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2014 Season

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Hello Vancouver Whale Watch,

I wanted to thank you for not only an incredible trip (with our guides), but some beyond-the-call-of-duty customer service from the office staff. I had left my leather jacket on the benches outside the office after our tour. Upon returning to Vancouver, I realized that it was missing, which was very distressing because it was a valuable gift. When I called the office, they notified me that it had been found, and they arranged to have it sent to Vancouver with one of the drivers later that day. The office staff and the driver were extremely helpful, communicative, and generous, and I can't thank you enough. I will also let the staff of ShoreTrips know how wonderful your staff is.

Thank you!

~ Ben Ansfield

Subject: Biggest Thank You!

I can't even begin to thank you for the greatest, well, four greatest experiences of my life!

Thanks to you I got to see killer whales (and humpback whales, and harbour porpoises)!

You are amazing people, with so much knowledge of these animals. You made sure all of us where ok, and kept us updated of the position of the whales! Always with a smile on your face. Thank you for all the laughs!

And, even though I don't want to single someone out, I did appreciate [our Wildlife Guide] giving me the info on the whales I spotted during my last trip on July 7th. Thank you for that!

And of course, Thank you for the DVD and  the 50% off my next trip if or when I ever return to Vancouver! I will hold on to that card! Who knows, I may be back next summer. This experience was too amazing not to do again!

Tomorrow I'm going home to Sweden, and I'll continue to look at the photos I took and try to identify the whales by comparing them to the photo identification site on the internet. And I will adopt a killer whale as soon as I get home!

If or when I do decide to return to Vancouver, you will be the first to know!

Again, Thank You so much!
~ Anna Kuru (Sweden)

2013 Season

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Subject: Paradise and back

Words cannot describe the experience my girlfriend and I had with Vancouver Whale Watch on Saturday, July 13th - and we are home grown Lower Mainland gals. If you are seeking thrills and adventure then its right here in our backyard people and the Lightship 1 is the boat for you! [Our Captain] and [our Naturalist] made sure our day was full of fun and was able to secure us the 'tri-factor' finding us a Humpback within 20 minutes of us leaving the dock, Orcas AND Minke Whales. Our afternoon was a full five hours of laughter, awe inspiring scenery, breathe taking wildlife, yeehaws as we 'wave jumped' in our zodiac and numerous thumbs up egging [our Captain] on for more fun. And as cheesy as it may sound, yes they ARE the Dream Team as their dedication to making our day special resulted in my girlfriend putting a huge check mark on her bucket list. Thank you [to our Captain] and [our Naturalist]. This day is firmly locked in our memory banks forever.

~ The Crazy Gals In the Second Row From The Front
~ Dee S & Barbara Z

I was on the boat with [our Captain] and [our Naturalist] a week ago Friday [July 5] and wanted to thank you for the great experience they both provided me. It was thrilling to see the Orcas and we must have seen close to 25, one even swimming under the boat which was not intended to happen at all.

[Our Naturalist] came to everyone and shared her knowledge and enthusiasm and pointed out that we were in the midst of the L Pod family. It was great!

Also, your [Shuttle] driver, is much more than a driver. His knowledge of the history and culture of the area made the trip to and from the Westin Hotel where I was staying for the Kiwanis International Convention a real treat. He is special.

I hope to return with my wife in the near future from our home in Richmond, VA. It was ironic to travel 8 hours in the air from Richmond and be in Richmond, but that is what happened.

All the best,
John McGinty (Richmond VA)

Thank you so much for friday [Jun.21].
The group had a wonderful time!
We will see you again next year.

Many thanks,
Jackie Lanz, Project Manager - Holiday Options


I would just like to thank you for a most wonderful day today [May 11, 2013]. This was my second trip with you (I also did a trip with you last  October) and it was once again just fantastic. To see Orcas so close and three hunts was just amazing.

[Our Naturalist was] such a great conservationist and guide and so helpful and knowledgeable. [The Shuttle Driver] was also a tremendous guide and I learnt a lot on the drive.

I feel very privileged to have had two amazing trips and I am going to come back either later this year or next year.

Thank you again,
Liz goodman

Last week' Wednesday May 8 my wife and I fulfilled a life-long dream to experience the orca “up close and personal”.  We have all of you good folks at Vancouver Whale Watch to thank for the most wonderful day and experience that we ever could have imagined.  From the moment that your bus picked us up at our downtown hotel, to the office “check in” in Steveston, to the Captain and the Naturalist who put us in the middle of two traveling pods of orcas everyone provided us with a most enjoyable day.  You can never guarantee that whale watchers such as we will see orcas but you showed us that you would guarantee that you would do everything in your power to deliver the desired encounter.  When we were safely returned to the harbor and then to our hotel we were surely tired, but exhilarated beyond belief with our day on the water.  There’s never enough pictures to capture the magic of every beautiful move by these magnificent creatures, but we have attached several of our favorites.  Thank you Vancouver Whale Watch!!!

Al and Marsha McGeehan (Holland, Michigan)

Photo by Al McGeehan Photo by Al McGeehan    
Photo by Al McGeehan Photo by Al McGeehan    

2012 Season

Richmond Reel

humpback whale

"Just popping in a quick note to say a big thanks for today's whale watch experience [October 21, 2012]. Didn't manage to catch any orcas (so we'll try to be back again next time!), but all the other animal sightings were amazing. Kudos to our boat captain, and the naturalist guide ... on a job well done!

Sending in a shot of one of the humpbacks we sighted earlier this afternoon. One that I will always treasure :)

Have a great week ahead!"

Blessings, April Hui Xian Loh

"This was such a wonderful and special day [October 21, 2012]. [Our Naturalist] was fabulous and [the Captain] too. I feel very privileged to have seen three hump back whales and all of the other wonderful wildlife. The day lived up to and beyond my expectations.

I hope to be back next year."

Kind Regards, Liz

"My husband won a whale watching trip for two in April from the ForTwoPlease site and we went in August. We had a fabulous day!! Everything went very smooth and the staff and Captain were great, as well as the staff back at the shore. We saw a Sea Otter, lots of Seals, an Eagle and of course lots of Whales. We want to thank you for the great day."

Thanks again, Susan and Douglas Reid

"Thanks for the amazing trip July 13th 2012. My brother and I had an amazing time, and watching the whales, eagles, and seals was the best part of our vacation. Plenty of good memories came back home with us."

Thanks again, Bettyann and Mike Goertz

"Thank You For a Fantastic Experience

I just wanted to thank you for a most wonderful experience. Our two sons had booked the whale watching trip on 5th July for my 60th birthday present which was also our 37th wedding anniversary and my eldest son Chris had emailed you and arranged for you to present us with a bottle of champagne which was absolutely fabulous, we were both totally surprised.  You also gave us a photo card which was really good of you.  Thank you so much, we had a wonderful day, the weather was fantastic and we saw 7 orcas in total. It was a day we won't forgot for a long time and we have some good video footage as well to remind us of a special time.  Chris and his girlfriend Jen had also done your trip two years previously and were so impressed they wanted us to experience it as well. 

Thank you once again, you made us most welcome."

Sheila & Roy Thompson (UK)

"Hello all!  Just wanted to thank you for the amazing experience we had whale watching with your crew.  Our tour guide was terrific. We all had a great time. It was fantastic to see the whales in their natural habitat!"

Thanks again, Katerberg family

"This picture took on Wednesday [June 20] with your company, it's the best thing I did with my son, thank you"

John Chow

Orca Tail Slap by John Chow

"Thank you so much for a wonderful adventure!  My mother and I very much enjoyed our 4 hour boat ride with the Orcas.  The City of Vancouver and surrounding area is absolutely stunning!  I'm sure you must realize how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful city. 
I hope to return in the near future with my husband."

Teri Charpenel

"I just wanted to send you an email and thank you sooooooo much for allowing us to come on the Saturday whale watching experience. It was a fabulous experience that we talked about all week!!!!!!! Thank you so much for fitting us in!!!!"


2011 Season

2011 © Barb McTavish - Vancouver Whale Watch - Orca Super Pod sighting!

"This photo was taken on August 9, 2011 while out with the Vancouver Whale Watch crew. We had to travel quite far to get to the whales but it was sure worth it when we got there! There are three pods of whales that are often sighted off the coast here, usually on their own, but on this day we were treated to seeing all three pods together which created a Super Pod. What an awesome experience to see so many whales at one time! The whales were in their sleeping pattern so we were able to follow along with them as they dipped and crested through the Pacific. The enthusiasm of our tour guide only added to the experience! In this photo, you can see ten whales including a baby's fin showing in the front. It was a truly wonderful experience!

Best regards,"
Barb McTavish (Winnipeg, MB)


"Just wanted to let you know a photo I took on your Whale Tour last year in September just won me a trip to Antartica. I am so happy and so over the moon. I was so happy and very lucky to capture this picture.

Whale watching with you guys was the best thing I have ever
done, and your company is amazing.

[Here's] the link to the competition. CLICK HERE

Thanks again for a great experience. :-) "

Kate Orchard (Brisbane - Australia)

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Congratulations from the whole Vancouver Whale Watch™ Team!

"Now that we are home, I just want to drop you a note and let you know how much we enjoyed our day [Oct.22] with your company.  [Our Naturalist] was great and we really lucked out with the weather, especially given the time of year. I was happy to post a positive review on TripAdvisor and hope that it helps bring you more business."

Kelly Garret

"Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to partake in your whale watching. We had a great day [Oct.4]. Our guide was amazing Ė she was full of energy and it just made it for an even better day. I am very pleased with your service and guides level of knowledge. I look forward to working with you and your wonderful company. Thank you!"

Eline Haanstra,
Ellison Travel & Tours Ltd., Group Planner

"Just a quick note from Saturdays trip [Sept.24] - Thanks so much for everything and the trip was certainly fabulous.  If we ever make it back we will certainly do it again."

Adam Crowe

"We would love to tell you how much we enjoyed our whale watching tour with you on Sept.12th. We found the crew to be very informative and professional. We would not hesitate to do this trip again. It was not just about seeing the whales the boat ride was amazing. Thank you kindly"

Ron Lawrence & Patti Cook

"Had a great day [Sept.5] rafting with your team. One of the many highlights of our 3 week trip to Canada and something I hope to repeat in the future. Great boat, great knowledgable staff, great views and lots and lots of whales. A must do."

Bill, Diane, Eilidh and Calum Brown. (Edinburgh, Scotland)

"I just wanted to thank you for everything you did to make it such an enjoyable day [Aug.12] for me and my family.
WE HAD THE BEST TIME! The kids loved it, as did the adults. It was such a special day and we will never forget it. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!

If I bring another group to Vancouver, we will definitely contact you."

Heather Edmondson
Director, Meetings & Incentives, RPMC (Calabasas, CA)

"Thanks for everything!!!! [Aug.3]
We all had a fabulous and once in a lifetime experience!"

Nicole, Curtis, Kiera and Alexander

The Goldberry's

"I just wanted to thank your entire company for a memory of a lifetime.  We took our friends from Germany on your Express boat and had an amazing day [July 11].  SO many whales and so much activity with breaching, tail slapping, pectoral fin waving --  everything imaginable!  Our German friends thought we might get to see 1 or 2 whales the whole day, but our necks got tired from looking all around us with all the whales that [our] Captain found.  Our naturalist onboard was so engaging and informative and really made the trip fun the entire way.  Thank you for a day we won't ever forget!!!"

Dana Wilson

"We went on a trip in your Lightboat 1 on June 30,2011, and we wanted you to know that we had a wonderful time! [Our] Captain and our naturalist were outstanding. We especially appreciated [our Naturalist] helping us get reservations on the BC Ferry to Victoria for the next day. The whole trip was great - it was such an awesome experience to see these animals in the wild. We saw two breeches, and Bob was fortunate enough to catch them both with our camera! Thanks again for a memorable day. This was truly one of the highlights of our Canada trip."

Norma & Bob Glenn (The Woodlands, TX)

"My friend from England came to visit and really wanted to see whales. I booked (June 28 2011) based on great reviews and was thrilled with the results! Our naturalist was fantastic and really made the whole trip exciting. I was really impressed with how respectful and knowledgeable the captain was as well.  He knew what whales to follow that would be interesting, kept us out of the boat-scrum that was getting a bit much, and knew how the whales would surf the wake behind the ferry. My friend wanted to see "more than just a big fin" and boy did we ever! Even got some photos of jumps! I honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you so much!"


"Just wanna say that we had a blast on today's tour [June 10]. Our Naturalist/Tour Guide did a great job! She explained everything perfectly and you can really see that she loves what she is doing. She cares for the group and especially the whales! Thank you so much!!!"

Patricia Go

"I was on a whalewatch tour on Wed. June 1/11, with my sister and my aunt from Europe.  I just wanted to say what a fun and informative day we had.  Our [Naturalist] did such an incredible job of informing us about the wildlife we saw...orcas, seals, sea lions, and eagles. She was so full of energy and you could tell she clearly loves what she is doing.  Thank you again for an incredible experience!!!


Sylvia Boyd

"Hello, My family recently went on a whale watching trip May 29th (11a.m.) - celebrating our son's UBC graduation and my husband's birthday. We had an AMAZING time and saw so much! Bald eagles and their chicks in the nest, seals and plenty of whales frolicking in the water. It was an awesome experience. Our guide was top notch -- but I forgot her name!

Please tell her thank you for a very memorable day. It was the highlight of our Vancouver trip -- besides the graduation of course!
Many thanks"

Melissa Sturgis (Houston, Texas)

"Just wanted to say that our [Naturalist] made a great day [June 1st] for us and we found the Orcas! [Our Naturalist] really made our day fantastic and pointed out so many interesting sites to us all and always had a smile on her face!! She made sure every person on that boat was looked after. Thank you to the captain of the boat too!"

Susan Schreiner

"I would like to write to you and thank you for the generous offer of allowing myself and a friend to be a part of your whale watch group on Friday, April 15.  Everything was fantastic from the moment we were picked up downtown to when we were dropped off.  We got to see orcas, sea lions, seals, eagles, and dolphins. I cannot remember the woman's name that was guiding us along the day but she was also fantastic and had a great personality and it really showed that she loves her job. 

I will be recommending this whale watch tour to my staff as well as my guests!  You and your team have an amazing product and I would be delighted to share it with others.

Thanks again,

Have a great season!"

Katharine (Vancouver, BC)
Front Office Manager Blue Horizon Hotel

"THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for such an INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC day :-) :-) :-) " [Apr.11]

Bryony Dickens (England)