During the warmer months, Victoria's streets teem with Big Bus Victoria's fleet, making their daily stops around the city's sites. Customers hop aboard for 90-minute hop-on-hop-off tours that trek down a route that wends past Victoria's most compelling attractions, enabling guests to create flexible sightseeing outings that proceed at a convenient pace. Tour captains take passengers past city landmarks such as Empress Hotel, Legislative Building, and Craigdarroch Castle, letting passengers spring out of their seats before picking up ticket-holders and tumbleweeds eager to make their way across the city.
The Salish Sea hosts one of the larger killer-whale gatherings on the planet. Home to three large pods of fish-eating resident orcas and pods of transient orcas that hunt for larger mammalian game. Five Star's captains give passengers a glimpse of this underwater entertainment by charting courses through the sea atop stable catamarans outfitted with four separate viewing platforms. From these lookouts, guests may spot the black and white killers, as well as minke, gray, and humpback whales and other marine life. Between sightings, crews keep parties comfortable within the heated cabin by supplying them with complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and liquefied Herman Melville novels.
Onboard each Orca Spirit Adventures whale-watching tour sits a certified marine naturalist, spouting facts about the marine life located within the waters around Vancouver Island. As whale watchers seek out glimpses of orcas, dolphins, seals, and bald eagles, they listen to a symphony of underwater sounds. Each whale-watching vessel is equipped with an underwater hydrophone, which translates whale songs into directions to the closest underwater Tim Horton's. The company also provides charter tours, floating offshore weddings, fishing trips, and dinner cruises.
British Columbia is renowned for its majestic beauty. Snowcapped mountains climb the horizon, vast forests dominate the land, and crystalline waters stretch as far as the eye can see. One Tree Paddles traverses these waterways in search of magnificent views and the abundant wildlife, giving people a chance to experience the nature that surrounds them. Their kayak expeditions cover large distances, exploring Vancouver Island's west coast all the way through to the Spanish Pilot Group of islands and the open ocean. Take a three-day tour to go as far as you can, or stay nearby to go whale watching and explore historic locations.
Looking to captain your own boat for a day? Set your heading for Discovery Sea Kayaks in Friday Harbor.
If a bite's all you're after, then you'll want to stop by this center for a delicious fill of their home-cooked food.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this center.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The tenure of US Coast Guard–certified Captain Brett as captain of the Island Whaler began as a dream. In the course of nine months, he had a recurring dream about an unusual flatbed boat, which replaced his normal dreams about beating up Napoleon with Horatio Hornblower. More than a year after the visions stopped, Brett discovered his fantasy boat sitting in a parking lot in Anacortes. He now owns that boat and pilots the open-topped Island Whaler through picturesque waters to view the multitudinous wildlife found in and around Deception Pass.
The open deck and low-slung cabin of the seafaring sloop grants easy, panoramic views of the steep, rocky landscape. Captain Brett chimes in against the breeze with educational details about the pass's historical significance, structures, and ecology. Throughout the tours, spritely fauna with unevolved senses of stage fright perform lively, natural ballets as visitors potentially lock eyes with bald eagles, seals, porpoises, gray whales, and Pacific Northwest giant squid.