This Coastal Discovery Tour combines the best of our two most popular day trips in a flexible, multi-day package. Travel from Vancouver to Whistler as part of our Whistler & Shannon Falls Tour on one of our 24-passenger mini-coaches. Board your Harbour Air seaplane at Whistler’s Green Lake and fly to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Conclude by joining our Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour to bring you back to Vancouver. Choose how many days you would like to spend in each destination while discovering BC’s beautiful coastlines.
Begin the Coastal Discovery Tour in Vancouver, where your tour guide will greet you in your hotel lobby to take you on the first leg of our Whistler & Shannon Falls Tour. We will drive you to Whistler by mini-coach for your first day of adventure. Enjoy views of the Howe Sound, an ancient glacial fjord, from the scenic Sea to Sky Highway as you weave your way along the coast before heading into the mountains. Watch for local wildlife like black bears and bald eagles as you drive past Squamish and Brackendale en route to Whistler.
After an orientation tour around Whistler we will 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 in the tour package, and your Tour Guide can assist with arranging any other activities you may want to experience during your stay. On the day you depart Whistler, Harbour Air personnel will take you by shuttle bus to Green Lake for your one-hour seaplane flight to Victoria! Your flight departs 11:30 AM.
View glaciers, rugged snowcapped mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows and glacial lakes as Whistler recedes behind you, then fly over Howe Sound, Georgia Strait and the Gulf Islands on your way south to Vancouver Island. Arrive in Downtown Victoria, landing in the Inner Harbour just steps from the 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 BC’s capital city, see why Victoria has earned the catchphrase “More English than the English”.
On the day you have arranged your return to Vancouver we will meet you at approximately 3:00 PM. Guests are asked 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 where you will have free time to explore, enjoy, and smell the flowers. From here we continue to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal where your mini-coach will drive aboard one of the BC Ferries’ ships for the one and a half hour crossing. 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 cruises around the islands. Watch for bald eagels, orcas and other marine wildlife during the crossing. Your mini-coach will drive off the ship for the final drive to your Richmond/Vancouver hotels.
|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 and 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 needed to check in for your seaplane flight
– Transportation from Vancouver to Whistler
– Admission to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
– Flight from Whistler to Victoria
– Admission to the Butchart Gardens
– Return transportation and BC Ferries’ fares
Our tours are conducted on comfortable mini-coaches seating up to 30 passengers and offering exceptional visibility. They are detailed after every tour and are outfitted with heating and 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.
If you would like to book a Coastal Discovery Tour, please give our Guest Services Team a call at 604.255.7272 or toll-free at 1.877.669.2277.