Your day-by-day itinerary

Customers infront of Victoria Landscape

Day 1

Arrival in Victoria

Today you’ll drive to Victoria, a city with a distinctly British feel, on Vancouver Island. Victoria was colonised by the Brits in 1843, which explains the brick houses and well-kept gardens that you’ll spot throughout the city. We recommend spending the afternoon having a traditional high tea of scones, sandwiches and tea in the elegant Empress hotel in Victoria Harbour before heading back to your hotel.

Whale breaching in water near whale watchers in a zodiac boat

Day 2

Whale Watching

Today, you’ll set off for your whale watching excursion. At the harbour, you’ll board a large rubber dinghy, Zodiac, to search for the different whales that live in these waters. There are three species of whale living here, and around 30 of each. If you’re extremely lucky you might see a ‘superpod’ of whales, but even if you only spot a few, this won’t be an experience you’ll forget in a hurry. Keep your camera in hand, as you only have a couple of seconds to grab that snap of the tail sticking out of the water!

Parliments in Victoria, Canada

After the whale excursion, you’ll travel back to Victoria Harbour where you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore this atmospheric Canadian city on your own. Stroll through the Inner Harbour, Victoria’s Boulevard, which is alive with the hustle and bustle of street vendors, artists, tourists and boats.

Optional excursion

Seaplane Flight over Victoria

If you want to explore Victoria’s surroundings in a different way, you can take a seaplane on an adventurous flight over the city and surrounding area. It’s a 30-minute flight and you’ll be flying over the city of Victoria and the Strait of Juan Fuca. Sit back and enjoy the magnificent blue bays and panoramic views of the surrounding green hills and islands. In the background, you’ll see the peaks of the mountain range that lies along the coast of British Columbia.

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£115 - per person

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Sea kayaking in Victoria, Canada

Optional day trip

Sea Kayaking

Today you will head out on the water with a small group and experienced guide. Yu’ll be collected from your hotel in central Victoria and transferred to the dock. After a introduction by your local guide, you will kayak along the coast of Oak Bay. Your guide will point out places of interest along the way and you may even spot a marine animal or two. This is great for any level including beginners. At the end of the 3 hour excursion you will be transferred back to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

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£78 - per person

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Butchard Gardens, Victoria

Day 3

Departure from Victoria

It’s time to wave goodbye to Victoria, and if you’d like to extend your stay on Vancouver Island, you can head to Quadra Island and enjoy a bit of sea kayaking. Otherwise, if you’re in the mood for more wildlife spotting, then head over to Tofino, on the wild cost of the Pacific Rim where you can go in search of black bears.

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"Nothing beats the freedom of the open road, and Canada offers just that! My absolute highlights were spotting bears up close and opening my curtain to the most amazing views each morning. Those moments will stay with me forever!"

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