Silversea Luxury Cruises To Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, the capital of a province whose license plates brazenly label it "The Best Place on Earth," is a walkable, livable seaside city of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums, and beautifully restored 19th-century architecture. In summer, the Inner Harbour—Victoria's social and cultural center—buzzes with visiting yachts, horse-and-carriage rides, street entertainers, and excursion boats heading out to visit pods of friendly local whales. View more

Yes, it might be a bit touristy, but Victoria's good looks, gracious pace, and manageable size are instantly beguiling, especially if you stand back to admire the mountains and ocean beyond. At the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria dips slightly below the 49th parallel. That puts it farther south than most of Canada, giving it the mildest climate in the country, with virtually no snow and less than half the rain of Vancouver. The city's geography, or at least its place names, can cause confusion. Just to clarify: the city of Victoria is on Vancouver Island (not Victoria Island). The city of Vancouver is on the British Columbia mainland, not on Vancouver Island. At any rate, that upstart city of Vancouver didn't even exist in 1843 when Victoria, then called Fort Victoria, was founded as the westernmost trading post of the British-owned Hudson's Bay Company. Victoria was the first European settlement on Vancouver Island, and in 1868 it became the capital of British Columbia. The British weren't here alone, of course. The local First Nations people—the Songhees, the Saanich, and the Sooke—had already lived in the areas for thousands of years before anyone else arrived. Their art and culture are visible throughout southern Vancouver Island. You can see this in private and public galleries, in the totems at Thunderbird Park, in the striking collections at the Royal British Columbia Museum, and at the Quw'utsun'Cultural and Conference Centre in nearby Duncan. Spanish explorers were the first foreigners to explore the area, although they left little more than place names (Galiano Island and Cordova Bay, for example). The thousands of Chinese immigrants drawn by the gold rushes of the late 19th century had a much greater impact, founding Canada's oldest Chinatown and adding an Asian influence that's still quite pronounced in Victoria's multicultural mix. Despite its role as the provincial capital, Victoria was largely eclipsed, economically, by Vancouver throughout the 20th century. This, as it turns out, was all to the good, helping to preserve Victoria's historic downtown and keeping the city largely free of skyscrapers and highways. For much of the 20th century, Victoria was marketed to tourists as "The Most British City in Canada," and it still has more than its share of Anglo-themed pubs, tea shops, and double-decker buses. These days, however, Victorians prefer to celebrate their combined indigenous, Asian, and European heritage, and the city's stunning wilderness backdrop. Locals do often venture out for afternoon tea, but they're just as likely to nosh on dim sum or tapas. Decades-old shops sell imported linens and tweeds, but newer upstarts offer local designs in hemp and organic cotton. And let's not forget that fabric prevalent among locals: Gore-Tex. The outdoors is ever present here. You can hike, bike, kayak, sail, or whale-watch straight from the city center, and forests, beaches, offshore islands, and wilderness parklands lie just minutes away. A little farther afield, there's surfing near Sooke, wine touring in the Cowichan Valley, and kayaking among the Gulf Islands.

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Excursions in Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria City Highlights

Discover why Victoria's proud heritage is reflected in its beautifully-restored and well-maintained architectural treasures during this scenic orientation tour of the city.


Victoria's distinctive personality has evolved over 150 years of history; it is filled with interesting characters and an eclectic mix of many different cultures. Here, strong British heritage blends with Native Aboriginal culture and Asian influences to create a city that is uniquely Pacific Northwest in character.


Depart Ogden Point by coach for a sightseeing drive through Victoria. Your guide will point out Beacon Hill Park en-route to the exclusive residential districts, well-manicured grounds, and gardens of the Uplands and Oak Bay. Admire the million dollar views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountain range. Your driver will stop at convenient points along the way to allow for photos as you continue with the panoramic coach tour. Your route takes you past the majestic Parliament Building, the Empress Hotel, Craigdarroch Castle, Dunsmuir Estate, and the famous Royal British Columbia Museum.


Your visit concludes with a stroll down the main shopping street to the multi-faceted Inner Harbor, offering a more up-close look at the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel. Afterwards, re-board your coach for the drive back to Ogden Point or if you prefer, remain in town and return to the ship independently via the shuttle bus.


Please note: This tour requires some walking at each guest's discretion; it is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Accessible lift-equipped vehicles are available upon request. Most sights are viewed from the coach and guests may remain onboard during photo stops. The tour sequence may vary.

Grand Victoria and High Tea

Victoria is world famous as the home of the regal Fairmont Empress Hotel, which holds court daily with their High Tea. Indulge yourself in their majestic dining room after your overview of Victoria's pomp and elegance.


Board the coach at Ogden Point, with the majestic Olympic Mountains to the south and the untamed wilderness of Vancouver Island to the north and commence a panoramic driving tour of the city and its surrounds. See the up-scale neighborhoods with their stately homes with manicured lawns and gardens that skirt the Inner Harbor. Admire the million dollar views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountain range. Stop for photos at scenic viewpoints, before heading into the heart of Victoria.


Arriving at the Inner Harbour, your route takes you past the majestic Parliament Building, Craigdarroch Castle, Dunsmuir Estate, the famous Royal British Columbia Museum, and the ivy-covered Fairmont Empress Hotel, one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Canada. Opened in 1908 and commonly known as The Empress, this is the site of the famous Empress High Tea. Served in their ornate Tea Lobby, the service includes tea, served on Empress china, along with a Tea Tower, laden with tea sandwiches, scones, preserves, cream and pastries. Most popular among visitors and locals alike is the Empress Blend. Make sure to ask your server about this specialty.


The Empress is a first class experience, and requires a minimum of smart casual dress, although you may certainly feel free to 'dress to the nines' for this event.


Upon conclusion of High Tea, re-board the coach for the return drive to the ship. If you prefer, enjoy the 20-minute walk back to the Ogden Point Terminal catching a glimpse of the street performers and vendors in the Inner Harbor.


Please note: This tour requires some walking at each guest's discretion; it is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilize a wheelchair. Accessible lift-equipped vehicles are available upon request. Most sights are viewed from the coach and guests may remain onboard during photo stops. Attire at the Empress Hotel is smart casual. The tour sequence may vary.

Butchart and Butterfly Gardens

Discover one of Victoria's most renowned highlights, the spectacular Butchart Gardens and the Victoria Butterfly Garden on this half-day outing that includes a panoramic look at the city and its surrounds.


Depart the pier for a narrated, sightseeing drive through Victoria City.


City Sights

Along the way, pass by the majestic Parliament Building, Empress Hotel, and the famous Royal British Columbia Museum. From here, continue on through Bastion Square and Canada's oldest Chinatown, passing through the 'Gates of Harmonious Interest' en route to the Butchart Gardens.


Butchart Gardens

In 1904, Jennie Butchart moved to her new home on Vancouver Island, and began the transformation of her husband's limestone quarry into the beautiful wonder of Butchart Gardens. Today, this 50-acre (20-hectare) estate features extraordinary themed gardens known as the Sunken, Italian, Rose, and Japanese Gardens. This botanical masterpiece changes frequently as the staff continually alters the grounds with the seasons. Upon arrival, representatives will greet you, advise you of the seasonal highlights, and answer any questions you may have. As you wander the Gardens on this self-guided tour, delight in the sounds and smells of the uninterrupted blooms from March through October. Maps are provided to assist you as you navigate at your leisure through these colourful grounds.


Victoria Butterfly Garden

Next, travel the short distance to the Victoria Butterfly Garden. In this lush tropical world, experience thousands of exotic butterflies flying freely in an enormous12,000 square-foot (1,115-square-metre) enclosure. See flamingos and dozens of other tropical birds, as well as koi carp swimming in the stream and pond. The gardens features 200 species of orchids and thousands of tropical plants including the "Foods of the World" and "Carnivorous Plant" displays.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to Ogden Point. En route, pass by the Inner Harbour, one of Victoria's most picturesque and photographed areas.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate of walking to explore all the gardens in the time allocated; the distance covered at Butchart Gardens is at each guest's discretion. This tour is recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Accessible lift-equipped vehicles are available upon request. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please remember to bring your camera.

Scenic Victoria and Craigdarroch Castle

Experience the sights of Victoria, nestled in the Strait of Juan De Fuca and known as the 'City of Gardens', as you visit one of the area's highlights, Craigdarroch Castle.


Board the coach at the cruise terminal and head to the heart of Victoria, the Inner Harbour, where many say Victoria comes to life. This is the home of the Parliament, the Empress Hotel, the Royal British Columbia Museum, street performers and food vendors galore. Listen as your driver provides narration as the coach makes its way to Craigdarroch Castle.


Craigdarroch Castle

Boasting an eclectic architectural style with soaring spires and a red slate roof, this beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion was built in the 1890s by wealthy British Columbia coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir. Craigdarroch Castle, the only remaining vestige his grand estate, is a four-storey masterpiece, fully restored to its original condition, after having been used as both a Hospital and College during the 1900s. The estate has 39 rooms, most of which are furnished lavishly in the style of the 1890s-1900s period. Explore the castle at your leisure during your self-guided look at this lovely landmark. At the appointed time, re-join your group and set-off on the coach for a continuation of your narrated look at the city. If you prefer, leave the coach at the Inner Harbour and make your own way back to the ship via the shuttle service or enjoy the 20-minute walk. The coach returns you to Ogden Point and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with about 90 steps, to explore all public areas of the castle. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of sights seen may vary.

In Search of Whales

Embark on a quest to see 'killer whale' or Orca and other marine life on this half-day adventure.


Victoria is the gateway to the Puget Sound, Gulf Islands, and San Juan Islands, and is home to three resident pods of Orca whales. Within these three pods are approximately 90 whale cohabitating with other fish and mammals such as Dalls and Harbor porpoise, Pacific dolphin, sea otters, and Stellar and California sea lions. Search for these marine creatures as they explore their natural feeding grounds along the shores British Columbia's rugged coastline.


Climb aboard the 40-passenger boat, with covered seating and equipped with restrooms, offer open viewing decks. 'Whale-spotting boats' precede your departure and send the captain updates on the locations of the whale pods. Meet your crew and after a short safety briefing, head out of the marina and the scenic Inner Harbour. This area is a playground for many of the world's wealthiest yacht owners and their spectacular vessels can often be seen cruising through the waters.


As you cruise to the viewing locations, admire the majesty of the coastline and mountain environs as you search for the distinctive black and white colourings of the Orca. Upon sighting marine life, the captain will shut off the engines, allowing the boat to coast with the tide and possibly killer whale or other animals as they follow the salmon and their prey on the currents. Listen and hear the whales communicate in their natural environment when experienced naturalists on board lower hydrophones into the water.


After approximately two and a half hours, your whale watching vessel returns to its dock at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires little walking; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark both the coach and boat via steps. It is not suitable for those who utilize a wheelchair. Those sensitive to motion should take precautions prior. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers; fleeces and water/wind-proof jackets will provide added comfort. Although orca and other marine life are commonly seen in this area, their sightings cannot be guaranteed. A limited number of Binoculars are available for use onboard the boat. Please remember to bring your camera.



Silver Shore Privato – Victoria by Private Car with Driver/Guide – Half Day

Explore Victoria at your leisure during this half-day sightseeing tour via private car.


Depart the pier with a knowledgeable, English-speaking driver/guide in your private, air-conditioned sedan for a sightseeing tour of Victoria. Along the way, you can create your own itinerary and discover the city and surrounding area at your own pace.


Your exclusive tour of Victoria concludes back at the ship.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Victoria. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship for assistance with your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Victoria by Private Car with Driver/Guide – Full Day

Explore Victoria at your leisure during this full-day sightseeing tour via private car.


Depart the pier with a knowledgeable, English-speaking driver/guide in your private, air-conditioned sedan for a sightseeing tour of Victoria. Along the way, you can create your own itinerary and discover the city and surrounding area at your own pace.


Your exclusive tour of Victoria concludes back at the ship.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Victoria. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship for assistance with your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Victoria by Private Van with Driver/Guide – Half Day

Explore Victoria at your leisure during this half-day sightseeing tour via private van.


Depart the pier with a driver and knowledgeable, English-speaking guide in your private, air-conditioned van for a sightseeing tour of Victoria. Along the way, you can create your own itinerary and discover the city and surrounding area at your own pace.


Your exclusive tour of Victoria concludes back at the ship.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Victoria. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship for assistance with your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Victoria by Private Van with Driver/Guide – Full Day

Explore Victoria at your leisure during this full-day sightseeing tour via private van.


Depart the pier with a knowledgeable, English-speaking driver/guide in your private, air-conditioned van for a sightseeing tour of Victoria. Along the way, you can create your own itinerary and discover the city and surrounding area at your own pace.


Your exclusive tour of Victoria concludes back at the ship.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Victoria. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship for assistance with your individual itinerary.