See the beautiful Strait of Georgia with a ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria, the first experience on this 14-hour private day trip to Vancouver Island. When you reach Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, head to Butchart Gardens, one of the city's top attractions. Then visit Victoria Harbour for a tour of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings before the return ferry trip to Vancouver.
After hotel pickup in Vancouver, start your Victoria day tour with the BC Ferries ride across the Strait of Georgia, passing through the emerald green Gulf Islands to reach Vancouver Island. Your first stop when you arrive is Butchart Gardens. With your included admission ticket, admire the colorful array of flowers and fragrances that fill 55 acres (22.2 hectares) of this 100-year-old garden quarry. Then head to Victoria Harbour to visit the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (tour included), and wander past Old Town's shops, perhaps stopping at one of the many bakeries, restaurants, or sweets stores for a taste of local cuisine (food and drinks at your own expense). Finish the day with an afternoon drive around Oak Bay to admire the scenery of area neighborhoods before boarding the ferry for the ride back to Vancouver, enjoying the evening breeze along the way.