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Vancouver Island sightseeing tours explore natural and historic attractions by bus, boat, train and plane or on foot.
Sightseeing bus tours allow visitors to relax between stops at attractions such as Coombs Country Market and Qualicum Cheeseworks. See the island’s rugged coastline on a flightseeing tour or aboard a working freighter boat tour. Other ways to see Vancouver Island's sights by boat include whale-watching tours and bear-watching tours.
Prefer to sightsee at your own pace? Then take advantage of one of the many scenic driving routes on Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island is dotted with wineries – take a wine tour to combine sightseeing with locally crafted wines.
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2179 W Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Escape back in time & experience a retreat once reserved for Royalty.
Discover Milner Gardens, a one-of-a kind woodland estate & gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest. Find peace & tranquility as you meander through the woodland gardens lined with rhododendrons, cyclamen & trilliums. Indulge in afternoon tea in the historic house overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Please visit our website for listings of special events.
Based In Heriot Bay
Quadra Island, British Columbia
Join us for the exhilarating & unforgettable mothership adventure of your dreams. Extraordinary wildlife viewing, breathtaking landscapes & warm, hospitable crew combine to thoroughly satisfy & delight every guest. We offer a variety of sea kayak tours where we paddle each day & return to the mothership each night. Accompanied by qualified naturalists, we explore the remote wilderness areas of coastal British Columbia, kayak through glacial fed waters, amongst lushly forested islands dotted with ancient First Nations village sites & observe numerous species of wildlife including orca killer whales, dolphins, harbour seals, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles & deer.
Commercial Street & 100 Museum Way
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Discover our fascinating history & modern day contributions to Canada's West Coast in our 1,486 sq m (16,000 sq ft) museum located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Stroll through time in our main gallery to get a sense of what life was like for Nanaimo's earliest settlers & hear stories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Feel what it was like below the surface in our new replica Coal Mine exhibit. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original Hudson's Bay Company outpost built in 1853. Don't miss the cannon firing at noon daily in the summer.
Come with us on a unique culinary adventure! We take you off the beaten track & into some seriously delicious hidden gems. From local butcher shops to high-end restaurants, our tours have something to please everyone's palate. And with a minimum of five tasty stops on each tour, we guarantee you will finish the tour full! We take you where the locals go to eat & drink in their own neighbourhoods away from the tourist centre. Meet the chefs, engage with the locals & have a cocktail with new friends. Get to know the real Vancouver & Victoria beyond the stories & history through local food & beverages that make these cities such culinary wonders.
360 B Harbour Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife, wilderness & cultural expeditions throughout Canada's Pacific Coast. Explore, experience & learn about stunning wildlife & ancient cultures while living & travelling in comfort aboard our 70' classic wooden schooner "Passing Cloud". Coastal cruising, sailing, sea kayaking & frequent shore excursions provide amazing opportunities to encounter whales, wolves, grizzly bears, Spirit bears, sea otters, seabirds & visit First Nations cultural heritage sites. Expedition destinations include Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Johnstone Strait, Pacific Rim National Park & the Southern Gulf Islands Archipelago. Join our crew of expert mariners & naturalists on an adventure of a lifetime!
1150 Station St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Pacific Coach offers daily, scheduled services from downtown Vancouver & Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to downtown Victoria & also between downtown Vancouver & Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to the resort village of Whistler. We also offer sightseeing tours, packages, group & charter services including transfers, day-trips & overnight trips.
10676 Crowther Rd
Powell River, British Columbia
Desolation Sound Marine Park is one of BC's most beautiful & largest marine parks. Unusually warm Pacific waters, prolific marine wildlife & towering mountains highlight this beautiful region. Since 1995, Powell River Sea Kayak has been providing high quality guided tours as well as instruction & rentals.
Join us for an all-inclusive multi-day tour - including great foods, high-end kayaks & equipment & a total immersion into the beauty of Desolation! Day tours also available.
For a more comfortable immersion into Desolation Sound, Cabana Desolation Eco Resort is located on an uninhabited island in the heart of Desolation. Handcrafted eco-cabins, hot showers, freshly created foods and a stunning setting.
812 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Prince of Whales is BC's largest marine adventure company. We have been sharing premiere whale-watching and marine-wildlife experiences with the world for 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver and Victoria, we have welcomed more than 200,000 guests to our waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing unique behaviours of marine wildlife in natural habitats.
From Victoria, tours range from 3-hour Zodiac and Ocean Magic Adventures to longer guided day tours with drop-off at Butchart Gardens private marine cove. Join us from May through September as we embark on an afternoon adventure across Georgia Straight on route to Vancouver. Enjoy comfort and convenience, as well as spectacular views, as we travel through the Gulf Islands behind Salt Spring Island.
451 Herald Street
Victoria, British Columbia
What could be better than spending summer days exploring the beautiful BC coast while learning to sail a traditional tall ship? Our ten-day summer trips collectively circumnavigate Vancouver Island. Programs open to ages 13-25 year olds with short day sails open to all ages. Our ships are the 34 metre (111 ft) topsail schooner Pacific Swift & the 42 m (138 ft) gaff rigged schooner Pacific Grace. Formal sailing instruction is provided, & no previous experience is necessary. Trips ashore & rousing mug-ups round out this life changing experience! Four or Five day Group Programs run in the spring and fall (generally school groups).
4640 Inglis Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
Seair Seaplanes serves British Columbia's south coast with some of Canada's newest, quietest & luxurious seaplanes available.
We operate daily scheduled flights from Downtown Vancouver Harbour to Nanaimo (Departure Bay) & scheduled flights daily from Richmond (YVR) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay), as well as daily scheduled flights from Richmond (YVR) to 6 of the major Southern Gulf Islands.
We also specialize in seaplane charters in the Pacific Northwest including dropping off or picking up in the USA. Whether you require travel for work or pleasure, Seair will provide you with professional & personalized service. A variety of seaplane tours are also available that include the Vancouver City Skyline, the rugged landscape of the Coastal Mountains, ice-blue glaciers & cascading waterfalls, & picnic lunches on a glacier-fed lake.