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

1. 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.

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.

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

3. 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. 

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.

Victoria Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

5. Victoria Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. Please contact the tour provider if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

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.

Victoria and Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

7. Victoria and Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in downtown Vancover, and then board the boat at the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to take a scenic 1.5-hour cruise around the Gulf Islands. Look for marine wildlife on the outdoor deck as you make your way to Schwartz Bay on Vancouver Island. Drop anchor to explore the provincial capital of British Columbia. Get a short introduction to Victoria and enjoy some free time to look inside the unique shops of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour and get amazing ocean views. Take souvenir photos of the festive decorations of the Victoria Parliament Building and Fairmont Empress Hotel. Continue to the botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens and wander through a series of themed gardens to see the Christmas lights and holiday wreaths. Hear carols being sung and much more to experience the Magic of Christmas. Return to Schwartz Bay for the bus and ferry journey back to Vancouver.

Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick

8. Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick

Enjoy a truly unique guided nature walk, where you will embark on a relaxed, mindfulness-based stroll through the wild enchantment of a west coast temperate rainforest. A whole lot more than just a walk in the park, these tours are very experiential in nature, with structured activities grounded in the principles of forest bathing and nature mysticism. Your tour starts with a brief introduction to forest bathing and nature mysticism. You will be introduced to a unique philosophy or mindset that involves a deliberate acknowledgment of nature with suggestions on how to show your gratitude.  You will be invited to set an intention of what you would like to receive from the forest during your tour (e.g. insight, healing, stress reduction). Upon entering the forest, you will learn about Vancouver Island’s West Coast Temperate Rainforests – seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and listening to the vibrant presence and ecosystem that brings the rainforest to life. Now that you are grounded, your forest bathing and nature mysticism experience can begin.

Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour with Trivia

9. Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour with Trivia

Begin in the heart of Victoria's Chinatown where you can check out Fan Tan Alley before making your way through the colorful and historic downtown center. Listen to information about some of Victoria's heritage buildings in the Market Square. Check out some unique architectural features like Waddington Alley and the Johnson Street Bridge. Stop for a bite at Murchie's Tea & Coffee, Garrick's Head Saloon, or Rogers Chocolates before heading to the beautiful inner harbor. Stroll along the water while you marvel at sites like the Grand Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, the Parliament Buildings, and the Steamship Terminal. Walk David Foster Pathway and listen to the facinating commentary. Explore Thunderbird Park and Songhees Point and hear about the different people and creatures that call Victoria their home. Visit as many sights and attractions as you like at your own pace. Save your data with an offline tour.

Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Comfortable and large vessel (Supercat - not fully booked) and knowledgeable crew which learned us a lot about the wildlife in the Salish sea.

Bobby was a knowledgeable and thoughtful guide. We had a wonderful time on our tour with him. We would recommend his tour to everyone.

I really loved it, it was so beautiful, and I met some absolutely wonderful humans. I definitely recommend it.

The excursion was well organized. Staff were excellent- very informative, friendly. Highly recommend

It was eventful, exciting and well explained and we also saw whales.