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    What to Expect
    Your action-packed day begins from downtown Vancouver. Make your own way to the meeting point in the morning, meet your naturalist guide and board the 60-foot (18-meter) boat for an exciting wildlife-spotting expedition. Aside from magnificent orcas and humpback whales, you may also see seals, sea lions, and sea otters.
    Leave behind the bustle of Vancouver for the dramatic beauty of the Straight of Georgia. Enjoy hours of stunning views of the Gulf Islands, snow-capped mountains and verdant coastline before landing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. From there, you have the afternoon to explore British Columbia’s capital!
    Perhaps start with a self-guided tour of the city, exploring Victoria’s central neighborhoods and parks, browsing independent boutiques, and visiting landmarks like the Royal British Columbia Museum. When you’re ready, hop aboard the complimentary scheduled shuttle from downtown to the world-famous Butchart Gardens—a National Historic Site of Canada. Take time to explore flower-lined paths, discover the many themed gardens and admire the remarkable landscaping. Pop into one of the garden cafes for a cup of tea or lunch (own expense).
    After your tour, head to the garden’s private dock for your sunset cruise to Vancouver.
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    Reviewed today

    excellent day out. Boat staff were great and made sure we all knew what we were looking at and gave loads of extra info on the whales and the area.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank karenmason244
    Reviewed yesterday via mobile

    The staff was absolutely wonderful. They were knowledgeable & friendly. They had books on the Salish Sea & Whales on the boat. The boat was very nice. You could sit below in an area with large glass windows or sit on top of the boat...More

    Thank mountainmama55
    Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Hello, Thank you for leaving us a glowing review. We truly appreciate this. So great to hear that you enjoyed the scenery on your adventure with us and that you saw Humpbacks, Orcas and Bald Eagles on your adventure with us. Thank you for your...More

    Reviewed yesterday

    A terrific day with a friendly and knowledgable crew. We saw several orca pods, a humpback and a bald eagle.Choice of indoor and outdoor seating for various times of day. Snacks, beer and wine for the trip to Victoria was a nice bonus. The scenery...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank cynthiafromaustin
    Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Hello Cynthia, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We really appreciate this and are so happy that you got to see Orcas, Seals and an Eagle on your tour with us! Thank you also for your wonderful comments...More

    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    Great weather. Two humpback whales spotted! Also, bald eagles and seals. Victoria looked beautiful- book to stay overnight and allow yourself more time to explore Vancouver Island. We had delicious lunch at The Empress hotel. We booked (very expensive) motorised scooters for delivery to Butchart...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Maggie W
    Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Hello Maggie, Thank you for your feedback. It is truly appreciated! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us and that you got to see Humpbacks as well as Bald Eagles and Seals. Thank you also for your kind comments about our staff....More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Our family of 4 arrived in Victoria with a sense of anticipation and boy we had a great adventure. After suiting up we travelled at speed for about 45min in a zodiac - bumpy but comfortable bench seats. Then my 17yr shouted - "there's a...More

    Thank peterlU5280PV
    Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Prince of Whales Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Hello Peter, How fantastic to hear that you had a great adventure with us! The Zodiac tour is definitely one of our most adrenaline - pumping adventures! Wow - how surreal that you got to encounter ten Humpbacks - truly a special experience. We are...More

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    20 July 2019|
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    Response from engelamagdalenahoney | Reviewed this property |
    We loved the trip. It was cold but not rainy. We were warned to bring warm clothes and just as well. I think the trip will be well worth it even in rainy weather but obviously less pleasant. Enjoy!
    28 February 2019|
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