Victoria Tours

by Female Abroad

If you are following me on Instagram then you may have read or seen me doing a variety of different activities around the city. If you have not and you are interested to heading to Victoria but you are not quite too sure what to do then this article is for you! As a native from the island I have spend several decades trying all sorts of experiences. This is an affiliate post so if you purchase anything we do get a small kickback, which helps us keep the site running, however I have done all of these experiences so I know that they are legit.

Vancouver to / from Victoria

If you are starting on the mainland and heading to the island then BC Ferries is the way that most people head to the island but I have taken a Sea Plane and if you have the chance to do it, do it! I really enjoyed the views of the trip to / from the island but it was quite loud so do not expect to be able to hear the person next to you. Sometimes it is nice to take the ferry over then fly back to Vancouver so then you get to experience both. This is one of my favorite ways to show off the area to people visiting.

Victoria to Vancouver via Harbour Air

Enjoy swift travel and breathtaking views over British Columbia on this Victoria to Vancouver seaplane flight. Hop aboard your seaplane in Victoria’s Inner Harbour and take to the skies with your pilot. Enjoy panoramic views over local landmarks including Ogden Point, the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the BC Parliament Buildings. Soar over the Gulf Islands’ sandy beaches and dense forests, and look out for the mighty Lion’s Gate Bridge and Brockton Peninsula.


Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and was the original West Coast entry to the country before Vancouver grew into the massive, world class city that it is today. There is actually over 6,000 years of history to Victoria so if you head over learning about some of the past is a must.

Victoria Castles and Neighborhoods Bike Tour

Spin through downtown Victoria on two wheels and discover top city attractions with ease on this Victoria castles and neighborhoods bike tour. Hop onto your bike and follow your guide through the city streets. Learn of Victoria’s colorful past through its historic buildings, and explore districts including the Inner Harbour, Cook Street Village, and Chinatown. Enjoy fine views over the Dallas Road waterfront and admire the eery Craigdarroch Castle. Cycle through Moss Rock Park and Beacon Hill Park, and soak up the artistic atmosphere in leafy Fernwood.

Length: 2 hours - starts / ends at 321 Belleville St

Includes: bike, helmet, guide
Not included: gratuity, hotel pick up / drop off

Victoria Clue Solving Adventure - After The Gold Rush

Mystery Towns Clue Solving Adventures are designed for teams of 2 - 5 people, priced per team. You and your team work together to solve a series of clues & puzzles delivered to an App on your phone. Each clue guides you around Victoria solving puzzles as you enjoy seeing many interesting spots and hidden gems that the locals don't even know about. You can start any time (Daylight hours suggested). The puzzle of an escape room, the fun of a scavenger hunt, and the thrill of the amazing race. Stuck on a clue? Ask for hints on reaching your destination or solving clues - though time penalties will be added to your final score! Complete all the clues and solve the final mystery.

Includes: App with clues to solve - must have a smart phone

Pickup Point: Destination Greater Victoria Visitor Center

Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

Explore Victoria's history and culinary scene on this walking tour of the British Columbian city. Follow a guide to highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbor Causeway, Trounce Alley, Bastion and Market squares, Fan Tan Alley, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and the Victoria Public Market. Along the way, stop for between food tastings of craft beer, chocolate, tea, tapas, cheese, bread, olive oil, and other local products.

Departs from: Victoria Public Market at the Hudson

Ends at: Destination Greater Victoria Visitor Center

Includes: guided tour and samples

Not Included: gratuities, any additional purchases

Victoria Craft Brewery Tour

Join a fun group of beer lovers for a beer tour of Victoria’s craft breweries, sampling some of the city’s best brews along the way. Let someone else do the driving, so you can focus on exploring local beer, with a flight of four samples at each of three breweries. This Victoria beer tour includes beer and all transport, and it’s the perfect introduction to the energetic Vancouver Island brewing community. Must be over 19 years of age.

Includes: 16oz of beer at each of the three stops, tour guide, transportation

Not Included: gratuity, additional beverages

Starts / Ends: centrally located spot - starts at 5PM

Water Tours

While you might have noticed that you are on an island and due to that, the water is an important feature of the area. It is one of the reasons why Victoria is one of the earliest cities on the Westcoast. If you are visiting why not head out on it to see some whales, dolphins, or other marine life?

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Marvel at the majesty of Canada’s marine wildlife on this 3-hour whale-watching adventure in Victoria. Hop aboard your boat, a semi-covered vessel built specifically for whale-watching trips, and cruise through the Haro Strait with your guide. Watch the waves from the open sun decks or stay protected from the spray in the heated indoor cabin. Stop off at points of interest through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Listen to fascinating commentary from marine naturalists on board, and admire the beautiful orca, humpback whales, and minke whales you find. The boat does have washrooms.

Departs & Returns to: 812 Wharf St

Included: Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists, free photo package, taxes, and a guarantee that you will see wildlife - if not then you get to go out again for free

Not Included: gratuities

Sunset Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria

Discover a new perspective on Victoria’s striking coastal scenery—and have the rare chance to spot giants of the deep, as well as other marine animals—with this sunset whale-watching tour. Make your own way to the dock in Downtown Victoria, and hop aboard your catamaran, equipped with three separate viewing decks. You can look out for whales, sea lions, and more—and see the sunset from the water’s edge. The boat does have washrooms

Departs & Returns to: 812 Wharf St

Included: Captain and expert crew of 3-4 guides/naturalists, tea / coffee, free photo package, taxes, and a guarantee that you will see wildlife - if not then you get to go out again for free

Not Included: gratuities

Day Tours

When I travel somewhere I usually start to get bored of the same sights and sites day after day so I do like to head out of the city at least once on my trip or if I have already been to the location before then I will want to check out the greater area. If you are anything like me, maybe you've explored Victoria before and you are looking for something a little different; well, these tours can help with that!

Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley

FOOD, WINE and SPECTACULAR SCENERY. We LOVE this revised tour to REFLECT COVID-19.Join Island Time Tours for a lovely relaxing adventure exploring the Cowichan Valley. We visit 3 (4 if time permitting) of the prettiest vineyards and do our own thing to avoid any line-ups. We offer you a wonderful experience at each vineyard.. First stop includes bubbly with orange juice (optional) w/ fresh warm bake goods. Relax, inhale and take in this beautiful countryside. LUNCH is filled with afternoon tea delights with WINE served weather permitting in the great outdoors. Dessert w/wine complete this tour at another picturesque vineyard. Great food, award winning wines and spectacular beauty. Let's go!

Includes: driver guide, lunch, tastings + tasting fees at three wineries, pick up / drop off from select hotels

Not Included: gratuities, additional personal items & beverages

Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide

Hike through Vancouver Island's towering rainforest on a private, guided hike from Victoria that explores a fascinating ecosystem. You'll see waterfalls, native plants, and some of the world's tallest and oldest trees, walking alongside a guide as you watch for Vancouver Island's native wildlife. With pickup and drop-off in downtown Victoria or the cruise port, this private hiking tour includes roughly two hours of hiking time, and can be tailored to your schedule.

Includes: driver guide, transportation to/from hotel, bottled water,

Not Included: gratuities

**additional cost if picking up from cruise port

Royal Tour Around Town in a Luxury Vehicle

Tour the historic city in a thoroughly modern car. You and your friends will enjoy the luxury ride in a Tesla as your private guide chauffeurs you to the destinations in and around Victoria you are most eager to see. Itineraries will be adjusted according to your time and interests to make it a personalized tour you’ll love.

Includes: driver guide, transportation

Not Included: gratuities, additional personal purchases, lunch

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

Explore the beautifully historic center of Victoria, then trade downtown streets for the flower-lined paths of Butchart Gardens on a half-day, private tour of the city. You'll start with a trip to Fisherman's Wharf, then see the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, and Craigdarroch Castle, following scenic roads through the Vancouver Island countryside. With departures throughout the day, this tour of Victoria highlights is priced per vehicle, and can be tailored to your private group of up to seven people.

Includes: driver guide, transportation

Not Included: gratuities, additional personal purchases, lunch, Admissions to Butchart Gardens

**additional cost if picking up from cruise port or ferry terminal

Private Winery, Distillery, and Brewery Tour by Luxury Vehicle

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 via Tesla.

Includes: driver guide, roundtrip transportation from centrally located Victoria hotels, standard tastings

Not Included: gratuities, additional personal purchases, lunch, expanded tastings

So what do you think? Are you excited to head to Victoria? Drop us a line and let us know!