Let's explore British Columbia's capital, Victoria, on beautiful Vancouver Island!

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Jonathan

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Hi! My name’s Johnny, and I live here in beautiful Victoria, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. This city is chock-full of beauty and culture, and over the course of five days, I intend to share a “sample platter” of some of my favourite parts with you. We will visit tea houses and art galleries located in several beautiful historic buildings that may or may not be haunted. We’ll hit the high seas, where we’ll encounter marine wildlife such as whales and sea lions. We’ll take a foodie tour of Canada’s oldest Chinatown, and bike to some of Victoria’s most beautiful parks, visiting sites like the Canadian National Historic Site at Butchart Gardens and the world’s tallest freestanding totem pole in Beacon Hill Park. Along the way, we’ll also visit some of the best restaurants, museums, and heritage buildings Victoria has to offer. Here’s a quick look at the planned excursions (more detailed listing below): DAY ONE: Introduction to Victoria, plus Sunset Kayak Trip DAY TWO: Hybrid eBike trip to Butchart Gardens and local farms DAY THREE: Art, tea, and politics—downtown tour with Indigenous art DAY FOUR: Whale Watching, Haunted Heritage, and the Royal BC Museum Included in the price: - Private accommodation downtown - Hotel/B&B breakfast - All transportation (after arrival in Victoria) - All entrance fees (galleries, museums, parks, tours, excursions) Not included: - Drinks or meals at restaurants / cafés / etc., unless specifically listed as included - Transportation from Vancouver or elsewhere - Travel insurance, unless you live in Germany or Austria (Allianz)
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Trip Itinerary
1

Inner-Harbour Pathway

Day 1-2
Day One (Thursday): The Sky and the Sea When this day begins depends largely on when you arrive in Victoria! If you’re coming in from Vancouver on a Harbour Air Seaplane, you will be arriving at Victoria Harbour at 12:05 p.m., at which point we will pick you up and bring you to the hotel! If, however, you are already here, we can begin you on an optional 2-hour pedicab bike tour of the city starting at 9:30 a.m. 10:00-12:00 PM: (optional) Morning pedicab tour (not included) 11:30 AM-12:05 PM: (optional) HarbourAir Seaplane Vancouver-Victoria (not included) 12:00-12:10 PM: MEET AT VICTORIA HARBOUR (HarbourAir offices) 12:15-12:45 PM: Drop off belongings at hotel, decompress 1:00-1:45 PM: Guided Tour of Parliament buildings 2:00-3:00 PM: (optional) Late lunch at Spinnaker’s Gastro Brew Pub 3:00-5:00 PM: Coastal Songhees Walkway stroll—fantastic views of Strait of Juan de Luca and Olympics mountain range! 5:00-7:00 PM: Ocean River Kayak trip from the harbour down Victoria Island’s Gorge 7:30 PM—??: (optional) Dinner and drinks at Bastion Square’s legendary Jimi Hendrix-inspired restaurant and cocktail joint, Wind Cries Mary
2

North Saanich

Day 2-3
Day Two (Friday): Pedals and Ciders We’ve got a lot of ground to cover on the second day, so we’ll start nice and early with breakfast at Victoria’s scenic Aura Restaurant (Inn at Laurel Point) at precisely 9:00 AM. 9:00-10:00 AM: (optional) Relaxing breakfast @ Aura 10:00-11:30 AM: Collect our Hybrid (eBikes) from Pedaler Cycling Tours and hit the road, direction Saanich. We will visit the 119-year old National Historic Site and floral display gardens Butchart Gardens, famous for elaborate fountain statues and exotic birds, as well as the many varieties of multi-coloured flowers visible everywhere 11:30-2:00 PM: Walking tour of the Butchart Gardens 2:00-2:30 PM: Continue our Hybrid (eBike) cycling tour up to the Roost Farm Winery and Bakery in North Saanich, where we will settle for an (optional) satisfying farm-to-fork lunch! 2:30-3:30 PM: (optional) Culinary delights at Roost Farm 3:30-4:30 PM: (optional) Visit Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse for the Island’s best cider! 4:30-6:30 PM: Slowly make our way back down to Victoria via the Lochside Regional Trail 7:30 PM—??: (optional) Dinner and drinks at Eva’s Schnitzelhaus
3

Victoria’s Chinatown

Day 3-4
Day 3 (Saturday) - Off the (B)Eaten Track The third day will take us around some of Victoria’s most colourful neighbourhoods, including James Bay and a culinary tour of Canada’s oldest Chinatown. We will also visit the world’s tallest freestanding (fourth-tallest altogether) totem pole, carved by Kwakwaka'wakw craftsman Mungo Martin, in Victoria’s gorgeous downtown park Beacon Hill Park. Let’s start, however, with some of Victoria’s finest espresso… 9:00 AM: Coffee @ Caffe Fantastico 9:15-9:45 AM: Tour to Ogden Point Lighthouse 10:00-10:30 AM: Visit Fisherman's Wharf 11:00-1:00 PM: “Off the Eaten Track” walking tour through Chinatown 1:30-5:00 PM: Royal BC Museum 5:30-7:00 PM: Sunset Pedicab tour of Beacon Hill Park 7:30 PM—??: (optional) Dinner and drinks at Saveur (French) Restaurant
4

Downtown

Day 4-5
Day 4 (Sunday) - Whale of a Tale From a whale watching tour to a ghostly walk around Victoria’s most haunted alleyways, our final day’s itinerary promises to keep you on your toes. 8:00-10:00 AM: Hotel breakfast and coffee 10:00-2:00 PM: 4-hour Whale Watching Tour w/ Eagle Wing Tours (at the harbour) 2:00-3:00 PM: The most quintessential of high Victorian society activities: “Afternoon Tea” at Pendray Teahouse, complete with delicious pastries! (included) 3:30-5:00 PM: Art tour @ the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 5:30-7:00 PM: (optional) Dinner at Blue Crab Seafood House 7:30 PM-8:30 PM: Ghostly Walks Tour of Victoria 8:30—??: (optional) Farewell drinks at Superflux {Cabana}
Trip Summary
Accommodation
Bed & Breakfast & Hotel
5 days trip
Inner-Harbour Pathway, North Saanich & 2 more
Transportation
Car
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