Experience the Nitobe Japanese Gardens at the University of British Columbia. Considered to be the best traditional, authentic Japanese Tea Garden in North America, it is among the top five Japanese gardens outside Japan. Each tree, stone and shrub has been deliberately placed and is carefully maintained to reflect an idealized conception and symbolic representation of nature.
Lunch: Lunch at the Museum of Anthropology.Afternoon: At the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), enjoy an expert-led exploration of the museum. The MOA is Canada's largest teaching museum and world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs and community connections. Its exhibitions and programs provide access and insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. The Museum houses some 535,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.Dinner: Dinner at Adesso Bistro.Lodging: Best Western Sands by the SeaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Next we will experience the magic of Victoria history with a visit to Craigdarroch Castle. Built in the late 1800s and decked out in its Victorian finery for the holiday season, the mansion features magnificent woodwork, period furnishings, and the most prominent collection of stained and leaded glass on the West Coast. Craigdarroch Castle was built as the home of Robert Dunsmuir, the richest man in nineteenth century British Columbia, and his remarkable wife, Joan. After her husband's death, Joan ran the family empire from the Castle. There are 39 rooms furnished lavishly in the 1890s–1900s period. With over 20,000 square feet of space, the house and gardens are being restored exactly as they were originally built. On most days you will find artisans busily working on restorations.Dinner: Dinner at Steamship Grill and Bar.Evening: You may remain with your Group Leader to continue exploring local sites, take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover Victoria or relax at your hotel.Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner