This Coastal Discovery Tour combines the best of our two most popular day trips in a flexible, multi-day package. Travel from Vancouver to the natural wonders of Whistler as part of our Whistler & Shannon Falls Tour. Then board a seaplane flight and fly to charming Victoria, and join the Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour, for your journey back to Vancouver.
Begin your Coastal Discovery Tour in Vancouver. While we drive up to Whistler, enjoy views of the Howe Sound, an ancient glacial fjord, from the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Weave your way along the coast before heading into the mountains. Watch for local wildlife like black bears and bald eagles en route to Whistler.
After an orientation tour around Whistler, we provide you with maps of Whistler and Victoria, along with your flight details before dropping you off at your hotel. Admission to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is included as part of the tour package. Your Tour Guide can assist with arranging other activities you may want to experience during your stay. On the day you depart Whistler, Whistler Air personnel will take you by shuttle bus to Green Lake for your one-hour seaplane flight to Victoria. Your flight departs at 11:30 AM.
View glaciers, rugged snowcapped mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows and glacial lakes as Whistler recedes behind you. Fly above Howe Sound, Georgia Strait and the Gulf Islands on your flight south to Vancouver Island. Arrive in downtown Victoria, landing on the waters of the Inner Harbour. You are just steps from the Fairmont Empress hotel, Provincial Parliament Buildings and the Royal British Columbia Museum. A Harbour Air shuttle bus will take you to the front door of your hotel. As British Columbia’s capital city, picturesque scenery lines Victoria’s streets. Marvel at the sights while visiting amazing, local restaurants and boutique stores.
On the day you have arranged your return to Vancouver we will meet you, with your luggage, at approximately 3:00 PM. We ask guests to call our main office at 11:00 AM on this day so we can confirm the meeting time and location, and give you the name of your Tour Guide.
Shortly after departing downtown Victoria we will arrive at the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Here, you will have free time to explore, enjoy, and smell the flowers. Later we drive to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and right onto the ferry for the one and a half hour sailing back to the mainland.
You saw the Georgia Strait and the Gulf Islands from the air on your way to Victoria, now see it from the water as your ship sails around the islands. Watch for wildlife such as bald eagles, orcas and other marine wildlife during the crossing. Finally, our mini-coach will drive off of the ship for the journey to your Richmond or Vancouver hotel.
|DAY 1: Complimentary Hotel Pick-up with Luggage - Pick-up from your downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotel.|
|Tour Whistler Village, or take the high speed lift to the top of Whistler Mountain - Option to purchase discounted tickets for the world-record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola from your tour guide (additional cost).|
|Free time to browse through quaint village shops, walk along forest trails or just relax and enjoy the mountain scenery. - Have your guide drop you off at your Whistler accommodations.|
|Overnight in Whistler - At a hotel of your choice for whichever duration you wish|
|DAY 2: Seaplane with Harbour Air from Whistler's Green Lake to Downtown Victoria - Complimentary shuttle provided by Harbour Air. Please inform Landsea of your hotel location at time of booking.|
|Overnight in Victoria - At a hotel of your choice for whichever duration you wish.|
|DAY 3: Sightseeing tour from Victoria to Butchart Gardens - Pick-up from your Victoria Hotel from your Landsea Guide|
|Downtown Victoria - Free time to explore our beautiful capital city.|
|Butchart Gardens - A visit to the world famous gardens, the Sunken Gardens may just take your breath away (admission included).|
|BC Ferries - Cruise through the beautiful Gulf Islands back to Metro Vancouver.|
|Hotel drop-off in Vancouver - Complimentary drop-off at Downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotels.|
- Accommodation is not included in the cost of this tour. You will need to make your own arrangements for your stays. Please let us know your accommodation details at the time of booking.
- Government-issued photo ID is required to check-in for your seaplane flight.
- Transportation from Vancouver to Whistler
- Admission to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
- Seaplane flight from Whistler to Victoria
- Admission to the Butchart Gardens
- Transportations from Victoria to Vancouver and BC Ferries’ fares
Advised Clothing: We recommend that you dress in layers and bring comfortable walking shoes. Depending on the weather, you should consider bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, gloves and a waterproof outer layer.
Accessibility: You can expect a moderate level of walking. Paved pathways are available for guest use, however, please note there are some inclines. Additionally, unpaved pathways are present at Shannon Falls in order to reach the viewing platform. If you have any questions about mobility, please feel free to contact us.
We use comfortable mini-coaches seating up to 30 passengers and offering exceptional visibility for our tours. They are detailed after every tour and are outfitted with heating & air-conditioning for your comfort. Live tour commentary is conducted in English by our friendly, highly trained and award-winning Tour Guides. Hotel specific pick-up times are provided when reservations are confirmed.
Please contact our Guest Services Team if you have any questions at 604.255.7272, toll-free at 1.877.669.2277, or email firstname.lastname@example.org