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Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens

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    What to Expect
    When you make port in Victoria, take a 20-minute walk to Inner Harbour to board a whale-watching boat. As you cruise around the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands, admire forests of towering fir trees and listen to your expert naturalist guide talk about the history and ecology of the area. These waters are known for the magnificent orca whales that call them home. Have your camera ready as your guide points out these breathtaking mammals, as well as adorable harbor seals and sea lions.

    Finish your 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise at a private dock in the secluded Tod Inlet, and then board a shuttle bus to Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Prepare to be awed by the profusion of colorful blossoms in this gorgeous garden that’s more than a century old. Explore the gardens at your leisure, walking along winding paths past fountains, ponds, statues and the famous Sunken Garden, created out of an abandoned limestone quarry.

    After getting your fill of photos, board a shuttle bus from the garden back to Inner Harbour and make your way to the cruise port.

    Worry-free Shore Excursion:

    We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Victoria port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Downtown Victoria
    Departure Time
    1:15 PM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Whale-watching cruise
    • Naturalist guide
    • Round-trip shuttle transfers from downtown Victoria to Butchart Gardens
    • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
    • Lifetime Whale Sightings Guarantee * If you come out on one of our tours and do not see a whale, you are invited to join us on another tour free of charge! This offer does not expire
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drink
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    It's still a nice cruise to see the surrounding islands. We did see a small island, covered with sea lions. Very cool. Butchart Gardens are well worth it. They are beautiful. We were lucky to attend an outdoor concert on the grass after the tour of the gardens. The buffet
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    Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your whale watching adventure with us. How great that you enjoyed your visit to the Butchart Gardens too! They are very beautiful to see. Regarding the distance from the whales - It is currently federally mandated that vessels must stay at a distance of 400m from killer whales which has been in effect since June 1st 2019. As we are part of the Pacific Whale Watching Association, we are permitted to watch the Bigg`s (transient) whales at a distance of 200 metres. We take these regulations very seriously as not to influence the behavior of the marine animals in any way. We want to respect the fact that these are wild animals and we will remain impartial observers. Thank you for choosing us to take your whale watching adventure with and we hope to see you again soon!
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    Make time to do this> The flowers and gardens are wonderful! We also had high tea and enjoyed it immensely!
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    Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
    Responded 3 Sep 2019
    Hello Mary, Thank you for leaving us a great review. We always welcome these and are truly appreciative of them! How wonderful that you enjoyed the gardens and whale watching. Pleased that you enjoyed your high tea too! We hope to see you again in future :)
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    Great day for whale watching. Mild weather, great and informative guides and crew. Catamaran was comfortable and smooth. Saw an orca pod and ended the day and evening with a beautiful walk through Buchart's illuminations. All together a great visit!
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    Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
    Responded 28 Aug 2019
    Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We really appreciate this and are so happy that you got to see an Orca pod before ending this special day at the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Thank you also for your wonderful comments about our staff members. They work very hard to ensure our guest receive an enjoyable and educational tour with us. We would love to have to have you join us on another tour in future!
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    This tour is great even if you've been to the Gardens before arriving by catamaran boat at the Butchart Gardens harbour is a great way to visit. What's even better is that you can leave on the tour bus on a staggered basis for as late as 10 pm so you can leave early at 6 or 8
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    Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
    Responded 19 Aug 2019
    Hello Len, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time out on the water with our staff. We are sorry to hear that you felt the wildlife viewing experience was a letdown. Every tour is unique in terms of what wildlife we observe and how much of the whales we see. Currently, it is federally mandated that vessels must stay at a distance of 400m from killer whales which has been in effect since June 1st 2019. As we are part of the Pacific Whale Watching Association, we are permitted to watch the Bigg's (transient) whales at a distance of 200 metres. We take these regulations very seriously as not to influence the behavior of the marine animals in any way. We want to respect the fact that these are wild animals and we will remain impartial observers.
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    The crew James and Amy and the others were great. Amy and James were both very passionate about the wildlife it made you excited too. I couldn't recommend a better tour to take when in Victoria BC
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    Response from Maureen K, Communications Coordinator at Victoria Shore Excursion: Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens
    Responded 15 Aug 2019
    Hello Susan, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your adventure with James and Amy. They are very passionate about sharing their knowledge with our guests and certainly have a wealth of information when it comes to whale and marine wildlife! We would love to have you join us on another trip again the next time you are in Victoria :)
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