Featured itinerary: Pacific coast splendour
7 days - From Vancouver to Victoria
Gulf of Georgia Cannery - Richmond, 20 km from Vancouver
Discover the fascinating history of British Columbia and marvel at the wonders of the ocean!
Experience the early days of the west coast fishing industry. Learn the different methods of fishing and salmon canning. Hear captivating fishermen’s tales. Feel the charm of the picturesque fishing village of Steveston.
Continue your journey at Fort Langley.
Fort Langley to Gulf Islands
Travel to the mid-19th century to become a Hudson’s Bay Company worker at the birthplace of British Columbia. Mingle with fur traders; hone your skills with a blacksmith; practice barrel-making; visit the farm animals; and pan for gold – you might just strike it rich!
Head to Sidney on the Tsawwassen ferry to Swartz Bay sailing through the beautiful Gulf Islands.
Ready for adventure? Enjoy a day trip on Saturna Island. Hike or drive up the dirt track to the summit of Mount Warburton Pike to enjoy astonishing views of the Gulf Islands stretched out before you. Head to East Point to do some whale watching from dry land; you might spot some of the resident orcas! While you’re there, visit the Heritage Centre and learn about the history of the island.
Enjoy a spectacular sunset before heading back to the ferry for Sidney.
Want a relaxing day at the beach? Walk aboard the passenger ferry for Sidney Island, and cruise across Sidney Channel. In no time at all, you’ll be gleefully kicking off your shoes and strolling on the sun-warmed sand. Enjoy a picnic watching the turquoise waves crash off Sidney Spit before a relaxing afternoon kite flying and building sand castles.
Intrigued by nature? Once back at Sidney, stop by the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea aquarium and discover local marine life secrets with Parks Canada interpreters.
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse
Victoria, 30 km from Sidney
En route to the provincial capital! Spend your morning strolling through the narrow streets of Victoria’s heritage districts. Be sure to check out Chinatown, Canada’s oldest and most colourful Chinese neighbour-hood. Sample English-style tea and enjoy a plate of fish and chips before heading to Fort Rodd Hill, only a few kilometres from downtown.
Let’s go! Discover the oldest artillery fort on Canada’s west coast. Explore secret bunkers, military command posts and 19th century buildings at Fort Rodd Hill. Listen to moving stories of soldiers and their families. In the summer, get an introductory lesson in target shooting using a replica WWII machine gun. Watch the sunset from the lighthouse, then enjoy a night telling stories around the campfire.
After waking up to the sound of birds singing, soak up the beauty of the sunrise at the lighthouse. Take a walk through a Garry oak meadow and see if you can find any Camassia, a plant used as a food source by local First Nations.
Return to Vancouver, 120 km