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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

By Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing
Recommended by 94% of travellers
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About
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. Enjoy 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.
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C$265.00
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Ages 3-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 12h
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English

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

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off at most hotels in downtown Vancouver.
  • Entry/Admission - BC Ferries
  • Entry/Admission - The Butchart Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Vancouver Island
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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 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.

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • **Late guests may not be accommodated to participate on the tour and will not be refunded.** Please be ready for pick up from hotels start at 45 minutes prior to tour departure time. If you are meeting at our 999 Canada Place location, meet us at 30 minutes prior to tour departure time. Luggage transfer to hotel is not available. We do not drop off at Vancouver International Airport. Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing will pick up from select downtown Vancouver hotels. Please provide the hotel information at the time of booking. Guests must contact Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing by 5 pm the night prior to departure to confirm pick up location and time.
  • Canada Place, 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, Canada Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing Welcome Kiosk. Please arrive 30 minutes before posted tour departure time.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5313P17

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Canada Place
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • Pass by
    Vancouver Downtown
  • 1
    BC Ferries
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    The Butchart Gardens
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Inner Harbour
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 4
    Swartz Bay (Victoria) Ferry Terminal BC Ferries
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Vancouver Downtown
  • You'll return to the starting point
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  • jengoot
    jengoot
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    Great job
    Great service , staff and scenery! Well organised tour from being picked up and delivered back to our hotel. Really enjoyed the commentary as well.
  • jacquelineo928
    jacquelineo928
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    My Experience
    Grouse Mountain was expensive imo, for gondola ride. It was nice to see the bears and the lumberjack show was mildly entertaining - apart from that wasn’t much else going on. Capilano was a much better experience, gorgeous surroundings - only complaint was that they let to many ppl on the bridge - on my return it became very congested about 2/3 of the way back- clearly a large party all went on together, running and jumping about so the bridge was swaying - not pleasant for ppl who were nervous ( me) it was already a massive deal for me to go on it so I wasn’t impressed that so many were allowed on together. Apart from that the nature walks / tree top walks were lovely
  • MaryLou D
    MaryLou D
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    Vancouver off/on bus
    James was a great narrator and tour guide on the second bus we were on. We wished we had started with him in the morning! The first bus was open Windows and noisy
  • denisebQ899KT
    denisebQ899KT
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    Trip to Whistler
    Andy was our tour guide and did an awesome job.He was very friendly and knowledgeable.Our trip was great and recommend anyone to do it.Whistler was so pretty.
  • Lawrence L
    Lawrence L
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    Make sure of.your count
    Tour was going well, until the driver didn't make an accurate count & started to drive away without my spouse. Had to yell at them from the back of the us to stop
  • OldWulf
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    Research first
    I really enjoyed the tour and had a good idea of what was coming when we got to Capilano but what I would tell my friends is do your research. There are suspension bridges ( Severn, Humber, Forth) and there is a Capilano suspension bridge. This is a dangling , swaying rope and steel cable footbridge over a very deep gorge and not for the nervous disposition. The boardwalk on the other side is lovely with ample facilities, the tour sort of ended in Granville so we took a mini ferry back to downtown .
  • Trip32317150477
    Trip32317150477
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    Just do it you will be glad you did
    I want to thank Toni for an enjoyable day. I was very nervous about the suspension bridge with a fear of heights but I walked across to do the tree to tour and so glad I did. Try to do the bridge when less people are in the park so it doesn’t sway as bad. Toni did a great job during the tour explaining things. I would highly recommend!
  • Travelillingworth
    Travelillingworth
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    A great day of seeing nature and the wildlife at its best.
    A wonderful day seeing the amazing sights. Our tour guide Greg was fantastic. Couldn’t fault the tour. Thank you.
  • 498samarah
    498samarah
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    Great Experience
    Tom was an amazing tour guide and gave us all the best places to visit while staying in Vancouver, Highly Recommend
  • Seaside13062195767
    Seaside13062195767
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    Reg Sikand was the best!
    Had a fun and informative time on our tour with Reg. He was an absolute delight! Would very much recommend.
  • Randolph P
    Randolph P
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    Tom & Tony are the best!
    My wife is not a native English speaker but Tom was very easy for her to understand. She even got a few of his jokes. Tony is an incredibly skilled double decker bus driver.
  • 299diannep
    299diannep
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    Awesome Tour!
    It was a very smooth and organize day tour! From the the of the reservation til the tour finish. It was raining a bit in the morning but fortunately, our driver tourguide, Renzo, was able to manage it, instead of going as planned to sea to sky gondola in the morning, he managed to reorganize the tour instead due to the weather. He also gives a lot of information along the way. Just make sure to check the weather. I enjoyed a lot from this tour.
  • Bhamann916
    Bhamann916
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    Disappointing for Vancouver
    We were so disappointed. We have done several Hop On Hop Off tours in other cities and are usually pleased as it is a great way to learn about a city. This time the driver (we unfortunately got on his bus two different times) did not interact at all. There was a pretaped commentary but he (Dawa Tsering) didn't always remember to start it - - and with some of the windows open we couldn't hear it anyway. He did not even note we could have scanned the code and listened on our phones. Sadly we didn't learn very much about Vancouver. We understand that the buses get full - - but it was also a frustration when we waited 20 minutes for one, and it filled up. We then had to wait another 30 minutes for the next bus. Maybe more buses during the busy season are warranted. Also, the bus we took two different times was not even very clean.
  • Dale E
    Dale E
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    Ok once we got on the bus
    We waited over 1 hr to get on the bus at Canada place. Then we were hesitant to get off for fear of not getting on again. Driver was super Tour guide was entertaining but not terribly informative. I couldn’t tell you much more about Vancouver after the tour than before I took the tour.
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    908mistyw
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    Got to see the whole city
    Tom and Caden did an amazing job telling us about the city!! Would definitely recommend especially if you don't have a lot of time in the city it is a great way to see the city!
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Backpacker59
Crawley, UK122 contributions
Jun. 2022
Appalling company. We had a day trip to Victoria and Butchart Gardens which got cancelled half way through the day as the bus broke down. We got stuck at the ferry port as the bus wouldn't start up again. Although these things can't be helped, the company took so long to take action it took hours for replacement buses to be provided that the tour had to be abandoned and the guests returned to their hotels. So we lost our first day in Vancouver, having only seen the inside of a bus and a ferry port. During the time we were stuck, the communication from our driver was non-existent and the organisation from the company was very poor.

The next day, we tried to do the hop on hop off bus, which is owned by the same company. There were huge queues for the buses at each stop and very long wait times to get on the buses, because they only had 6 in operation for the whole city! After waiting 45 minutes for each bus to come, and failing to get on two buses because they were already full, we cancelled our tickets and decided to walk instead.
Written June 8, 2022
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WestcoastSight
Hello, We're very embarrassed and disappointed by what occurred during your tour. Our operations team are working to ensure that this situation will not happen again on future tours. If you have any further comments or concerns please email info@glwcs.com. Thank you
Written June 13, 2022
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153cheryb
Packwaukee, WI14 contributions
Sep. 2022
BE VERY CAREFUL ! This tour was booked and paid for in ERROR ! This is a 13 hr tour that we were not able to do. Within 10 minutes our Concierge was on the phone canceling this tour and arranging for the correct tour.

However "Richard" at Gray Line said we had to cancel within 24 hours or there was a 50% cancellation fee! Can you imagine ? A simple but very costly mistake for 10 minutes !.

We didn't take this tour. Originally we wanted to take the Hop On Hop Off Tour. We did book that tour as it was the only way to get part of our money back. Had that not been the case I would no longer have done business with company.
Written September 28, 2022
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WestcoastSight
Dear Cheryl B, We're very sorry and disappointed about the misunderstanding that occurred during your booking process. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@glwcs.com with any further comments or concerns! Thank you
Written September 30, 2022
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Mark H
Edinburgh, UK35 contributions
Jun. 2022
An excellent trip.
We were picked up early in Vancouver to drive 45 mins to the ferry terminal.
The ferry was then around 90 mins to Vancouver Island and was unexpectedly good thanks to the ferry navigating through beautiful and very scenic islands at the US & Canada border in the sea which we very much enjoyed and the return trip was also good as the sun was starting to set as a backdrop.
We then had a shortish drive to Butchart Gardens which are beautiful - so many things to see in the various themed areas of the gardens.
After that the bus took us to Victoria as the main location on the island (Island is huge e.g 300 x 60kms) and we got to spend a leisurely couple of hours walking around the central area including Chinatown.
It is a full day trip of around 12 hours or so. Our driver and guide in one was Alex MacDougall and he was absolutely excellent throughout the whole day - so informative; so knowledgeable and so engaging throughout - many thanks Alex.
Would certainly recommend this trip if visiting Vancouver
Written July 11, 2022
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WestcoastSight
Dear Mark H, We're delighted that you had an amazing time on your tour to Victoria with our driver guide Alex! We hope to see you on our tours in the future. Thank you
Written July 13, 2022
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diastrachan
Orange, CT2 contributions
The Butchart gardens are unbelievable and not to be missed. In order to see them, however, you have to get to them and if you are in Vancouver that requires travel to Victoria and a ferry ride taking several hours. Our guide/bus driver Henry was very entertaining telling us about Vancouver and the history of Vancouver as he drove and his stories were interesting especially as he is a native but we did not get the amount of information that I was hoping for. That being said it was a large bus and we were sitting at the back and people near him may have gotten a lot of information that we missed. We were picked up around 10 after nine at our hotel and we didn’t get to the gardens until about 1 o’clock. We only had an hour and a half at the gardens and we certainly could’ve used more. We then went to the city of Victoria which was very nice, but once again we didn’t get a significant amount of information about the city, rather we were free to walk around for about two hours and then back on the bus for another four hours travel by bus and ferry back to our hotel. I am still very happy that we did this trip and and again reiterate that the gardens should not be missed. You should just be aware, however, that it is a lot of traveling and as far as food you are on your own within the constraints of the tour and timing. We finally got back to our hotel at 9:30 having had to cancel our dinner reservations that I had made several weeks earlier as I did not appreciate just how long the day would be.
Written June 16, 2022
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WestcoastSight
Hello, We're very happy that you had a great time on your tour to Victoria, it sure is a long one. We hope to see you on our tours again in the future. Thank you
Written June 20, 2022
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Prue E
1 contribution
Jun. 2023 • Couples
Thanks for an amazing day ! Bobby was awesome, the trip went smoothly. He gave us lots of great tips to enjoy the day , and great Dads jokes - the ferry trip was beautiful , the Butchart Gardens were spectacular , and we enjoyed a lovely waterfront lunch and wander around the beautiful buildings in Victoria . Bobbys special attention to detail and time allocation were sensational, would highly recommend this tour .
Written June 28, 2023
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WestcoastSight
Hello, Thank you for your wonderful review of our Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour! We're thrilled to hear that you had an amazing day and that Bobby, your tour guide, provided exceptional service. We're glad that the trip went smoothly and that Bobby's tips and humor added to your enjoyment. It sounds like you had a fantastic time exploring the beautiful gardens, taking in the scenic ferry ride, and experiencing the charm of Victoria. We appreciate your recommendation and your kind words about Bobby's attention to detail. Thank you for choosing our tour, and we hope to welcome you back in the future for another memorable experience.
Written June 30, 2023
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Mario V
Basel, Switzerland52 contributions
Everything was organised perfectly and Jessica was a wonderful tourguide. You could feel that she loves her job and she provided so much interesting information. The bus was very confortable and the ferry provided nice views. 2 hours was fine to see the Butchart Gardens. In Victoria (where you have also 2 hours) I recommend taking a free and short parliament tour, since it is right next to where the bus stops and is a building worth seeing.
Written July 1, 2023
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WestcoastSight
Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience of the Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour. We're delighted to hear that everything was organized perfectly and that Jessica, your tour guide, provided you with interesting and informative commentary. It's great to know that the bus was comfortable, and the ferry ride offered beautiful views. Your recommendation to take a free and short parliament tour in Victoria is appreciated, as it allows visitors to explore a significant landmark nearby. We're glad you had a wonderful time, and we hope to welcome you back on another tour in the future. Thank you
Written July 4, 2023
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Anamar
1 contribution
Apr. 2023
I booked this tour because I didn't want to deal with the transportation myself from Vancouver to Vancouver Island and it was the best decision! I would have stressed myself out trying to get to all these locations myself.

The Butchart Gardens were spectacular. I took the entire 2 hours to admire every part of the garden, which left me wishing for a little more time to see the gift shop and The Dinning Room for some afternoon tea.

We also got another 2 hours to explore downtown Victoria in which there were multiple activities you could do like the Royal B.C. Museum, take a horse-drawn carriage stroll through the city, or a boat ride to the Fisherman's Wharf. I opted to just walk around and explore all the shops.

The reason why this experience wasn't overall excellent was because two tiny toddlers in the group were screaming and crying the entire bus ride, which made it impossible to hear the Guide speaking about the history of the Butchart Gardens and Victoria. I was very upset that I missed the entire story because all I could hear was the children and the lack of discipline from the parents. I could clearly see the irritation of everyone else in the group as well.

Full-day exploration activities like this should not allow children under a certain age to participate. They are just not toddler friendly.
Written April 3, 2023
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WestcoastSight
Hello, We're very sorry to hear that your tour got disturbed by fellow travellers! However, we're delighted to hear that you had an amazing time exploring everything Victoria and the Butchart Gardens have to offer, it surely is a stunning area of Canada to visit! Thank you
Written April 5, 2023
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Mark E
Guildford, UK37 contributions
The whole trip took 12 hours, which is a long day, however, it was well worth it. We thoroughly enjoyable every part of the journey and visit and the bus driver and tour guide in one Alex was excellent and really added to the whole experience. Alex talks to you for most of the time on the bus and is incredibly knowledgeable about the history and gives great tips on how to get the best out of the whole day. Would thoroughly recommend this tour that breaks down into ‘bite size’ chunks, which makes the time go quicker - bus to ferry terminal; grab a coffee; ferry across; bus to Butchart Gardens; walk round gardens; bus to Victoria; walk round Victoria then back to the ferry and Vancouver. The day flows nicely.
Written October 6, 2021
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WestcoastSight
Thank you for your kind (but very accurate!) comments about your guide Alex. We are very lucky to have Alex as part of our amazing team. We are also thrilled that you had a great day in Victoria.
Written October 6, 2021
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Companion657591
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The trip had just the right amount of sight seeing, relaxation, information and entertainment by our tour guide Alex Mac Dougall. Loved the ferry ride! Victoria was lovely and Boutchard gardens were unlike anything I’ve ever seen- do impressive. The gardens were like beautiful paintings made with flowers/ my favorite was the Sunken Garden, as recommended by our tour guide Alex MacDougall. Alex is no doubt one if the best in the business. A Canadian history major and longtime BC resident, he was able to tell us about the history of everything we could see, and made very good suggestions on how to spend our free time in Victoria. That man should give every Victoria tour! Really glad I took the tour and I highly recommend it.
Written May 19, 2022
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WestcoastSight
Hello, Thank for your review, we appreciate it! We are glad that you had an amazing time with our superstar guide Alex! We hope to see you again on our tours in the future! Thank you
Written May 24, 2022
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Michael L
2 contributions
Aug. 2022
A party of 8 --- had such a wonderful time from Vancouver to Victoria. Our bus driver, Ed MacAulay, was very knowledgeable of facts/history/interesting tidbits of the entire area. The ride was pleasant, and so was the ferry going back and forth. Ed was wonderful in that one of the passengers forgot his jacket and glasses on the morning ferry, and Ed worked very hard to coordinate the return of the items on the evening ferry. It was no easy feat in that he had to make several phone calls back and forth to the ferry employees, who also did their best to ensure the return of the items. We really appreciate his going the extra mile for us. We give this company and Ed an excellent recommendation. He and the company made our stay in Vancouver a wonderful one. Thank you Ed!!!!
Written August 26, 2022
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WestcoastSight
Hello, We're very happy to hear that you had an amazing time on your tour to Victoria with our guide Ed! We're so glad to hear your kind words about Ed and delighted to hear that he provided your group and other guests with insightful commentary as well as above and beyond service for other passengers! We hope to see you on our tours in the future! Thank you
Written August 30, 2022
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