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Telegraph Cove: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat

1. Telegraph Cove: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour in a Zodiac Boat

After meeting your skipper at the dock, get suited up in a cozy cruiser suit, ensuring your comfort and safety for the duration of the trip. This 3-hour whale-watching tour boasts sightings of just about everything there is to see, from wolves roaming nearby islands to groups of predatory transient orcas and breaching humpback calves. Your ride on one of the zipping Zodiac-style boats will be nearly as exciting as seeing the whales.  Each of the boats seats 12, and there are great views from every seat. Once out of the former fishing village of Telegraph Cove, you’ll have the opportunity to see a variety of species of sea life, including orcas, humpback whales, grey whales, minke whales, porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals, otters, and bald eagles. Every tour is guided by a Transport Canada-approved skipper, who will provide information and commentary on all of the wildlife you see. If you don’t see a whale on your trip, you’ll be entitled to a free tour until you have a successful sighting.

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: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Victoria: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know Victoria at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Parliament Building”, the "Fairmont Empress”, the “Fan Tan Alley” and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Steamship Terminal” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Gate of Harmonious Interest”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick

4. Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick

Enjoy a truly unique guided nature walk, where you will embark on a relaxed, mindfulness-based stroll through the wild enchantment of a west coast temperate rainforest. A whole lot more than just a walk in the park, these tours are very experiential in nature, with structured activities grounded in the principles of forest bathing and nature mysticism. Your tour starts with a brief introduction to forest bathing and nature mysticism. You will be introduced to a unique philosophy or mindset that involves a deliberate acknowledgment of nature with suggestions on how to show your gratitude.  You will be invited to set an intention of what you would like to receive from the forest during your tour (e.g. insight, healing, stress reduction). Upon entering the forest, you will learn about Vancouver Island’s West Coast Temperate Rainforests – seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and listening to the vibrant presence and ecosystem that brings the rainforest to life. Now that you are grounded, your forest bathing and nature mysticism experience can begin.

Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour with Trivia

5. Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour with Trivia

Begin in the heart of Victoria's Chinatown where you can check out Fan Tan Alley before making your way through the colorful and historic downtown center. Listen to information about some of Victoria's heritage buildings in the Market Square. Check out some unique architectural features like Waddington Alley and the Johnson Street Bridge. Stop for a bite at Murchie's Tea & Coffee, Garrick's Head Saloon, or Rogers Chocolates before heading to the beautiful inner harbor. Stroll along the water while you marvel at sites like the Grand Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, the Parliament Buildings, and the Steamship Terminal. Walk David Foster Pathway and listen to the facinating commentary. Explore Thunderbird Park and Songhees Point and hear about the different people and creatures that call Victoria their home. Visit as many sights and attractions as you like at your own pace. Save your data with an offline tour.

Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Victoria: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Tour the romantic and exciting city of Victoria on a self-guided tour. Learn about the city's fascinating history and how it has progressed into the capital of British Columbia. This audio tour will show you the incredible Royal BC Museum, where you are able to see many exhibits and features that make up Victoria. Walk through one of the oldest and vibrant Chinatown's in North America. Then visit other stops such as the Inner Harbour Centre, BC Parliament Building, Emily Carr House, Bastion Square, Fan Tan Alley, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, Tallest Totem in Victoria, and Mile Zero. Enjoy a memorable tour which encompasses all the highlights of this amazing city. As a self-guided audio tour, you have the power to control your experience. Set the pace and take in the atmosphere.

Victoria Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

7. Victoria Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. Please contact the tour provider if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

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: People, Water, & Land Campbell River Tour

9. Vancouver Island: People, Water, & Land Campbell River Tour

From supplier's website: Join us for an immersive cultural tour into the Homalco traditional territory. Travel to Aupe (Church House), an important cultural and historical village site and through the Salish sea while learning about Homalco peoples’ history, traditions, language and culture. Accompany a First Nation guide on an interpretative cultural journey and search for marine mammals, birds and other wildlife. Our half-day cultural trip allows guests to participate in a hands-on experience of First Nations culture. Depart from the Coast Marina and venture into the Salish Sea to learn about the Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) First Peoples and the wildlife that shares their home. The journey takes you through Homalco territory and provides excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and whale watching. At your destination, your guide will share some stories and the history of the area before you disembark to explore the most recent home of Homalco people in their traditional territory (weather permitting). Your arrival in Aupe begins an interpretive walk around the village, exploring the history of Aupe and the people that call it home. This village site will come alive while you hear about Homalco culture, traditions, and the Homalco way of life. On the return journey back to Campbell River there will be even more opportunities to spot marine wildlife while the scenery provides inspiring vistas from which to reflect on your adventure.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 19 reviews

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.

Me and my family live in Vancouver and visited Victoria for the weekend. It was really fun exploring the city with Foxtrail. We had a great time following the clues and got help whenever we were stuck. The app is really cool! We loved that we were able to do the trail on our own pace.

There were 4 of us who did this tour and really enjoyed the various tastings as we tasted a variety of items. The tour guide Andy was very knowledgeable about the history of Victoria.

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

I really loved it, it was so beautiful, and I met some absolutely wonderful humans. I definitely recommend it.