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This adventure will take you from downtown Victoria to The Butchart Gardens aboard a custom-built catamaran, embarking on a 3-hour, fully-guided whale watching and marine wildlife viewing tour. Gardens admission and 35- to 45-minute narrated return bus transfers are also included.

$160
Starting at $139* CAD / Adult Learn More
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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.

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

  • VIP-admission to The Butchart Gardens by their private dock.

  • 35 to 45 minute narrated return bus transfer from the gardens to Victoria.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Customize your adventure. Book as a day tour or split up over 2 or more days.

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

Experience

Take in the world-renowned lush greens of The Butchart Gardens with our exclusive whale watching package from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Traverse our west coast waters in search of orcas and humpback whales en route to The Butchart Gardens, where you’ll explore 55 acres of colourful blooms before hopping on your private bus back to Victoria. Plus, every Saturday, we invite you to stay until dusk falls and watch fireworks illuminate the night sky.

Did you know? The Butchart Gardens took root in a former limestone quarry over 100 years ago.

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.

Please remember to check-in 30 minutes 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.

  • 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
  • Reviews

    Holiday Well if you’re looking for an amazing experience in Canada’s wild life then look these guys knowledgeable and helpful on everything about their area we got too see killer whales , eagles ,seals, bird life also the chance too see the whales hunt down a seal was incredible thanks too the whole team great company

    Posted on 5/29/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Amazing! Wonderful crew! We got to see two species of whale (orcas and a humpback). The whole crew (Wilma, Aaron, Aurora, and Rebecca) were amazing and so knowledgeable. Wilma was the naturalist I was sitting with and you could really see her passion for these animals. She knows so much about them and is so excited to share.

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great excursion Our family of four had a great time with Prince of Whales. All the staff on board the vessel were excellent, especially Sandy who took a lot of time to provide information and facts about whales and marine life in general. It is obvious all of the crew are passionate about whales, the sea, and the environment. The captain did everything he could to maximize our view of the group of whales we located. Everything was very organized. All in all, a memorable experience, highly recommended.

    Posted on 7/22/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Half Day Whale Watching Tour Beautiful day! We saw lots of nature and wildlife! Enjoyed the water and the crew were knowledgeable.

    Posted on 6/26/2019 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

    Great knowledgeable staff who are always wanting to find whales. We had a great trip - we were able to see a small pod of orca's on our trip to Victoria. The crew went out of their way to find whales for us to view. On board the staff were knowledgeable about the different whales that frequent the area as well as other marine life. The admin team were very helpful when we needed to change some dates around. On our return trip we were fortunate to see a group of approx 15 Orca's which was amazing. The same day, the morning trip had seen 8 humpbanks near the entrance to Victoria Haarbour.

    Posted on 7/04/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great day At first we saw only a few orcas and where kinda waiting for more and almost at the end of the tour the humpback whales showed up and made it Unforgettable.
    The tour guides where nice and gave us lot of info

    Posted on 7/26/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • Reviews

    Great trip~ Amazing experience!
    Warm and considerate explanation.

    Learning a lot about whales, and I can feel the how closed the local people and animals are.

    Strongly recommend.

    Posted on 3/23/2019 via TripAdvisor
  • 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

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 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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