Fleuve is a large, three-level boat with a glassed-in main deck, observation platform, covered upper deck, a bistro and a bar; the zodiac is a small, open-air boat that holds only 12 or 24 passengers (depending on the boat) and allows you to zip through the water to enjoy super-close access to the whales and other marine life. Opt for the Grand Fleuve for a more leisurely experience on the water, or choose the zodiac for an exciting high-adrenaline adventure!

Both vessels depart from the south shore of the St Lawrence for an exciting encounter with whales, seals and belugas! Discover the many faces of the St Lawrence River, including the Saguenay–St Lawrence Marine Park, lighthouses, fascinating islands and an amazing diversity of marine life.

Aboard the Grand Fleuve a bilingual naturalist-guide will share illuminating facts during your whale-watching journey, while on the zodiac your captain will provide live commentary on your search for whales. Binocular rentals are available on both vessels for that magical moment when you encounter the whales. This is an extraordinary rendezvous with the nature of eastern Canada!

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Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise from Vancouver
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration:
10 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $319.86 per person

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Combine four great experiences for the ultimate Vancouver day trip! Take a whale-watching cruise, sightsee around Victoria at your own pace, explore the beautiful Butchart Gardens, and top it off with a relaxing sunset cruise back to Vancouver. This is the most scenic and convenient way to explore Victoria in one day from downtown Vancouver.

Check in for your full-day tour in the morning at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel. You’ll then be taken to the launching spot for your whale-watching cruise.

Board a 60-foot (18-meter) boat and journey along a beautiful route across the Georgia Strait and through the Gulf Islands. Spot marine mammals such as seals, killer whales and humpback whales, all while enjoying commentary about the region’s wildlife from your naturalist guide.

Your boat will dock in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, where you’ll then be given free time to explore the city of Victoria independently. When you’re ready, hop on the shuttle bus and head to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. (Shuttle busses depart from downtown Victoria periodically throughout the afternoon.)

Enjoy a couple of hours to leisurely stroll through the stunning floral displays. This National Historic Site of Canada offers endless amazing photo opportunities.

In the evening, re-board the boat at the garden’s private dock for a 2-hour sunset cruise back to Vancouver. Sit back, relax and soak in views of the sunset before arriving at Coal Harbour to conclude your full-day tour.

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Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration:
4 hours
Price:
Starting from $424.91 per person

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Fly from Vancouver to Victoria on a 35-minute flight by seaplane and search for Orcas on a whale watching cruise on Haro Strait. Be kind to the environment with the most environmentally friendly form of transport between Vancouver and the mainland - carbon offset levy included! This is a small group tour with a maximum of 14 passengers.

Orcas frequent the waters of Haro Strait between March and October to feed on the salmon passing through on their migratory route. See these magnificent marine animals in their natural environment for an experience no aquarium can rival. The underwater kelp forests of the Pacific Northwest ocean ecosystem also provide a rich food source for other wildlife such as seals, seabirds and sea-otters, all of which may be spotted during your tour.

This tour is seasonal, operating from March to October.

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Vancouver to Victoria
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration:
4 hours
Price:
Starting from $209.57 per person

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Hop on a one-way whale-watching cruise from Vancouver! Departing in the morning, spot whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises and more with the help of your expert guide, and arrive in downtown Victoria by the afternoon. As the only boat service that operates from downtown Vancouver, this is the most convenient, scenic and enjoyable way to get from downtown Vancouver to your Victoria destination.

Your cruise departs from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour in the morning. Take a seat in the comfortable indoor cabin or climb up to the top deck to enjoy the wind in your hair.

Travelling around the small islands that dot the ocean between Victoria and Vancouver, your boat will carry you in search of wildlife such as whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions and bald eagles. Your naturalist guide will explain where you are and what you see.

Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on board, and restrooms are provided for your convenience. You'll arrive in downtown Victoria in the afternoon with plenty of time to take in the sights of Victoria on your own.

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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration:
Varies
Price:
Starting from $182.64 per person

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While in Vancouver, don't miss the chance to take a whale-watching tour and spot killer whales, porpoises, seals, eagles and other wildlife amid the stunning scenery of Canada’s southwest coast. Join your professional naturalist and board a first class, modern vessel for a 3- to 5-hour expedition, starting in the picturesque, historic fishing village of Steveston and traveling through the spectacular Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.

The area is renowned for attracting whales, and this tour enjoys a 90% sighting success rate. On your quest to find orcas (killer whales), you’ll have the opportunity to see the inhabitants of this diverse marine ecosystem, including bow riding Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and seals. Select the shuttle option to include round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver, and spend a morning or afternoon in touch with nature on this memorable whale-watching tour!

Killer whales (also known as orcas) migrate to coastal British Columbia between May and October to feed on the salmon that return to the Fraser River to spawn. There are three pods (families) of approximately 80 killer whales that return to the area every year, meaning sightings are almost guaranteed.

The vessels used on this whale-watching tour are open-air or covered high-speed zodiac boats that ensure a smooth and comfortable trip whatever the weather! On your thrilling expedition, you will hear illuminating commentary delivered by professional naturalists, and you’ll see the magnificent orca in its natural habitat. Onboard hydrophones allow you to experience the wild calls of the orcas first hand, and photo ID charts will even help you to identify them. Look out for the orca named Granny, believed to be over 100 years old!

Air-conditioned shuttle transportation is available from nine centrally located pickup points in downtown Vancouver, and free parking is available in Steveston Village for those arriving by car.

Don’t miss this extraordinary rendezvous with nature on the southwest coast of Canada!

GUARANTEED WHALE SIGHTINGS OR YOUR NEXT TRIP IS FREE!

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Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise and Butchart Gardens Admission
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Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration:
5 hours
Price:
Starting from $159.93 per person

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Make your port stop in Victoria unforgettable with a shore excursion that includes an exhilarating whale-watching trip and a visit to dazzling Butchart Gardens. Spot whales with the help of your naturalist guide on a 3.5-hour whale-watching tour from Inner Harbour around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands. Then, admire a wonderland of flowers while wandering through famous Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. This combination of guided and independent sightseeing allows you to see the best of Victoria in a short span of time.

When you make port in Victoria, take a 20-minute walk to Inner Harbour to board a whale-watching boat. As you cruise around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, admire forests of towering fir trees and listen to your expert naturalist guide talk about the history and ecology of the area. These waters are known for the magnificent orca whales that call them home. Have your camera ready as your guide points out these breathtaking mammals, as well as adorable harbor seals and sea lions.

Finish your 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise at a private dock in the secluded Tod Inlet, and then board a shuttle bus to Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Prepare to be awed by the profusion of colorful blossoms in this gorgeous garden that’s more than a century old. Explore the gardens at your leisure, walking along winding paths past fountains, ponds, statues and the famous Sunken Garden, created out of an abandoned limestone quarry.

After getting your fill of photos, board a shuttle bus from the garden back to Inner Harbour and make your way to the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Victoria port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalist Guides
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Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration:
3 hours
Price:
Starting from $104.78 per person

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While in port in beautiful Victoria, check out British Columbia's famous abundance of whales and on this educational 3-hour whale-watching cruise! You'll not only have a chance to spot these incredible mammals, but you’ll also learn all about Canada’s marine life from your expert naturalist guides. Cruise on a 40-passenger boat, designed specifically for whale watching, and listen as two onboard naturalists explain the wonders of the surrounding Pacific marine ecosystems.

Explore beautiful British Columbia while spotting incredible killer whales on an exciting whale-watching shore excursion from Victoria! During this three-hour cruise perfect for the whole family, learn about the surrounding marine ecosystem from your expert naturalist guides, who will explain everything from jellyfish to seabirds to, of course, whales! Ask them any questions you may have during your trip and help them spot Pacific marine life.

Ron Bates, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading orca researchers, may also be along for the ride! He conducts much of his research on these waters and can provide unique and interesting insight into the lives of these magnificent creatures.

Each trip's exact cruising route may differ depending on the day’s whale activity out on the water. The cruise often starts with visits to many of the small islands off the coast of Victoria. From there, learn about the surrounding ecosystems from your knowledgeable crew. Your guides may even pull kelp on board so you can witness where many of the food chains begin.

Cruises are conducted on boats designed specifically for whale watching and provide a smooth, fast and stable ride. Take advantage of the boat’s comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Northwest!

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Victoria port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Victoria Whale Watch Tour
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Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration:
3 hours
Price:
Starting from $93.56 per person

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Take a whale-watching tour from Victoria to spot orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, gray whales and minke whales. You'll also spot Dall's porpoise and harbor porpoise and enjoy Vancouver Island's spectacular scenery.

Your whale-watching tour from Victoria is enhanced by the informative commentary provided by a trained naturalist. You'll learn about the biology, behavior and habits of the wildlife you'll spot as you sail across the water in a Zodiac or luxury motor yacht.

You'll have an excellent chance of spotting orcas between April and September. You're also bound to spot California sea lions, northern (stellar) sea lions, elephant seals and harbor seals as bald eagles soar above you and seabirds fly close to the water looking for food. To get the most from your whale-watching safari, bring along a jacket, sun protection, your camera and a pair of binoculars.

The photographic opportunities on a whale-watching tour are phenomenal! With the vessel at rest, you can snap away while listening to the naturalist's stories about the Pacific Ocean's ecosystem you are visiting. If the conditions are right, you'll have the opportunity to hear the unforgettable song of the whales. Hydrophones can pick up and amplify the hauntingly beautiful sounds of the Orca whales as they communicate with each other.

This tour is seasonal, operating from April through to October

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Admission
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Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration:
5 hours
Price:
Starting from $159.93 per person

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Experience the natural beauty of Victoria with two memorable experiences in one day. Take a whale-watching tour from Inner Harbour around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands and spot whales with the help of your naturalist guide. Then, explore the magnificent floral displays of the famous Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Round-trip transfers are included.

Meet in downtown Victoria in the afternoon to board your cruise, which departs from Inner Harbour. You’ll enjoy 3.5 hours of whale watching around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, complete with live commentary from your expert guide. Make sure to have your camera ready as you spot whales and other wildlife!

After your cruise, arrive at a private dock in the secluded Tod Inlet, where you'll hop on a shuttle bus to the Butchart Gardens. With your admission ticket in hand, explore the famous gardens at your own pace.

You’ll be astounded by the magnificent display of floral gardens that make up this National Historic Site of Canada. The colorful landscape offers endless photo opportunities as you stroll down winding paths past fountains, ponds, statues and the famous Sunken Gardens, transformed from an abandoned limestone quarry.

Shuttle buses leave from the gardens throughout the evening, giving you the freedom to choose whenever you want to leave and return to Victoria.

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria to Vancouver
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Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $209.57 per person

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Hop on a one-way whale-watching cruise from Victoria! Departing in the afternoon, spot whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises and more with the help of your expert guide, and capture a gorgeous sunset from the sightseeing decks before arriving in Vancouver in the evening. This is the most scenic, relaxing, enjoyable way to get from Victoria to your downtown Vancouver destination. 

Board your cruise in downtown Victoria in the afternoon. During the 3-hour whale-watching portion of your cruise, your naturalist guide will help you spot whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and more, and will answer any questions you have. 

Sit in the comfortable indoor cabin or enjoy views from the outdoor sightseeing deck. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on board, and restrooms are provided for your convenience. 

Make a quick stop in Tod Inlet before sitting back and relaxing for the last 2 hours of your cruise, during which you’ll be treated to a beautiful sunset. 

You’ll reach the docks of Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver in the evening.

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Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists
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Location: Victoria, Canada
Duration:
3 hours
Price:
Starting from $104.78 per person

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British Columbia is famous for its abundance of whales, and on this 3-hour educational Canadian cruise, you'll get a chance to see them! While cruising on a 40-passenger boat specifically designed for whale watching, witness these impressive mammals as two onboard naturalists provide interesting and informative commentary on the Pacific marine life off the coast of Canada.

Take in the beautiful sights of British Columbia on an educational whale-watching adventure from Victoria ! Enjoy a three-hour cruise on the Pacific and spot majestic orcas (killer whales) while learning about Canada’s marine ecosystem from two onboard naturalists. They’ll answer any questions you may have during your whale-watching cruise and encourage you to search for native marine life!

Ron Bates, one of the leading orca researchers in the Pacific Northwest, may also be along for the ride! He conducts much of his research on board and can provide unique and detailed insight into the lives of these magnificent and intelligent mammals.

Every whale-watching adventure may be different depending on the day’s marine activity. The cruise often starts with visits to the small islands off the coast of Victoria to begin the exciting search for whales. Listen as your expert crew explains the surrounding marine ecosystems of the Pacific. Learn about the important food chains in each area and the types of animals found there. Often, the crew will pull kelp on board and give you a chance to touch, feel and taste where many of the food chains begin.

This exciting whale-watching cruise is conducted on a boat designed specifically for whale watching, and provides a smooth, swift and stable ride. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating areas for great panoramic views. This tour is fun for the entire family!

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