What a thrill! When whale watching guests have the chance to see: Orca (killer whales), Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Dolphins, Harbour Seals, Steller Sea lions, California Sea lions, Elephant Seals, Dalls Porpoise, Harbour Porpoise, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Peregrine Falcons, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Loon, Mergansers, Grebes, Tufted Puffins and lots more...Even if the whales are not to be found you will be able to see other sealife. Not to mention the excitement of being out on the ocean.
Whale watching tours are generally 3hrs per tour and range in price from $89-$99
Sample Whale Watching Companies
- Five Star Whale Watching (hotel's preferred)
- Orca Spirit
- Prince of Whales
Outdoor Markets (Seasonally Operated)
- Bastion Square Market
- James Bay Saturday Market (9am –3pm) – Superior and Menzies
- Moss Street Saturday Market (10am-2pm) – Moss and Fairfield
Boating and Fishing
Located on the southern most tip of Vancouver Island, fishing and boating options abound. Fishing charters and boat rentals are available year round and can be booked through the concierge.
Birds Eye View
Seaplane tours are an exciting way to enjoy spectacular vista of Victoria and the surrounding areas. Floatplanes are a very popular mode of transportation on the West Coast - introduce yourself to an exhilarating splashdown landing!
For Golf Enthusiasts, Vancouver Island is the place to be. Boasting 12 courses within a 30 min. drive, we golf year round at some of the most breathtaking and challenging golf courses anywhere in Canada. Transportation to and from is readily available from the hotel lobby and can be arranged by our concierge. The hotel's preferred golf partner is Olympic View; - ask our Concierge for tee times and special rates.
Wineries and Vineyards
Discover new and established wineries on southern Vancouver Island. During it’s infancy, it is an exciting time to visit local wineries who are beginning to receive acclaim on their wines. Most wineries on Vancouver Island produce small amounts of wine, which are exceedingly difficult to purchase in stores, and must be bought on site. Spend an afternoon on a winery tour with tastings and lunch to experience the exciting new developments of what could become Napa North. Tours of organic farms including organic wineries is a great way to see what our local farmers have to offer. LA Limousine is the hotel's preferred transportation partner providing guided wine tours on Vancouver Island; - ask the Concierge for prices, times and details.
Vancouver Island Gardens
Vancouver Island is an incomparable destination for garden lovers. The Most Famous being:
Butchart Gardens is fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. While enjoying the gardens one is also able to take advantage of a number of different dining facilities and various gift shops. The gardens are approximately a 45-minute drive from downtown Victoria. The hours of operation are 9am to 7pm. There are numerous ways to visit the garden: vehicle, grayline tour or express shuttles.
Other Vancouver Island Gardens Include:
- Butterfly Gardens
- Hatley Park National Historic Site/Hatley
- Castle –2005 Sooke Rd
- Finnerty Gardens – University of Victoria
- Abkhazi Gardens – 1964 Fairfield Rd
- Beacon Hill Park