Steveston EcoTours


Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

Choose one of these tours, or let us help you design your own custom tour adventure!

Steveston Sea Lion Safari

Sea Lions
Bald Eagle

Take a Steveston Sea Lion Safari in April or May, when dozens of CALIFORNIA and STELLER SEA LIONS arrive to feast on spawning EULACHAN and HERRING runs! Nowhere in Vancouver are there as many noisy, entertaining and accessible marine mammals! On your 1 ½ hour Steveston Sea Lion Safari, you will see not only the SEA LIONS, but also nesting BALD EAGLES, playful HARBOUR SEALS, countless marine birds, and spectacular scenery!

Only available in April and May, the Steveston Sea Lion Safari is a special Spring Treat for Vancouver residents and visitors alike! This tour is also a great way for families to get out on the water together to view these spectacular wonders of nature!

Sea Lions

Our EcoTours depart from the Marine Adventure Centre in Steveston at Imperial Landing, on the Boardwalk, South foot of English Avenue.

Your Steveston Sea Lion Safari includes a close look at historic vessels moored at Britannia Shipyards, fish boats returning with their catch, and Steveston's last working fish plant!

We then leave Steveston Harbour and travel approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles) down the Fraser River to the Sand Heads Light Station, where the Sea Lions congregate each Spring. The sights, sounds - and smells - of this natural wildlife event will amaze and delight you!

The Richmond News takes a Steveston Sea Lion Safari!

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Fraser River Discovery

Sea Gull

Explore the rich marine environment of the Fraser River Estuary! In the Spring, Summer and Fall, millions of salmon transit the waters of the Fraser River on the way to their spawning grounds. The marshes and tidal flats are home to many different shore and water birds. Thousands of migratory birds also stop in our tour area, as we are on the Pacific Flyway - a major North American migratory route.

Your Fraser River Discovery Tour includes a close look at historic vessels moored at Britannia Shipyards, fish boats returning with their catch, and Steveston's last working fish plant!

This Fraser River Discovery Tour also explores the intricate channels of the Fraser River Estuary, passes alongside the famous Reifel Bird Sanctuary, and lets you discover the quaint Ladner Houseboat Village - a touch of Europe, minutes from the Historic Fishing Village of Steveston! The Fraser River Discovery Tour is a minimum two hours. We can also stop at a cozy riverfront pub for refreshment, or a riverside cafe for lunch, on longer tours.


Take a moment to enjoy a Markerbuoy Fraser River Discovery Tour

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Book a tour to the Gulf Islands to view Mark's unique construction projects, as shown on his You Tube channel "Markerbuoy"!

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Gulf Islands Adventure

Island View
Fawn Lily

Our Gulf Islands Adventure discovers special places in B.C.'s Gulf Islands.

Remote coves and beaches await your exploration.

The unique ecosystem of the Strait of Georgia Lowlands in Southern Canada is one of the most ecologically at risk natural regions.

Telegraph Harbour Marina

Steveston EcoTours offers the best access to these remote locations. With our 6 guest limit, you receive your Captain's personal attention.

The Gulf Islands are a nature lover's paradise! Just 1 hour from Steveston, leave the City behind and discover a pristine marine and forest ecosystem. Steveston EcoTours travels intricate ocean passages, and explores refreshing island trails. There are also delightful waterfront cafes on our tour route that make perfect lunch stops!

If you prefer, choose a day at our Eco Lodge on Valdes Island.  Explore our private beach, enjoy a guided walk on the Old Forest trails, picnic by the sea, or relax on our Eco Lodge deck! We invite you to bring your own favorite food and beverages, or we'd be pleased to make those arrangements for you! This is a very special experience you’ll never forget!

Valdes Island - Gulf Islands

The Steveston EcoTours' Gulf Islands Adventure is also an excellent opportunity to see RESIDENT and TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES ("ORCAS"), HUMPBACK WHALES, HARBOUR and DALL'S PORPOISES, PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS, STELLER SEA LIONS, HARBOUR SEALS and RIVER OTTERS. We often encounter these wonderful marine mammals en route to Gulf Islands or passing along the shores of Valdes Island. If we learn they are in our area, we have the choice to alter our itinerary to view them in their natural habitat.

Valdes Island - Gulf Islands

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Old Island Homestead Tractor

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Vancouver Whale Tours

Whale Watching! RESIDENT and TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES ("ORCAS"), HUMPBACK WHALES, GRAY WHALES, and MINKE WHALES all feed in our waters - depending on the season.

Breaching Orca

Steveston EcoTours offers our guests the best small group whale watching experience in Vancouver. With our 6 guest limit, you receive your Captain's personal attention.

As part of an exclusive whale-spotting network, we learn if whales are in our tour area. We travel to view them in their natural habitat, enjoying spectacular scenery and other marine wildlife - SEA LIONS, EAGLES, DOLPHINS, SEALS - along the way! We have wildlife charts and books onboard to enhance your experience. We even have a Hydrophone to hear the whales!

We only offer one Vancouver Whale Tour each day, so we don't have to hurry back to Steveston for another tour! You are welcome to bring onboard your favorite food and beverages. We want your Steveston EcoTour to be relaxing and fun!

There are some days we don't find whales, or they are too far away for a comfortable tour, but you will still have a wonderful day in the Gulf Islands, with lots of other wildlife and spectacular scenery to enjoy.

Our Vancouver Whale Tour also delivers a special bonus - coffee or lunch break at a charming waterfront cafe, or an island forest walk! Where we stop depends on where we find the whales, but it's always a great part of your Vancouver Whale Tour!

Every Vancouver Whale Tour also receives a free Steveston EcoTours ECO-PAC! This special gift - valued at over $50 - contains whale and ecology books, discount coupons and more, in a unique recycled Richmond Street Banner tote bag. A great souvenir of your Vancouver Whale Tour!

We guarantee you will have an unforgettable experience on your Vancouver Whale Tour with memories that will last a lifetime!

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