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Itinerary
Meet a driver at your hotel in Vancouver, then board a ferry at Tsawwassen for the beautiful trip to Vancouver Island, watching for eagles, sea lions, and whales as you cruise. Upon arrival on the island, head to Butchart Gardens, whose network of themed gardens wrap around a massive dancing fountain.

Following your time in Butchart Gardens, head to the Victoria waterfront, where you’ll find Vancouver Island landmarks from the British Columbia Parliament buildings to the imposing Fairmont Empress Hotel, a favorite for elegant high teas. Here, take advantage of free time to explore, whether you want to stroll the Inner Harbor, check out downtown shops, or visit a local restaurant for lunch.

After a day on Vancouver Island, begin the return trip to Vancouver by bus and ferry, enjoying evening light as you travel back through the scenic Gulf Islands.
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The Butchart Gardens
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Overview
Visit Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver on a full-day tour that takes care of booking transport and offers a flexible mix of guided and independent time. You’ll have gorgeous views of the Gulf Islands while crossing to Vancouver Island, enjoy time to stroll Butchart Gardens, then head to Victoria’s waterside downtown to browse shops and historic architecture.
Highlights
  • Ferry cruise through the Gulf Islands means wildlife watching
  • Outdoor decks and enclosed cabins ensure a great trip in any weather
  • Flexible combo: guided tour of Vancouver Island with free time to explore
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at selected Vancouver hotels
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Perfect

Our Victoria and Butchart Garden tour was a wounderful experience. Jeffrey (our driver) made the difference ! He did an amazing customer service ! He is funny, interesting and works hard to make all passenger appreciate the tour. The schedule was perfect and everything is...More

Thank Marylène G
Reviewed 4 days ago
A fun, laughter filled tour

We were picked up at our hotel on time and transferred to another bus. Our drive, tour guide was Jeffrey. We were so fortunate to have Jeffrey as our guide. His sense of humor and knowledge of the area made for a wonderful day trip...More

Thank suzmca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Came for the views, could have done without the racist opinions and misinformation

I was looking forward to my day-trip to Victoria, having never been to the city - and buoyed by the positive online reviews with this company. In the end, the only time that I can say I truly enjoyed the entire 13-hour trip was when...More

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WCS-GuestExperience, Director of Operations at WESTCOAST Sightseeing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello travellinman550, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We rely on our customer base to provide feedback on their experiences, both positive and negative. Please accept my sincerest apologies for your experience with a representative of our company. The behavior you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Logistics was good, but more like a self guided tour

I meant to book with another more popular company on TripAdvisor, unfortunately 2 days advance booking is not good enough during summer season as they filled up fast, we wind up booking with Westcoast sightseeing. This trip turned out to be what I expected based...More

Thank F T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The most entertaining guide we've ever had

Jeffrey (or does he spell it Geoffrey?) was so funny and knowledgeable and helped the travel parts pass quickly with lots of commentary and conversations. Pick-up and drop-off at our hotel happened with no issues; ferry trips were incredibly easy. We felt we had ample...More

Thank Jessica L
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ajfoucher91
19 July 2018|
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Response from globetrotter1232018 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! The price of the tour includes the entry fee into the gardens. Its best to contact the tour company directly about ferry times.
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Lisa R
8 June 2018|
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Response from globetrotter1232018 | Reviewed this property |
Oops! I missed your question there Lisa. But what Anne said. Pick up time is early in the morning my pick up tome was around 7.45 am and drop off is around 9.30 pm. Fully recommend doing this tour! 👍
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simpsondenis
26 May 2018|
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between two and two and half hours, depending on ferry traffic
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