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When is the Best Time to See Humpback Whales in Vancouver?

Whale watching excursions in Vancouver offer once in a lifetime wildlife – with humpback whales being the star of the show.

But when is the best time to see humpback whales in Vancouver?

Let’s take a deeper look.

a humpback whale spotted during vancouver whale watching tour

The Best Time to See Humpback Whales in Vancouver

The best time to see humpback whales in Vancouver depends on the time of year and the whales’ migration patterns.

Technically, humpback whales can be seen in the waters around Vancouver throughout the year – but they are most commonly sighted from April to October.

During this time, the whales migrate from their wintering grounds in Mexico and California to their summer feeding grounds in British Columbia and Alaska.

May to September is peak season for humpback whale watching in Vancouver.

⚠️ 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.

Not only are your chances of seeing a humpback whale in Vancouver higher, but you’ve also thankfully got great Vancouver summer weather on your side.

The best Vancouver whale watching tours all seek out (and find) these whales during this period.

Beyond humpback whales, you’ll also have the opportunity to spot other compelling species like:

  • Orcas
  • Grey whales
  • Minke whales
  • Porpoises and dolphins

Related: Best Time to See Killer Whales in Vancouver

Related: Is Whale Watching in Vancouver Worth It?

Year-Round Vancouver Whale Sighting Guarantee

On the fence about booking a Vancouver humpback watching tour?

Know that the major tours come with a 95% success rate.

In fact, most providers are so confident that you’ll see a whale that they now offer a year-round whale sighting guarantee.

If you don’t see a whale you’ll receive a free voyage on a future departure of your choosing.

This applies to all the Vancouver whale watching tours listed below:

In booking with the link above you’ll also have the budget-planning-friendly opportunity to grab book now and pay later tickets.

Still Wondering the Best Time to Spot Humpback Whales in Vancouver?

With this free resource I’m trying to answer every Vancouver tourist question, but I’m aware you might have a more specific question.

Get at me in the comments below.

Whether it’s the best time of year to see humpback whales or anything else, I’m here for you!

Happy whale watching ?


I've lived in 5 countries and created content for travel websites like eDreams and Amex Essentials, but here I finally get to work my passion project - my hometown, Vancouver!

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