Note: Only places administered by Parks Canada are offering free admission in 2017. Entry fees apply to sites managed by third parties.

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Day 1

Departure from Vancouver
Victoria 114 km from Vancouver (3.5 hours)

Leave the glittering skyscrapers of downtown Vancouver behind and head across the Salish Sea to Vancouver Island. Take it slow on the ferry or zoom across with a 30-minute seaplane or Helijet trip above the vivid green islands and clear waters of the Gulf Islands archipelago. Take your pick from grand historic hotels, modern funky boutiques or budget-friendly hostels in Victoria.



A couple hiking along a trail.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Day 2

Victoria

Take in the beauty of the Inner Harbour on a ferry tour which shows off the city’s landmarks from the Parliament Buildings and quirky float homes to First Nations territories and maybe even a harbour seal or two.

Take a token from the captain and stop off at Fisherman’s Wharf to have fresh-cooked fish and chips for lunch. Once you’re back on dry land again, wander the narrow streets in the old part of town with its Victorian and Edwardian-era architecture, which seamlessly blends with the pagodas and dragons of the oldest Chinatown in Canada.




oldest Chinatown in Canada.

Victoria, British Columbia


Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse, 13 km from downtown Victoria (20-25 minutes)

Learn more about the area’s fascinating history at the Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, with its secret bunkers and original buildings from the 19th century. Enjoy the beautiful seascape and breathe in the sea air. Soak up the sunshine on the area’s beaches and grassy hills.

Switching gears, go from chilled out to hyper-alert and sign up for a session in the shooting range and squeeze off a few rounds of an Airsoft gun! Spend the night in a cozy oTENTik in the grounds of this cool coastal artillery fort.



Four young people seated in a military jeep wearing military helmets taking a selfie.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

Day 3

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site

Wake up to the sound of bird song then after breakfast meet with a naturalist to explore the Garry Oak Learning Meadow, a vivid oasis of wildflowers and a haven for bees and butterflies. Spend time hiking the newly built trails and spotting flora and fauna before returning to Vancouver.



A man and young boy explore nature with a Parks Canada guide.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites


Steveston historic village, 110 km from Victoria (3.25 hours)

Back on the mainland, visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in the scenic village of Steveston. This former salmon cannery will take you back to the era when the fishing industry flourished along the West Coast. From November to April, it’s home to an indoor winter market. If Steveston looks familiar, you may know it better as Storybrooke, the setting for the hit TV show Once Upon a Time. Take the time to walk around this pretty village and treat yourself to fish and chips on the waterfront and a fresh-made-to-order waffle cone.

Return to Vancouver (20 km – 40 minutes)


Shoppers browsing the wares at a farmers’ market inside an historic cannery.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

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