It’s Whale Watching Season in Vancouver – Everything You Need to Know

Killer whale with its head out of the water near Vancouver

Photo: Eagle Wing Tours/Valerie Shore

Vancouver is one of the best locations in the world for whale watching. Thousands of whales migrate through the nearby waters and several pods of orcas live here year-round. As the 2021 whale watching season gets underway, here’s everything you need to know about whale watching in Vancouver.

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It’s Whale Watching Season in Vancouver – Everything You Need to Know

8 Ways to Enjoy the Water around Vancouver

Traditional cedar Tsleil-Waututh Canoe near Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Takaya Tours

Vancouver is a water-oriented city. With the ocean all around us and lots of lakes, getting out on the water is easy. But choosing how to do it, might be a challenge – there are so many options! Here are our picks for the best ways to enjoy the water around Vancouver.

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8 Ways to Enjoy the Water around Vancouver

Your End of Summer Vancouver Bucket List

Vancouver end of summer

Photo via Tourism Vancouver

It’s almost time to go back to work, school, or just back to normal, but you still have time to get a few more summer experiences in. Here’s your end of summer Vancouver bucket list–how many adventures will get a check-mark?

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Your End of Summer Vancouver Bucket List

Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

A woman taking photos of ducks, geese and swans at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Spotting wildlife at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Suzanne Rushton

Vancouver is known as a city connected to nature. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that there are lots of places near Vancouver to spot wildlife. You can see eagles, seabirds, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, whales, dolphins, seals, frogs, bears, bunnies and lots more. Grab your camera and maybe some binoculars, and head to one of these ten wildlife hot spots.

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Best Places to Spot Wildlife Near Vancouver

PHOTO ESSAY: Whale Watching (with a twist) in Vancouver

WhaleWatchingBlog (4 of 28)The seas around Vancouver are home to 81 resident killer whales (or orcas) and hundreds of transient killer whales that prowl the waters at various times of the year.  In fact, it’s not uncommon to see orcas from the decks of the BC Ferries vessels that criss-cross the Georgia Strait or even from land.

But to get an up-close view, there’s really only one option: whale watching tours. During the March-October season, multiple tour companies based in Coal Harbour, Granville Island and Steveston specialize in tracking down pods of orcas and other types of whales and giving wildlife lovers a chance to view them from a safe distance.  Options range from speedy zodiac boats that zip over the waves to larger covered cruisers for whale watching in style.

I recently rode along on a Prince of Whales boat for what they call the Ultimate Day Tour, which combines whale watching with sightseeing on Vancouver Island.  Spoiler alert: We didn’t see any orcas.  But we did see another member of the whale family, one that makes the killer whale look almost puny by comparison. Continue reading:
PHOTO ESSAY: Whale Watching (with a twist) in Vancouver

Vancouver In A Day: Whale Watching & Nightlife

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

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Vancouver In A Day: Whale Watching & Nightlife

More Chances to See Whales

Maybe you missed the gray whale spotted in False Creek earlier in the month.  No worries.  May marks the start of whale watching season in Vancouver.  From this month all the way through the end of October, migrating whales will be skirting the B.C. coastline.  It’s an impressive display of marine wildlife – if you know where to look.

Most whales don’t opt for a cruise through downtown Vancouver, preferring more roomy digs instead.  Locally, one of the best places to see whales and, in particular, killer whales (or orcas) is off the coast of Richmond.  Three separate pods of orcas (which aren’t really whales at all but oversized dolphins) roam here in the cold waters of the Georgia Strait.

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More Chances to See Whales

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