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Vancouver Whale Watch

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“humpback whales”(11 reviews)
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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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 10, 2003

Date of Whalewatch: 4 August 2003 What can I say ....... awesome, breathtaking, out of this world .............. words are not enough. From the moment we stepped aboard the Explorathor, with our two crew, Roger and Michelle, there was an air of anticipation from all...More

16  Thank northerner1971
Cedric T, Owner at Vancouver Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with our company! We hope to have you on our trip again in the future.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately no whale sightings on our 9AM ride aboard the (smaller) Strider I today. The staff in general were nice enough although no one went above & beyond to be particularly helpful or informative. Company policy is to issue a return voucher if you don't...More

5  Thank Kimchi19
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Neal W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Louise W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When dealing with wildlife you need to expect that the guide cannot determine when or if whales will be seen. Having taken multiple whale watching tours I know this to be a reality. This time a choose to take my young niece to experience the...More

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Reviewed October 12, 2018

We took a whale watching tour with this company and were not dissapointed!! We saw a family of Orcas, many seals and a Bald Eagle. The company guarantee that if you do not see a whale you can return for free - great idea but...More

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Cedric T, Owner at Vancouver Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello there, Thank you for taking the time to provide your review of your experience with us! We are glad you you enjoyed our whale watching tour and hope to have you on our trip again soon!

Reviewed October 11, 2018

11:00am sailing 1 October 2018 Having booked the trip online from the UK I was advised by email to contact the office 24 hours before sailing to confirm pickup point and time. Having checked in to our hotel I was about to ask reception staff...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

I took my Mum to see the orca’s with Vancouver Whale Watch and it was absolutely spectacular. Every staff member we encountered was extremely professional and safety conscious. We went in the smaller zodiac which only seats 12 people and it was fantastic. Ellen was...More

Thank Ilona L
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Did a whale watch with the company in June. Everything was absolutely fantastic. Tour is in Steveston, about 20-30 mins south of downtown Vancouver. Easy to find, check-in easy. You are given waterproof suits and warm hats to wear but you will need layers underneath...More

1  Thank Tracy166
Cedric T, Owner at Vancouver Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hello Tracy166, Thank you for your review! We hope to have you on our trip again!

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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.