Victoria, British Columbia
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Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

1. Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

View the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with dancing fountain. The city of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the unique shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour. Packed with ever-changing experiences of the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island, this tour is a must-do for those who have not yet visited Victoria.

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Victoria: Carriage Tour by the Sea

2. Victoria: Carriage Tour by the Sea

Relax as you glide through the tranquil streets of James Bay, a diverse neighborhood that is host to unique shops and community. Feel a burst of fresh air before meeting the stretch of coastline along the Dallas Road waterfront. While following the coast, take in views of the Salish Sea and the magnificent Olympic Mountain range. Clip-clop back through the historical district of James Bay and enjoy an unforgettable horse-drawn carriage experience.

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Telegraph Cove: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

3. Telegraph Cove: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

After gathering at the Telegraph Cove Resort, you will embark on your 3-hour, fully-guided whale watching and wildlife viewing adventure. In true comfort and style, your crew will be excited to take you to Johnstone Strait, in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. You can take advantage of the opportunity to view killer whales and humpback whales in the wild, as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife. The Ocean Magic II is a custom designed marine marvel, which combines the practicality of a semi-covered vessel with the speed and maneuverability of a Zodiac. With three naturalists on board and two different viewing elevations, this is the only purpose-built whale watching vessel of its size in the industry. Sip your coffee, feel the wind in your hair or keep cozy under cover while you explore the pacific northwest.

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Victoria: 2-Hour History and Highlights Bike Tour

4. Victoria: 2-Hour History and Highlights Bike Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Victoria on a segway. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your bike and helmet, and then head off to discover some of Victoria's most iconic landmarks, including Chinatown, Craigdarroch Castle, and Beacon Hill Park. The itinerary includes a ride along the scenic Dallas waterfront and a visit to unique neighborhoods like Moss Rock, Cook Street Village, and artistic Fernwood. As you discover the city, learn why Victoria has earned the moniker of Most Livable City in Canada.

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Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

5. Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

Enjoy a half-day rafting trip that features small splashy rapids, outstanding scenery and lots of laughs. It’s an ideal outdoor activity for families, children, seniors, and anyone looking for a gentle and fun scenic rafting adventure. As you raft down the glacier-fed Cheakamus River between old growth forests, you’ll experience the excitement of gentle rapids and see a variety of birds, wildlife, waterfalls, and the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. Learn about the intriguing Squamish First Nations history, a key part of the history of the area. There will also be a water fight for the kids. Perfect the art of splashing others and get a chance to cool off with a quick dip in the pure, glacier-fed water. When your river journey ends, you will be taken back to the fully equipped rafting base where you can change back into your own clothes and enjoy the facilities at the resort including a full service restaurant and awesome fully-licensed outdoor patio area. Relax with your family and friends in the beautiful sunshine and comfort of the resort, and check out the photos and videos shot on your trip.

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Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

6. Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

Fly high above scenic Victoria BC and explore its beautiful scenery by seaplane. This thrill-a-minute tour will reveal a spectacular landscape and unforgettable aerial views. The Panoramic Seaplane Tour of Victoria will glide over the Olympic Mountains and along the Victoria waterfront to the white sand beaches of James and Sydney Islands. From here the tour heads north to the Saanich Peninsular and over the famous Butchart Gardens before returning back to Victoria Harbor. It is an experience not to be missed, especially if time is limited in Victoria and the photo opportunities just cannot be bettered. A fantastic day out for aviation lovers.

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Victoria: Royal Carriage Tour

7. Victoria: Royal Carriage Tour

Feel like royalty on this delightful carriage tour. Begin by taking in breathtaking views of the majestic Empress Hotel. As you enter Beacon Hill Park, marvel at the array of fragrant flowers and delightful duck ponds. Then continue on to the Dallas Road waterfront, passing Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway. Experience the splendor of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. And later on, clip-clop through James Bay, the oldest neighborhood in Victoria, which has an impressive variety of well-maintained historic homes and gardens.

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Vancouver: Whale Watching Victoria Trip & Return by Seaplane

8. Vancouver: Whale Watching Victoria Trip & Return by Seaplane

Start your day with a pickup at 7:30 AM from your accommodations in Vancouver. Take off on a whale-watching safari across the Georgia Strait, then spend the afternoon enjoying the English charm of Victoria. Look out for a wide variety of wildlife, like seagulls, sea lions, and seals. Adorned with flowers and colonial architecture, Victoria is a wanderer's paradise. Admire the beauty of the ocean and reflect on the area's history as you explore this vibrant city where students and politicians alike get around by bike. With a nod to its English heritage, British Columbia’s capital is filled with gardens and seafront parks, stately hotels and museums, bohemian eateries, and craft breweries. It is also the gateway to southern Vancouver Island, a destination for food and wine touring, whale watching, and ocean adventures of all kinds. At the end of the day, return to Vancouver by seaplane. This tour includes pickup from your hotel, private residence, or AirBnB anywhere in Vancouver.

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From Vancouver: Victoria & Butchart Gardens Heli-Boat Tour

9. From Vancouver: Victoria & Butchart Gardens Heli-Boat Tour

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Vancouver, and then get stunning views of the city and spectacular Gulf Islands as you fly by Helicopter to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Use your free time to shop for linen, china, and antiques on Government Street. Go into one of the tearooms to enjoy an afternoon tea of cream puffs and dainty sandwiches, or stroll the manicured gardens at leisure.  Next, board a bus to Butchart Gardens, designated a National Historic Site of Canada for its rich array of plants, water features, and statues. Meet the ornamental birds of the elaborate birdhouses, go for a stroll in the Italian Garden, and more. Then, climb aboard a 74-passenger speedboat at a private dock in Butchart Gardens and take a 2-hour cruise back to Vancouver. Get stunning vistas from the outdoor viewing areas, and make use of the heated seating areas and small snack selection before arrival.

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Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

10. Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

After being collected from your downtown accommodation in a comfortable shuttle bus, you will venture down to the harbor where you will meet with your boat. After meeting your guides for the day, you will then depart from Victoria, setting off on your 3-hour whale-watching tour. Between April and October, you will have a greater than 95% success rate of spotting whales, including both transient and resident orcas, humpback, minke, and gray whales. Other wildlife you may encounter include Dall’s and harbor porpoises, harbor and elephant seals, and otters and marine birds such as cormorants and bald eagles. The zodiac vessels used on your tour are definitely recommended for the more wild-at-heart. You can let the wind blow in your hair and be exposed to the true west-coast elements in an open style, 12-passenger vessel. At the conclusion of your exhilarating tour, you will be returned back to the harbor, at which point you will be driven back to your accommodation in downtown Victoria.

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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia

The crew had clearly told us that the chances of seeing whales were very small, as they had hardly seen any animals in the past 14 days. But luck drove with us, after a few minutes 3 humpback whales appeared. Later other conspecifics came and even orcas, which came up to the boat. The crew always kept their distance to the animals. We received a lot of information and the crew took photos that we could download after the trip. So you didn't have the stress of taking great photos and you could just enjoy the sight.

Great experience, great driver with sense of humour but gray line west coast sightseeing tour is short staff and we could not contact them the day before departure. Overall excellent!

Very nice staff and expert driver Andre We managed to see the Whale Recommended

We enjoyed our driver, Hanna and the lovely Tommy. It was a special adventure.

Our tour guide Alex was fantastic. So friendly, funny and informative!