Go whale watching, and explore Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Vancouver Island on this day trip from Vancouver. Combine two activities into one day in the Gulf Islands, and then return to Vancouver via speedboat, cutting the return trip to just two hours.
Pickup and drop-off at any address in Vancouver
Trained naturalist provides info on the Gulf Islands' ecosystem
Butchart Gardens entrance fees included
Moderate amount of walking; wear comfortable shoes
Start your day with early-morning pickup at any address in Vancouver city, and then transfer to the waterfront to board your whale-watching boat. Cruise out into the waters between Vancouver and Victoria, home to a wide array of wildlife. Find a seat on the 62-foot (19-meter) aluminum express cruiser; choose between outdoor or indoor heated passenger areas. There are restrooms and a small snack bar on board. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such sea lions, seals, porpoises, gray whales, and orcas. Your guide is a trained naturalist, who will fill you in on the unique ecosystem surrounding you. Arrive in Victoria to spend some free time exploring the city, and then take a 35-minute bus ride to Butchart Gardens. Once an abandoned quarry, this green space is now one of the premier floral show gardens worldwide. Get picked up from the gardens and transfer back to the shoreline for express return to Vancouver via speedboat, which takes just two hours. Once back in the city, you'll be dropped off back at your Vancouver lodgings.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Great trip with an even greater crew!
, Jul 2019
My wife and i chose this tour in order to combine whale watching with an opportunity to visit Victoria and Butchart Gardens. It is a very good way to get more whale watching in while getting over to the island an back. James, Amy, and Anthony were just excellent. They modified our planned route in very foggy conditions to find two pods of orcas. Right up to the side of the boat! They provided very good advise on how to optimize our time on land so that we could see more of Victoria while still getting in enough time at the gardens, which were amazing. Then on the way back our crew again got creative and found some hunchback whales... so we got to see both species. Well structured and organizes tour with an truly excellent crew.
Hi Donald & Mary, Great to hear that you had such a wonderful time, and watched two species! Your luck!
Yes, they are so professional naturalists and the best in this field. Thank you for visiting Canada! Bring home many good memories and safe home back!