Victoria Itineraries and tours
Victoria itineraries and tours - there are so many things to pack into your visit that we offer this photographic guide for visitors to our Victoria B & Bs on Vancouver Island, BC.
Again and again our guests say something like "We never realised that there was so much to do in Victoria. We should have stayed longer".
Planning your visit to Victoria
Do plan to stay in Victoria for several days:
The following lists are an summary of places to visit in Victoria and southern Vancouver Island:
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Arrival in Victoria
Whether you arrive in the afternoon or evening, you'll be glad of a good relaxing night's rest.
If your arrival is in the afternoon you might like to have an introductory wander in downtown Victoria, strolling around the Inner Harbour and dining at one of the many downtown Victoria restaurants.
After a satisfying breakfast walk around the B&B gardens or the neighbourhood and sip a last coffee before exploring the Saanich Peninsula. Drive to the Butterfly Gardens which is directly on the way to the Butchart Gardens where you will enjoy 55 acres of magnificent floral displays. Their afternoon teas are highly recommended. Bear in mind that you can return the following day for just $3.50 - great since there is so much to see there.
Then return to the B & B via wineries and relax for a while, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant or at the Butchart Gardens where you can spend an evening which may include the seasonal illuminations.
Take the short drive downtown to enjoy the life of Victoria's Inner Harbour and shop (Antiques Row, Chinatown, Government Street). Take a circular tour around the Harbour on one of the charming Harbour Ferries. Spend the afternoon in the superb Royal BC Museum, followed perhaps by an Imax feature film.
An evening horse-drawn carriage tour can complete your day.
An exploration of the East coast of Vancouver Island BC is today's suggestion. It's a 20 minute minute drive to Goldstream Park with its old-growth cedar trees and primeval atmosphere which lightens as you reach a flood plain where eagles soar. Then drive up the Malahat Drive (Highway #1) with great views to Whippletree Junction, Duncan ("the city of totems") and to Chemainus ("The little town that did") to see its murals and theatre.
Visit South Cowichan wineries and then drive back to Victoria or take BC ferries from Crofton to Vesuvius on Salt Spring Island, explore the island and then take a ferry from Fulford Harbour back to our Saanich Peninsula.
This is a day of great variety, taking a scenic tour into Victoria. East are the charming shops of Matticks Farm and you drive south down the coastline of Cordova Bay, perhaps walking on a beach. Drive up Mount Douglas for a great 360 degree view over the city and the gulf islands.
After following the scenic route through the village of Cadboro Bay drive West through Oak Bay to Craigdarroch Castle for an hour's tour of the mansion and take lunch at the nearby White Heather Tea Room. The afternoon is spent on a memorable whale-watching trip (booked after you arrive here) from Fisherman's Wharf. Afterwards have fish and chips followed by local ice cream as you stroll around the houseboats at the Wharf.
A relaxing tour of the rugged west coast begins beyond the gardens of Hatley Castle via the Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill. Then drive through rural Metchosin to East Sooke Provincial Park for its coastal trails or Sooke Potholes to walk by the river. Just beyond Sooke is Whiffin Spit Beach. After that the road is quiet, meandering through parks and along the coastline. Stop at French Beach or China Beach and turn around when you feel like it. You could return to your B&B via a visit to Glendale Gardens.
This may be the time to leave us or you may have time to squeeze in more: kayaking ... tour the Parliament Buildings ... take an afternoon sailing trip ... go to the Robert Bateman Centre ... go hiking ... see more gardens or parks ... have a guided walking tour ... experience exhilarating ziplining ... spend a morning in Sidney ... play golf ... or do practically nothing.