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This one-way adventure will take you from Victoria, BC, Canada on a 35- to 45-minute tour bus to the world famous Butchart Gardens, where you will have free-time to explore at your leisure (Part 1). From here, you’ll take a 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise behind Salt Spring Island before en route to your final destination, Vancouver, BC, Canada aboard a custom-built high-speed catamaran (Part 2).

Please note: **This is not a whale watching tour**

$130
Starting at $109* CAD / Adult Learn More
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Highlights & Inclusions

  • 35 to 45 minute narrated bus transfer and admission to The Butchart Gardens.

  • Butchart Gardens to Vancouver scenic cruise through the Gulf Islands.

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.

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

Experience

If you’ve whale-watched before, and you’re just in search of a guided tour from Victoria to Vancouver, look no further: Our bus will take you on a fully guided 30-45 minute ride to The Butchart Gardens, where you’ll explore the lush greens and colourful blooms of the world-renowned historic site. When you’ve had your fill of flowers (and gelato), enjoy a 2.5-hour sunset cruise to Vancouver aboard the warmth and comfort of our custom-built Salish Sea Dream catamaran.

Did you know? Biggs (Transient) Orcas are actually carnivores—they’ll even eat sharks!

 

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

Downtown Victoria Adventure Centre

812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

The Victoria Adventure Centre is located below the Visitor Information Centre, next to Milestones restaurant across the street from Fairmont Empress hotel.

In order to catch your shuttle to the gardens, please make sure that you first check-in at our office. Available shuttle times are 9:00 AM; 10:00 AM; 11:00 AM; 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM*. You are welcome to select any of these departure times based on the amount of time you’d like to spend at the Butchart Gardens.

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Arrival Location

Granville Island Adventure Centre

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

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Know Before You Book

  • Whale watching is NOT included in this adventure and Whale Sighting Guarantee does not apply.

  • This adventure is ONE-WAY ONLY, no return transportation to Victoria is included.

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

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

  • Reviews

    We saw a pod of 3 whales This was an amazing trip and experience. We booked the half day trip. Crew were friendly and attentive. Becky and Aurora were so knowledgeable, clearly subject matter experts in their field and passionate about marine conservation.
    We were very fortunate to come across a pod of three killer whales. A truly unforgettable experience.
    If you are able to, book this for the first part of your stay in Vancouver so that if no whales are seen you can go out again free of charge.

    Posted on 6/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Watched Whales! This is the best whale watching I have experienced! Orcas, Humpbacks and more. Great scenery too.
    The naturalist Rebecca was friendly and had a vast knowledge of whales and wildlife. I learned much about The history of whales, and their behaviours.
    In conclusion: Great sights, animals, and friendly staff. I will come again next year!
    I rate this a 5/5 whale tails! 🐋

    Posted on 8/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great Trip! Thanks to Roman and crew for a fabulous whale watching afternoon. Saw Orcas, humpbacks, stella sea lion, dolphins, and magic views of the water and islands.

    Highly recommend.

    Posted on 6/17/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Breathtaking, unforgettable trip We took the zodiac trip, piloted by Scotty. Within a short time we had Dall’s porpoise hunting and playing next to the boat, soon followed by 2 humpbacks, then a raft of Stellar sea lions. Scotty gave a lot of thought as to where we should head to try and spot orcas and his plan paid off, with fantastic views of two pods of orcas including one whale that showed off leaping out of the water. Just as we thought that was the finale to the trip, Scotty received a message that a fin whale - not usually found in these waters - was nearby and after some patient waiting and tracking, we got to view this whale several times. Amazing. Scotty was a great skipper and has a wealth of knowledge about the wildlife. This was a trip of a lifetime and Prince of Whales a great company to have found. Thank you Scotty for delivering more than we could have hoped for! Thoroughly recommend this trip. I hope to return one day!

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    A wonderful afternoon!! This was the highlight of our visit to Vancouver. And yes we did see Orcas!!! The weather was beautiful but cold. The boat has plenty of seating inside and out and provides hot drinks for free. This was a wonderful experience even without the whales. The views of the mountains, lake side homes and other wild life made the whole trip interesting. Would do it again, was just a great afternoon. The staff are friendly and informative and talk with such passion. It was just a thrill to see these lovely creatures.

    Posted on 5/07/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Whale watching boat tour This tour exceeded all of our expectations. Captain Aaron and First Mate Wilma did a great job finding us some very rare sightings of resident killer whales and Olivia was the Naturalist who told us about the wildlife we were seeing, and could not have been more nice and helpful.
    Highly recommend prince of Whales Whale Watching tours!

    Posted on 8/21/2019 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

    Amazing whale watching experience at Telegraph Cove We drove up all the way to telegraph cove to go whale watching with Prince of Whales, and it became the highlight of our trip to the Island. Not only, because we were lucky, to see so much of the beautiful wildlife (we saw several Humpbacks, porpoises, bald eagles, sea lions, minke whales and Orcas!), but also because the whole crew did an amazing job, explaining so much about the animals and the environment. We expected to go out on a 3 hour trip, but the amazing crew (Roman,Rebecca,Sharon,Vanessa,Kiron) made it a 5 hour tour instead. Special thanks to Rebecca, who is not only a wildlife expert, but also a great photographer (I asked her, if she could send me some pictures of the orcas we saw at that day). You can see her pictures below.

    So if you are considering doing a whale watching tour on the Island. This is your place to go!

    Posted on 7/09/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great experience! Had fun today with Roman, Sharon, and Vanessa. Great crew who work together to make for a fantastic day. Orcas, eagles, and humpbacks were on the list of sightings. Good way to take in the Telegraph Cove area.

    Posted on 7/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Experience of a lifetime Me and my son went on the semi-covered boat for a whale watching experience. Valerie was helpful answering our questions. Nice they include hot drinks as it's quite cool and windy on the open water. Lots of great scenery and we did get the chance to spot some Transient Orcas T65a.

    Posted on 4/16/2019 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 see whales on the trip from Butchart Gardens to Vancouver?

Not likely, this adventure DOES NOT include whale watching. On rare occasions we may encounter wildlife on this tour.

Are there bathrooms on the Catamarans?

Yes! The catamarans are 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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