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A brilliant trip – enjoyed all of it – the commentary was great, speechless about the whales and also exciting to see the bald eagles and seals. A wonderful day out and one to be remembered and talked about for a long time!

Jane & Jonathan

Trips & Rates

Departing from Granville Island in downtown Vancouver, the Wild Whales experience allows you to observe whales and the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime!

Board one of our four vessels at Vancouver’s unique and historic Granville Island. Keep your cameras ready as you travel down False Creek and into English Bay, where the views of Vancouver, the Coast Mountains and Stanley Park are unparalleled. From English Bay, we pass the Fraser River estuary into the Strait of Georgia.

Every trip, every day is different as we explore the Canadian Gulf Islands, the US San Juan Islands and beyond in search of our killer whales, humpbacks, and all of the other wildlife along the way. Sightings guaranteed or your next trip is free!

Our trips vary greatly in length, from 3-6 hours. We are often asked why we have such variation in our schedule. The answer? The wildlife we are looking for is unpredictable. Whales are always moving and searching for food, we cannot say where they will be from one day to the next. However, we want to give all of our guests the opportunity to experience these amazing mammals. We will therefore travel those extra miles on days when the whales are further away from Vancouver.


We offer daily departures from downtown Vancouver beginning April until the end of October. Reservations are always recommended and we ask you to arrive at our office 45 minutes before your scheduled departure. Trips can last anywhere from 3-6 hours depending where the whales are found.

2019 Departure Schedule
Open-Air Vessels
Semi-Covered Vessel
April – May 11am, 12pm (noon)     10:30am
June – Sept 15th      9am, 10:30am, 12pm 8:30am, 2:30pm
Sept 15th – Oct 31st 11am, 12pm (noon) 10:30am
Please call us for information regarding a private whale watching excursion or one of our world-class Eco Tours!

Please note, our trips are weather-dependent and we reserve the right to cancel trips due to weather or mechanical problems. If your reserved trip is cancelled, there will be no charges or obligation to reschedule. You will be given an opportunity to select another departure date.

  • Once your reservation is confirmed, there is a 24-hour cancellation policy in effect. For groups of 6 or more there is a 48-hour cancellation policy.
  • Trips are not recommended for pregnant women or those with back problems.
  • Unfortunately, our vessels are not capable of accommodating guests in wheelchairs.


Rates for all vessels-2018
Adults $145 + 5% tax
Seniors / Students (middle school, high school, or college/university) $120 + 5% tax
Children (3 to 12) $95 + 5% tax
Infants 2 yrs and younger $30 + 5% tax
Private Whale-Watching Tour (Groups of 23 or less) Please call for availability
Eco-tour Charter (2 hr. minimum) Please call for availability
  • All Rates in Canadian Dollars.
  • Please note a fuel surcharge may be added.
  • Once your reservation is confirmed, there is a 24-hour cancellation policy in effect. For groups of 6 or more there is a 48-hour cancellation policy.
  • Group rates are available for groups of six or more, please call to enquire.
  • Senior Rate available to those aged 65 and older.
  • Student Rate available to teenagers ages 13-18 & all university students with valid student ID or ISIC card.

Our Guarantee

We work with a large network of whale-watching companies, the PWWA. This greatly enhances our chances of finding whales on every trip. Our success rate in previous seasons is over 90% in previous years.

However, these are wild, unpredictable animals and on rare occasions the whales may be beyond our range or cannot be located. If this is the case, we invite you to join us for another trip, free of charge! The second trip can be booked at your convenience. There is no expiry on this offer – that’s our guarantee!