Local Links

To help you in planning your trip to our whale-watching paradise, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite web sites where you can find valuable information about accommodations, transportation and other tourist related Victoria businesses. Enjoy!

Premiere Travel Partners

Clipper Vacations / Victoria Clipper Ferry

For a fast trip from Seattle to Victoria, Victoria Clipper is simply your best choice! Reach Victoria, BC from Seattle’s Pier 69 (or vice versa)- in under three hours! Two high-speed catamarans, capable of carrying 300 passengers each, are used for this passenger-only ferry service.

CVS Tours 

No matter which experience you choose, CVS offers the most modern equipment, free wifi, the friendliest drivers and best value for your vacation dollars. Whether you want to go to the world-famous Butchart Gardens or experience one of our more intimate experiences you will see the difference travelling with a friend can make.


Accommodation Partners

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Experience a century of historical charm, breathtaking views, and Old World elegance or slip away for a wilderness adventure. Situated overlooking Victoria’s spectacular Inner Harbour, The Fairmont Empress has been the heart of Victoria for almost 100 years. Partake in the ritual of Afternoon Tea, dine in the award-winning Empress Room or savour the renown curry buffet and a signature martini in the Bengal Lounge. Or find your energy at the Willow Stream Spa.Five Star Whale Watching is the Fairmont Empress Hotel in-house whale watching company!

Union Club of British Columbia

Founded in 1879, the Union Club of British Columbia is a landmark institution in the heart of downtown Victoria. With an imposing neo-Georgian design inspired by the classic clubs of London, this heritage building has always offered premier service, amenities, companionship, and exceptional comfort. And because of those virtues, the Club has consistently attracted a diverse and impressive membership – the type of community movers and shakers who have been at the heart of the business, political, and cultural life of Victoria from its early colonial beginnings. Our impressive list of Members represents a legacy of leadership that has helped Victoria to become one of the most attractive and sophisticated cities in all Canada..

Days Inn Victoria

Our Hotel, the Days Inn Victoria on the Harbour welcomes you to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.  We are perfectly located right on Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour, walking distance to so much of what our amazing city has to offer, including the Convention Centre, Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, IMAX Theatre, CoHo and Clipper Ferry docks, Beacon Hill Park, restaurants, shopping and more. Clean, comfortable guest rooms, an onsite restaurant & lounge – Belleville’s Premium Quality Watering Hole & Diner – with seasonal outdoor patio, seasonal outdoor heated pool, year-round whirlpool, complimentary high-speed Internet access in guest rooms, complimentary Internet kiosk on lobby level, complimentary local calls, coffeemaker, tea, and kettle in guest rooms too.  Harbourview, Pet-friendly, and Kitchenette rooms available. Come and visit our beautiful Garden City, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Royal Scot Suite Hotel

Situated one block from the world famous Inner Harbour. The Legislative Buildings (beautiful by day and spectacularly outlined by thousands of lights at night), the Royal British Columbia Museum and downtown shopping… are all within walking distance. Every suite offers all the comforts of home, including a fully equipped kitchen with stove and microwave, and all have separate bedroom, living room and eating areas.

Victoria Garden Estate

Relax in a magnificent country estate in Deep Cove in North Saanich, Victoria that’s perfect for vacation rentals, family reunions, weddings and other occasions. Victoria Garden Estate is in a highly desirable area – enjoy the secluded setting with its flower gardens and blend of cultivated and natural landscape. Walk trails to the nearby ocean, drive around the Saanich Peninsula, visit nearby attractions or just relax in the house and our 13 acre grounds.

Attraction Partners

Butchart Gardens

Welcome to the Butchart Gardens, fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began to beautify a worked-out quarry site left behind from her husband’s pioneering efforts in the manufacture of Portland cement at Tod Inlet, Vancouver Island, Canada. Her venture has become a family commitment to horticulture and hospitality spanning over 100 years, and delighting visitors from all over the world.

Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum Corporation is one of Canada’s greatest cultural treasures. The museum was founded in 1886; the Archives, in 1894. In 2003, these two organizations joined to become British Columbia’s combined provincial museum and archives, collecting artifacts, documents and specimens of British Columbia’s natural and human history, safeguarding them for the future, and sharing them with the world.

IMAX Theatre Victoria

The largest IMAX® screen in British Columbia measuring 61’h x 85’w (18.59m x 25.9m) combined with crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound, offers you an incredible immersive cinematic experience.

West Coast Brewery Tours

If you are looking for Victoria’s #1 Brewery, Distillery & Wine Tours, then check out our friends at West Coast Brewery Tours.

Maritime Museum 

If you are looking for information on the local Maritime History or their wonderful walking tour, then visit the website of our friends at the Maritime Museum.

Coastal Bliss Adventures

If you are looking for a fantastic Wilderness  Adventure check out our friends at Coastal Bliss Adventures. Check out their other site at http://cowichanbaykayaking.com/ 

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