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What to Wear Whale Watching in Vancouver

You’ve got yourself tickets to one of nature’s most spectacular shows, but what to wear whale watching in Vancouver?

Let’s take a quick look.

an excited tourists points to a whale on a vancouver whale watching tour

When going whale watching in Vancouver, it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather and the activity.

Vancouver weather is famous for rain, cloud, and almost everything else bad.

That said, whale watching season in Vancouver is generally in warmer months (April to October) so you won’t need to wrap up like it’s the arctic.

Here are some general tips for what to wear whale watching in Vancouver:

  1. Multiple layers: As mentioned, the weather in Vancouver can be unpredictable, so it is a good idea to wear layers that you can easily add or remove as needed. This will help you stay comfortable and adapt to changing weather conditions.
  2. Waterproof clothing: If you are going whale watching on a boat, it is a good idea to wear waterproof clothing, such as a rain jacket or pants, to protect not only against rain but the splashes and spray of the whales themselves.
  3. Warm clothing: Even on sunny days, it can be cool and windy on the water, so it is a good idea to wear warm clothing, such as a sweater or fleece, to keep you comfortable.
  4. Sun protection: If it is sunny (it actually does get sunny here!), it is important to wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin from UV rays. Standard.
  5. Comfortable shoes: You should be wearing comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking on a boat deck, such as sneakers or deck shoes. Avoid wearing high heels or flip flops because one slip and you could become part of the show!

It is also a good idea to bring along a backpack in case you take off layers as well as a water bottle and some snacks.

You may also want to bring along a camera or binoculars to help you get a closer look at the whales.

⚠️ Warning! We are in high season (June-October 2023)

Tours tend to sell out in advance – I strongly suggest locking in your dates with buy now/pay later Vancouver whale watching tickets on Viator.

These tickets are fully refundable up to 24 hours before so there’s no risk in guaranteeing your spot.

Before Deciding What to Wear: Tour Options

In my post on the best whale watching tours in Vancouver I’ve broken down the top options in the city.

Here’s a quick summary of the options:

Whatever you do end up deciding, ensure your reserve your tickets online in advance – the boats are small and capacity is limited and I’ve had may people showing up the day of, only to be left on the docks.

Related: Is Whale Watching in Vancouver Worth It?

Related: When is the Best Time to See Killer Whales in Vancouver?

Still Wondering What to Wear While Vancouver Whale Watching?

I’ve broken down the clothing to wear for going whale watching in Vancouver, but maybe you need something extra?

Don’t hesitate to write me in the comments below for custom advice.

Happy whale watching ?


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