Vancouver Island
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens: Private Day Tour

1. 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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Squamish River: Scenic Twilight Float

2. Squamish River: Scenic Twilight Float

Take part in an ideal outdoor evening activity for families, children, seniors, and anyone looking for an exciting outing full of breathtaking scenery. The Squamish Scenic Twilight Float is a family friendly rafting float trip that features views of picturesque natural landscapes, wildlife sightings, and lots of laughs shared under the setting sun. Travel through the lower Squamish River and surrender to the relaxing flow of the water whilst admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls, Mount Garibaldi, and the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Witness a view of all these incredible natural occurring landmarks from the unique position of your float. Enjoy an evening with your family, friends and nature during this idyllic scenic interpretive float and learn about the world renowned Squamish Valley and its local wildlife as dusk settles over the Coastal Mountains.

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From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speedboat

3. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speedboat

Combine adventure and culture on this unique day trip to Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens. Leaving from Vancouver in the morning, you will be picked-up from your hotel and taken for a thrilling journey in a seaplane over the fascinating islands of the Canadian Pacific coast. Land in Victoria city center at around 10:00 AM, giving you plenty of time to stroll the streets and admire the quirky English style. In the afternoon you'll be driven to the world-famous Butchart Gardens by bus. Once there, you'll have about 2 hours to admire the flowers and other plant life in these impressive gardens. Travel back to Vancouver city center in a comfortable, covered speedboat at around 04:45 PM. Arrive back at your hotel in Vancouver at around 07:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Vancouver Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 186 reviews

An ideal day trip to Vancouver Island

The Chuck Scott trip to Vancouver Island was the ideal addition to our trip through the Rockies. Chuck is a friendly, reliable guide, with extensive knowledge and a good sense of humor. We enjoyed the day with him - the tour is highly recommended.

Excellent private tour experience of the gardens and Victoria

Guide showed up at pick-up hotel on-time, was very informative and courteous through-out the tour. Very accommodating of what we wanted to see and timing. Got us back to drop-off hotel on-time. It was a very good day.