Amazing Adventure + Wildlife ..

Seal Colony West Vancouver

Looking for an amazing boat rental adventure full of nature and wildlife? Then taking a trip to the Seal Colony in West Vancouver is the place to go.

The Seal Colony is one of Granville Island Boat Rentals many wonderful destinations that you can experience only by boat.

Trip Features ..

- 3 Hour Round Trip
- Colony of up to 150 Seals
- Spectacular Scenery
- View amazing coastal homes
- Dock on Bowen Island (+1 hr)

This 3 hour round trip adventure will take you to Palm Rocks which is home to around 150 Harbour Seals and also just north of them lies the National Bird Reserve. Enjoy the open ocean in your very own speed boat and watch wildlife at its best.

Your adventure starts from our Granville Island Boat Rental office in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide you with all the information you need to know for your Seal Colony adventure.

You will set off out to English Bay where you will pass Stanley Park and get a wonderful view of the city skyline while making your way to Light House Park where you will see some amazing homes. From here you will continue north past Bowen Island and Horseshoe Bay until you reach the Seal Colony which is below the big island called Anvil Island. In between Palm Rocks and Anvil Island is Christie Islet National Bird Sanctuary. Take time here to enjoy the amazing surroundings of wildlife and mountains.

Whether you are going on a solo adventure or looking to take family or friends, the Seal Colony adventure will not disappoint with many wonderful views before you even reach your destination.

If you are looking to stop off for a bite to eat or to stretch your legs, Bowen Island is a beautiful seaside village where many renters stop off for coffee, pizza or a picnic. It is hard to believe this peaceful getaway is so close to downtown Vancouver. Bowen Island is highly recommended pit stop ..

Choose from our three different style boats and reserve your Seal Colony adventure today. The boats range is size from 16ft / 17ft Hourston Glasscrafts and 18ft GT Deluxe Speed Boats. All of our rental boats are fitted with modern Yamaha engines which are world renowned for their reliability and ensure you feel safe while you explore the waters on your boating adventure. Granville Island Boat Rentals has been serving all of Vancouver's speed boat rental needs since 1982.

Please keep in mind that on windy days this trip isn't recommend and we would recommend going east towards the mountain fjords of the Indian Arm and the Granite Waterfalls.

Book your Seal Colony adventure with us today, for an unforgettable journey with you as the captain.

Places to Eat

Places to eat on Bowen Island ..

- Tuscany Restaurant - Top Pick !!

- Doc Morgans Marina Pub and Restaurant

- The Snug Cafe

- Shika Provisions

- Artisan Eats

- Rustique Bistro

- Old Orchard Grill

- Lime and Moon Pie Company

- Bowen Island Roasting Company

Points of Interest

Explore the coast by boat ..

1. English Bay

English Bay is Vancouvers’ most popular beach, right in the heart of downtown.Summer sees it packed with people sunbathing, swimming, and taking in the wonderful sunset. This bay is dotted with boats,kayaks and people generally enjoying Vancouver’s waters.

English Bay

2. Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a 1,001-acre public park that borders downtown Vancouver and is almost entirely surrounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean. While out in the bay you will have the best view of this wonderful park.

Stanley Park

3. Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park is home to the Point Atkinson Lighthouse which was built in 1875. It is a great spot to relax on the water, taking in the views of surrounding homes and the Lighthouse which lights up the bay at night. This is the most popular spot to take in the sunset from the water.

Lighthouse Park

4. Snug Cove

Snug Cove on Bowen Island is a beautiful seaside village. It is a great place to stop off for a bite to eat at one of its popular restaurants or pack yourself a picnic to be enjoyed by the water. Bowen Island is ideal for walking around and has several beaches for taking a swim on those hot summer days.

Snug Cove

5. Cool Homes

While boating up Howe Sound towards the Seal Colony, you will be in awe of all the amazing homes that dot the shore line. These homes are some of the most expensive homes in Vancouver and you can see why. People rent boats, just to have a look at these homes, as you get the best view of them from the water.

Cool Homes

6. Seal Colony

Pam Rocks is home to a colony of around 150 harbour seals, watch them play in the water and jump onto the rocks. While there you may even spot a majestic bald eagle soaring overhead as the National Bird Reserve lies just north of Pam Rocks. This is a wonderful boat ride if you are for looking for wildlife.

Seal Colony

7. Stadiums

False Creek is a peaceful harbour, perfect for a calm boat ride. While boating here you will pass under many of Vancouvers’ bridges and get up close to Vancouver’s two stadiums, BC Place (football) and Rogers Arena (hockey). False Creek is a great place to enjoy fabulous views of the city.


One Hour Free

Early Morning Special ..

One of the best times to go boating is usually the early mornings. The waters are usually calm at this time of the day, with very little boat traffic on the water.

This allows you to enjoy the best boating conditions and you are usually able to get to your destinations faster due to the flat waters.

With our Early Bird Special you receive your 5th hour free with any 4 hour boat rental departing at 9am (Regular non-discounted hourly rate applies to the first 4 hours. Not valid with any other offer.). This allows you enough time to watch the seals and dock on Bowen Island for a bite to eat ..

Book your Seal Colony adventure today ..

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250km of coast to explore ..

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Corporate Groups

Team building at its best ..

If you are looking for a fun filled corporate event for your company then why not check out our fun filled corporate activities. You will be sure to find something that will suit your company. So whether its team building, summer party or you just want to get out of the office why not choose the Treasure Hunt, Sightseeing & Eco Tour or the Fishing Derby. More info on boat rental corporate events ..
Go Crabbing

Why not catch something for dinner ..

Just minutes from our boat rental location you will be at the best crabbing location. Rent a crab trap with bait included from our office and drop it at the start of your boat rental adventure.

Pick up dinner along the way ..

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Some questions answered ..

What is the minimum age to drive the rental boat?

The driver of the boat must be 21 years of age or older and fluent in English.

Are there any additional costs on top of the hourly rental rate?

The fuel, tax and insurance ($10 per driver) are not included in the hourly rate.

Do I need a boat license to rent a boat?

No .. we provide you with a free one day boating license when you rent with us.

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