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Victoria & Butchart Gardens

Come aboard the Travellers Choice #1 Day Trip in the World as voted by TripAdvisor Users in 2018! A guest and tour guide favourite, this tour has it all. Take the ferry across to Vancouver Island and discover BC’s capital city of Victoria. Explore the Inner Harbour and downtown core before heading over to the incredible Butchart Gardens. See the vision of one woman in this masterpiece before returning home to Vancouver and marvel at the amazing beauty of the coast.


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BC Ferries

Enjoy a relaxing 1.5 hours ferry ride through the Strait of Georgia, sailing past islands and the chance to see marine life.

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Downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour showcase history, stunning architecture, and harbour views with endless boutiques and bistros.

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Explore North America’s second oldest Chinatown, and Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest commercial street in Canada.

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The Butchart Gardens

This immaculate 55-acre property is home to various garden displays that all stemmed from the vision of the Butchart family.



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Tour & Admissions included and listed in Canadian Dollars.
Tax not included.



Need To Know


Our Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour, our most beloved day trip, has been voted the “Best Day Trip in the World in 2018” by TripAdvisor Users. Experience the wild beauty of the Pacific Coast with the splendour of British Columbia’s capital city. This adventure highlights some of this region’s best features as you sail aboard a local ferry along the rugged coastline, past the Southern Gulf Islands before arriving on Vancouver Island. Continue your journey into Victoria’s downtown, where you can stroll through the cobblestone streets and the Inner Harbour.

Downtown Victoria offers the chance to wander past the buskers lining the harbour, take a harbour ferry over to Fisherman’s Wharf, visit the haunting Bastion Square and explore some of the city’s oldest architecture. If you are looking to get something to eat, ask your tour guide about the best spots!

Your next stop is the famous Butchart Gardens. This National Historic Site showcases 55 acres of garden displays. Explore the perfectly themed Japanese Garden, Sunken Garden and Rose Garden. See if you can find the elusive Todd Inlet for more stunning views.

Then return home with a relaxing evening sailing with BC Ferry back to Vancouver’s mainland and on to your hotel. The BC Ferry offers two great options for dinner! Take advantage of the self-serve restaurant or the all-inclusive buffet.

Complimentary Hotel Pick Up – Pick up from your downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotel and meet your tour guide.

BC Ferries – Watch out for marine life as we cruise through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island. Try the dining and shopping amenities onboard or head out onto the passenger decks and breathe in the fresh ocean air.

Victoria’s Inner Harbour – Walk along the boardwalk and see sights such as the Royal BC Museum, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the Parliament Buildings and explore the colourful Victorian architecture along Government Street. Wander through Chinatown, Bastion Square and Canada’s narrowest commercial street, Fan Tan Alley.

An early shuttle is available for those seeking extra time in the gardens, in exchange for less time in downtown Victoria. Ask your tour guide for details.

The Butchart Gardens – What was once a cement limestone quarry became a world-renowned garden under the vision of Jennie Butchart. Starting with the Sunken Gardens, the Butchart family then added the Japanese, Italian and Rose gardens. Today you can explore over 900 species of plants over 55 sprawling acres with hints of the old cement factory remaining.

The Fairmont Empress Hotel – This National Historic Site of Canada opened its doors in 1908. Designed by the infamous Francis Rattenbury, this iconic building lies across from the harbor.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – An architectural wonder, this is home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and was built in 1898.

Hotel Drop-off – Downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotels

  • 1. What Should I Wear?
    Dress in layers for the day, including a warm shirt or outer layer. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes. We store all excess items on the vehicle while you’re exploring.
  • 2. Is This Tour Accessible?
    Guests can expect a minimal to moderate to a high level of walking. The streets of downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour are all paved, with ramps and accessibility features. The Butchart Gardens is mostly paved, however, the Sunken Garden and wharf walk do not allow for wheelchairs. Guests can rent a wheelchair from the Butchart Gardens with a $10 deposit.
  • 3. Is This Pre-Cruise Tour?
    Unfortunately, our Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour is not compatible with cruise ship arrivals or departures.
  • 4. How Do BC Ferries Work With the Tour?
    Vancouver Island a one hour and 35-minute ferry ride from the mainland. Our bus will drive directly onto the ferry, so all your belongings will be locked and kept safe. Food, gift shops, outdoor patios and quiet lounges are all available on the ship. Downtown Victoria is about a 40-minute drive from the ferry terminal.
  • 5. Can I Buy Food On This Tour?
    Yes! BC Ferries features a buffet on select sailings, food court and cafes. But hold on to your appetite, as your tour guide will point out all their favourite places to eat in downtown Victoria. There are also restaurants at the gardens later in the tour.
  • 6. How Does the Early Butchart Gardens Shuttle Work?
    If you want to spend extra time at the Butchart Gardens, you can take the complimentary shuttle from downtown Victoria provided by one of our tour guides. Please note that you will then have only about 45 minutes to explore Victoria. On your way to Victoria, your guide will provide the pick-up time and location. You will then meet your guide in the Butchart Gardens parking lot when it is time to get back to the ferry.
  • 7. Can I do Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel?
    Yes! We recommend allowing for one hour to enjoy the experience so, make a reservation for 1:00 pm, 1:15 pm or 1:30 pm.

If you have any other questions, please contact our Guest Services at 604.255.7272, toll-free at 1.877.669.2277, or email [email protected]

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