Enjoy Victoria!

Victoria

GardenVictoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada Victoria is green and beautiful year-round. In fact, Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located, is rated the TOP ISLAND in the Continental US and Canada as one of the TOP TEN ISLANDS IN THE WORLD by the 2012 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards.

In Victoria, there is heritage architecture, colorful gardens, traditions like afternoon tea, a plethora of outdoor adventures, world-class culinary experiences and a vibrant arts and culture scene. This combined with the wild beauty of the Pacific Ocean and old-growth rain forests set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains makes Victoria the perfect getaway. They are even rated as the #1 DESTINATION TO VISIT IN CANADA by the 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. You should really visit Victoria. For more information about Victoria click here.


Tourism Activities

Synopsis lists at the top and then more detailed information listed below including websites, etc.

Art – we have many options but the most well-known are the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and The Robert Bateman Center. Please note the Bateman Center is in the harbour the Gallery is slightly out of town but very close to Craigdarroch if you want to combine the two.

History – Craigdarroch Castle, Royal BC Museum (the IMAX is here), BC Parliament Buildings, BC Aviation Museum and Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse. Please note the Lighthouse is out of town (20 minutes) and the Aviation Museum is beside the airport.

Must See – The Butchart Gardens, Victoria Harbour Ferry Company, Harbour Air Seaplanes and Fisherman’s Wharf

Theatre – We have many options but the Belfry Theatre is usually my first stop

Fast pace – Adrena Line Zipline, Westshore Motocross Park – Not downtown.

Sea Life – Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre – in the nearby town of Sidney

Spa – The Boathouse is out of town but only by ten minutes (it’s a beautiful location by the sea), Delta and Willow Stream are downtown

Cycling – Pedaler Cycling Tours and Rentals.

Boating – Peddder Bay

Active on the water – Pacifica Paddle Sports and SUP Victoria

Tours – CVS Tours and Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria.

Something different – Azeets Gold Panning Adventures

Walking Tours – Discovery Walks and Hike Victoria.

Wine Tours – 5 Star Limousine Wine Tours and The Gracious Grape

Whale Watching – Eagle Wing and Orca Spirit

 

Arts, Culture & History: Art Galleries
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street
Victoria, BC V8V 4P1
Phone: (250) 384-4171
Website: www.aggv.ca
Contact: Meg Sugrue
Phone: (250) 384-4171
Email: msugrue@aggv.ca
Description:
Since 1951 the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has been located just 10 minutes from downtown Victoria in a beautiful park-like setting. The Gallery is housed in a combination of contemporary exhibition spaces and the remarkable 1889 Spencer mansion. It is the largest public art gallery on Vancouver Island and one of the most significant in Canada with its important collection of visual and decorative arts. In addition to historical and contemporary art, the Gallery has an outstanding collection of art from Asia including one of the only authentic Shinto shrines outside of Japan showcased in an Asian Garden. The Gallery holds a number of significant works by the celebrated Victoria artist Emily Carr which can be viewed in the current exhibition Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere. The Gallery gift shop features handmade pottery, jewellery, scarves and other beautiful crafts by local artisans and through Art Rental & Sales, art can be purchased or rented. Open year-round and concurrently presenting up to seven exhibitions across a range of media.
The Robert Bateman Centre
470 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1W9
Phone: (250) 940-3630
Website: www.batemancentre.org
Contact: Aimee Ippersiel
Phone: (250) 580-7157
Email: aimee.ippersiel@batemanfoundation.org
Description:
Legendary Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman has spent a lifetime painting the magic of nature. Come explore seven decades of his inspiring work, and experience nature’s most dramatic subjects up close. Travel through the gallery with Bateman’s multi-media commentary to hear about his art and his vision for a world where everyone shares a deep connection with nature. At the Robert Bateman Gallery Shop you will find a selection of Robert Bateman’s books, prints and gifts, as well as handmade glassworks, jewelry, pottery, woodwork and textiles by other local artists. Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily; 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Fridays & Saturdays, June – September)
Arts, Culture & History: Castles & Heritage Buildings
Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum
1050 Joan Crescent
Victoria, BC V8S 3L5
Phone: (250) 592-5323
Website: www.thecastle.ca
Contact: John Hughes
Email: info@thecastle.ca
Description:
Craigdarroch Castle is a National Historic Site built by wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir. Craigdarroch Castle is a stunning example of Victorian architecture, including exquisite stained-glass windows, woodwork and period antiques. Climb the 87 steps up the grand oak staircase to the Tower for the best views in Victoria. Operated by a nonprofit charity, proceeds from admission fund the ongoing restoration of the Castle. Self-guided tour translations available in: Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Turkish.
Arts, Culture & History: Museums & Heritage Sites
The Butchart Gardens Ltd.
800 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8
Phone: (250) 652-4422
Website: www.butchartgardens.com
Contact: Dave Cowen
Email: email@butchartgardens.com
Description:
When you stand at the railing and look into the Sunken Garden, imagine Jennie Butchart standing there in the early 1900s looking out into a wasteland. She wondered what she could do to turn an old limestone quarry into something nicer to look at. With determination she and following generations have built a privately owned floral show garden now visited by close to a million people each year. Small strategically placed signs show photos of time past to help you step into the past. From January 15th to March 15th several rooms of the former home of the Butchart family display artifacts and memorabilia. The privately owned (by family descendants) gardens were designated a National Historic Site in 2004.
Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road
Victoria, BC V9C 2W8
Phone: (250) 478-5849
Website: www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill
Contact: Sophie Lauro
Email: fort.rodd@pc.gc.ca
Description:
Explore coastal gun batteries built over 100 years ago. See original guns, intriguing underground magazines, and camouflaged searchlight emplacements. Visit Canada’s oldest west coast lighthouse and play with its brand-new interactive exhibits. Enjoy acres of meadows and stunning ocean views. Please check website for current admission hours.
Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
Phone: (250) 356-7226
Website: www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
Contact: Erika Stenson
Email: reception@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
Description:
Follow in our dinosaur footsteps or slide back in time to the Ice Age, past a wall of ice and into the life of a woolly mammoth. See how the fur trade touched and forever changed the lives of BC First Peoples. Climb aboard Captain Vancouver’s ship as she anchors in the Nootka Sound. And stroll through a forest for a visit with a cougar or grizzly bear. Or, come and lose yourself in British Columbia history at the BC Archives. We’ve been collecting and preserving photographs, documents, maps and historical records since 1984. Your experience doesn’t end with our galleries. Our precinct includes sites like Helmcken House, St Ann’s Schoolhouse, the Netherlands Centennial Carillon and Thunderbird Park. Come explore the Royal BC Museum. Located on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, we are within walking distance of downtown hotels & restaurants. Visit royalbcmuseum.bc.ca for a current exhibition schedule.
Arts, Culture & History: Performing Arts
Belfry Theatre
1291 Gladstone Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 1G5
Phone: (250) 385-6815
Website: www.belfry.bc.ca
Contact: Ivan Habel
Email: boxoffice@belfry.bc.ca
Description:
Professional contemporary theatre from Canada and around the world. The Belfry is Vancouver Island’s largest professional theatre company. We produce 10-12 shows per season (August – May) in our two theatres. Our mainstage theatre in a beautifully restored heritage church seating 280, our studio theatre seats 94.
Attractions: Attractions
Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours
5128C Sooke Road
Victoria, BC V9Z 0E2
Phone: (250) 642-1933
Website: www.adrenalinezip.com
Contact: Jeremy Wilson
Email: reservations@adrenalinezip.com
Description:
At Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours located in Victoria, experience a fully guided tour that provides an exhilarating ride up to 60km/hr as you soar up to 150 feet off the ground on eight scenic ziplines ranging from 130 feet to an unforgettable 1000 feet. Our professionally trained guides emphasize safety and comfort, ensuring a ride full of thrills, awesome beauty, and fond memories. This will be the highlight of your Victoria experience
Attractions Victoria
PO Box 39047 James Bay Postal Outlet
Victoria, BC V8V 4X8
Phone:
Website: www.attractionsvictoria.com
Contact: Luke Healey
Email: attractions@shaw.ca
Description:
Attractions Victoria is the Insider’s Guide to the Capital City. Visit our website to discover the premiere sights, activities, and culture in Victoria, BC. Plan your vacation with one of our suggested itineraries based on your interests or your neighborhood. Find one of our FREE maps in hotels, at the ferry and cruise ship terminals, the visitors information centre, or from one of our Downtown Ambassadors! Or, join us in the off-season for our annual “Be a Tourist in your own Hometown” festival. We are a nonprofit association committed to providing visitors and locals alike with access to the best things to do and see in Victoria, BC.
BC Aviation Museum
1910 Norseman Road
Sidney, BC V8L 5B2
Phone: (250) 655-3300
Website: www.bcam.net
Contact: John Lewis
Email: inquiries@bcam.net
Description:
#1 thing to do in Sidney, on TripAdvisor. Come enjoy a trip back in time with the whole family, with over 20 aircraft on display! The BC Aviation Museum is where learning and fun meet! Memorable visitor experiences include: • Sit in the cockpit of a warplane. • Discover the history of our valiant Canadian aviation pioneers with our passionate tour guides or on a self-guided visit. • Or lose yourself in British Columbia aviation history at our library. We’ve been collecting 8,000+ titles of aviation books, 13,000+ photographs, 600+ videos and magazines about aviation in Canada. Don’t miss our gift shop – the perfect place to find aviation themed gifts. Come explore the BC Aviation Museum during your visit in Sidney, located near the Victoria International Airport.
British Columbia Parliament Buildings
501 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Phone: (250) 387-3046
Website: www.leg.bc.ca
Contact: Karen Aitken
Email: tours@leg.bc.ca
Description:
Overlooking Victoria’s majestic Inner Harbour, the Parliament Buildings are open to the public year-round. Visitors are invited to discover the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings and learn about British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly. The Parliament Buildings are open to the public from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors are welcome join one of the regularly-scheduled guided tours or to explore the buildings on their own self-guided tour. During the busy summer season, the Parliament Buildings are open for tours seven days a week, including statutory holidays. Guided tours are free and last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Tours are offered frequently throughout the day, but the schedule changes daily in order to accommodate school and group bookings. Please contact the Tour Office or visit our website closer to the date of your visit for up-to-date schedule information. Tours in other languages or for groups of 10 or more people must be booked in advance. The Legislative Gift Shop and the Legislative Dining Room are open to the public year round. We look forward to your visit!
IMAX Victoria (Inside the Royal BC Museum)
675 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1A1
Phone: (250) 480-4887
Website: www.imaxvictoria.com
Contact: Jordan Batchelor
Phone: (250) 480-4887 X 3
Email: jbatchelor@imaxvictoria.com
Description:
You won’t just see it at IMAX – you’ll EXPERIENCE it. Long famous for extremely high resolution, image clarity, powerful sound and of course, the enormous screen, the magic of IMAX lies in the ability of these combined attributes to fill your peripheral vision and seemingly transport you into the exotic locations. The best Hollywood hits are even better in IMAX and are featured at the theatre when available. Check our website for the latest updates. The VICTORIA IMAX Theatre is located within the Royal BC Museum. Shows play hourly throughout the day and into the evening. Check our website or call (250) 480-4887 for more information and showtimes. ENJOY DISCOUNTED ADMISSION TO THE ROYAL BC MUSEUM AND IMAX THEATRE WHEN PURCHASED TOGETHER. Visit imaxvictoria.com/combination to learn more!
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre
9811 Seaport Place
Sidney, BC V8L 4X3
Phone: (250) 665-7511
Website: www.oceandiscovery.ca
Contact: Alison Barratt
Email: ops@oceandiscovery.ca
Description:
The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is Sidney’s award-winning aquarium showcasing the amazing ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Get up close and personal with wolf eels, jellyfish, rockfish, a giant Pacific octopus, and hundreds of other creatures, without having to get wet. While on your self-guided tour, check in with the volunteer Oceaneers who are standing by to answer all of your questions about the local species. Don’t miss doing the scavenger hunt, looking into the microscopes, or tickling sea urchin in the touch pool. Weekends are packed with games, crafts and activities that the whole family will enjoy! The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is Vancouver Island’s third most popular attraction, and is located on the waterfront in Sidney.
Victoria Harbour Ferry Company Ltd.
Various Locations
Victoria, BC V8V 1A1
Phone: (250) 708-0201
Website: www.victoriaharbourferry.com
Contact: Karen Gates
Email: info@victoriaharbourferry.com
Description:
Renowned for its friendly skippers and water ballet, Victoria Harbour Ferry offers 45-minute Harbour Tours, 60-minute Gorge Cruises, and H20 Taxi hops. Escape the bustling downtown core and discover Victoria from the water. For H20 Taxi hops, look for the dockside “FERRY STOP” signs, hop onboard the next ferry, and tour the city one stop at a time. Harbour and Gorge tours start at the Causeway Marina and depart daily from March through October. Welcome aboard Victoria’s friendliest tour.
Spas & Salons: Spas & Salons
Boathouse Spa & Bath
1175 Beach Drive
Victoria, BC V8S 2N2
Phone: 1-250-598-4556
Description:
Located at the world class Oak Bay Beach Hotel, this seaside spa and hot therapeutic mineral pools are like no other. Find complimentary valet and underground parking awaiting and after a short stroll down to the water, you’ll see it is time to slow down, to get away to a different place, free of stress and begin the rejuvenation of your body, mind and soul. It is time for the Boathouse Spa & Baths.
The Spa at Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa
100 Harbour Road
Victoria, BC V9A 0G1
Phone: (250) 360-5858
Website: www.thespaatdeltavictoria.com
Contact: Planning Manager
Phone: (250) 360-5858
Email: vic.sales@deltahotels.com
Description:
Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a selection of specialized treatments in our full European Spa. A refuge for rest and renewal. The Spa at Delta Victoria is a world-class European-inspired spa with 13 treatment rooms, complete fitness facility with atrium enclosed pool and whirlpool, sauna and ocean view patio, racquet-ball and 2 championship outdoor lit tennis courts. At nearly 6,000 square feet, the sanctuary allows clients to relax and experience some of the world’s finest rejuvenation therapies and products.
Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress
633 Humboldt Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3M6
Phone: (250) 995-4650
Website: www.willowstream.com/empress
Contact: Anita Voorsluys
Phone: (250) 995-3651
Email: anita.voorsluys@fairmont.com
Description:
Energy makes the difference between just living…and living well. That’s why energy renewal is our mission. We’re passionate about having you leave us feeling energized. Make Willow Stream your place – your own personal escape – a place to find your energy. An urban oasis in the heart of the city offering 11 elegantly appointment treatment rooms and featuring Kerstin Florian and B. Kamins inspired spa experiences.
Sport & Outdoors: Adventure Parks
Westshore Motocross Park
2207 Millstream Road
Victoria, BC V9B 0J7
Phone: (250) 590-8088
Website: http://wsmx.azurewebsites.net/
Email: info@westshoremx.com
Description:
Westshore Motocross Park offers dirt bike riding, rentals and lessons for the whole family, ages 4 & up. From 50 cc auto with training wheels to 125/250cc full size bikes for Mom and Dad, dirt bike riding has never been so easy and fun. Birthday parties are popular here and with over 35 rental bikes and 50 sets of safety gear, large groups of any age are no problem. Summer camps in July and August. Open Tuesday through Friday 11am-8pm or dusk, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday and Monday by calling ahead.
Sport & Outdoors: Cycling
The Pedaler Cycling Tours and Rentals
719 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2B4
Phone: (778) 265-7433
Website: www.thepedaler.ca
Contact: Rosemary Lee
Phone: (250) 661-7604
Email: rose@thepedaler.ca
Description:
Discover Victoria by Bicycle! Our guided bicycle tours showcase the local food and drink culture, the regional Galloping Goose and Lochside trails, favourite scenic vistas, and the distinctive neighbourhoods that make cycling in Victoria so enjoyable. Our menu of fun culinary tours have something for everyone. If you don’t feel like a tasting tour The Pedaler offers a Castles, Hoods and Legends Tour that focuses on the history and architecture of our distinctive neighbourhoods with colourful stories of individuals that have influenced what we see around us. Want to fly some kites and play around with your younger kids on a bike tour? Check out our Private Family Fun tour. If you prefer, rent a stylish bicycle and explore our beautiful city on your own. Our knowledgeable staff will outfit you with a comfortable bicycle and provide you with an itinerary and map to suit your interests. You are just a bike ride away from feeling like a kid!
Sport & Outdoors: Fishing
Pedder Bay RV Resort
925 Pedder Bay Drive
Victoria, BC V9C 4H1
Phone: (250) 478-1771
Website: www.pedderbay.com
Contact: Amy Ballard
Email: martin_paish@obmg.com
Description:
Choose from 16′ Hourstons or Double Eagle watercraft, both comfortable and easy to manoeuvre. Pedder Bay is minutes from fantastic salmon, halibut and bottom fishing, and we’ve got everything you need for your trip. If sightseeing is more your speed, take a trip filled with breathtaking scenery, Killer whales, bald eagles, otters, porpoises and sea lions. Full service moorage slips also available.
Sport & Outdoors: Kayaking & Paddling
Pacifica Paddle Sports
789 Saunders Lane
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1C5
Phone: (250) 665-7411
Website: www.pacificapaddle.com
Contact: Sandra Baron
Phone: (250) 665-7411
Email: customerservice@pacificapaddle.com
Description:
Located in the sheltered waters of Brentwood Bay, just 25 minutes from downtown Victoria, Pacifica Paddle Sports offers some of the best kayak, SUP and canoe rentals, plus tours and services in the Greater Victoria, Sidney and Saanich communities. The abundant marine life in the bay makes this a fascinating place to paddle. We are proud to offer quality vessels, gear and experienced staff. Both individual and group clients are welcome.
SUP Victoria
1234 N Wharf Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3H9
Phone: (250) 418-3007
Website: www.supvic.ca
Contact: Jonathan Lowther
Email: info@supvictoria.com
Description:
“S’UP people? SUP Victoria is located in the Victoria inner harbour giving people access to the best Stand Up Paddle Boarding downtown Victoria has to offer. Our brand new fleet of Stand Up Paddle Boards offers something for everyone and our knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions. Whether you are looking for a one hour rental or advanced instruction, on the water with SUP Victoria is the place to be this summer! Get. On. Board.”
Tours: Air Tours
Harbour Air Seaplanes
950 Wharf Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1T3
Phone: (250) 384-2215
Website: www.harbourair.com
Contact: Meredith Moll
Phone: (604) 233-3506
Email: mmoll@harbourair.com
Description:
Experience a true West Coast tradition with a breathtaking seaplane adventure! Popular tours include the Victoria Panorama, Vancouver Day Trip and the Fly’n Dine to The Butchart Gardens.
Tours: Garden Tours
CVS Tours
721 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
Phone: (250) 386-8652
Website: www.cvstours.com
Contact: Gary Gale
Phone: (250) 386-8652
Email: ggale@cvstours.com
Description:
CVS Sightseeing is Victoria’s premier tour bus company offering year round direct service to The Butchart & Butterfly Gardens. Tours depart throughout the day so guests can stay over to enjoy afternoon tea or a dining experience in the 55 acres Gardens. CVS Tours offers you the flexibility to taylor your day the way you want, so there is no need to limit your Butchart or Butterfly Gardens experience. From June to early September, CVS Sightseeing also offers evening tours to The Butchart Gardens so guests may enjoy the evening illuminations and on Saturday nights in July and August the breathtaking fireworks display. We offer the best quality at the best price. Our Deluxe Victoria City Tours feature the highlights of Victoria including a stop for the spectacular view at the Mt. Tolmie Lookout! You can also add-on Craigdarroch Castle or a stop at the Oak Bay Marina and feed the seals. Tickets may be purchased online with ease. For more information please visit our website.
Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria
721 Government Street
Victoria, BC
Phone: (250) 385-6553
Website: www.sightseeingvictoria.com
Contact: John Varga
Email: info@sightseeingvictoria.com
Description:
Trying to get to the Butchart Gardens? Sightseeing Victoria has created a number of direct service departures between downtown Victoria and the world famous Butchart Gardens, allowing you complete flexibility to explore this amazing attraction at your own will. Saturday nights we also offer evening tours for the fireworks at the gardens. Please see our website for details on prices and schedules!
Tours: Unique Tours
Azeets Gold Panning Adventures
Tours Meet at Sooke Pot Holes, Parking Lot #1 – Crescent Beach
Sooke, BC
Phone: (250) 999-6034
Website: www.azeetsgoldpanningadventures.ca
Contact: Ron Bukta
Email: rbukta@azeetsgoldpanningadventures.ca
Description:
We offer complete gold panning and ghost town explorations on Southern Vancouver Island for people of all ages with adventures ranging from a few hours to overnight backcountry trip. Offering Gold Panning, Party Packages, Family Reunions, Office Parties, Family Camping and Scenic Bike Tours. Tour packages starting from $40. Reasonable rates for children. Experienced guides and all equipment is provided. $2.25 all day Parking Fee by Robbins Parking. Come for the gold, stay for the adventure! You will find us at Sooke Potholes lot #1 Crescent Beach we are located just across the river , water is warm and about 20.32 cm at the crossing point we also have picnic tables at our location in case people wish to have lunch and swim in this wonderful pool of water, this is also where most the cliff diving takes place. A very beautiful hidden location and there is no to limited cell phone connection once you are in the park.
Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf, 1 Dallas Road
Victoria, BC V8V 0B2
Phone:
Website: www.fishermanswharfvictoria.com
Contact: Peter Gregg
Phone: (250) 383-6462
Email: floatingfishstore@shaw.ca
Description:
Just around the corner from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Fisherman’s Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops and many eco-tour adventures ranging from whale watching, kayaking, pirate adventures, sport fishing and harbour ferries in a working harbour setting. Wander down to the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, check out the unique array of commercial, pleasure vessel and float home moorage and watch the commercial fishing vessels unload their wares.
Tours: Walking Tours
Discovery Walks
Various Locations
Victoria, BC XX
Phone: (250) 384-6698
Website: www.discoverthepast.com/gwalks.htm
Contact: John Adams
Phone: (250) 384-6698
Email: discoverthepast@telus.net
Description:
Discovery Walks are one of the best ways to find out about Victoria’s fascinating and diverse history. Our team of experienced guides offer many different routes in the downtown core and heritage neighbourhoods covering history, religion, architecture, the arts and natural history. From June 1 to August 31 Discovery Walks take place every day at 2:00 pm. During the rest of the year Discovery Walks continue every week on Saturday afternoons at 2:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Private tours may be booked at any time. Discovery Walks start in various locations downtown and nearby. Check the website or call for specific details. No reservations needed. Adults $15, students and seniors $13.
HikeVictoria.com
Various locations in the Victoria, B.C. area
Victoria, BC .
Phone: 1-250-889-3008
Website: www.hikevictoria.com
Contact: Mark Vukobrat
Email: info@hikevictoria.com
Description:
Experience the natural beauty of Victoria with a local photographer and long time resident, as he shares with you his favourite vistas and Victoria’s hidden gems! We offer expertly guided scenic walks and hikes that reward you with spectacular views and beauty! Hotel transport included. Add on a tour of the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse (with lunch and tastings) for an exceptional Victoria experience. Beauty is in our Nature!
Tours: Winery & Culinary Tours
5 Star Limousine Wine Tours
Various Locations
Victoria, BC V9A 5G8
Phone: (250) 472-3500
Website: http://www.5starlimo.ca/
Contact: Daniel Arias
Email: fivestarlimo@shaw.ca
Description:
Journey with us in the discovery of these pearls of epicurean delights. If you are a lover of food and wine, come Travel With Taste! Visit Cowichan Bay, a picture perfect fishing village on the estuary of the Cowichan River. Dairy, cheese-making and lavender farms and tourism complement the local economy… Have lunch with us during the 5 hour tour. Strong First Nations Heritage presence in the area. 5 hour wine tasting tour of the Cowichan Valley, lunch included! Daily departures at 11:00 am.
The Gracious Grape
Tour Pick Up Downtown and Royal Oak
Victoria, BC XXX
Phone: (250) 589-6828
Website: www.thegraciousgrape.com
Contact: Liza Miles
Email: thegraciousgrapebc@gmail.com
Description:
Wine tours and tasting events. The Gracious Grape Tours include a visit to two wineries and a cidery on the Saanich Peninsula; Cowichan Valley or Salt Spring Island. The tours all include lunch. All tastings and ferry fees (where applicable) are included in the tour price and tours can include an interpreter if desired for a minimum of six guests. Tours are personalized for 6 to 30 guests. For more information and to select a tour visit www.thegraciousgrape.com
Wine Islands Vintners Association
c/o WIVA – Box 20058
Duncan, BC V9L 5H1
Phone: (250) 743-4293
Website: www.wineislands.ca
Contact: Janet Docherty
Email: wiva@wineislands.ca
Description:
Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (known as the Wine Islands) is the fastest growing wine region in Canada. You’ll find one quarter of British Columbia’s wineries here. The region’s crisp and fruit-filled wines, cider and mead are matched by and astounding variety of vegetables, fruit, seafood, meat, poultry, and herbs. Wherever you choose to stop, you will find friendliness, charm and artisanal production qualities and you will know that the owner(s) are somewhere nearby, perhaps even pouring your libation.
Whale Watching: Whale Watching
Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours
Fisherman’s Wharf, 12 Erie Street
Victoria, BC
Phone: (250) 384-8008
Website: www.eaglewingtours.com
Contact: Brett Soberg
Email: whales@eaglewingtours.com
Description:
“We bring the Wild to life!” Whale watching is a major attraction for many visitors coming to Victoria and Eagle Wing Tours has been the #1 rated whale watching company on Trip Advisor since 2007 & the #1 top sustainable whale watching business in Canada. Victoria’s only award winning whale watch operator, we are the Premiere choice when it comes to: being sustainable, responsible, professional, thrilling, comfortable, and safe. People choose us for the thrill of a lifetime in British Columbia’s beautiful capital city – at the center of the world’s highest concentration of Killer Whales (Orca / Blackfish) and other whale (cetacean) species, such as: Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, and Minke Whales! With multiple departures daily and a Peak season success rate of over 95%, Eagle Wing consistently provides the thrill of a lifetime for environmentally conscious travelers from around the globe. Eagle Wing Tours operates year round with an industry best “Guaranteed Whales” sightings program in the Peak season and a Wildlife program in the Shoulder seasons with an excellent chance of seeing whales but no guarantee.
Orca Spirit Adventures Ltd.
146 Kingston Street, Marina Level
Victoria, BC V8V 1V4
Phone: (250) 383-8411
Website: www.orcaspirit.com
Contact: John Douglas
Email: whales@orcaspirit.com
Description:
“World class Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife tours. We’re now proud to provide carbon neutral trips in the clear nutrient rich waters of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait. This amazingly rich and diverse ecosystem and has been rated the best place to view Killer Whales in the wild. Onboard biologists with extensive knowledge of both local waters and marine habitat, make this an educational experience you’ll never forget. Complimentary shuttle service from all downtown locations and free vehicle parking. Victoria’s only liquor licensed whale watching vessels. Reservations are highly recommended. Ask about our Whale Guarantee.”