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This customizable round-trip adventure will take you from downtown Vancouver to Victoria aboard a custom-built catamaran, embarking on a 4-hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour (Part 1). From here, you’ll take an ~35-minute tour bus to The Butchart Gardens. Later that evening, the return journey will consist of a 2.5-hour sunset cruise, departing from The Butchart Gardens before arriving at our final destination, Downtown Vancouver (Part 2).

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Starting at $279* CAD / Adult Learn More
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Highlights & Inclusions

  • Fully-guided whale watching & marine wildlife tour. Opportunity to observe different species of whales in the wild, sea birds and other marine wildlife. Guided by 3-4 Transport Canada certified marine naturalists.

  • Year-round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case that we do not see whales, you can join us on another whale watching tour for free.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Free time to explore downtown Victoria at your leisure.

  • See it all in a day or extend your stay. Ask us about overnight package options with one of our fabulous accommodation partners.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Narrated bus transfer from downtown Victoria to The Butchart Gardens with CVS Tours (35-45 minutes).

  • Complimentary admission to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Experience this National Historic Site of Canada featuring over 900 varieties of bedding plants more than 100 years in the making.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies and chocolate bars) available for purchase.

  • Selected as a Canadian Signature Experience

Highlights & Inclusions

  • The perfect viewing platform and the only one of its kind on British Columbia coast. This 95 passenger catamaran was engineered and built in Canada with the safety of our beloved marine wildlife and our guests as priority number one.

  • A return sunset cruise from the gardens to Vancouver.

Experience

Step aboard our intimate, luxury catamaran for a fully customizable adventure from Vancouver to Victoria and back! You’ll cruise the Salish Sea’s expanse in search of orcas and humpback whales, arriving in Victoria’s picturesque harbour where you can explore downtown’s historic sites before hopping on a guided tour bus to the Garden City’s world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Cruise back to Vancouver through the Salt Spring Island passage as sunset blankets the water in golden hues. Not ready to leave Victoria? We don’t blame you—split your tour across multiple days for the ultimate adventure.

Did you know? Many high-end accommodations are within walking distance from our office in Victoria’s inner harbour.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Part 1 – Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria
7:30 AM Check-in begins in Vancouver (Granville Island)
8:00 AM Crew introductions & passenger boarding
8:30 AM Departure from Vancouver. Whale & marine wildlife watching.
~12:30 PM Arrival into downtown Victoria. Free time in Victoria

Part 2 – Butchart Gardens & Butchart Cove to Vancouver Cruise
1:00 PM, 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM – Bus transfers from Victoria to Butchart Gardens depart. Free time in the gardens.
4:15 PM Meet the boat crew at the Butchart Gardens private dock
4:45 PM Departure from Butchart Gardens
~7:00 PM Arrival into downtown Vancouver (Granville Island)

What To Bring

It gets cold out on the water (trust us!), so we recommend windbreaker jackets, sweaters, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a tight-fitting hat, a camera to capture some memorable moments and, above all, your sense of adventure!

Onboard snacks are available for purchase with CAD cash only (no credit/debit cards accepted) but please feel free to bring your own snacks if you wish.

Departure Location

Granville Island Adventure Centre

1516 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4, Canada

The Vancouver Adventure Centre is located across from the street from the Keg restaurant.

Please remember to check-in 1 hour before your adventure.

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Know Before You Book

  • The boat used for this adventure is not wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance, please call us to book.

  • Package can be broken up over 2 or more days. Build your own adventure by selecting Date & Time for each part when placing a booking.

  • Bring up to 1 airline-sized piece of luggage and 1 carry-on on board at no additional cost.

  • Reviews

    Fantastic! Having booked this whale watching trip, we can honestly say that it was an experience of a lifetime. We were so lucky to have had such perfect ‘viewing’ conditions and having ridden out into the Straights of Georgia for about 50 minutes, not one but two Orca pods were sighted. We followed and shadowed the pods at a respectful distance until one of them came directly under our boat following a ‘kill’. The unfortunate victim was a porpoise.
    Nature can be brutal but that’s how it is and can’t be sugar coated.
    Everyone on board was glued to the sea for the whole trip. The guides were knowledgable and extremely passionate about the subject of whales and marine life in general.
    Thank you to you all for making this trip such an unforgettable one.

    Posted on 6/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Must do while in Victoria. We took the Zodiac out and while it was cold, the suits kept us adequately protected. I was never uncomfortable. The guide was knowledgeable and while I wish we would have spent more time watching the Orcas, the humpbacks were amazing. Just dozens or them coming up just yards away from our boat. Highly recommend

    Posted on 8/24/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Wonderful afternoon Had a great 3 hour late afternoon trip. Staff were pleasant and informative. Spent time identifying individual whales and letting us listen to whales ‘talking ‘ by hydrophone. Spotted orcas and humpback and saw the biggest salmon ever in its natural habitat. Thank you Andy & staff for a memorable trip

    Posted on 8/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great tour on the sound Fantastic tour seeing Orcas and hump back whales. Lili was great and gave us a detailed commentary as we were on the sound looking at all wildlife. The boat was very comfortable and a cup of chocolate hit the spot to warm us up after being outside on deck

    Posted on 6/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Wow During our short stay in Victoria, whale watching was high on the list of things to do. We had two or three boat companies to choose from but the Prince of Whales boat stood out as it was larger than the others we saw and looked the business.
    We weren’t disappointed as the crew were, friendly, knowledgeable and placing our safety high on their agenda.

    During our 3 and half hours on the boat we saw several Orcas and a Humpback Whale which we viewed from the advised distance to prevent stress to the whales. As a result the whales performed beautifully for us.

    We also saw seals and birds of prey. Wrap up warm as it gets really cold, the boat has blankets for all that asked for them.

    We highly recommend the Prince of Whales for Whale watching and thank all the crew for giving us an experience we shall never forget.

    Posted on 6/11/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale of a time I took my friend who was visiting from the UK on this tour, we were both blown away. It was an incredibly windy morning and the water was turbulent but they made this very clear from the beginning and even offered you the chance to rebook. The rough seas only added to the experience for us. It was great fun.

    We managed to find 2 groups of seal eating orca in the Howe Sound and watched then for some time.

    Crew were fantastic from start to finish, you can really tell they have a love for their job and the whales they see on a daily basis.

    I work in local tourism and will definitely be recommending this to my guests!!
    Great job guys 😁

    Posted on 7/18/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    10/10 Experience with Scotty leading the way Made memories to last a lifetime with Scotty taking us around the northern gulf islands in search of wildlife. We saw bald eagles, Dall's porpoises, countless orcas, and several humpbacks. We were spoiled rotten with a combination of luck and Scotty's expertise. He was extremely knowledgeable of the animals as well as the area, and you could not find someone with more passion and pure joy in their line of work than Scotty.

    This experience exceeded all my expectations, and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone wishing to see some of the beautiful sea life surrounding the northern part of the island.

    Thanks again Scotty!

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experience saw hump asks and orcas Staff very helpful and knowledgeable boat in excellent condition
    on trip we saw humpbacks breaching water and orcas Playing and feeding

    Posted on 8/01/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale Watching That was an amazing tour to see Orcas. Our special thank goes to Sharon and Captain Roman for the hospitality and their expert explanations on live and living of this wonderful animals.

    Posted on 7/27/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing adventure! An amazing adventure watching several whales breaching, which we understand is very unusual to see in Canada. We also enjoyed watching the seals basking in the sun and two Bald Eagles perched in their nests. The crew was great. The Captain and First Mate did a fabulous job finding the whales and Maya and Hannah were extremely knowledgeable and kind as was the rest of the crew. The bus driver to Butchart Gardens was funny and shared the history of the town and gardens making the ride interesting and enjoyable. We highly recommend Prince of Whales!

    Posted on 8/15/2019 via TripAdvisor

FAQS

Do tours run in all types of weather?

Tours operate rain or shine! Safety is our priority and, in extreme weather conditions or high winds, adventures may be cancelled at the discretion of our qualified crew. We will be in touch should this be the case.

Will we really see whales?

Yes! There is a high chance of seeing orcas, humpbacks, and other types of whale on your tour. Our year-round whale sighting success rate is ~95% (averaged across all of our adventures) with chances being even higher during summer months.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

This adventure is covered by our year-round Year-Round Whale Sighting Guarantee. In the unlikely case, we do not see whales on this adventure, you can join us on another whale watching tour. This guarantee is valid for a lifetime!

Are there bathrooms on the boat?

The boat we use for this tour is equipped with two airline-style washrooms.

Do passengers often feel seasick?

No, our boats are custom-built for whale watching with passengers in mind. Captain and crew will also do their best to minimize the impact of the sea. However, if you are prone to seasickness, we recommend you purchase non-drowsy Gravol from a pharmacy prior to your adventure with us.

Are there snacks or beverages on board?

Complementary tea, coffee & hot chocolate will be available on board. Light snacks (chips, cookies, chocolate bars) can be purchased with CAD cash. You can also bring your own snacks.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are definitely recommended. Adventures often sell out and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Cancellation Policy

This adventure has a hassle-free 48-hour cancellation policy. Just contact us at least 48 hours prior to your adventure departure to cancel and receive a full refund, no questions asked. Groups of 10+ guests are subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy. Promotional (discounted) bookings are final sale.

We reserve the right to delay or cancel a departure if there are fewer than 20 guests reserved at the time of departure or in case of events beyond our control (adverse weather conditions, technical or mechanical issues etc.).

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