Victoria

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 Canada. 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.

Adventure 1:  Luxury City Tour and Butchart Gardens

Time: 4 Hours
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Private tour in a luxury coach around the historic city of Victoria, see the houseboats at Fisherman’s Wharf, the Inner Harbour, Parliament 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 Lieutenant 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.

Adventure 2 Hour luxury City Tour

Time: 2 Hours
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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!

Adventure 3: Luxury Wine Tour

Time: varies according to winery
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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.

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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.

Adventure 4: Tour of waterfalls, Cathedral Grove Rain Forest and Coombs Country Market

Time: 8 Hours
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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.

Adventure 5: Christmas Lights and Gardens Tour

Time: 4.5 Hours
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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 neighbourhoods.
We then then make our way to the Butchart Gardens where you will be dazzled by the winter wonderland they have to offer.

Adventure 6 Historic Victoria

Time: 8.5 Hours
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Perfect for history lovers! We will start out by stopping by the historical Hatley Castle. Which was built by James Dunsmuir in 1908, who commissioned 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.

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Adventure 7 Maritime and National Defence Tour

Time: 4 Hours
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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. If time permits we can stop by to hike around Macaulay Point, a historical site for the National defence.

Adventure 8: Vancouver Island Sooke to Port Renfrew

Time: 8.5 Hours
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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.

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