Studying wine grapes in their natural habitat is much more enjoyable than exploring the dank, melancholy caverns of root beer's namesake. Stroll through blissful vineyards with this Groupon.
$39 for Cowichan Valley Hop-On, Hop-Off Wine Shuttle ($80 Value)
Shuttles depart on the following dates:
- Sunday, July 22
- Sunday, August 12
- Sunday, August 26
- Sunday, September 9
Passengers choose destinations from more than 11 wineries and receive lunch discounts at two locations. Customers also have the option of canoeing on Cowichan Bay for an extra cost. Shuttles run hourly along the winery route, allowing guests to visit the wineries of their choice and hop back on the shuttle at their desired time. Three pickup locations are available, at Hotel Grand Pacific, Helmcken Park N Ride, and Spencer Road. The shuttle departs Victoria at 9 a.m., and returns to pickup locations at about 6 p.m. Click here to view shuttle details.
ITT Wilson's Tours
Colleen Barrow has spent her entire lifetime seeking out and memorizing the coordinates of the most scenic sights dotting British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands. Rather than trapping them in a photo album or enormous snow globe, the local explorer shares her finds with guests through ITT Wilson's Tours. By partnering with Wilson's Transportation, Barrow coordinates luxury bus tours to castles, lighthouses, botanical gardens, and wineries. With many of the tours, guests receive a midday meal such as rustic oven pizza served at an apple-orchard picnic site, or mutton legs aged to perfection in a castle's meat cellars.