Road Scholar : Home
Urban Outdoor Adventures in Vancouver and Victoria

Program Number: 21437RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/20/2014; 7/12/2015 - 7/19/2015; 7/26/2015 - 8/2/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/23/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price starting at: $1,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Sport; Water Sports; Food & Wine Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience British Columbia’s iconic and hidden treasures in one great multi-activity adventure that ventures off-the-beaten path — discovering the best of Vancouver, Victoria and the pristine waters and ancient forests of southern Vancouver Island. In Vancouver, enjoy miles of clean beaches, beautiful gardens and the winding seawall, towering cedars, footpaths and totems of Stanley Park. By bike and on foot, explore portions of the Galloping Goose Trail from Victoria to the rugged West Coast Trail as ocean and mountain vistas follow you wherever you go.




Highlights

• Discover the protected waters of Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm with Coast Salish representatives, followed by a traditional salmon shore dinner.
• Experience the incredible panoramic view of Vancouver Harbour and the beautiful Gulf Islands by seaplane on an exciting flight to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
• Explore by bike some of Victoria's most treasured landmarks, gardens and seaside communities, including the historic Inner Harbour, idyllic Oak Bay neighborhoods and Craigdorach Castle.



Activity Particulars

Walk 3–5 miles with interpretive stops. Bike 12 miles over three hours on paved paths/trails. Kayak on calm, protected water, no experience required. Gently paddle or simply ride on canoe trip. Kayak/bike alternatives offered.




Date Specific Information

7-12-2015, 7-26-2015

Join us in July 2015 for a special celebration to commemorate Road Scholar’s 40th Anniversary!



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Vancouver, 3 nights; floatplane to Victoria, 4 nights; 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 steps away from English Bay and Stanley. Victoria: Hotel near the scenic inner harbor.

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

John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He if the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.
 
George Baker

George Baker grew up in Brazil and Argentina, but the affable fellow found his way to Toronto in 1956. After graduating from the University of Toronto and logging a successful career in advertising and public relations, George has relished a second career as a charming, entertaining leader of historical walking explorations of downtown Victoria, Chinatown and The Empress Hotel, which has entertained the likes of Jack Benny, Katherine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Barbra Streisand and Roger Moore.
 
Phil Foster

A student of mathematics and physics, Phil Foster graduated from the teacher education program at Exeter University in Devon, England. This was the beginning of a long career in education that spanned three continents — he has taught in small communities and cities throughout England, Australia and Canada. Today, Phil enjoys sharing his knowledge with lifelong learners, and leads educational walks through Victoria.
 
Andrew Skinner

Andrew Skinner was born and raised in Victoria. Upon graduating he left Victoria to see the world. In 1995, after 10 years of adventurous world travel, Andrew came back home and opened his first company, Great Pacific Adventures. Six successful years later Andrew broadened his outdoor adventure portfolio and developed our cycle division, CycleTreks. Andrew has had many diverse and adventurous jobs. He has been a windsurf instructor in Mazatlan, Mexico, as well as a scuba dive instructor and operator of a dive company in Cayman Islands. He has worked for Search and Rescue in both the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico, and he was a treasure hunter in the Caribbean. Andrew’s love of the outdoors is apparent in all of his endeavors. His attention to detail and customer service is a notable trait and is evident throughout the companies that he now operates.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Sands by the Sea
  Vancouver, British Columbia 3 nights
   Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
  Victoria, British Columbia 4 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: 4:00 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 for information. Toll Free: 1-800-663-7515
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to Vancouver. Check-in after 4:00 p.m. Dinner at 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 7:00 a.m. Check-out of the hotel is 12:00 pm. You will be staying at Royal Scot Hotel and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  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, British Columbia
  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
Travel Details
 

Vancouver Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $35 (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:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7 - $10 CDN
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 all provide service to Vancouver. Taxis available from the bus or train depot.

 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD $43-$55
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.

 

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:

 

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:

 

$6 - $7 CDN
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 CAD$40.00 plus taxes; Ferry approximately CAD$15.00 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
  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: Bike rentals/helmets; kayaking equipment are included. 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
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel; check-in after 4:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel. This evening's dinner will commence at approximately 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: City Exploration: Stanley Park Eco-Exploration by Bike/Gastown and Chinatown
(Monday, July 14)

Note: Biking is at a leisurely pace on paths and trails and bike lanes; up to 15 kms/10 miles with multiple stops for interpretation en route. Route is suitable for beginner riders of basic fitness. Frequent stops and flat trails throughout. Hybrid bikes and helmet included. For those who choose not to cycle they can ride an electric bike ($$); or explore on their own.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: With a local guide, explore the city at a leisurely pace and experience the vibrant culture and beautiful cityscapes that make Vancouver a world-class city. Cycle along the seawall and through the pristine forest trails of Stanley Park to learn about the rich biodiversity of the temperate rainforest and the history behind the legendary totem poles. Cruise along the beaches of English Bay before hopping a ferry to False Creek to discover locally inspired food and works of art at Granville Island.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: After lunch we ride the seawall along the south side of False Creek to witness Vancouver’s modern architecture and the North Shore Mountains. We'll stop at the Olympic Village complex, to learn about Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics before arriving at Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown. Here we step back in time exploring Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Park and history-rich Gastown, learning about the city’s humble beginnings as a logging outpost and Gassy Jack’s pub. We will conclude our ride with a final stretch along the seawall and past the bustling Coal Harbour where boats and sea planes come and go.
 Dinner: Dinner on own.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Museum of Anthropology/Paddling Burrard Inlet
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: You may choose to paddle or simply sit back and enjoy the ride (no paddling experience required).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: 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. It is also acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey on the grounds of UBC. 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at the MOA.
 Afternoon: We leave the city behind to explore Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm, an 18 kilometre fjord that extends north from Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. The park area was once heavily glaciated, leaving behind a spectacular landscape featuring rugged, forested mountains, several alpine lakes, and numerous creeks and waterfalls, including the 50-metre high Granite Falls. We'll travel the protected waters of Indian Arm in traditional canoes while our Coast Salish guides share traditional songs, stories and identify ancient village sites along the way. You may choose to paddle or simply sit back and enjoy the ride (no paddling experience required).
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional salmon BBQ dinner with Tsleil-Waututh Nation on shore.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Independent Exploration/Flight to Vancouver Island/History of Victoria and Vancouver Island
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: The flight from Vancouver to Vancouver Island is with Harbour Air. The planes are DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter and carry 12 passengers plus 25lbs of luggage per person. The flight is approx. 30-35 minutes



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning participants can explore at the leisure. Take advantage of the free time to explore some of the many sites and attractions of Vancouver. Take the step on water taxi minutes away from our hotel to Granville Island (GL will escort those interested). Visit the Bill Reid or Vancouver Art Gallery, explore Robson Street or relax and read your favourite book.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Olympic Harbour, in downtown Vancouver, to board a float plane to Vancouver Island. In 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. We will become familiar with the landscape, environment, culture, and history of Victoria.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Join your group leader for a leisurely stroll along the seawall and Inner Harbour in Victoria.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: City and Seaside Exploration by Bike: Neighbourhoods, Parks and Castles/Craigdarroch Castle
(Thursday, July 17)

Note: Biking is at a leisurely pace on paved streets; up to 20 kms/12 miles, with multiple stops for interpretation en route. Hybrid bikes and helmet included. For those who choose not to cycle they can ride an electric bike ($$) or explore on their own.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Head out on comfortable hybrid bikes to explore Greater Victoria and its seaside communities. (20 kms at leisurely, sightseeing pace). Departing directly from the Inner Harbour, we will explore Greater Victoria, through the vibrant and historic Inner Harbour core, along the spectacular Victoria waterfront, into gorgeous and idyllic Oak Bay neighbourhoods. Highlights include Beacon Hill Park, Emily Carr House and many serene island seascapes.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Cycling continues with a stop at Craigdarroch Castle. Learn the story of Robert Dunsmuir, the richest man in nineteenth century British Columbia, and his remarkable wife, Joan. 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. Cycle through the dramatic gates of Chinatown and back to home base.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the many dining options: – taking a water taxi to Spinnakers Bistro for locally inspire cuisine and artisanal beer, High Tea or dinner at the Bengal Lounge in the historic Empress Hotel
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Southern Vancouver Island – Kayak Sooke Basin/Hiking the Galloping Goose Trail/Sooke Potholes Provincial Park
(Friday, July 18)

Note: Kayaking is on the calm waters of a protected Inner Basin – no experience required. For those who choose not to kayak we can provide optional activities or they can ride tandem with an experienced kayaker. Walking is at a moderate pace on groomed trails; approximately 3 - 5 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Set out early this morning to the small coastal town of Sooke to explore the sheltered waters of Sooke Basin by kayak . This warm, welcoming community of 11,000 people is situated between a wild, towering rainforest and the dramatic Pacific Ocean. While it's only a 40-minute drive from downtown Victoria, Sooke offers the untamed but comfortable experience that Vancouver Island's far west coast is famous for but without the five hour drive to Tofino. The beaches and coves offer a wealth of marine treasures for the roving beachcomber. Explore the abundant sea-life that lives in the tidal zone including seals, otters, mink, sea lions, eagles, herons, numerous other bird species, jellyfish, crabs, and other tidal life... and who knows... maybe a spout of a whale in the distance!
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: An interpretive hike along the Galloping Goose Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail, will introduce participants to the incredible natural diversity where rainforest meets the sea. The Galloping Goose passes through Roche Cove Provincial Park and Sooke Potholes Regional Park connecting the park to the adjacent Matheson Lake Regional Park. This easy hike affords lovely views of Sooke Basin and, in the distance, the Olympic Mountains of Washington. We'll examine the natural diversity in this region including the fascinating Sooke Potholes – a series of deep, polished rock pools and potholes carved naturally into the bedrock of the Sooke River. Glacial action during the last ice age 15,000 years ago is responsible for the formations, as the moving, melting ice packs stripped the surface area and carved a path deep into the natural bedrock. Huge boulders carried along by the rushing river became lodged, were swirled against the canyon walls and consequently carved out the potholes that can be seen today.
 Dinner: Dinner at Stickleback West Coast Eatery.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Historic Walk of Inner Harbour/Old Town Victoria/Ross Cemetary/Free Time
(Saturday, July 19)

Note: Walking on city streets, 2 - 3 miles with interpretive stops.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: 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. 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. Learn about the forces that shaped Victoria, the current personality of the city, and what the future holds.
 Morning: Meet your guide for an exploration of Ross Bay cemetery, the oldest surviving formal burial landscape design and a superb example of a Victorian-era burial ground. Its profusion of unusual trees and plantings, winding carriageways, 27,000 graves with intriguing marble, sandstone and granite monuments, all bear witness to the famous and not-so-famous who are buried here. Come and see the resting place of Sir James Douglas, first governor of British Columbia, many subsequent premiers, coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, artist Emily Carr, Billy Barker of gold rush fame, and of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, the "Hanging judge."
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to sample from the many dining venues in Victoria.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon – optional independent activities can include Butchart Gardens and high tea, an exhilarating whale watching expedition in the Juan de Fuca Straight with free transfers from the harbor or the Royal BC Museum.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Program Concludes/Departures
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is scheduled for 7:00 am.
 Morning: Departures from Victoria after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 p.m. his 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
 
  Vancouver, British Columbia 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
  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Step back in time to 15th Century China at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The first of its kind outside of China, the Garden offers a glimpse into life as a Chinese scholar during the Ming dynasty. Scholars lived and worked in their gardens, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar's garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation. As a bridge between cultures, the Garden offers lively demonstrations, Chinese festival celebrations and diverse art exhibitions. We also feature musical concerts such as the summer Enchanted Evenings Concert series. For additional information, visit www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/
  Granville Island
Early 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 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
  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/
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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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