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A whale of a time in Victoria

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postedJune 11, 2018
Situated at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria blends natural beauty and maritime history with British charm. The city, which was founded by English settlers in 1843, is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest.

“In Victoria, we have countless diversions, from tame to thrilling,” says Tourism Victoria’s Sarah Friesen. “From whale watching, zip-lining and fishing to garden tours, shopping and nightlife, your group will want to check it all out.”

Friesen says the following tours highlight the range of diverse options groups have in the southwestern corner of British Columbia:

Whale and wildlife tours
Local outfitter Eagle Wing Tours provides groups with a great way to get out on the water and enjoy some eco-adventure. Its guided boat tours offer a look at the area’s abundant wildlife and detail Victoria’s rich maritime history. The company’s popular whale watching excursions take guests out on the Salish Sea, where they can see orca whales, humpback whales, minke whales, seals, sea lions and other marine life.

Tours to The Butchart Gardens
The Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site, is a must-see oasis of countless colorful blooms. CVS Tours offers year-round departures from Victoria throughout the day, which allow guests to explore the expansive gardens and enjoy afternoon tea or another dining experience.

Walking history tours
The knowledgeable guides from Discover the Past share Victoria’s fascinating history, which includes First Nations, British Colonial and Asian traditions. As part of the company’s flagship tour, Victoria’s Story, groups spend 90 minutes walking around Old Town, Chinatown and the harbor area and hearing tales from the early years. A number of other themed tours, including Ghostly Walks, also are available.

Culinary tours
There is no shortage of wonderful culinary experiences awaiting visitors to Victoria. Groups can get a taste of the island’s cuisine by booking a guided walk with Victoria Food Tours. The two-hour tours of downtown Victoria include stops at several local eateries, where participants can sample culinary creations from top local chefs.

To learn more, email Friesen or go to

Top photo by Eagle Wing Whale Watching