4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration:  10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Combine four great experiences for the ultimate Vancouver day trip! Take a whale-watching cruise, sightsee around Victoria at your own pace, explore the beautiful Butchart Gardens, and top it off with a relaxing sunset cruise back to Vancouver. This is the most scenic and convenient way to explore Victoria in one day from downtown Vancouver.


  • Ultimate day trip from Vancouver
  • Spot marine life on an exciting whale-watching cruise
  • Enjoy commentary about the region's wildlife from your naturalist guide
  • Create your own itinerary to sightsee around Victoria independently
  • Explore Victoria’s world-famous Butchart Gardens at your own pace
  • Relax on a scenic sunset cruise back to Vancouver

What You Can Expect

Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise from Vancouver

Visit the Butchart Gardens

Check in for your full-day tour in the morning at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel. You’ll then be taken to the launching spot for your whale-watching cruise.

Board a 60-foot (18-meter) boat and journey along a beautiful route across the Georgia Strait and through the Gulf Islands. Spot marine mammals such as seals, killer whales and humpback whales, all while enjoying commentary about the region’s wildlife from your naturalist guide.

Your boat will dock in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, where you’ll then be given free time to explore the city of Victoria independently. When you’re ready, hop on the shuttle bus and head to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. (Shuttle busses depart from downtown Victoria periodically throughout the afternoon.)

Enjoy a couple of hours to leisurely stroll through the stunning floral displays. This National Historic Site of Canada offers endless amazing photo opportunities.

In the evening, re-board the boat at the garden’s private dock for a 2-hour sunset cruise back to Vancouver. Sit back, relax and soak in views of the sunset before arriving at Coal Harbour to conclude your full-day tour.


7:30 Check in at the Vancouver office
8:30 Ocean Magic departs Coal Harbour
12:30 Arrival in Victoria’s Inner Harbour
12:30 – 14:30 Time to explore Victoria and to catch a shuttle bus to The Butchart Gardens
(customizable based on the shuttle time chosen)
14:30 – 16:30 Time to explore The Butchart Gardens (customizable based on the shuttle time chosen)
16:15 Meet at the dock in Butchart Cove
(located at The Butchart Gardens near the Japanese Gardens)
16:30 Ocean Magic departs Butchart Cove
19:00 Ocean Magic arrives in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore docks in Coal Harbour

*Flexible guided shuttle options depart downtown Victoria at 1:10pm, 2:20pm, 3pm to the Butchart Gardens

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Entire trip was excellent. Naturalist on board was very informative. We DID see whales as we were approaching Victoria. So majestic - so beautiful. Besides choppy seas of which we were forewarned it was an excellent trip. We will have to go back to the Butchart Gardens - too much to see - needed more time. The entire layout was well planned except for needing more time to see all the lovely locations. Highly recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

AWESOME!! Well worth the cost of the tour. Although the boat ride out was cold not their fault, they offered us warm raincoats and blankets and inside seating we chose to sit on the back deck and watch the scenery. We saw seals and whales on our way to Victoria, and otters and seals when they picked us up from the Gardens to return to Vancouver. We enjoyed seeing and shopping in Victoria and had a nice lunch there at a restaurant the naturalist suggested to us. At the end of the day we were tired, but very happy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a wonderful time. The naturalist was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable. She made sure to spend time with every guest. The boat got close enough for photos but not so close that it interfered with the wildlife.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The tour was everything you promised, including brilliant weather. Followed a pod of killer whales for at least 40 minutes. Would highly recommend your tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Saw lots of whales!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Whales playing tag with each other! We saw several pods of them on our way west to Victoria. This was a lovely day, combining whale watching with lunch in Victoria at the Fairmont Empress, then a bus trip to Butchart Gardens. Not enough time in either place to do them justice, but enough for a taste of their beauty. The boat trip home was uneventful. Weather was good, although a little hotter than usual. It was lovely at sea. The only downside was that the bus driver from Victoria to Butchart Gardens left us sitting on a hot bus without the AC for extended periods at each end, without telling us why. Several families tried to leave the bus on their own at the Gardens.

New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Well organised with informed commentary and knowledgeable crew. And we saw whales!!! Would definitely recommend this trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

We saw many whales, the ride was not too bumpy and umbrellas were provided when it sarted to drizzle. The four year old grand daughter loved the whales and the flowers

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

I wish we left at earlier and get some more time in Victoria. It's a place worth visiting.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

We didn't see any whales there, but we did get to see the lone wolf on Chatam Island which was cool. We did see a pod of Orcas which was nice. If you have kids with you, I would advise against this trip as the three and half hours there and same on the way back was too much for our teeenage son. There was one naturalist on board, Wilma, that was fantastic and really made our trip great.

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