The Gulf Islands & Victoria
Feel like you are a world away – a perfect day trip from Vancouver. Experience a personal boutique tour of this small island gem, the jewel of Howe Sound. Choose what you would like to experience, and the local guide will take you there!
1 The Best of Bowen – 4 hours $75
Would you like to see the best of Bowen?– Visit Snug Cove, gorgeous Killarney Lake.
Explore and experience fascinating Artisan Square and enjoy its unique cultural environment and all of Bowen’s natural beauty.
2 Fashion, flora and art – 3.5 hours $75
How about Fashion, flora and fine art? One of Canada’s most artistic communities, your Guide will first take you on a beautiful forest walk then to the island’s collection of galleries and shopping at Artisan Square, all nestled close to the harbour – and don’t forget the chocolatier and other gourmet delights!
3 Food tasting extravaganza – 3 hours $105
From hip Asian influenced dishes to French Bistro delights, Bowen can offer you tasty morsels to get your mouth watering. Enjoy an abundance of handmade organic dishes and pastries too! This tour takes you to eight venues and twelve samplings – Mmmmm!
4 Magic forest walk – 1.5 hours $40
The West Coast is famous for its verdant green forests and this private tour takes you from popular destinations to hidden gems. Visit beautiful Killarney Lake – a truly memorable experience and hear stories of the community of Bowen.
5 Specialised bespoke tours – price according to experience Price to be determined
Kayaking, motor scooter ( with driving license) catered picnic, private mean cooked by a chef, a painting class with local artist, truffle making class, private yoga class, massage etc.
Salt Spring Island
A gentle and busting community Salt Spring was originally settled by Japanese and Hawaiian settlers. Now a centre for crafts, art, farming, wine- making and it even has a distillery – Salt Spring has for you! Your private highly experienced guide will base your tour on what you choose for your days adventure in paradise!
1 Best of Salt Spring – $92
All the highlights off and on the beaten track from the funky village Ganges to verdant forests, beachfront studios, the fabulous cheese factory, vineyards and a lot more – including abundant deer by the road.
2 The Salt Spring Vineyard tour – $115
Discover the culinary wonders of Salt Spring as you guide takes you on a flavourful odyssey to taste locally crafted wine, beer, cider – even Moonshine, as well as delicious cheeses and many other farm fresh delights. Salut!
3 Activity and Adventure – According to choice- Price tba
This would be a specialised adventure especially designed just for you. Chhose from hiking at all levels, sea kayaking, golfing, whale watching and more!
Victoria is the capital of BC and is the seat of its Provincial Government as well as that of the Lieutenant Governor, the official representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, queen of Cananda. Victoria sports grand Victorian buildings as well as a thriving art community, a busting Chinatown focused on FanTan Alley and famous chocolatiers and great shopping. The city has many fantastic restaurants featuring everything from fine Asian cuisine to excellent French bistro’s and, of course an abundance of great British Pubs. Close to the city are spectacular parks and other ‘off the beat’ unknown attractions only your private guide knows.
1 Luxury City Tour and Butchart Gardens – 4 hrs $445.00
Private tour in a luxury coach around the historic city of Victoria, see the houseboats at Fisherman’s Wharf , the Inner Harbour, Paliament Buildings and the legendary Empress Hotel. Then tour through Canada’s oldest Chinatown, pass by James Bay heritage community and pass by the home of famous artist Emily Carr. Then through Beacon Hill Park – which houses the world’s tallest totem, and then off to the Lietenant Governor’s Mansion. After that view Craigdarroch Castle and then take a scenic drive to the famous Butchart Gardens – over 100 years old, and transformed from an old lime quarry into a little piece of heaven. This tour is great for the traveler who would like to see the highlights in a limited time. This tour is fully narrated with historic facts and ghost stories too !! Lots of stops for photos.
2 Hour luxury City Tour – 2 hrs $260
View Fisherman’s Wharf house boat community, the Inner Harbour which includes the Parliament Buildings, the legendary Empress Hotel, the historic shopping district and the oldest Chinatown in Canada. The tour through Beacon Hill Park and pass by the world’s largest totem on your way to the Lieutenant Governor’s Mansion. From there stop by Craigdarroch Castle, then see stunning views of the city and the coast. After driving through Upland Estates you return to Victoria having enjoyed a fully narrated tour complete with ghost stories – and plenty of stops for photos!
3 Luxury Wine Tour – 6 hrs $445
Cowichan Valley Wine Tour:
We will start out at 10:00 am, and driver over the beautiful scenic Malahat drive. We will stop briefly for photos and make our way to our first vineyard. We will visit a 3 Vineyards. (The vineyard locations will depend on who is open for tastings for the date booked).
Each stop may take up to 1 Hour depending on the size of the group and allow for wait times.
Lunch is recommended at Unsworth Bistro, or Merridale Cidery Bistro.
From there we will enjoy a scenic country drive to our last vineyard and finally make our way back to Victoria.
Saanich Wine Tour:
We Depart Victoria at 10:30 am and head out to the scenic Saanich Peninsula. I recommend our first stop at Sea Cider and experience some of Vancouver Islands best Ciders, and incredible views.
We will then make our way to Church and State Winery for tastings and lunch. They offer some of Vancouver Islands best wines. After that we will make our way to De Vine to experience their Spirits and or Wine, and amazing views.
4 Tour of waterfalls, Cathedral Grove Rain Forest and Coombs Country Market – 8 hrs – $675
This is a full action packed day of outdoor adventure at its best.
You will get to enjoy a scenic drive up island past Nanaimo to the Coombs area where we will experience some of Vancouver Islands best scenery.
First we will visit the Englishman River Falls, we will take a short hike up and down the falls to capture some exciting photos.
After that we will visit the country Village of Coombs which is famous for the Coombs country market with the goats on the roof.
We will most likely enjoy a nice lunch at this spot and from there we will proceed to the Little Qualicum Falls to explore the upper and lower falls.
We will then make our way to Cathedral Grove, an enchanting rain forest with some of the oldest trees on the island dating back over 500 years old.
From there we will make our way back to Victoria.
5 Christmas Lights and Gardens Tour 4 hrs 30 mins
Experience a magical night out viewing some of the top Christmas light displays around Victoria as we make our way to the gardens.
The Butchart Gardens create a 12 days of Christmas theme around the estate with a magical light display.
There is an outdoor skating rink set up as well so, skate rentals on site for your full winter wonderland experience.
Enjoy your choice of a daytime or night time setting of the Butchart Gardens, or time it right and experience both.
We will start out by grabbing a hot Timmy’s hot chocolate for each passenger as we make our way to some of Victoria’s best light displays, both downtown and in the residential neighborhoods.
We then then make our way to the Butchart Gardens where you will be dazzled by the winter wonderland they have to offer.
6 Historic Victoria 8.5 hrs $645
Perfect for history lovers! We will start out by stopping by the historical Hatley Castle. Which was built by James Dunsmuir in 1908, who commisioned Samuel Maclure, a Victorian architect to design the Castle. It is now the administrative centre for the Royal Roads University. From there we will journey through Goldstream Park, home to some 400 yr old cedar trees.
After we will enjoy a scenic journey over the beautiful Malahat Drive as we make our way to the Historical Kinsol Trestle.The Kinsol Trestle is one of the highest wooden trestle’s in the world. It was completed in 1920, and just recently restored for our viewing pleasure. This is a very easy 20 minute hike from the parking lot. After we explore the trestle we will enjoy a beautiful scenic drive through Cobble Hill to have lunch. After lunch we will enjoy a scenic drive to Chemainus, the historical seaside community with murals. From there we will have about a 1 hours drive back to Victoria.
7 Maritime and National Defence Tour 6 hrs $560
Enjoy a day out taking in some beautiful historical sites as we go visit the Hatley Castle , now a National Historic site on the grounds of the Royal Roads University.
The Hatley Castle was built in 1908 by James Dunsmuir for his personal resident, later to be sold and used as a Naval officer training establishment in 1940.
After we will go visit Fort Rodd another National Historic site,
Fort Rodd is a 19th century coastal artillery fort, as well as home to the Fisgard Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in western Canada, built in 1860.
From there we go have lunch on the water at Canada’s oldest brew pub Spinnakers, known for their great beer and home made chocolate. (location may be altered to customers requests). From there we will go visit CFB Esquimalt, Canada’s west coast navy base. We will stop to over look the ships as we make our way to visit the Naval and Military museum. Iftime permits we can stop by to hike around Macaulay Point, a historical site for the National defense.
8 Vancouver Island Sooke to Port Renfrew 8.5 hrs $675
Discover the beautiful scenery from Sooke to Port Renfrew on this scenic tour of Vancouver Islands southwest coast. This tour is for the real outdoor adventure seekers. This is an action packed adventure customized to the guests requests and level of adventure. You may choose to sit back in luxury and enjoy a nice scenic drive of Vancouver Islands back country and scenic coastal views, or you may choose to have the option of getting out to explore some of our gorgeous sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, and old growth forests that are home to some of the world’s oldest and largest trees.On this tour we will see Sooke, French Beach, Jordan River, China Beach, Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew, and possibly Avatar Grove.
Either way you will be going home happy that you took this tour, and I am sure you will fill your camera with amazing photos to share with your family and friends.