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Based on Google Search results, the following two locations near Vancouver are top whale watching spots in North America:
- Vancouver Island, British Columbia
- An estimated 85 orcas live in the waters around southern Vancouver and the southern Gulf Islands.
- San Juan Islands, Washington
Here is a travelogue that chronicles my whale watching experience in a beautiful summer morning. As the photos reveal, there is no whale spotted on that day. However, the whole trip was still very rewarding and the tour company also gave us a free pass with no expiry date for future whale watching.
How to Get There
To reach Steveston Fisherman's Wharf, you can:
- From YVR
- Take Canada Line Skytrain heading for Waterfront
- Exit at Bridgeport Station
- Transfer to Canada Line heading for Richmond-Brighouse
- From Vancouver City
For both routes, you can:
Below photos (click to enlarge) were taken on 07/30/2017. In the morning, it was cloudy. But, during the day, it turned sunny (temperature: 28°C). Before the tour, I have decided to visit the nearby Garry Point Park first. Boy! I was glad that I have made that decision and been rewarded with some gorgeous views of shorelines.
Around 8:30 am, I walked from the Park to the Fisherman's Wharf. There were already a crowd of tourists there. However, I was able to book a trip on the Express (a 45 passenger zodiac style vessel). The whole trip on the water took about 4 hours.