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With the stunning North Shore mountains as its backdrop and a soaring modern skyline, Vancouver is one of the world’s most beautiful waterfront cities. So it makes sense that its grandeur is best experienced by boat—here are some can’t-miss ideas.

Vancouver Harbor Cruises
A relaxing Vancouver Harbour cruise takes you along the city skyline. Choose between a sunset dinner cruise, a lunch cruise up Indian Arm, or a shorter sightseeing cruise. You can even charter a private sailboat.

Whale-Watching Tours
A whale-watching tour will take you to the best spots to view pods of local orcas, gray and humpback whales. Keep an eye out for the porpoises, seals, sea lions, and bald eagles that thrive along the Pacific Coast.

Zodiac Tours
Speeding around in a little Zodiac boat is an exciting way to tour the waterways surrounding Vancouver, and you’re sure to get some incredible photos of the area’s iconic landmarks. Opt for an afternoon tour from Granville Island up Indian Arm, or take a trip to Bowen Island for dinner before heading back to the mainland. 

False Creek Ferry
Get a great overview of Vancouver’s city landmarks like Granville Island and False Creek with a hop-on hop-off ferry pass. You can catch the multicolored ferry at any of the nine convenient stops located in Vancouver's Inner Harbour, including Science World, Granville Island, Chinatown, the Maritime Museum and the Aquatic Centre. Boats leave every five to 15 minutes during operating hours.
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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Looking for an enchanting and unusual way to spend an evening in Vancouver? Take a leisurely dinner cruise along the city’s gorgeous waterfront. Listen to live music and savor delicious Pacific Coast-style cuisine as you float through Vancouver’s Inner Harbor. Stroll the deck at sunset, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet, and take in the beautiful sights including Canada Place, the North Shore Mountains and the West Vancouver skyline after dusk.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.11
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$82.11

Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Scout for an incredible array of marine life during this half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including orcas, seals, porpoises, and eagles. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.28
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$121.28
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Vancouver Harbor and Indian Arm Lunch Cruise

Vancouver Harbor and Indian Arm Lunch Cruise

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Delight in the beauty of Vancouver on a lunch cruise along the city’s gorgeous waterfront. Enjoy a unique dining experience as your float through Vancouver’s Inner Harbor, Burrard Inlet, and Indian Arm—a dramatic glacial fjord. Stroll the deck, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet and take in the beautiful sights including the Coast Mountains, verdant forests, and local wildlife.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.71
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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This whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the 'Salish Sea Dream' our 80-foot flagship catamaran, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas.. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$154.28
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$154.28
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Interactive Pirate Cruise from Granville Island

Interactive Pirate Cruise from Granville Island

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Join an entertaining pirate-themed cruise from Vancouver’s Granville Island. This 75-minute interactive experience is perfect for the entire family. Set sail for False Creek with an expert crew that welcomes you aboard with a pirate name and costume — plus face painting for the kids — that will have you immersed in the world of the buccaneer. Ahoy Mate!
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.75
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$29.75

Granite Falls Zodiac Tour

Granite Falls Zodiac Tour

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Experience Vancouver sights by water on this 3-hour zodiac-boat tour from Granville Island. Cross False Creek and admire Siwash Rock, an iconic stone spire located near the Lion’s Gate Bridge. In Vancouver Harbour, learn about the waterfront landmarks. Venture into Deep Cove and the glacial fjord of the Indian Arm, for incredible views of granite cliffs that you can only see by boat. Capture the beauty of Granite Falls and Silver Falls before heading back.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.88
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$93.88
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Howe Sound Sea Safari Cruise

Howe Sound Sea Safari Cruise

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Make the most of your time in breathtaking British Columbia with an unforgettable 2-hour Howe Sound Sea Safari! Choose from three different routes and hope aboard a 30-ft (10-m) custom, high-speed boat, to view stunning natural attractions like the cliffs of Anvil Island, cheeky seals at Pam Rocks and the Bowen Island caves. Get out of the city and experience the splendor of Horseshoe Bay and the Strait of Georgia. Great for ages five and up!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.82
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$77.82

Vancouver Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Vancouver Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy the exquisite waterfront views of Canada's premier West Coast city on a leisurely Vancouver Harbor sightseeing cruise. Travel past landmarks sites such as world-renowned Stanley Park and the city's rejuvenated Gastown district, marvel at the incredible North Shore Mountains from atop an open-air deck, and admire the stunning Lions' Gate Bridge while sipping a cocktail (own expense) from the onboard bar. 
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.46
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Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria

Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria

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Torn between a day of city sightseeing and nature excursions? Do it all on this full-day tour of Victoria! From Vancouver, cruise the Strait of Georgia for some epic whale-watching, take a self-guided tour of Victoria and soak up the perfumed beauty of Butchart Gardens! At the end of your full day, relax and take in stunning coastal mountain views as you cruise back to Vancouver at dusk.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$309.04
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$309.04
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Post-Cruise Excursion Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola

Post-Cruise Excursion Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola

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Discover top attractions along Canada’s famous Sea-to-Sky Highway on this 7-hour shore excursion from Vancouver. Hop aboard your coach at the Vancouver cruise ship terminal and head out along the Sea-to-Sky Highway with your guide. Admire the mighty Shannon Falls and explore Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Pan for gold the way the miners used to at the Britannia Mine Museum and gain insight into the gold rush of the late 19th century.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.84
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$123.84

Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

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Watch for orca, gray and humpback whales on a full-day wildlife safari from Vancouver on a comfortable, covered boat. Learn about the whales’ lives, behavior and migration patterns from a trained naturalist, and try to spot the dolphins, seals, sea lions and bald eagles that thrive along the Pacific Coast. Whales are sighted on 85% of trips.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$230.49
Price varies by group size
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$230.49
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Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruise

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The coast of Vancouver is renowned for its stunning natural scenery, with forested islands, rocky coves, and a mountainous backdrop. On this evening cruise, set sail around English Bay, Granville Island, and Howe Sound; spot native wildlife including seal colonies; and watch the sunset over the city.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.23
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$78.23
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Vancouver Highlights Private Tour

Vancouver Highlights Private Tour

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Tailor your time in Vancouver to focus on what interests you with this private, full-day, totally customizable tour that merges sightseeing with comfort and luxury. Get picked up at your hotel or cruise ship and relax as you see the city’s natural beauty and parks along the North Shore or marvel at post-impressionist paintings at an art gallery. Visit trendy neighborhoods, restaurants, markets, and breweries.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$270.95
Price varies by group size
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$270.95
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Electric Boat Tour of Coal Harbour

Electric Boat Tour of Coal Harbour

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Learn what makes Vancouver so spectacular as you sail past Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and the port on a 10-passenger vessel. Glide over the water aboard an electric boat, which creates zero air and water pollution. The ultra-quiet motor lets you hear the captain’s narration during this informative eco-cruise. Enjoy stunning views of North Shore mountains and the Vancouver city skyline.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.80
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$22.80
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Whales & Fly: Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria & Return Seaplane Flight

Whales & Fly: Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria & Return Seaplane Flight

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Go on an adventure by sea, land, and sky on this full-day whale-watching experience in Victoria from Vancouver, including a return flight to Vancouver by seaplane. First board a boat, and hit the water in search of whales and other marine life. Then, explore the city of Victoria on your own before hopping in a seaplane for a flight from Victoria and Vancouver, overlooking the Gulf Islands.
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  • 7 to 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$380.44
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$380.44
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Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching with Return to Vancouver by Seaplane

Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching with Return to Vancouver by Seaplane

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Get up close with the killer whales between Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia on this guided, full-day, whale-watching cruise. Climb aboard one of the finest whaling vessels in the industry to interact with a variety of whale species. See a wide variety of wildlife, like porpoises, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, blue herons and more. Then spend the afternoon exploring beautiful Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. At the end of the day, return to Vancouver by seaplane. Vancouver hotel or residence pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$502.42
Price varies by group size
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$502.42
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Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing

Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing

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Discover Vancouver's major attractions and city highlights in one day on this private 4-hour Vancouver day trip. Travel through the city by luxury vehicle with your private guide. Chose your own route to hit the highlights you most want to see. Perhaps take in top sites such as Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Park and Stanley Park. Enjoy panoramic views over the city and North Shore mountains from Queen Elizabeth Park. Gain insight into the city’s rich history and heritage, and learn what makes British Columbia’s buzzing metropolis tick.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$233.76
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$233.76

Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls

Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls

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Travelers that want to explore Whistler on a day trip from Vancouver typically need to rent a car and drive, which means focusing on the road rather than the landscape. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views on this sightseeing tour to Whistler, complete with a guide to whisk you there. Along the way you can see Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, enjoy views of Howe Sound, and take a few hours to explore Whistler independently.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.88
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$132.88
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver Lookout

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Enjoy a wonderful overview of the Pacific Northwest on this full-day coach tour of Vancouver and the adjacent North Shore. Wind through downtown, Chinatown, and Gastown. Visit Granville Island, snap photos from the Vancouver Lookout's observation deck and admire Stanley Park’s famous Indigenous Peoples' story poles. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge and head to the teetering Capilano Suspension Bridge and the glass floors of the Cliffwalk. Stop at a salmon hatchery before you’re transported back to Vancouver.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.84
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$123.84

Grand City Small Group Tour of Vancouver

Grand City Small Group Tour of Vancouver

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Get to know what makes Vancouver one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world on this 5-hour guided tour. Discover Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, and the Granville Island Public Market. Your driver-guide provides engaging insight into Vancouver’s mix of cultures and modern city planning. This small-group tour, limited to just eleven people, includes round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter van.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.92
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$118.92
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Vancouver Half Day Private Tour

Vancouver Half Day Private Tour

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If you have a short time in Vancouver and want to maximize your time, this private half-day tour is the way to go. Drive in comfort to Vancouver’s top sightseeing locations; customize your tour, and hop out to explore at your leisure. From Stanley Park and the English Bay to Granville Island and cobblestone streets of Gastown, come home with beautiful mementos of your time in the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$442.01
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Vancouver Lookout

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Make the most of your time in beautiful Vancouver on a half-day tour of the city’s highlights. Your driver escorts your group to popular attractions such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown, and Gastown. See totem poles, wander through food stalls and craft galleries, and get great city views from lookouts like Prospect Point. As you ride, listen to fascinating stories about the city, from the First Nation’s People to contemporary culture.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.30
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$74.30

Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge

Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Experience the best of Vancouver, B.C. with a 5-hour private sightseeing experience that includes the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor the day to your interests, starting with the historic and cultural landmarks of central Vancouver. Walk the narrow streets of Gastown and Chinatown, get perfect views from Stanley Park and see the bustling shops of Granville Island. Get a taste of mountain air and scenery from the bridge that sways above the Capilano River, with VIP, skip-the-line access and a private tour of the park’s important sights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$280.51
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$280.51

Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens with Return by SpeedBoat

Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens with Return by SpeedBoat

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Go whale watching, and explore Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Vancouver Island on this day trip from Vancouver. Combine two activities into one day in the Gulf Islands, and then return to Vancouver via speedboat, cutting the return trip to just two hours.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$423.79
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$423.79
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