British Columbia

Signature Cities Vancouver & Victoria

Enjoy culinary explorations, architectural walks, visits to museums and fascinating lectures as you immerse yourself in the unique story of Vancouver and Victoria.
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Program No. 20578RJ
8 days
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8 days
7 nights
17 meals
7 B 5 L 5 D
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Vancouver, British Columbia
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in begins at 4:00 pm.

Afternoon: Program registration begins at 4:00 pm. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously).

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at 6:00 pm at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Vancouver Introduction, City Exploration, Mus. of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach. Walking approximately a mile (1.6 km) at a moderate pace; some periods of extended standing.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Coffee, tea, and water are included. Other beverages are available for purchase

Morning: Learn about Vancouver’s multi-faceted character from the past to the present from a local expert. Explore by motorcoach some of the city’s most notable neighborhoods, including Gastown, and Chinatown.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy a catered lunch at the Museum of Vancouver.

Afternoon: We’ll visit the Museum of Vancouver and deepen our understanding of the city and its relationship with the First Nations Peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Learn about local First Nations history and culture in a lecture specially developed by the museum’s staff for Road Scholar. An expert from the museum’s educational department will lead us on an examination of the exhibition. There will be time to explore the museum independently.

Dinner: Taste local cuisine as we dine at a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Multicultural Vancouver, Steveston Shipyard and Cannery
Vancouver, British Columbia
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach, walking approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) on pavement, boardwalks, standing for short periods during the field trip. Driving for approximately 2 hours.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast will be provided at the hotel.

Morning: Travel by coach and explore the city’s multicultural neighborhoods with a local expert. Learn about Vancouver’s approach to immigration and discuss the melting pot and mosaic attitudes towards immigration. Then, enjoy a historical and multi-sensory experience at Britannia Shipyard in the historical fishing community of Steveston. Savor a sample of smoked salmon and mochi while learning about the multi-generational saga of the Murakami family.

Lunch: Taste local flavors at a seaside restaurant in Steveston Village.

Afternoon: Explore the Gulf of Georgia Cannery with a museum expert and learn about the fish species that once populated the waters of the Georgia Strait and about the people that once congregated here to process their catch.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Vancouver.

Evening: Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Granville Island Public Market, Free Time
Vancouver, British Columbia
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Getting on and off the bus, walking approximately a mile (1.6 km), standing for extended periods during the 2-hour market exploration.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast, including hot and cold options will be provided by the hotel.

Morning: Join an expert from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) for a historical and culinary exploration of Granville Island. Explore the public market which welcomes local and globally influenced artisans, farmers, and food purveyors.

Lunch: Enjoy locally sourced and seasonal cuisine prepared by the talented students at PICA.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to continue exploring the market and visit one of the many museums and attractions in the city.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Ferry to Victoria, Introduction, Inner Harbour Exploration
Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles (2.4 km) for 1.5 hours. Getting on and off a motorcoach and ferry, some periods of standing, and climbing stairs with railings. The ferry to Victoria is 24 nautical miles and takes approximately 1.5 hours, participants will be responsible for boarding and disembarking the ferry with their luggage.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the ferry terminal from the hotel and cross to Vancouver Island. Cruise through the Strait of Georgia by ferry, enjoy the fresh air on deck and marvel at the breathtaking scenery. Keep an eye out for whales and eagles which sometime can be seen en route.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy aboard the ferry. Choose from a variety of hot and cold options.

Afternoon: Learn about the historic city of Victoria aboard a motorcoach with a local historian who will explain the social economic forces which shaped the city and gave it a sense of British charm. Explore Victoria’s Old Town and Inner Harbour on foot and see the British Columbia Parliament buildings as well as the historic Empress hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel.

Evening: At your leisure.

Tradition of Tea, Robert Bateman Centre, Free Afternoon
Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Activity note: Walking approximately a mile (1.6 km) on pavement, standing for extended periods of time.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel.

Morning: Learn about the tradition of Afternoon Tea during a special presentation which will elaborate on the history of the tea trade and the varieties of tea. Visit the Robert Bateman Centre featuring a collection of one of Canada’s best-known artists and naturalists who has been recognized by the Audubon Society as a “hero of conservation” for his dedication to environmental and preservation initiatives.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Independently explore historic Government Street, or wander Inner Harbour, Craigdarroch Castle or Fisherman’s Wharf.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Monarchy in Canada, Coach Exploration, Butchart Gardens
Victoria, British Columbia
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Activity note: Walking at Butchart Gardens at your own pace on paved pathways; standing for extended periods of time. Getting on and off a motorcoach. Driving approximately 1.5 hours with stops.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Join a retired BC Government Protocol Officer who will explain the Canadian system of Government, the role of the Prime Minister, the Queen, and the Lieutenant Governor. Embark on an exploration by coach of Victoria’s iconic landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Government House, Mile Zero, Beacon Hill Park, Oak Bay, the University of Victoria, Mount Tolmie and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Lunch: Enjoy afternoon tea lunch at the scenic Butchart Gardens.

Afternoon: Explore the Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site with 55 acres of floral displays and expansive lawns. Wander through the Sunken Garden, see the Ross Fountain, see the Japanese, Rose, and Italian gardens. Maps and flower guides will be provided on arrival for independent exploration.

Dinner: A farewell dinner will be enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Evening: Share your favorite memories with your new Road Scholar friends.

Program Concludes, Departure
Victoria, British Columbia

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 am.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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