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Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

1. Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

The waters off Victoria, British Columbia are known as the Salish Sea. Discover its wonders and rich marine environment with this ultimate whale and marine wildlife tour. Board a brand new high-speed coastal explorer boat and set sail to look for orcas (also known as killer whales), humpbacks, harbor seals, California sea lions, and over 127 species of marine birds!  Take a tour of the west coast aboard a luxurious coastal explorer, with two outside viewing areas and a fully heated cabin. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate as you set off on an adventure to learn all about the local marine wildlife and important landmarks. From playful orcas to giant humpbacks, your experience is sure to be memorable. Discover the marine wildlife in the waters off Victoria with the help of marine biologists and learn about efforts to establish Victoria as a world-renowned whale watching destination. 

Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

2. Victoria: 2-Hour Food and History Tour with Tastings

Join your guide at the Victoria Public Market, an old department store from 1921. After the first tasting at this location, make your way to Canada's oldest Chinatown and discover the Chinese Public School, Gates of Harmonious Interest and Fan Tan Alley. Moving on after 3 tastings in Chinatown, you will discover Victoria's Old Town district with stops at Market Square, Johnson Street, Bastion Square, and the Government Street shopping district.  After 3 more local tastings, you will finish the tour at the Visitor Center in the beautiful Inner Harbour. Here, learn about the Empress Hotel and the British Columbia legislative buildings (Provincial Parliament).  From this location, you will be well-positioned to discover the rest of Victoria or access local transportation to the cruise ship terminal, ferry or airport.

Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour

3. Victoria: Sunset Whale Watching Tour

Depart in the evening from Victoria's beautiful inner harbor and head out into the Salish Sea in search of whales and other wonderful marine life. During the 3-hour tour, search for orcas, humpback whales, minke whales, and gray whales, that visit the Salish Sea in search of food. Encounter other marine life such as seals, sea lions, porpoises, otters and various marine birds. Listen to an inspiring and educational talk from the Marine Naturalists as they describe and interpret the spectacular environment, extensive history, and stunning scenery of the Salish Sea. If the weather cooperates, enjoy the stunning sunset views.

Telegraph Cove: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

4. Telegraph Cove: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

After gathering at the Telegraph Cove Resort, you will embark on your 3-hour, fully-guided whale watching and wildlife viewing adventure. In true comfort and style, your crew will be excited to take you to Johnstone Strait, in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters here in the summer months. You can take advantage of the opportunity to view killer whales and humpback whales in the wild, as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife. The Ocean Magic II is a custom designed marine marvel, which combines the practicality of a semi-covered vessel with the speed and maneuverability of a Zodiac. With three naturalists on board and two different viewing elevations, this is the only purpose-built whale watching vessel of its size in the industry. Sip your coffee, feel the wind in your hair or keep cozy under cover while you explore the pacific northwest.

Campbell River: Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch

5. Campbell River: Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch

Take a whale-watching cruise through Discovery Passage on a partially-covered and spacious boat on this tour from Campbell River. Have the chance to spot humpbacks, dolphins, and orcas in their natural environment. Enjoy lunch during a stop on the route. Board the ship at Brown’s Bay Marina in Campbell River and begin your whale watching adventure. Travel with a captain that is fortunate enough to be a part of a whale watching community in Campbell River, so they know where to look to increase your whale-spotting chances. Venture out further and explore some of the more pristine and remote areas of the coast. In the spring and fall, see black bears and grizzlies scavenging on the beach. Make a stop to go to shore and eat homemade sandwiches and snacks. Sip on coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

6. Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

Whether you’re a thrill seeking adventure junkie or just trying to get away from the stress of everyday life and back to nature, this super exciting rafting trip, the Wet & Wild Elaho Exhilarator, has everything you’ll need to recharge your batteries.  It's one of the most popular rafting adventures here.   The talented team of professional river guides will teach you the skills necessary to ride big waves and catch air as you navigate down the Class 3-4 Elaho and Squamish Rivers. Your courage will be tested as you travel through the infamous “Devil’s Elbow” section of the rapids, as seen on TV’s famous "Eco-Challenge Adventure Race". Depending on the water levels, you’ll also be able to swim through some small rapids and enjoy a few laughs as your crewmates scramble to stay on board. Along with some of North America’s most exhilarating rapids, your river journey will take you through approximately 10 miles of British Columbia’s most inspiring wilderness. Take time to appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the world-class scenery including old growth forests, dormant volcanoes, towering glaciers, and stunning waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet toward the river. If you’re really lucky you’ll get a glimpse of the local deer, beavers, and bears which often stop by the river’s edge. This is white water rafting at its best!   After the trip, you'll be taken back to the fully-equipped rafting base at the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort where you can enjoy the facilities at the resort, including a full service restaurant and awesome fully-licensed outdoor patio area. Relax, check out the photos and GoPro videos shot on the trip, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and comfort of the resort.

Victoria: 3-Hour Guided Craft Beer Tasting Bike Tour

7. Victoria: 3-Hour Guided Craft Beer Tasting Bike Tour

Embark on a unique tour experience as you explore the best craft brew spots in Victoria while making your way around the city on a bike. Learn about the city's brewing history from an expert local guide, as you head down charming streets and learn interesting city secrets along the way. Immerse yourself in the strong craft beer culture of the Pacific Northwest, and enjoy 3 different tasting locations, including a snack and a chocolate truffle beer pairing. Cycle along the beautiful, car-free Selkirk Trestle, a local section of the Trans Canada Trail, and learn about the history of Victory's brewing industry. Afterward, get some expert tips on where to go to try your next brew.

From Squamish: Two-Day White-Water Rafting Expedition

8. From Squamish: Two-Day White-Water Rafting Expedition

Day One Challenge the exhilarating rapids of the Elaho River, the same route conquered by those participating on our popular Wet & Wild Elaho Exhilarator white-water rafting trip. A talented team of professional river guides will teach you the skills necessary to maneuver through these exciting Class 3-4 rapids, including the challenging Devil’s Elbow section. Along with some of North America’s most exhilarating rapids, your river journey will take you through approximately 10 miles of British Columbia’s most inspiring wilderness. Appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the world-class scenery including old-growth forests, towering glaciers, and stunning waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet toward the river. At the end of the Elaho Exhilarator route, we’ll continue for a few more miles down the river until we reach a remote wilderness camp area. All your supplies for the overnighter will be packed tightly on our rafts. You’ll be greeted by smiling camp staff and a filling spread of snacks. While you change into your camp attire, your guides will prepare you a delicious three-course meal. Then simply relax by the fire and absorb the stunning views of the region. Day Two Awake to the sound of the river, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and a delicious breakfast. Your second river day will be spent floating down the calm waters of the Squamish River, a much more gentle and serene river. The spectacular sights of this river valley includes old-growth forests, glaciers, dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, and a wide variety of wildlife. Depending on water levels, you may have the chance to swim through the rapids. Following your rafting trip we’ll take you back to our fully-equipped rafting base where you’ll be able to change back into your own clothes and enjoy the facilities including a full service restaurant and fully-licensed outdoor patio area.

Vancouver Island: Coastal Adventure from Brown's Bay

9. Vancouver Island: Coastal Adventure from Brown's Bay

Discover magnificent natural scenery and wildlife on this guided tour by boat. Your coastal adventure will begin at the marina, just 19km north of Campbell River. From there, your captain will decide whether to head North through the spectacular Seymour Narrows and Okisollo Channel, or south around Quadra Island. Spot friendly harbour seals, shy harbour porpoises, and the mighty Bald Eagle from the comfort of the boat. If you're lucky, you will be greeted by larger creatures, such as humpbacks, orcas and pacific white-sided dolphins! The tour runs for approximately 3 hours, and will return back to the dock at Brown's Bay Marina. The Narrows Floating Restaurant is a great place to finish off your afternoon, for anyone who wants to sit and enjoy a bite to eat and a refreshing drink!

Victoria: Guided Wildlife-Watching Tour by Catamaran

10. Victoria: Guided Wildlife-Watching Tour by Catamaran

This tour offers comprehensive wildlife viewing opportunities so that guests may experience as much as possible. The tours are generally shorter because of the seasonally cooler – while still mild – temperatures. Common sightings including wintering birds, seals, sea lions and playful porpoises. Though whale sightings are not guaranteed, if your captain and crew get word that whales are in the area, they'll often extend the tour at no extra charge. You have a 50-70% chance of seeing whales. Take advantage of the onboard wildlife identification kits, and learn about the region's wildlife from your naturalist guide. If you spot a whale, use the hydrophone to hear them! Please note: From Nov1st to April 30th, boat types and times may vary based on weather and tour numbers.

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This was an excellent tour and a must in Victoria. Andy, our guide was very friendly and also very knowledgeable about both food and history. What sets this tour apart from others is seeing the good rapport the guide has with the restaurant owners and the historic and personal background of each of them. You will be able to experience foods and places that you would probably ignore otherwise as a tourist. I hope to take this tour again if I visit in the future.

Brilliant trip. From the ease and courtesy of the Vancouver pickup to the skill and professionalism of every part of the team, this was the best activity we did on our holiday. Exhilarating rafting through spectacular scenery - just perfect.

Comfortable and large vessel (Supercat - not fully booked) and knowledgeable crew which learned us a lot about the wildlife in the Salish sea.

Fantastic activity. Professionally run with a personal touch from start to finish. Would highly recommend and worth every penny.

Very enjoyable 2 hours! Appreciated seeing some unique spots we wouldn’t have found on our own. Tastings are superb too!!