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  • Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

    1. 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 ba...

    This tour was awesome. Small group of 12 in a comfy zodiac. Not squishy at all! I'm 5'11" and had plenty of room. The 3 hour length was just right and Skipper Sara was really knowledgable about where to find sea life and shared interesting info during sightings. Dont worry the price wont give you as good an experience (I was at first after researching other company rates). They simply gave a competitive rate and gave us a stellar experience. Zodiac whale watching is the way to go if you want a real and up close ocean feel! Highly recommend.

  • Victoria: Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    2. Victoria: Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Experience Victoria in a unique way on board an open-top double-decker bus. Depart from right outside the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel then set off on a hop-on-hop-off tour to explore this charming city. From China Town to Oak Bay there is something for everyone.  As you ride the bus, listen to the fully narrated tour and gain an in-depth understanding of Victoria's local history and best attractions. Feel free to hop-off the bus at 15 different stop destinations - giving you an array of options to explore the city further.  Stops include Empress Hotel, Chinatown (Old Town), Bastion Square, Steamship Terminal, Fisherman's Wharf, Ogdeon Point (Breakwater), Beacon Hill Park, Mile 0 / Terry Fox, Christ Church Cathedral, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Municipal Hall, Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay Hotel, Cook Street Village, and Chateau Victoria / Marriot / Dbl Tree.

    I liked how your tickets were valid for 24 hours from the time you validate them.

  • Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

    3. 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 e...

    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!

  • Victoria Fly 'n Drive: Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

    4. Victoria Fly 'n Drive: Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

    Your tour departs from Vancouver Harbor for a mesmerizing seaplane flight over the Gulf Islands. 35 minutes later you'll arrive in Victoria's downtown inner harbor. From here the day is yours to spend exploring British Columbia's beautiful capital city. At the end of your day you'll return by coach on BC Ferries, sailing through the gorgeous Active Pass back to Vancouver. With more than 50 aircraft, your tour operator has the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are also available for charter.

    Enjoyed the flight over. Very smooth flight. Awesome views from the sky. Great experience! Victoria was nice, but was disappointed that there wasn't more to see and do. In hindsight, we should have included Butchart Gardens in our excursion. The ferry ride back to Vancouver was nice. We did have a communication issue such that our flights were booked incorrectly, but Get Your Guide handled our complaint promptly and to our full satisfaction. I would recommend using them in the future.

  • Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

    5. 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.

    What a wonderful way to see Victoria! A great adventure, and well worth it. Highly recommend.

  • Whale Watching Tour in Victoria, BC

    6. Whale Watching Tour in Victoria, BC

    The waters of Victoria BC are home to three of the major Pods (groups) of Killer Whales. This tour presented by pioneers in the field will offer the unique experience of observing these magnificent mammals in their natural environment. The area's resident Killer Whales spend much of their time around Victoria and San Juan Island feeding on the natural abundance of salmon, one of their principal diet sources. The extensive spotting network and years of experience in locating the whales ensures a very high success rate for tours. The area of operations in the water surrounding Southern Vancouver Island, Victoria, and the Gulf Islands is the home of pods "J", "K", and "L" numbering approximately 90 whales in total. Your crew is waiting to introduce you to these magnificent mammals and share with you the myriad of other natural wonders abundant in this pristine marine environment. ...

  • Vancouver Island: Half-Day Whale and Wildlife Adventure Tour

    7. Vancouver Island: Half-Day Whale and Wildlife Adventure Tour

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a tour to the quaint old fishing village of Cowichan Bay. Browse through an art gallery, grab a coffee, and enjoy some freshly made baked goods at the bay's infamous bakery before boarding on a small, personal whale watching vessel and heading out into the Salish Sea for some spectacular scenery and wildlife. Experience the diversity of British Columbia's ecosystem with certified captains who are at the top of their fields in photography, whale research, and conservation and will be onboard for every trip to provide narration. Get the chance to see harbor seals hauling out on beautiful rocky shoals. Take photographs of humpback whales who have made a huge recovery since whaling ended at Vancouver's coast and are now a regular sight in the summer and fall. Discover distinct ecotypes of killer whales like the southern residents kill...

  • From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

    8. From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see killer whales with your own eyes! Become a real explorer on this full day air safari including a 3-hour whale-watching trip. Guests meet at the Vancouver Seaplane Terminal. From here you will fly from Vancouver Harbor to Victoria. This is an opportunity to see the mesmerizing views of the Gulf Islands from above. With over 50 aircrafts, Harbor Air Seaplanes operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. Guest will take part in a unique whale watching expedition from Victoria's Inner Harbour. Led by expert guides, you will learn about this ecologically diverse area and the whales that inhabit it. See these magnificent creatures in their own waters. This is an experience that no aquarium can provide. You can also spot seals, birds and the spectacular vistas of Southern Vancouver Island. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

    Nice and fast service on the flight there and back. We saw 23 orcas on our whale tour! And got a bunch of hours to walk around Victoria! Lovely day highly recommend :)

  • From Vancouver: Tofino Round-Trip Seaplane Experience

    9. From Vancouver: Tofino Round-Trip Seaplane Experience

    Discover the West Coast of Vancouver Island with this round-trip seaplane flight to Tofino. Depart from the harbor in Vancouver and take in the scenery as you cross the Strait of Georgia to reach Tofino – a world-famous surf destination. Admire the beauty of this coastline as you fly over the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Briefly touch down in Tofino’s picturesque harbor before returning to downtown Vancouver.

  • Telegraph Cove: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

    10. 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 ...

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What people are saying about Vancouver Island

This tour was awesome. Small group of 12 in a comfy zodiac. Not squishy at all! I'm 5'11" and had plenty of room. The 3 hour length was just right and Skipper Sara was really knowledgable about where to find sea life and shared interesting info during sightings. Dont worry the price wont give you as good an experience (I was at first after researching other company rates). They simply gave a competitive rate and gave us a stellar experience. Zodiac whale watching is the way to go if you want a real and up close ocean feel! Highly recommend.

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!

Amazing experience! Sara and the whole crew were absolutely fantastic.

Long but excellent trip. Wonderful tour guide/bus driver

Very good tour that allows us to discover Victoria.