One of the best day trips in the world is just a ferry-ride away.
According to TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Experiences, travelling from Vancouver to Victoria for the Butchart Gardens tour by bus is one of the best trips in the world.
“We’re excited to announce our first Travelers’ Choice awards for Experiences, according to feedback from the TripAdvisor community,” said Laurel Greatrix, Director of Communications for TripAdvisor, in a release. “Experiences are often the highlight of a trip, and a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture, or even explore your hometown.”
The award winners were determined using an algorithm that factored in business reviews, opinions, and popularity with travellers over the last year.
“Relish stunning Rocky Mountain vistas, sheer natural beauty, and BC’s picturesque provincial capital on this round-trip tour from Vancouver to Victoria. Travelling by ferry and bus, this guided tour takes you to Victoria’s must-see destinations including world-renowned Butchart Gardens,” according to TripAdvisor.
“Here, wander the expertly cultivated, 55-acre (22-hectare) rose, Japanese, and Italian floral gardens. This full-day tour includes free time to explore Victoria on your own, plus all transportation and admission fees.”
The day trip starts with being picked up at your preferred location in Vancouver and taking the ferry ride to the island.
“After docking in postcard-perfect Victoria, board the awaiting bus to begin your guided tour of the seaside city’s sights, neighbourhoods, and parks. Disembark the bus to enjoy three hours of free time to explore on your own, and visit top attractions like Miniature World, IMAX Victoria at the Royal BC Museum, and the Victoria Bug Zoo before digging into Victoria’s local food scene for lunch,” says TripAdvisor.
“Finish the day with a 90-minute stroll through lush Butchart Gardens. Wander through 55 acres (22 hectares) of premier floral gardens cultivated by world-class landscapers for over 100 years before heading back to your Vancouver departure point.”
The ‘Best of Niagara Falls Tour’ was the only other Canadian experience to be included in TripAdvisor’s ranking.