British Columbia Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended British Columbia, Canada Sightseeing cruises

Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

1. Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

Experience the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island by land and ship on a guided day trip from Vancouver with hotel transfers included. View the British Columbia coastline from a sightseeing cruise, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. On the way, look out for marine wildlife from the outdoor ship decks, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with a dancing fountain. Marvel at the architectural wonders of the city of Victoria boasts, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour.

Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

2. Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and slip into the required red cruiser suit to get a safety tutorial. Then, board the open-air, purpose-built zodiac boat and set off on a scenic ride through Burrard Inlet. Get up close to native wildlife and listen to the expert commentary as you navigate the waterways at speeds up to 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). Admire the lush greenery of Coal Harbour, North Shore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park, looking for dolphins, harbor seals and bald eagles along the way. Marvel at the skyscrapers of British Columbia’s largest city as you cruise back to harbor.

Taste of the West Coast Seaplane Tour

3. Taste of the West Coast Seaplane Tour

This tour offers a taste of all there is to love about the West Coast! Depart downtown Vancouver by shuttle and travel to Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay. There you will enjoy a two-hour guided nature tour that showcases unique marine wildlife. Recharge from the tour by dining at Doc Morgans restaurant. Complete your day with an exciting seaplane flight back to downtown Vancouver. With over 50 aircraft currently, Harbour Air and Westcoast Air operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

Vancouver: Private Tour and Seaplane Excursion

4. Vancouver: Private Tour and Seaplane Excursion

Explore Vancouver from above with this lovely scenic journey for 20 minutes on a seaplane, starting from Vancouver downtown harbor and fly over Stanley Park English Bay, Lions Gate, North Shore and Vancouver city. The itinerary includes a Vancouver downtown overview of major historic landmark buildings, Canada Place, Robson and Georgia Street, China Town, Historic Gastown, Stanley Park with Totem Poles and Prospect Point.  Explore the public market at the Granville Island for one hour. The last stop on the tour is a visit to Queen Elizabeth park.

Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane

5. Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane

Combine adventure and culture on this unique day trip to Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens. Leaving from Vancouver in the morning, you will be picked-up from your hotel and taken for a thrilling journey in a seaplane over the fascinating islands of the Canadian Pacific coast. Land in Victoria city center at around 9:00 AM, giving you plenty of your own time to stroll the streets and admire the quirky English style. Depends on your choice of shuttle time, you'll be driven to the world-famous Butchart Gardens by a scheduled shuttle bus. Once there, you'll have about 2 hours to admire the flowers and other plant life in these impressive gardens. An excellent live commentary will be performed on the bus by a guide driver. Travel back to Vancouver in a comfortable, take a seaplane departs at 5 or 6 PM. Arrive back at your hotel in Vancouver at around 6 or 7 PM.

Victoria: Guided Whale and Wildlife-Watching Cruise

6. Victoria: Guided Whale and Wildlife-Watching Cruise

Spot a variety of beautiful ocean species on a guided boat trip departing from Victoria. Navigate aboard a spacious vessel with panoramic viewing decks and stay on the lookout for whales, seals, and more. Learn about the local ecosystem from a certified guide. Gather at the pier and meet with your guides before boarding your boat. Climb aboard a semi-covered catamaran with both indoor and outdoor seating. Hit the water and begin your exciting adventure, stopping every now and then to look quietly for marine wildlife. Listen to insightful commentary about the species you come across and the fascinating West Coast ecosystem. Throughout your journey, enjoy the possibility to encounter whales, seals, eagles, and other residents of the region. Admire the view on your way back to the starting point.

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We booked it online and really did not know what to expect but from the first Lady that greeted us and helped us work through putting on the float jacket and filling out all the paperwork she was just super nice very patient. It was well organized clean and we had a great time.

Great tour, our guide Anthony was fantastic and took such good care of us! It really wasn’t enough time in Butchart Gardens, I could have spent double the time. Very long day but well worth it!

Great day out, Being a small tour I felt it more personal and relaxing, our tour guide Ross is great, very knowledgeable The cruise was great with great views, the tour guide was great

Amazing tour experience! Tour guide Ross is a Superstar! Amazing storyteller! Our boat guides Jorden and Nick were Amazing too ! Must do tour!

Was on the fence about this one, but so glad I went. It was a blast, tour guide, Elias, was funny and informative.