Victoria, British Columbia
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Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

1. Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

The waters off Victoria, British Columbia are known as the Salish Sea. Discover its wonders and rich marine environment with this ultimate whale and marine wildlife tour! Board a brand new high speed coastal explorer boat and set sail to look for orcas (also known as killer whales), humpbacks, harbor seals, California sea lions and over 127 species of marine birds!  Take a tour of the west coast aboard a luxurious coastal explorer, with two outside viewing areas and a fully heated cabin. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate as you set off on an adventure to learn all about the local marine wildlife and important landmarks. From playful orcas to giant humpbacks, your experience is sure to be memorable. Discover the marine wildlife in the waters off Victoria with the help of marine biologists and learn about efforts to establish Victoria as a world renowned whale watching destination. 

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Victoria: 2-Hour History and Highlights Bike Tour

2. 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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Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tour the romantic and exciting city of Victoria on a self-guided tour. Learn about the city's fascinating history and how it has progressed into the capital of British Columbia. This audio tour will show you the incredible Royal BC Museum, where you are able to see many exhibits and features that make up Victoria. Walk through one of the oldest and vibrant Chinatown's in North America. Then visit other stops such as the Inner Harbour Centre, BC Parliament Building, Emily Carr House, Bastion Square, Fan Tan Alley, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, Tallest Totem in Victoria, and Mile Zero. Enjoy a memorable tour which encompasses all the highlights of this amazing city. As a self-guided audio tour, you have the power to control your experience. Set the pace and take in the atmosphere.

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Victoria: Royal Carriage Tour

4. 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

5. 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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6-Hour Victoria to Cowichan Wine Tour

6. 6-Hour Victoria to Cowichan Wine Tour

Join one of the highest rated wine tours in British Columbia.  Interact directly with the winery teams and enjoy your own private group tastings.  This tour is a must see for anyone who loves wine or just wants a day of relaxation in the Cowichan Valley. All tastings are included as well as a BBQ burger and salad lunch.  See three of the top rated wineries in the Cowichan Valley. Sample Itinerary: 9:45 AM: Registration - Pickup at 660 Oswego St, Victoria, BC at the passenger loading zone 10:00 AM: Leave for Enrico10:40 AM: Lookout photo stop at the top of the Malahat11:00 AM: Enrico Tasting and Lunch12:15 PM: Leave for Blue Grouse12:30 PM: Tasting at Blue Grouse1:30 PM: Leave for Unsworth1:45 PM: Behind the scenes wine tour at Unsworth - Group choice of Vineyard or Bottling 2:15 PM: Tasting at Unsworth3:00 PM: Leave for Home4:00 PM: Victoria Hotel drop-off (so you do not need to walk with a box of wine) Each Victoria wine tour starts or ends with a behind the scenes tour led by one of the winery partners. See the difference a guided tour makes. The guides have put together the perfect schedule for your group that gives you enough time to enjoy each unique Vancouver Island winery.  Your also have scheduled tastings times with each winery days in advance.  Wineries can get extremely busy during the peak and on weekends, your group will be in front of the line. The winery partners are expecting you.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens: Private Day Tour

7. Victoria and Butchart Gardens: Private Day Tour

Enjoy a private 13-hour adventure from Vancouver to Victoria and stop at one of Canada’s most beautiful public gardens. Following your morning pick-up by limousine, you will enjoy priority boarding on the British Columbia ferry service across the Strait of Georgia. Cruise through the breathtaking Gulf Islands, passing so close you can almost touch the trees on the shore. See seals in the sea and bald eagles looping the sky above. Sometimes, you can even spot whales. Upon arrival at Vancouver Island, head to beautiful Butchart Gardens. As a private tour, you will only have to leave when you are ready. Highlights include the wooded bog garden and landscaped Japanese garden. You can also take a break to sip some tea in the beautifully manicured gardens. Continue to Victoria for a guided tour of the city's heritage buildings, such as the Empress Hotel and Beacon Hill Park. With echoes of the past, Victoria’s genteel atmosphere is a perfect respite from Vancouver, with quaint cafés on every corner. Enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

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From Victoria: Whale Watching 3-Hour Trip on Covered Boat

8. From Victoria: Whale Watching 3-Hour Trip on Covered Boat

After meeting at the pier or being collected from your Victoria hotel or accommodation, you will begin your carbon neutral tour led by certified marine naturalists whose knowledge and passion for Vancouver Island’s marine wildlife is unequaled in the industry. Come aboard to experience the wild! All tours are three hours in length and peak whale watching season is April through October. In this peak season, there is a greater than 95% success rate of spotting whales, including both transient and resident orcas, humpbacks, minke, and gray whales. Other wildlife you may encounter include Dall’s and harbor porpoises, harbor and elephant seals, otters and marine birds such as cormorants and bald eagles. Whilst onboard the boat you will also be offered complimentary coffee and tea, onboard bathrooms, certified marine naturalists, and indoor and outdoor viewing areas. In the event of an unlucky tour, you will be invited to join again for a complimentary second whale watching tour to bring your dreams of seeing these magnificent animals to life.

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Victoria: 3.5-Hour Guided Bike and Food Tour

9. Victoria: 3.5-Hour Guided Bike and Food Tour

Discover downtown Victoria by bike. Delight your tastebuds with local charcuteries and cheeses, craft ice cream, and other culinary surprises. Follow your expert foodie bike guide as you learn about Victoria's most famous dining spots, as well as its best-kept culinary secrets. Enjoy Italian pizza, creamy organic ice cream, and chocolate truffles. Visit landmarks like Craigdarroch Castle, China Town, and Beacon Hill Park along the way. Get treated to some of the best local artisan food Victoria has to offer. Learn how to navigate the unique neighborhoods of this charming city by bicycle and meet the creatives people behind the local cuisine.

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Victoria: Carriage Tour of James Bay and Beacon Hill Park

10. Victoria: Carriage Tour of James Bay and Beacon Hill Park

Discover James Bay and visit Beacon Hill Park on an unforgettable horse-drawn carriage experience and enjoy being part of honoring the tradition of carriage tours in this city. Board your carriage and join your driver and guide as you make your way through the historical neighborhood of James Bay. Visit one of Victoria's oldest and largest parks, Beacon Hill Park.

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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 56 reviews

It was the best New Years Day I have ever had. Victoria is beautiful and the Christmas lights display at the Butchart Gardens was absolutely spectacular. We were blessed with perfect weather, and Hermann, our driver was funny, informative and well organised.

Captain Andrew and Crew Emma were fantastic! Left on time, they charged a great deal about our safety and comfort. And….we saw whales! Not easy, considering the poor visibility from a fog bank. Thank you for an awesome afternoon.

Would highly recommend this as an activity if you're traveling here. Lots of fun, great locations during the tour, wonderful tour guide! 10/10 recommended ☺️

Very knowledgeable tour guide. Was great to see some places and try foods I wouldn’t have otherwise!

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