Western Canada’s oldest city, Victoria BC has old-fashioned British charm. As author Sarah Morgan said, “No city is further away from Britain – yet no city is more British”. With a moderate climate and scenic setting, Victoria has retained a very vital but comfortable quality of life. There are so many fun things to do in Victoria, you may not know where to start!
If you have a passion for gardens, golfing, and greenery, take a trip from Vancouver to Victoria. You can pack in as many Victoria attractions as possible while you are here, or just relax and catch a bus tour.
Here are a few suggestions for things to do in Victoria:
- Have afternoon tea with cream puffs and dainty sandwiches, in one of the dozens of tearooms.
- Shop along Government Street, where you can hunt for linens, china, antiques, and woolens.
- Butchart Gardens is a beautiful place to spend a few hours while in Victoria.
- Visit the museums.
- Eat fresh seafood.
- Take one of the Victoria tours.
Victoria is located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, some 45 miles (60 km) from Vancouver – as the crow flies. Getting there overland and by ferry is a 4-hour one-way adventure! Double that time for a round trip and you spent 8 hours travelling just to get there and back without any Victoria sightseeing or a visit the Butchart Gardens.
We offer a variety of one-day Victoria sightseeing tours from Vancouver that will reduce your travel time. This will let you spend more time exploring Victoria and the Butchart Gardens. Best of all – you won’t need a car. All our tours include pick-up from your hotel in Vancouver and include transportation between sites.
Just a quick note to thank you for all your help and our fabulous day in Victoria. Lotus Land Tours took all the worry out of what could have been a difficult day. Instead, we saw Vancouver and adjacent islands from the air on a glorious morning, hopped into Victoria harbor with the fabulous flowers spelling out “Welcome” and had a wonderful day in the museums, the town, tea at the Empress and Butchart Gardens! Back to Vancouver by ferry and the coach right to our hotel door.
What more could you ask for?
At the end of August, this was a perfect send off for our children headed to college!
Thank you, thank you for your assistance in giving us such great service and making us feel so home in Vancouver! Nobody does it better!
Sincerely, Susan Weeks Leinberger, Lancaster, PA
Planning to spend an extra day in Victoria sightseeing?
You can interrupt your trip, stay overnight in Victoria and come back with us on the next day at no extra charge. For a romantic get-away we suggest the Humboldt House. Located centrally in a quiet neighborhood, each of the rooms is uniquely decorated and features a double Jacuzzi as well as a woodburning fireplace. A gourmet breakfast is delivered to your room. For more details visit www.Humboldthouse.com.
Option 1 – Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Bus and Ferry
The least expensive Victoria tours from Vancouver is by bus and ferry both ways. At about 13.5 hours, this is the longest Victoria day trip with the least amount of time spent in Victoria – a mere 2 hours. Guests spend about 1.5 hours in the Butchart Gardens and all along the way the driver will explain the sites.
Option 2 – Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Floatplane, Bus and Ferry
Add an exiting air adventure to the trip and fly one way by seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria. This will add an extra 4 hours to your Victoria visit. In the afternoon, a bus takes you from downtown Victoria to the Gardens and from there directly to the ferry for the return trip to Vancouver.
Option 3 – Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Sea Plane and Speed Boat
This is a one-way round trip. You still travel by seaplane between Victoria and Vancouver. From Victoria to Butchart Gardens you take a bus. From the Butchart Gardens you take a comfortable covered speedboat directly back to downtown Vancouver. The “Ocean Magic” is a modern 62-foot aluminum express cruiser capable of cruising with stability and comfort at 30 knots an hour and can carry up to 74 passengers. The vessel features outdoor viewing areas, heated passenger seating areas, on board washrooms and a small snack selection.
This boat will whisk you back to downtown Vancouver in merely 2 hours. Only flying is faster.
Option 4 – Whale watching to Victoria
Maximize your Victoria attractions by adding a whale watching experience en route – at the end of the day return to Vancouver by bus, by seaplane or by speedboat. Click here for more information about Victoria whale watching tours…