Your action-packed day begins at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Make your own way there in the morning, meet your naturalist guide and board the 60-foot (18-meter) boat for an exciting wildlife-spotting expedition. Aside from magnificent orcas and humpback whales, you may also see seals, sea lions and sea otters.
Leave behind Vancouver’s bustling harbor for the dramatic beauty of the Straight of Georgia. You’ll have nearly four hours to soak up stunning views of the Gulf Islands, snow-capped mountains and verdant coastline before landing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. From there, you’ll have the afternoon to explore British Columbia’s capital!
Perhaps start with a self-guided tour of the city, exploring Victoria’s central neighborhoods and parks, browsing independent boutiques, and visiting landmarks like the Royal British Columbia Museum. When you’re ready, hop aboard the complimentary scheduled shuttle from downtown to the world-famous Butchart Gardens — a National Historic Site of Canada. Take a couple of hours to explore flower-lined paths, discover the many themed gardens and admire the remarkable landscaping. Pop into one of the garden cafes for a cup of tea or lunch (own expense).
After your tour, head to the garden’s private dock for your sunset cruise to Vancouver.