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Colourful house boats at Fisherman

Victoria, BC


Visit the lush and beautiful oceanfront city of Victoria. The city is rich in British heritage, has the oldest Chinatown in Canada, and is home to the historic BC Parliament Buildings. You can enjoy lots of water and land activities, and taste a variety of craft beers and fresh seafood.

Known as the Garden City, Victoria is always in bloom and has one of the mildest climates in Canada—perfect for a trip any time of the year. 

Victoria map with BC Ferries routes and nearby cities on Vancouver Island

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Orca Spirit Adventures Whale-Watching Covered Vessel

Enjoy a spectacular three-hour whale-watching adventure with knowledgeable marine naturalists in a covered, heated vessel on an Orca Spirit Whale-Watching Tour in Victoria.


  • View orcas in their beautiful native habitat—the Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits are home to three resident orca pods, with over 70 family members.
  • Listen to whales communicating underwater via onboard hydrophones.
  • Look out for porpoises, seals, otters, sea lions, cormorants and bald eagles along the way.
  • Watch and listen to sea lions at the Race Rocks Eco Reserve—a designated Marine Protected Area. Certified marine naturalists are on board to inform and educate about local wildlife and ecology, and to ensure whales remain for generations to come. Proceeds help sponsor marine research programs.

Please note: Whale sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Covered vessel tours offer complimentary hot beverages, tour photos that are free to download, washroom facilities, onboard marine naturalists and indoor and outdoor viewing areas.

Available to experience between April and October.

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Pendray Inn Traditional Afternoon Tea

Drink afternoon tea from authentic china cups and saucers, and taste delicious finger sandwiches and sweet treats as you look out the window and watch the boats sail in and out of Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour.


  • Relax with a traditional Victorian afternoon tea, offering some of the finest tea selections in the world, served in hand-sewn cotton teabags.

Gluten-free options available on request, and if you bring the kids, they can choose something to eat and drink from the kid's menu.

From November 15, 2020 to February 28, 2021 Pendray Inn Afternoon Tea will be available Wednesday to Sunday. 

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Nearby cities

Aerial view of Tsehum Harbour in North Saanich near Sidney on a sunny day


Visit the seaside town of Sidney, just a few minutes down the road from Swartz Bay terminal, providing the ideal stop-off before or after you take the ferry. Go on an adventure to see local wildlife, or take a stroll in the town to check out the shops, marina and restaurants. 

Father and son swinging on a rope swing at Mystic Beach near Sooke


Drive along the Pacific Marine Circle Route (Highway 14) to the picturesque seaside town of Sooke on winding, scenic coastline roads, past beautiful beaches, rainforest and parks. Relax at one of many local beaches and parks, or take part in a variety of land or sea outdoor activities.

Aerial view of stone path through garden beside marina at Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa near Victoria

Brentwood Bay

Visit the rapidly growing village of Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Inlet, a 30-minute drive north of Victoria, to enjoy waterfront restaurants, relaxing strolls along the bay and a warm, welcoming community.  

Cowichan Bay Marina at dusk with remaing sun shining off boats on Vancouver Island British Columbia

Cowichan Bay

The waterfront fishing village of Cowichan Bay sits at the head of a beautiful and natural harbour, which is the main focal point of the town, where shops, cafés, galleries and homes float on the water. Dine out on some of the best seafood in the area, relax in waterfront cafés, or take part in a variety of water activities. 



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