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Sidney (Sidney-by-the-Sea) Tours and Activities

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Sidney, British Columbia, is often called Sidney-by-the-Sea, and it’s an appropriate name. The town is flanked by Haro Strait, which flows directly into the greater Salish Sea. Most of the town’s attractions are either on the water itself or related to it.

Bird watching, whale watching, kayaking and scuba diving are all popular throughout the entire region. The town is also the gateway community to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. This small park reserve protects a representative sample of the Strait of Georgia Lowlands, considered one of the most ecologically at risk natural regions in southern Canada.

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, a not-for-profit aquarium and marine education complex focusing on the Salish Sea ecosystem, is located near the Sidney Pier, while both the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Sidney Channel Important Bird Area are located nearby. Sidney is also the only Canadian port of call for the Washington State ferry system. Ferries run to and from Anacortes and the San Juan Islands.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

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Explore British Columbia’s coastline by land and sea on this Victoria and Butchart Gardens tour from Vancouver. Hop aboard your ferry and enjoy a cruise through the beautiful Gulf Islands. Stand on the deck and watch the waves for whales and sea lions, and keep your eyes on the skies for eagles. Visit the botanical Butchart Gardens, where trickling fountains sit among themed flowerbeds and sunken gardens. Explore vibrant corners of Victoria such as Chinatown and the Inner Harbour at your leisure and soak up the metropolitan atmosphere.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.18
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Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour

Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located on gorgeous Vancouver Island and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is famous for the historic Empress Hotel, the Parliament buildings and beautiful Butchart Gardens. Upon leaving Vancouver, you will take a scenic ferry ride from the Vancouver mainland through the Gulf Islands to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. From here, you will have a driving tour to Victoria, and of Victoria’s downtown area featuring the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Inner Harbour, The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Mile 0 and the historic Chinatown. There will be free time to explore downtown Victoria at your own pace. Then on to the internationally renowned Butchart Gardens. Today the garden showcases 55 acres of themed garden displays, including a Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Rose Garden. Wind down your day with the scenic return sailing aboard BC Ferries and then back to where your tour began.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour

Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour

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Victoria is a must-visit for travelers to the British Columbian coast. But many miss out due to concerns about ferries and getting around. With this day tour, you can let the experts handle all of the logistics. You’ll be picked up in Vancouver and whisked over tho Vancouver Island by ferry. There you will explore the Butchart Gardens before a larger tour of the city, which includes stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, the Inner Harbour, the Empress Hotel, Mile 0 and Chinatown.
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  • 13 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Winery, Distillery, and Brewery Tour by Luxury Vehicle

Private Winery, Distillery, and Brewery Tour by Luxury Vehicle

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Saanich is dotted with a stellar selection of cider-house farms, craft breweries, distilleries, and vineyards. On this tour, spin through the British Columbia countryside with your guide and sample Saanich’s beers, ciders, wines, and more. Choose the tour duration to suit your preferences—between three and six hours—and savor the flavors of British Columbia. Enjoy sweeping views over the volcanic hills and peaceful fjords, with round-trip travel from Victoria.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$325.99
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Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver

Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver

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Add some to elegance to your British Columbia vacation with a private custom tour of Victoria. Your personal driver will help you design a splendid itinerary, taking you through neighborhoods dripping with old-world charm and to the city’s many green spaces—including the famous Butchart Gardens. Forget the crowded tour bus and travel at your own pace, request stops to snap photos, buy a cup of tea or have a closer look at a site.
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  • 13 hours
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Vancouver Island Cycling Tour including Lunch and Wine Tasting

Vancouver Island Cycling Tour including Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Ride a bike through Vancouver Island's cycling paths and quiet country roads on a full-day bike tour from Vancouver that combines farm-fresh food, local wine, and active exploring. You'll cross the gorgeous Straight of Georgia on the ferry, then hop on a bike to start the 34-mile (55-km.) route, riding through the Saanich Peninsula to Swartz Bay. Stops include a cafe lunch prepared with locally-sourced foods, and a wine tasting at beautiful De Vine Vineyard, with great views across the Saanich Peninsula, the San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Peninsula.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.52
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Victoria & Butchart Gardens (Small Private Group)

Victoria & Butchart Gardens (Small Private Group)

Enjoy a private small group tour of Victoria. Experience Victoria on this program including round trip BC Ferries cruise and Butchart Gardens admission.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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$244.02
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Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Travel to Victoria by private tour from Vancouver with included round-trip transport and an admission ticket to one of the city’s most famous attractions, Butchart Gardens. During your ferry ride from Vancouver, enjoy views of the Strait of Georgia. Plus, make a stop at Victoria Harbour, and go on a tour of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,846.82
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Peninsula Highlights

Peninsula Highlights

The Saanich Peninsula is a wonderful place to explore and on this guided tour, you'll experience some of the best bits all in one day! Tours are fully customized to you and your group.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$166.76
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Inside Passage & Rocky Mountain Tour

Inside Passage & Rocky Mountain Tour

This small intimate tour provides a journey of a lifetime through one of the wildest, diverse and unbelievably beautiful parts of the world. Starting and finishing in Vancouver, we explore some of the most scenic places in British Columbia & Alberta. We navigate routes that are embedded into Canadian History: cruising the The Salish Sea, the Pacific Ocean as you weave through Islands in the Pacific Northwest, follow the Skeena River as you make your way to the Continental Divide through the Rocky Mountains and finally follow the Fraser River back to Vancouver where the journey began. Along the way, you will experience distinctly Canadian activities that will deepen your understanding of Canadian culture, nature and landscape. Be sure to pack your binoculars for this tour!
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  • 11 days
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