Travel advisory: Highway 17 Closures - Keating Cross Road Overpass Project - July 25, 29 and August 7, 2024 View ×

Posted on: Friday, July 19, 2024

Highway 17 Closures
Keating Cross Road Overpass Project
Victoria to Swartz Bay

July 25, 29 and August 7, 2024

Patricia Bay Highway (Hwy 17) between Victoria and Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island will be temporarily closed from Tanner Road to Island View Road due to the Keating Cross Road Overpass Project during the noted times on the following dates:

Scheduled Highway Closures

July 25, 2024

July 29, 2024

August 7, 2024

10:00 pm – 6:00 am

8:00 pm – 6:00 am

10:00 pm – 6:00 am

Customers looking to travel to or from Swartz Bay terminal during closure times will be impacted and should plan their travel accordingly. A detour will be in effect via Central Saanich Road. Customers should be prepared for a 15-20 minute delay as a result.

Those using transit to Swartz Bay are strongly advised to take earlier bus departures because of the detour. Additional information is available online at: 

For more information, please check the Keating Cross Overpass Project website here:

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Cowichan Food and Wine Tour

Victoria, BC
Credit: Destination BC/Andrea Johnson


Tour the Cowichan Valley in an intimate group and learn how three local wineries craft their wine with native grapes distinct to the area. The afternoon includes a picnic with food prepared according to dietary restrictions at the winery, accompanied with an intimate tasting of limited release exclusives each with a unique and distinctive flavour profile. 

  • Visit three wineries in private groups, on a 6 hour guided tour as you journey down backroads on a picturesque route from the sea shore to mountain vistas. 
  • Each guided tour includes commentary on the history of the valley’s continuously growing wine scene. 
  • Observe how these artisanal wines are created with unique grape varieties.
  • Includes a tailored picnic-style lunch, served at a winery with a sampling of wine with unique grapes varieties that are only found to the region.
  • Tour gets back to hotel at 4pm.

Laugh with close friends on a fun day tour exploring the beautiful Cowichan Valley as you indulge in great local food and wine. Pickup is at 10am downtown Hotels or RBCMuseum.Wine Tours end, 2023 December: 17 and start again February 2024. 

Activity policies

Meeting Location: Downtown Victoria Hotels or Royal BC Museum

Location: 463 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1X3

Guests are to arrive at the meeting location at 9:45am. The tour will depart at 10am sharp.

Lunch is included in the tour. Please let BC Ferries Vacations know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Guests should bring two pieces of ID - If you are planning to consume alcohol. Guests must be 19+ to consume alcohol.

Tour Availability: please note a minimum of four participants is required for the tour to take place. Should there not be enough guests, the tour may be cancelled and a BC Ferries Vacations representative will notify you.


FROM May 1 - March 31


+ taxes and fees, per adult

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