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Whale Watching - April 1 to October 31


SCHEDULE CHANGES for SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER:

From September 1st through September 30th, we will be running one trip a day at 12:00 PM only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Monday September 7th Labour Day.

From October 1st through October 31st, we will be running one trip a day at 12:00 PM only on Saturdays and Sundays.

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COVID-19 UPDATE:

LIGHTSHIP

Please note due to COVID-19 we are not running public tours on our Lightship and Strider vessels. However, they will be available at a decreased rate for private group bookings. If you are interested in booking the Lightship or Strider as a private vessel please email our call our office for more details.

9:00 AM TOUR

Due to COVID-19 we have had to make some major adjustments to our operations and have made the tough decision to no longer run double trips this year, which means the 9:00 AM tour departure time has been cancelled. We will now only be running one trip at day at 2:00 PM.

Our whale watching tour focuses on magnificent Orcas (Killer Whales), majestic Humpback Whales, and other marine wildlife such as Porpoises, Sea Lions, Seals and Bald Eagles.

The Killer Whales come to this region to feed on the salmon that are returning to the Fraser River to spawn. The Salmon start to migrate up river in May and continue into October. There are three pods (families) of Killer Whales that return to this area every year and they consist of approximately 80 whales. Killer Whales are matriarchal meaning that the eldest female leads the group.

We have two types of Killer Whales that come to this region to feed on food, the one type (Resident Killer Whales) feed on Salmon that are returning to the Fraser River to spawn and the other type (Transient Killer Whales) feed on marine mammals such as Seals, Sea Lions, and Porpoises. Both Resident and Transient Killer Whales can be identified by their dorsal fin and saddle patch (the grey area behind the dorsal fin) and each whale has their own name and/or number. For example, one whale from J pod (a resident Killer Whale) is named Princess Angeline - J17 and one whale from a Transient pod is named Stanley – T123A.

"We had a great time on our trip, and I'd recommend Vancouver Whale Watch to any other groups, definitely." ~ Mandy from SWAP.ca

Our 3 to 5 Hour Tours

Orca WhalePod of Orca WhalesAn Orca Whale Breaches the Surface

Rates & Departure Times

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Boat Type Adults Students
(with valid ID)
Seniors
(60+)
Children
(4-12)
Infants
(0-3)

Explorathor II
(Open Air / Covered Convertable with Observation Deck)

Operates: April 1 to Mid-June - Covered
Operates: Mid-June to Mid-Sept - Open Air**
Operates: Mid-Sept to Oct 31 - Covered

$145 $125 $125 $85 Free

Express (Open Air / Covered Convertable)
Operates: April 1 to Mid-June - Covered
Operates: Mid-June to Mid-Sept - Open Air **
Operates: Mid-Sept to Oct 31 - Covered

** Roofs come off Mid-June weather dependent and
go back on Mid-Sept weather dependent

$145 $125 $125 $85 Free

Lightship I & Strider I (Open Air)
Operates: Private Tours Only

* Children must be a minimum of 8 years of age to ride the Lightship.

$150 $150 $150 $150* N/A

Departure Times Date Trip Length
2:00pm July 01 - August 31 3 - 5 Hours
12:00pm

September 1 - September 30
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Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
and Labour Day (Sept.7th)

3 - 5 Hours
12:00pm October 1 - October 31
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Saturdays, Sundays
3 - 5 Hours

Rates & Departure Times

--------- 2021 ------------


Boat Type Adults Students
(with valid ID)
Seniors
(60+)
Children
(4-12)
Infants
(0-3)

Explorathor II
(Open Air / Covered Convertable with Observation Deck)

Operates: April 1 to Mid-June - Covered
Operates: Mid-June to Mid-Sept - Open Air**
Operates: Mid-Sept to Oct 31 - Covered

$145 $125 $125 $85 Free

Express (Open Air / Covered Convertable)
Operates: April 1 to Mid-June - Covered
Operates: Mid-June to Mid-Sept - Open Air **
Operates: Mid-Sept to Oct 31 - Covered

** Roofs come off Mid-June weather dependent and
go back on Mid-Sept weather dependent

$145 $125 $125 $85 Free

Lightship I & Strider I (Open Air)
Operates: MAY: Thursday – Sunday @ 12:00 PM
Operates: MAY 24th (Victoria Day) @ 12:00 PM
Operates: JUNE 1st-11th @ 12:00 PM
Operates: JUNE 12th – SEPT. 10th @ 9:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Operates: SEPTEMBER 11th – 30th @ 12:00 PM

* Children must be a minimum of 8 years of age to ride the Lightship.

$155 $155 $155 $155* N/A

Departure Times Dates 2021 Trip Length
12:00pm April 1 - June 11 3 - 5 Hours
9:00am & 2:00pm June 12 - September 10 3 - 5 Hours
12:00pm September 11 - October 31 3 - 5 Hours

Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest LogoWe support PWWA guidelines for responsible whale watching.
A portion of proceeds supports local marine research programs.

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