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Wonderful gardens. Excellent bus driver/narrator. 2 thumbs up!
Flying by seaplane is the only way to go to Victoria for a day trip. Catch an early flight and get to Victoria with plenty of time to catch the bus to Butchart Gardens. You will have plenty of time at the gardens and then return to Victoria for sightseeing and on weekends plenty of entertainment.
Be careful to note where the seaplane facility is located as it can be a bit confusing to locate if you are not familiar with the harbor in Vancouver
This was one of the HIGHLIGHTS of my trip to Vancouver - the seaplane flight to Victoria! What a great way to travel, quickly - why spend hours on a boat when you can get there in 45 minutes! It was awesome taking off on the water and then landing on the water and floating in to the docking area! Highly recommend!
I would highly recommend the tour, it is worth every dollar!
Pam Savage Australia
Seaplane to Victoria is the only way to go. Loved it! Upon landing it was easy to find our land transport to take us to the butterfly farm - which is fantastic and really worth a visit -and then onto Butchart Gardens. This place is simply beautiful, no other words. Victoria itself is a charming place, and we thorougly enjoyed looking around there. It was a good independent tour and we highly recommend this!
My husband and I decided to take the seaplane to and from Victoria rather than the ferry to reduce travel time. Everything was very well organized. We booked the 9am flight and upon arrival in Victoria it was a short walk to get the bus to Butchart Gardens. We had a quick stop at the Butterfly House on the way which was worth the visit. Spent a few hours at the Butchart Gardens which are amazing and also paid extra to do the boat trip once we got there which we also enjoyed. Took the bus back to Victoria and had a couple of hours there in the afternoon to check out the wharf area and wander around before flying back on the 6pm flight. When I booked I requested a 5.30 or 6pm flight and we were on the 6pm which gave us plenty of time to fit everything in. A fantastic day trip which we would highly recommend.
Lisa L USA
I decided to take the sea plane both ways instead of taking the ferry back to maximize on time. The only issue that I had with this is that I was put on a 4:30 flight back as later flights were sold out. I didn't know this until the day of. That was a bummer because I really would have liked more time in Victoria so just check your times before booking this trip. The gardens are magnificent. I'm really glad I went. I did not do the Butterfly Garden because I didn't have time. It's takes 45 mins- 1 hr to get to Butchart once you land in Victoria so 2 hours of your day is just in travel once you finally get to there. Overall, I can't recommend this tour enough. It was such an awesome experience.
Nice smooth flight, pilots excellent, loved the Butchard Gardens, no problems with transport, would also highly recommend the Butterfly
Farm, Victoria Island very pretty must see for a day out of Vancouver.
Don't wear a big coat or take a lot of stuff, it was VERY close quarters and loud. Head phones with music would have been really nice since looking out the window at the beautiful scenery was awesome!
It would have been perfect if not for the smoke ruining any chance of seeing anything in the distance. We will just have to visi again for those mountain views! So regretful and sorry for those families living near the fires.
Everyone at the seaplane depot were friendly and helpful. The pilot was great. We will do this again!
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