Take Vancouver Island private tours to a destination that will make all hearts soar with its spectacular landscape and views.
Located on Canada’s Pacific Coast, Vancouver city is to its right and the province of British Columbia’s capital city Victoria is on the Southern tip.
This Island in the traditional western part of Canada is becoming more and more popular as a great destination for that getaway break in recent times.
It was originally only known as the retirement hotspot for Canadians, but thanks to the likes of Colleges and University’s as well as summer season cottages, the younger generation have found this little gem of an Island.
Here, you will come across lovely beaches, hiking paths, numerous lakes, waterways, waterfalls, hills, not to mention scenic farmland and all of which will have a great private tour to help you get the most out of any trip or activity.
There are many great sights and landmarks to see on a city tour of Vancouver Island that will never disappoint. Read More...
On Vancouver Island, Take a Fantastic Sightseeing Tour of Victoria or a Guided Tour of the Stunning Englishman River Falls
For a reasonably small mass of land in comparison to Canada, Vancouver Island makes the most of all areas.
Victoria is especially beautiful with its boat lined Inner Harbour, buildings of incredible architecture and Old City Quarter.
There is plenty to see on any sightseeing tour here.
Then, when you leave the city's, you are spoilt for choice of places to go and things to do on a guided tour.
There are fabulous low mountains to hike or go on biking trails, relaxing lakes to fish or swim, stunning waterfalls to immerse yourself in their splendour.
With lots of great activities specially designed for children, Vancouver Island is a fantastic place to take all the family.
Top 10 Things to Do in Vancouver Island
Located on Vancouver Island, the city Victoria, which is the capital of British Columbia, is a great place to take guided tours. There is so much to see and do. A city tour will show you buildings of fabulous architecture, art galleries, museums, shop in the Old Quarter for souvenirs and just soak up the relaxing atmosphere while sipping cocktails at the harbour front. Great outdoor adventure activities on the outskirts of the city.
Take a private tour to Ucluelet and you will see the sights and partake in great activities in this town that sits on the edge of the Wild Pacific Ocean. There is the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Wild Pacific Trail along the coastline, an absorbing Aquarium and then for a bit of excitement try surfing in the huge Pacific waves or kayaking. There is so much here, to cater for everyone, when you visit this lovely town, Ucluelet.
Grizzly Bear. Wildlife and Whale Watching
For that guided tour that is a little different, why not go Grizzly Bear watching on Vancouver Island? Travel to Knight Inlet and go on a great adventure by boat safari to see the large Black Bears as they search the coastline for fish or see the humpback whales, Orca, dolphins, stellar seals and sea lions as the boat ventures out of the inlet. The photo opportunities on this safari are endless so be sure to have a camera/phone.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Take a private tour to Vancouver Islands prettiest Park in British Columbia province. As you go on guided tour through the forest trails, you come upon two spectacular waterfalls cascading into a deep canyon which is definitely the highlight of this trip. In the summer you can swim in the crystal clear waters at the bottom of the lower falls. The views from the wooden bridge that crosses the falls are beautiful.
Take a guided tour of a top tourist attraction on Vancouver Island, in Brentwood Bay. Butchart Gardens are a group of stunning floral displays that have attracted millions of visitors each year. Stroll through the Sunken, Rose, Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean gardens to see all the blooming flowers. On the Concert Lawn walk, there is a domed children Pavilion and Rose Carousel. A tour here is much more than looking at flowers!
Royal British Columbia Museum
Take a guided tour through British Columbia’s natural and human history in this museum situated in Victoria. Learn all about the First Nations cultures celebrating the diversity and resilience of the indigenous peoples. Walk through the history of the Royalty in British Columbia with souvenirs of a time past and photographs.There is so much more in the museum; you will be roaming around for hours.
A charming guided tour to take is the one to Craigdarroch Castle. Built during the reign of Queen Victoria by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, this castle is now a National Historic Site. On a tour through the meticulously restored Castle, you can get a glimpse of the privileged life in the 1890’s. As you walk throughout the whole castle, you learn from your personal guide, all the fascinating tales of an intriguing family, quirks and all!.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Take a private tour to Mount Washington Alpine Resort which is found on Vancouver Island. During the winter the activities include skiing, night skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing all on the fabulous Mountain with exceptional views. Summer activities include Alpine hiking on amazing trails, lift accessed mountain biking, mile high scenic chairlift rides and so much more. With great restaurants and entertaining nightlife, you are spoilt.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Experience the magical underground world in over 1,000 caves that are protected at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, found in British Columbia on Vancouver Island. On guided tours, you are introduced to Spelunking which is the art of cave exploration. See the crystal formations and ancient fossils firsthand. From your expert guide, you will learn about the cave’s unique geology and history. This is a really fantastic experience.
Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site
When Vancouver Island was not part of Canada in 1860, this red brick house and white tower lighthouse were built. There has not been a keeper here since 1929 when the light was automated, but still, thousands of visitors come to see this lighthouse on guided tours. There are exhibits on shipwrecks, storms and the everyday working equipment used centuries ago. Watch a video of the lonely life of a light keeper in the 1900’s.
Travel Tips for Vancouver Island
Best Time To Visit
To visit Vancouver Island, any time of the year is a good time, but it depends on what you are looking to get from your holiday that will decide the best time for you. For skiing then January to early March has best possiblities. Spring, for guided tours of blossoming Botanic gardens, hiking and biking then April to June is best. Sunny days in July to September for outdoor festivals and wildlife. October to December for winding down on sightseeing tours
Vancouver Island is not overly expensive and you can have a great holiday without going over your budget. It is possible to get a double room in a standard hotel for $150 or if you want luxury prices can start from $250. In a local restaurant, dinner for two can cost $40 and in a fine dining restaurant $100. It really will depend on how much you are willing to spend. Sightseeing and city tours will vary throughout the year, from season to season.
Know Before Visiting
Always do research about the destination you intend to travel to. Book as many private tours as possible in advance to ensure you are not disappointed upon arrival. Be aware of your location and never walk alone at nighttime in dark streets. Pickpockets are everywhere in the world so keep your money in a safe place or on your person. You may encounter scam artists looking for money to ‘get back home’, do not engage in conversation.
Thanks to the Pacific Ocean currents and protection from the mountain ranges, Vancouver Island has mild weather all year round. Temperatures during the summer stay in the mid-twenties (Celsius) and in the winter the temperatures can go as low zero (Celsius). There is always snow in the hills and mountains, but the city sees very little if any at all. However, there is a good bit of rain throughout the winter months.