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The waters around Vancouver Island make up one of the very best places in the world to spot orcas, humpback whales, gray whales, and minke whales. Here's everything you need to know to see them for yourself on a whale watching tour in Victoria.

When to Go
Although pods of resident orcas live in the local waters year round, you'll have the highest chance (around 85%) of spotting these majestic mammals and other whale species between late March and October.

What You'll See
Whales love the Pacific Northwest—especially the waters around Vancouver Island near Victoria. Visitors have a high probability of seeing humpback whales, gray whales, orcas, and minke whales, all in addition to other wildlife such as seals, bald eagles, and porpoises.

How to Go
Travelers to Victoria have a number of whale watching tour options that offer the chance to view whales in their natural habitat. Whether you choose a naturalist-led, marine ecology-themed boat cruise, a tour that combines whale watching with a trip to Butchart Gardens, or a seaplane tour that drops you off at a ship for whale watching, you're sure to remember your experience. Find even more options below.
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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Marvel at the majesty of Canada’s marine wildlife on this 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Hop aboard your boat, a semi-covered vessel built specifically for whale-watching trips, and cruise through the Haro Strait with your guide. Watch the waves from the open sun decks or stay protected from the spray in the heated indoor cabin. Stop off at points of interest through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Listen to fascinating commentary from marine naturalists on board, and admire the beautiful orca, humpback whales, and minke whales you find.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.38
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$119.38
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Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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Admire native marine wildlife in the waters of British Columbia on this 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Hop aboard your open-top boat in Victoria Harbour and cruise out into the rolling waves with your guide. Your vessel, a zodiac speedboat, is built with stability in mind and remains buoyant even in rough seas. Cruise through the Haro Straight to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Watch the water for sightings of humpback whales, minke whales and orcas breaching the waves, and learn of their life cycle and migration habits.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.63
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$102.63
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Hop On Half Day Sightseeing Victoria

Hop On Half Day Sightseeing Victoria

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Discover the best of Victoria at your own pace on a half-day Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. The comprehensive route takes you to 15 of the city's most popular locations, including China Town, Ogden Point, Fisherman's Wharf, and Craigdarroch Castle. On board commentary offers insight into the city’s history and culture. Feel free to hop off at any destinations that interest you or simply enjoy the ride.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.04
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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

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Explore Victoria's history and culinary scene on this walking tour of the British Columbian city. Follow a guide to highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbor Causeway, Trounce Alley, Bastion and Market squares, Fan Tan Alley, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and the Victoria Public Market. Along the way, stop for between food tastings of craft beer, chocolate, tea, tapas, cheese, bread, olive oil, and other local products.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.43
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Victoria Panorama Seaplane Tour

Victoria Panorama Seaplane Tour

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Soar over downtown Victoria and surrounds on a thrilling, 20-minute seaplane flight! Take to the skies right from the water and enjoy an unforgettable aerial perspective of the harbor, coastline, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains towering in the distance. With a maximum of five passengers, it’s an intimate, small-group ride navigated by an expert pilot.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.36
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Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

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Explore the city of Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens on this half-day guided tour. On the way to the gardens, stop at several attractions including Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, and Mount Tolmie Park. While at the Butchart Gardens, take in the impressive floral displays and the many theme gardens. On the return trip, visit Chinatown, Parliament, and the Empress Hotel.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$434.10
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Private Wine Tasting in Beautiful Cowichan Valley

Private Wine Tasting in Beautiful Cowichan Valley

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Enjoy a private tour with just your friends/family! We will pick you up in our deluxe large passenger van. Relax as we take you on a very scenic drive to the beautiful Cowichan Valley, stopping halfway to enjoy the absolutely breathtaking mountain and ocean views from 1200 feet. We will visit 3 of the 4 wineries listed.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$131.47
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Private Winery, Distillery, and Brewery Tour by Luxury Vehicle

Private Winery, Distillery, and Brewery Tour by Luxury Vehicle

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Saanich is dotted with a stellar selection of cider-house farms, craft breweries, distilleries, and vineyards. On this tour, spin through the British Columbia countryside with your guide and sample Saanich’s beers, ciders, wines, and more. Choose the tour duration to suit your preferences—between three and six hours—and savor the flavors of British Columbia. Enjoy sweeping views over the volcanic hills and peaceful fjords, with round-trip travel from Victoria.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$329.91
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Butchart Gardens & Beyond: Spirit, Vine, Tea & Honey

Butchart Gardens & Beyond: Spirit, Vine, Tea & Honey

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Set out for a customized tour that could include a visit to the themed botanicals of Butchart Gardens, De Vine Vineyards, Mount Tolmie and more during this private, personalized tour that includes transportation in a Tesla. Select a three-, four-, or five-hour tour and work with a guide to set your itinerary based on your preferences. Plan a foodie’s lunch, visit a butterfly sanctuary and see Victoria your way. 
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$289.40
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Victoria Castles and Neighborhoods Bike Tour

Victoria Castles and Neighborhoods Bike Tour

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Spin through downtown Victoria on two wheels and discover top city attractions with ease on this Victoria castles and neighborhoods bike tour. Hop onto your bike and follow your guide through the city streets. Learn of Victoria’s colorful past through its historic buildings, and explore districts including the Inner Harbour, Cook Street Village, and Chinatown. Enjoy fine views over the Dallas Road waterfront and admire the eery Craigdarroch Castle. Cycle through Moss Rock Park and Beacon Hill Park, and soak up the artistic atmosphere in leafy Fernwood.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.61
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Private Saanich Peninsula Wine Tour

Private Saanich Peninsula Wine Tour

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Visit one of British Columbia’s highlight wine regions—and enjoy an indulgent tasting tour—on this half-day, private tour. Meet your guide at your hotel in the Greater Victoria area, and set off in a private vehicle. Your destination is the Saanich Peninsula’s wine region. Over the course of your day out, visit numerous wineries, enjoy tutored tastings, and learn all about the grapes that flourish in the area. You can also admire the pretty peninsular scenery as you explore.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$148.83
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Sunset Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Sunset Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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Discover a new perspective on Victoria’s striking coastal scenery—and have the rare chance to spot giants of the deep, as well as other marine animals—with this sunset whale-watching tour. Make your own way to the dock in Downtown Victoria, and hop aboard your catamaran, equipped with three separate viewing decks. You can look out for whales, sea lions, and more—and see the sunset from the water’s edge.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.53
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Private Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Private Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

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Become more in tune with nature on this private 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Board a zodiac vessel with your private group, and cruise along the Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of whales and other marine life. While on the water, listen to interesting facts about these mammals of the sea.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$992.22
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