A bit of Old England in the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest! Victoria’s history and many of the city’s beautiful character buildings, such as the Parliament buildings and the beloved Empress Hotel make it one of the most romantic destinations in the province. Some date as far back as the early years of 1843, where the city was established as a British fur trading post. The British colonial influence is still very evident, but with West Coast flavor.
Whale Watching Zodiac Tour (3.5-hours)
The waters near Victoria are home to more than 75 orcas (killer whales) in three major “families” known as J, K, and L pods. These are some of the most studied whales in the world—each has been named, and can be identified by the shape and markings on its large dorsal fin. On this tour, which will see you spend approximately three hours on the water, you will suit up in waterproof slickers and travel by Zodiac to view these magnificent creatures as they swim and feed near the boat. You will have a chart to allow you to identify by name the specific whales you are viewing. Seeing these magnificent marine mammals up close and personal is an experience you will never forget!
This private guided tour of Victoria will see you explore B.C.’s capital city at your own pace and according to your own interests. Starting in the downtown, you may visit the Royal B.C. Museum, the Empress Hotel, the Parliament Buildings, and Chinatown. Next, visit Craigdarroch Castle. Built from 1887-1890 by Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal, the immense fortune of the Dunsmuir Family is reflected in the four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork, and fabulous Victorian era furnishings. Later, embark on a scenic driving tour along Marine Drive, past Victoria’s premier golf course, Beacon Hill Park, and the posh neighborhoods of Uplands and Oak. Finally, visit the 50-acre horticultural showplace that is Butchart Gardens; stroll through the Sunken Garden, the English Rose Garden, the Japanese and Italian Gardens, and the Show Greenhouse.