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8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Supportive/comfortable footwear, walking shoes or boots (all-weather or waterproof and broken-in are recommended). Raincoat and/or windproof jacket (lined for cooler temperatures), umbrella, refillable water bottle.

Itinerary for Jul 19 — Jul 26, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, mini fridges, air conditioning, morning newspaper, free high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios and flat screen TV’s.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and 2 bars on site; and room service. Free wireless high speed internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check for availability.
Contact the hotel directly for rates & availability. Toll-Free: 1-800-663-9400

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 19 - Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel in the afternoon. Check-in is 4:00 p.m. Meet your Group Leader between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby to register and get your welcome packet.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at 6:00 p.m. at a restaurant close to the hotel (Milestones).

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions and a review of the program. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, mini fridges, air conditioning, morning newspaper, free high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios and flat screen TV’s.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and 2 bars on site; and room service. Free wireless high speed internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check for availability.
Contact the hotel directly for rates & availability. Toll-Free: 1-800-663-9400

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 20 - Chinatown/Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens/Stanley Park
Note: The walk to/from and through Stanley Park will be approximately two miles over relatively flat terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel includes: hot porridge, cold cereal with milk, eggs, toast with preserves, yogurt, fresh fruit, orange juice, muffins, coffee and tea

Morning: We travel to historic Chinatown to visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first authentic Chinese garden to be built outside of China. Like every classical Chinese garden, the design is based on the harmony of four main elements: rock, water, plants and architecture. Together, these four elements combine to create a breathtaking experience of perfect balance, yin and yang. The garden was built using the time-honored principles and techniques of the original Ming Dynasty garden.

Lunch: Lunch at Jade Dynasty.

Afternoon: On an exceptional field trip, meet with a member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society for an in-depth exploration of Stanley Park, a breathtaking expanse that remains unspoiled and a testimony to the giant trees that occupied Vancouver in its former days. With the ocean and mountain vista as a backdrop, learn about this unique park and its temperate rainforest ecosystem. Its natural West Coast atmosphere offers a backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees that transport visitors to an environment rich in tranquility. World-famous landmarks in the park will also be discussed, including Lost Lagoon, totem poles, various monuments and sculptures, and the 5.5-mile seawall that encircles the park. Following this afternoon’s field trip, there is an opportunity to explore the local area independently.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover Vancouver or relax at your hotel.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, mini fridges, air conditioning, morning newspaper, free high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios and flat screen TV’s.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and 2 bars on site; and room service. Free wireless high speed internet in public areas and guest rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Check for availability.
Contact the hotel directly for rates & availability. Toll-Free: 1-800-663-9400

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 21 - Vancouver City Exploration/Nitobe Japanese Garden...
Vancouver City Exploration/Nitobe Japanese Gardens/University of British Columbia/Museum of Anthropology

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a presentation and exploration of Vancouver with a local historian and heritage advocate. Travel with your local guide by bus through Vancouver’s downtown core. See the False Creek area (Olympic village and the old Expo 86 site), where the changes in the city over the last 20 years are most obvious and interesting. See some of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and hear about points of interest along the way including a stop to see the gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park. Vancouver is situated in an exceptional natural environment and is often cited as one of the best cities in the world to live, work, visit or invest in.



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 Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, and the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 250-388-5463
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html

Room amenities: Our guest rooms include daily newspaper delivery, comfortable lounge chairs, mini fridges, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, hair dryer, complimentary high speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board and bathrobes.

Facility amenities: Our Guest Service Amenities include: Business Services Available Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and downtown Victoria daily Indoor Swimming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) High speed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop Jonathon's Restaurant Toll Free #: 800-663-7515

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates
Contact hotel directly.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Wednesday, July 22 - Van Dusen Botanical Gardens/Ferry to Victoria/Int...
Van Dusen Botanical Gardens/Ferry to Victoria/Introduction and History of Victoria

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore Van Dusen Botanical Gardens with a local expert. This spectacular 22-hectare (55-acre) garden in the heart of Vancouver has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since opening to the public in 1975. The mild Vancouver climate allows the cultivation of an outstanding plant collection which is a delight any time of the year. The garden design features displays of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Specific garden areas are planted to illustrate botanical relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical origins, as in Sino Himalayan Garden. These areas are set amidst rolling lawns, tranquil lakes and dramatic rockwork with vistas of the mountains and Vancouver cityscape.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own on the ferry.

Afternoon: Transfer by coach and ferry from Vancouver to Victoria (1.5 hours). Arrive in Victoria and check into hotel. There will be some time before dinner to freshen up or take a stroll to nearby Beacon Hill Park with its Victorian landscape of manicured flowerbeds, graceful trees and lakes and bridged stream.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Following dinner a presentation will discuss the forces that shaped Victoria, the current personality of the city, and what the future holds. Victoria has an old-British charm where the residents are warm and welcoming and delight in showing visitors the beauty of this seaside gem.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, and the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 250-388-5463
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html

Room amenities: Our guest rooms include daily newspaper delivery, comfortable lounge chairs, mini fridges, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, hair dryer, complimentary high speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board and bathrobes.

Facility amenities: Our Guest Service Amenities include: Business Services Available Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and downtown Victoria daily Indoor Swimming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) High speed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop Jonathon's Restaurant Toll Free #: 800-663-7515

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates
Contact hotel directly.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, July 23 - Lily Maxwell's Private Garden/Government House Ga...
Lily Maxwell's Private Garden/Government House Gardens/Craigdarroch Castle

Note: Today's activities will take place primarily outside, so participants should be prepared for various types of weather conditions. In both the private and public gardens, the ground could be uneven in spots, so good walking shoes are recommended. There are a number of stairs at the historic Craigdarroch Castle and no elevator is available. There is also a short walk uphill to get to the castle.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel includes: bacon, ham or sausage, eggs, hash browns, fresh fruit, croissants, toast, coffee and tea.

Morning: Enjoy an exclusive visit to the private garden of Lily Maxwell. This beautiful garden is located in the Oak Bay area overlooking a vista of the Strait of Georgia and the magnificent, snow-covered Olympic Mountain range. Sweeping garden beds are filled with interesting, rare and unusual perennials. Explore this amazing garden that was selected the No.1 residential garden by the national Canadian Gardening magazine.

Lunch: Lunch at the Tea House at Abkhazi Gardens.

Afternoon: After lunch we spend some time at the elegant Queens Gardens surrounding the home of the lieutenant governor's mansion, the Queen's representative to the province of British Columbia. The unique features of the Government House Garden estate include an extensive rockery developed on a natural rock outcropping overlooking the ocean, an herb garden for all the senses, and a formal tapestry planting featuring Mediterranean herbs. Walk under heritage rhododendrons, towering copper beeches, and giant Douglas firs and sequoias (California redwoods) and stand beside the towering metasequoia (dawn redwood), one of the first specimens to be planted in North America.


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 Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, and the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 250-388-5463
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html

Room amenities: Our guest rooms include daily newspaper delivery, comfortable lounge chairs, mini fridges, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, hair dryer, complimentary high speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board and bathrobes.

Facility amenities: Our Guest Service Amenities include: Business Services Available Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and downtown Victoria daily Indoor Swimming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) High speed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop Jonathon's Restaurant Toll Free #: 800-663-7515

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates
Contact hotel directly.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Friday, July 24 - Inner Harbour Walk/Royal BC Museum
Note: During your guided walk of Old Victoria and the Inner Harbour, participants should expect to walk between 1 - 2 miles and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route. At the Royal BC Museum, benches will be available throughout, for those who need to stop and rest.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a historic guided walk of Victoria's Old Town and Inner Harbour. A walk along Wharf Street in the heart of Old Town provides a look at the many examples of Victorian architecture. Despite a fire in 1910 which ravaged the city core, many fine buildings remain and many restorations are evident. Our local historian will discuss the well-marked and hidden treasures of Victoria including the BC Legislature, Old Town, the historic Empress Hotel and the Inner Harbour.

Lunch: Lunch at the Sticky Wicket Pub.

Afternoon: Experience the Royal British Columbia Museum and Art Gallery on a self-guided visit. Through unique galleries, the museum showcases the human and natural history of British Columbia and temporary exhibits from other countries and cultures. Authentic artifacts and specimens are displayed in highly realistic settings, giving visitors the experience of another time and place. Researchers at the museum, throughout British Columbia and around the world use its collections to reveal new insights into the natural world and human cultures of British Columbia.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore Victoria's inner harbor, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, explore Beacon Hill park, take a gentle walk along the seaside trail, or a harbor ferry exploration.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, and the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 250-388-5463
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html

Room amenities: Our guest rooms include daily newspaper delivery, comfortable lounge chairs, mini fridges, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, hair dryer, complimentary high speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board and bathrobes.

Facility amenities: Our Guest Service Amenities include: Business Services Available Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and downtown Victoria daily Indoor Swimming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) High speed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop Jonathon's Restaurant Toll Free #: 800-663-7515

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates
Contact hotel directly.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Saturday, July 25 - Butchart Gardens/Farewell Dinner
Note: Paved and tightly packed gravel walkways lead the way through the historic Butchart Gardens. There may be some uneven ground along the way, so good walking shoes are recommended.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Enjoy some free time to shop along historic Government Street and side streets, take tea at one of the numerous tea houses or the spectacular Fairmont Empress, or explore the Inner Harbour.

Lunch: Lunch on your own before departing for Butchart Gardens.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will journey off-the-beaten path along rolling countryside, ocean glimpses and old-growth forests en route to Butchart Gardens. Butchart Gardens is a Natural Historic site still owned and operated by family descendants. The gardens offer 55 acres of wonderful floral display and you will find spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of earlier times.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at Butchart Gardens.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eight: Sunday, July 26 - Program Concludes/Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:30 a.m.

Morning: Departures from Victoria after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out of hotel is 12:00 noon. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Victoria, BC
BC LegislatureThe Legislative Tour strives to provide an enjoyable and informative experience for all visitors focusing primarily on the role of the Legislative Assembly and MLAs and the history of both the province of British Columbia and the Legislative Buildings. The Legislative Tour Office staff promotes access to the Legislature and encourage a sense of pride and unity in the province. The goals are to foster an understanding of the legislative process, an awareness of B.C.'s political heritage and an appreciation for the beauty and significance of the Legislative Buildings.
For additional information, visit: www.leg.bc.ca/
Empress High TeaIndulge in one of Victoria's grandest traditions - Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress. For almost a century, the majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual - the taking of Afternoon Tea. Award-winning Pastry Chef D'Oyen Christie works his magic, ensuring an authentic and memorable experience - from your very first sip of our secret Tea at The Empress blend tea, right through to his freshly baked raisin scones served with clotted cream and strawberry preserves. Served in the relaxing atmosphere of the elegantly restored Tea Lobby, overlooking Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbor in the stately Harborside Room or under the hand-painted ceiling of the Library, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria.
For additional information, visit: www.fairmont.com/empress/GuestServices/Restaurants/AfternoonTea.htm
Vancouver, BC
Capilano Suspension BridgeVoices from Vancouver’s past mingle with the sounds of nature, beautiful gardens skirt colourful totem poles, British Columbia First Nations artisans chisel legend into cedar and Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the serenity of a West Coast rainforest. Cross the suspension bridge, try out Canada’s award-winning tourist attraction, Treetops Adventure which offers a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal rainforest in the mid-story of 1300-year-old old growth Douglas-firs; or take the Cliffwalk with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms.
For additional information, visit: www.capbridge.com
Granville IslandEarly in the morning, the first Aquabus of the day putters across False Creek, heading towards Granville Island. Home to 300 businesses, studios and facilities, the destination still retains an old-fashioned, timeless feeling. Craftsmen and artists take up residence here, and it's clear that the tradition of apprenticeship and mastery is alive and well. You can see it in the detail of a ceramic bowl or the gentle curve of a freshly blown glass vase, the intricacy of a piece of jewellery or the flick of a painter's brush. Granville Island's charming public market overflows with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek. Street music is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Granville Island. Singer/songwriters strum away in open courtyards, drum circles form out of nowhere, and a clear strain of a melody from violin or saxophone melody often seems to make its way to the ears of an unsuspecting visitor
For additional information, visit: www.granvilleisland.com/discover-island/visitors-guide
Harbour CruiseVancouver's best sightseeing, dining and special event cruises. Join Vancouver's most popular Sunset Dinner Cruise, an amazing opportunity to enjoy the fabulous sunset view. Enjoy Vancouver's only authentic paddlewheeler and narrated tour of the inner harbour or relax with Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise through a secluded mountain fjord. A unique experience, since the area is only accessible by boat, in 4 hours you will pass Deep Cove to Indian Arm and finally reach Silver Falls.
For additional information, visit: www.boatcruises.com/
Vancouver AquariumCanada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life through display, interpretation, education, research, and direct action. You can experience all of this and more when you visit us. Research is ongoing at Aquarium labs and with display animals, by graduate students and staff.
For additional information, visit: www.vanaqua.org/home/
Vancouver MuseumThe Vancouver Museum houses permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region. Canada's largest civic museum moves into its second century, it continues to explore the human and natural history of the Vancouver region, the Pacific Northwest Coast and Pacific Rim with exciting, ever-changing new exhibitions. The Vancouver Museum continues to celebrate the rich legacy and heritage of our diverse multicultural society through varied programs.
For additional information, visit: www.vanmuseum.bc.ca/index.htm

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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