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Vancouver & Victoria: Signature Cities of Canada's Pacific Northwest

Program Number: 20578RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/9/2014 - 6/16/2014; 6/8/2015 - 6/15/2015; 8/3/2015 - 8/10/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/14/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price starting at: $1,785.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Embark on an exploration of Vancouver and Victoria to learn about these world-class cities with British, European and Asian traditions. Discover the planning that has made Vancouver one of the world’s most livable cities and explore its fascinating neighborhoods, including Gastown and Chinatown. In Victoria, meet with a local expert and explore historic landmarks including Old Town, the Inner Harbor, the British Columbia legislature and the grand Empress Hotel.




Highlights

• Explore Granville Island with a local expert chef and sample tastings of regional foods.
• Enjoy an expert-led exploration of Vancouver’s Stanley Park with a Stanley Park Ecology Society expert.
• Hear stories of the Empress Hotel’s famous guests.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile a day over varied terrain; climbing a few flights of stairs.




Date Specific Information

6-9-2014, 6-8-2015, 8-3-2015, 9-7-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Vancouver, 4 nights; coach and ferry to Victoria, 3 nights; independent departure.




Vancouver (British Columbia)

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Vancouver for its breathtaking hiking and biking trails and majestic views of the tree-lined waterway, the Strait of Georgia. With distinctive neighborhoods, top-rated restaurants and a thriving theater and arts scene, Vancouver is also a sophisticated destination. It is renowned as one of the world’s best cities.



Accommodations
Vancouver: Hotel a half-block from beach at English Bay. Victoria: Hotel steps from Inner Harbour.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Teresa Weir

Teresa grew up on a dairy farm in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Windsor. After graduation, she moved west and has lived in Edmonton, Jasper and now Vancouver. Her acting career has taken her to Fringe festivals in three provinces, elementary schools throughout British Columbia, and she now spends time role playing for students in various health care programs. She regularly works special events such as the Vancouver International Film Festival. With a love of the outdoors, Teresa camps as often as she can. In 2011, she hiked 68 miles of Scotland’s Speyside Way. Teresa looks forward to meeting Road Scholar participants and sharing with them her love for the region.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Sands by the Sea
  Vancouver, BC 4 nights
   Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
  Victoria, British Columbia 3 nights
 Best Western Sands by the Sea
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, 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.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Check for availability. Contact the hotel directly for rates & availability. Toll-Free: 1-800-663-9400
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
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, 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
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates Please contact the hotel directly. Toll Free: 800-663-7515
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to Vancouver, BC. Check-in after 3:00 p.m. Welcome dinner is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Best Western Sands by the Sea that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from Victoria after breakfast. Breakfast is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Check-out of the hotel is 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Royal Scot Hotel and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required for ALL participants. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information
  Parking availability:
To arrange parking at the Best Western Sands by the Sea Hotel please contact the hotel directly at 604-682-1831. **Please note it is recommended that participants do not drive to the program, as the program starts and ends in different locations.**
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vancouver, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Victoria, British Columbia
  Nearest city or town:  Victoria
  Nearest airport:  Victoria International Airport (YYJ)
Travel Details
 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35 CAD (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

   

Taxis available at the Vancouver airport to downtown hotels.

 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Aero Car
phone: 888-821-0021
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45-$55 CAD
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 20 to 30 minutes 

   

Aero Car - Is a Sedan and Limousine Transportation Service that will pick you up at the airport and drop you off at your required destination in downtown Vancouver. 24 hour reservations. For more information and up to date fares, please contact Aero Car directly at 604-298-1000 | Toll-Free: 1-888-821-0021 or visit www.aerocar.ca.

 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Sky Train/Canada Line
phone: 604-953-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7 - $10 CAD
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 - 45 minutes 

   

From the airport, take the Sky Train to Yaletown/Roundhouse Station, signs will direct you to the Canada Line. From Yaletown/Roundhouse, take C23 Davie Street bus (same ticket) west to Davie Street & Bidwell, walk ½ block to the hotel.

 

Vancouver

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Checker Cabs
phone: 604-683-4567

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Taxis available at train station or use call box. Amtrak, Via Rail (& Greyhound Bus) all provide service to Vancouver. Taxis available from the bus or train depot.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Quick Shuttle
phone: 800-665-2122
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45 USD
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximate travel time is 5 hours 

   

Quick Shuttle provides affordable and reliable transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals aboard luxury coaches. Quick Shuttle provides complimentary doorstep service to all major Hotels. Visit http://www.quickcoach.com/schedule.html for details or call 800-665-2122

 

Victoria

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
YYJ Shuttle (Gray Line)
phone: 855-351-4995
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $21 CDN + tax (subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 30 minutes 

   

YYJ Shuttle (operated by Gray Line) provides daily 1/2 hour service to/from the airport to all hotels and motels in Greater Victoria. Reservations are recommended. For more information visit http://www.yyjairportshuttle.com/ or call 1-855-351-4995. Victoria International Airport (YYJ) has many direct flights from Air Canada (Jazz) which offers connections from across North America via Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

 

Victoria

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5 - $6 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Walking distance from the hotel.

   

The Victoria Clipper passenger ferry travels between Victoria and Seattle. Travel time is 2 ½ hours. For more information, schedules and current fares please call 1-800-888-2535 or visit www.victoriaclipper.com

 

Victoria to Vancouver Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Coach and Ferry
phone: 800-661-1725
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Coach approximately $40.00 CAD plus taxes; Ferry approximately $15.00 CAD plus applicable taxes
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Total travel time is approximately 3.5 hours (subject to change) 

   

Pacific Coach Lines picks up at scheduled stops in Victoria and goes onto the ferry to Vancouver (including Vancouver Airport), then on to the main bus station. Contact PCL at 1-800-661-1725 or visit www.pacificcoach.com. Reservations are required.

 
Driving Directions
  DIFFERENT START AND END LOCATIONS This program starts in Vancouver, BC and ends in Victoria, BC. If you are driving your personal vehicle to the program you will need to consider the logistics of the itinerary and different start and end locations.
  From the airport: Head south on Grant McConachie Way E, keep right at the fork and follow the signs for Granville St E/ City Centre/ Centre-Ville/ BC 99 N. Merge onto SW Marine Drive. Continue on to Granville St. Make a slight left at Granville St/Granville Bridge. Turn left at Davie St, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your right. (Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.)
  From the east: Take the Trans Canada Highway west to Vancouver. Merge onto BC 1W. Take Exit 25 for McGill St and merge onto McGill St. Turn left at Renfrew St N, then right at Dundas St and continue onto Powell St and Water St. and then turn right at W Cordova St. Turn left at Howe St going south to Davie St; turn right, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your right. (Travel time from Chilliwack, BC is approximately 1.5 hours.)
  From the north: Take Highway 99 south to Vancouver. Take exit 13 for BC 99 S/BC 1A-E towards Vancouver/Taylor Way. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for BC 99 S/Taylor Way, S/Vancouver, and merge onto Taylor Way/BC 1A S/BC 99 S. Turn left at Marine Dr/BC 1A S/ BC 99 S. Take the ramp to Bridge Vancouver and merge onto Lion’s Gate Bridge Rd/ BC 1A S/ BC 99 S. Turn right at Denman St and left at Davie St, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your left. (Travel time from Whistler is approximately 1.5 hours)
  From the south: Take Highway 99 north to Vancouver. Take exit 41B on to Marine Drive West, and merge onto SW Marine Drive. Continue on to Granville St. Make a slight left at Granville St/Granville Bridge. Turn left at Davie St, The Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your right. (Travel time from the Canada-US border is approximately 1.5 hours.)
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Monday, June 9)
   
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel; check-in is 3:00 pm.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner will be at the hotel at 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. 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.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Vancouver History/Museum of Anthropology/Bill Reid Gallery
(Tuesday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel includes hot porridge, cold cereal with milk, toast with preserves and cream cheese, yogurt, eggs, one breakfast meat, fresh fruit, fruit juices, coffee/tea.
 Morning: Meet with local historian, author, and heritage advocate, who will discuss Vancouver's multi-faceted personality from past to present. A presentation will explore the history of Vancouver from a social, ethnic and economic perspective. Learn about its historical precedents and urban planning that have enabled the city to achieve its status as one of the most "livable" cities in the world.
 Morning: Visit the Museum of Anthropology, Canada's largest teaching museum and world-renowned for its collections and research. A local expert will take you through the exhibitions providing 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.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Meet with an art historian and explore the beautiful collection of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Bill Reid was the pivotal force in introducing to the world the great art traditions of the indigenous people of the Northwest Coast. He is an acclaimed Haida master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, spokesman and one of Canada's greatest artists. Highlights include over 40 pieces of Bill Reid's gold and silver jewelry, Reid's bronze masterpiece Mythic Messengers and several of Reid's works that are featured on Canadian currency.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Vancouver Communities/Guided Exploration of Gastown and Chinatown
(Wednesday, June 11)

Note: Public Transit will be used to transfer participants from English Bay to Gastown, so participants are able to experience Vancouver as the locals do! During the walking tour of Gastown and Chinatown, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a presentation on the settlement of Vancouver and the distinct communities and neighborhoods that define this multicultural metropolis. Join a well-known cultural historian on a walk through Gastown, one of the oldest parts of the city and much of the early architecture and character remains, giving it a different look and feel than the glass and concrete of the rest of downtown. Learn about the importance of Gastown and the birthplace of the city of Vancouver, which was created around the same time that Canada became a nation.
 Morning: Join an expert guide at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first of its kind outside of China and an authentic representation of an age old garden tradition which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar's residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.
 Lunch: Traditional Dim Sum lunch at a local restaurant in Chinatown.
 Afternoon: Continue with an exploration of Chinatown and its brightly colored facades, street markets, and the buzz of modern-day Cantonese commerce. Built by Chinese people to authentically reflect their culture and traditions it is still predominantly populated by Chinese people. (Unlike San Francisco's Chinatown which was built by their Chamber of Commerce to attract tourists.) Discover Chinatown's rich heritage, vibrant culture, and incredible food markets while exploring the colorful streets and alleys. Sample traditional Chinese tea or indulge in steamed rice cakes and warm apple tarts from a traditional bakery. Learn about the Millennium Gate, a four-pillar, three-story high, brightly painted arch spanning Pender Street which was erected in 2002 to mark the millennium and commemorate the Chinese community's role in Vancouver's history.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Granville Island Public Market/Free Afternoon
(Thursday, June 12)

Note: Participants will be taking a brief (5 minute) ferry ride from English Bay to Granville Island. During your time on Granville Island, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Join a local expert on a historical and culinary exploration of Granville Island and the Public Market, known for its eclectic mix of artisanal food shops and studios. Discover this urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios and the most spectacular fresh food market you've ever seen. Savor the wares of the market's many globally influenced and locally impassioned artisans, farmers and food purveyors. Explore and taste what's been grown, fished and cooked fresh in this bustling public marketplace. Along the way, learn about what makes the island both a sensory and historic delight.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to continue your exploration of Granville Market.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the local fare or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Stanley Park/Ferry to Victoria/Butchart Gardens
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Explore Stanley Park's extensive grounds by coach with a naturalist from the Stanley Park Ecology Society. Learn about rainforest and coastal ecology and discover some of the Park's most famous landmarks - Vancouver Lookout, Lion's Gate Bridge, the famous Totems and the 5.5 mile seawall that encircles the entire park. The history of Stanley Park coincides with the early days of Vancouver, opened in 1888 and named after Lord Stanley, then Governor General of Canada. This spectacular urban park is a cool, lush, evergreen oasis situated on a peninsula in the heart of the city and only steps away from your hotel. Today, Stanley Park is recognized as one of the great parks of the world, offering a backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. Ferry departs for Victoria.
 Lunch: Box lunch on ferry.
 Afternoon: Begin your journey on Vancouver Island with a memorable visit to Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Learn about the story of Jennie Butchart who crafted this gem from a limestone quarry. Still owned and operated by family descendants, the expansive gardens offer 55 acres of wonderful floral display. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of earlier times. Later this afternoon, arrive into the picturesque city of Victoria and check into your hotel.
 Dinner: At local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Introduction to Victoria/Guided Walk of the Inner Harbour/Royal BC Museum
(Saturday, June 14)

Note: During your guided walk of Old Victoria and the Inner Harbour, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route. Your excursion at the Royal BC Museum will be self-guided, so participants are able to explore the museum at their own pace. Benches are available throughout the museum.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we will become familiar with the landscape, environment, culture, and history of Victoria. Our speaker 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. Enjoy a historic 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. 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: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum and Art Gallery. 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. This museum visit will be self-guided, so participants are able to enjoy the galleries of their individual tastes.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore downtown and enjoy one of many wonderful dining options, or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Royal Visits/The Historic Empress Hotel/Free Afternoon/Farewell Dinner
(Sunday, June 15)

Note: The walk from the hotel to the Fairmont Empress will be approximately 1 mile. During your time at the Empress, there will be opportunities to stop and rest during your guided visit.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Meet a local historian and hear about the Royal visits and one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria, the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The hotel has hosted notable guests including Queen Elizabeth II, Rudyard Kipling, Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracy, Princess Margaret, Rita Hayworth, the King and Queen of Siam, and the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Explore Victoria's most prestigious landmark with some of the most breathtaking architecture in all of Victoria.
 Lunch: On your own to explore one of the many dining options Victoria has to offer; or join the group leader at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take some free time this afternoon to explore along historic Government Street and side streets; stop and enjoy tea at one of the many tea houses, indulge in traditional High Tea at the Empress, or grab a pint at the charming pubs found throughout the Inner Harbour.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Victoria.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Departures from Victoria
(Monday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is scheduled for 8:00 am.
 Morning: Departures from Victoria after breakfast, according to individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 p.m. 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, British Columbia Empress Tea
Indulge 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
  Legislative Tour
The 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/
  Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum Corporation is one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. The museum was founded in 1886; the archives in 1894. Our archives, exhibits and galleries change and grow as our understanding grows, and we endeavor to share our knowledge in original and exciting ways. Each exhibit and gallery tells important stories about British Columbia and provides an engaging and thought-provoking window on the province's past, present and future. For additional information, visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/MainSite/
  Vancouver, BC Capilano Suspension Bridge
Voices 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
  Grouse Mountain
Take the Gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. If you want a real challenge - or at least a serious workout - try the Grouse Grind. A 2.9-kilometre (3700 ft) trail straight up to the top of Grouse Mountain. When you do the Grind, it's recommended you wear hiking boots and carry water. For those in good shape the hike takes about an hour. An average time would be between one and a half to two hours. The world record for doing the Grind is under 27 minutes! It's free to hike up, but it's not wise (or advised) for you to hike back down so you'll need to pay for the gondola ride to the bottom ($10 - 15 CDN for gondola ride). The Grind is open from late Spring to early Fall, dependant on weather and trail conditions. For additional information, visit www.grousemountain.com
  Harbour Cruise
Vancouver'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 Museum
The 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
  Vancouver Zodiac Adventures
Immerse yourself in the pristine scenery and coastal wildlife of British Columbia. On this 3-hour tour, your guide will take you deep into Howe Sound to explore the many islands and inlets. Once there, you will encounter seals and sea lions, visit seabird nesting sites and discover bald eagles. Also be on the lookout for porpoises! Returning to Coal Harbour you will be treated to breathtaking views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. The tours are guided by a certified naturalist/skipper and depart from the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver dock. For additional information, visit: For additional information, visit www.princeofwhales.com/vancouver-departures/vancouver-zodiac-adventure-tours/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia


Author: Jean Barman


Description: PAPER, 834 PAGES, $32.95 A general history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. (Item no. CND116)



Vancouver Island Book of Everything


Author: Peter Grant,


Description: From Hudson's Bay outpost to gold rush fever and coal and lumber barons to political scandals Island-style to the mighty Douglas fir and Pacific salmon and profiles of Emily Carr, Cougar Annie and the Dunsmuir clan, no book is more comprehensive than the Vancouver Island Book of Everything. No book is more fun! Well-known Islanders weigh in on their favorite things about Vancouver Island. Robert Bateman shares his five most inspiring island locales



Victoria, A History in Photographs


Author: Peter Grant


Description: 1996, PAPER, 112 PAGES, $12.95 The story of Victoria, British Columbia from its days as a mining colony to its development into a city. Nearly 150 archival photographs are organized together with a short text. (Item no. CND117)





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