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20578
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
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,129
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.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,129
Program No. 20578 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 31 - Jun 7, 2021
Starting at
2,259
Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2021
Starting at
2,359
Jul 12 - Jul 19, 2021
Starting at
2,359
Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2021
Starting at
2,359
Aug 9 - Aug 16, 2021
Starting at
2,359
Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2021
Starting at
2,359
Aug 30 - Sep 6, 2021
Starting at
2,359
Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2021
Starting at
2,279
Oct 4 - Oct 11, 2021
Starting at
2,129
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 31 - Jun 7, 2021
Starting at
2,899
Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2021
Starting at
2,999
Jul 12 - Jul 19, 2021
Starting at
2,999
Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2021
Starting at
2,999
Aug 9 - Aug 16, 2021
Starting at
2,999
Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2021
Starting at
2,999
Aug 30 - Sep 6, 2021
Starting at
2,999
Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Oct 4 - Oct 11, 2021
Starting at
2,599

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile a day over varied terrain; climbing a few flights of stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Granville Island with a local expert chef and sample tastings of regional foods.
  • Enjoy an expert-led exploration of Vancouver’s Stanley Park; and explore the growing phenomenon of ethnic enclaves in the city.
  • Get a first-hand look at the city’s Victorian architecture and see the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the historic Empress Hotel.
Featured Expert
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Phil Foster
A lover of math and physics, Phil graduated from Exeter University in England with a teaching degree. His long career in education has spanned three continents; he spent time in small communities and cities throughout England, Australia and Canada teaching and learning about each country’s unique culture. Truly passionate about spreading knowledge to others and about travelling, Phil loves nothing more than taking people on educational walks through historic Victoria, showing them what makes his home special.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Margaret Springer View biography
For more than a decade, Margaret Springer was a television host and producer for Rogers and Shaw Community Channels, covering the arts community and local celebrities. She then spent three years a journalist for the Oak Bay News, covering local gardens, jewelry, flowers, lore and legend. As a result of interviewing Lawrie Wallace, the Queen's Secretary in British Columbia, Margaret was invited to the press reception aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, and was presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1983. Margaret has a keen interest in royal history and traditions, and is a frequent guest speaker on all things royal. For the past seven seasons, she has been an educational excursion leader at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, and has presented a series of lectures on the Royal Family and the traditions of afternoon tea.
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George Baker View biography
George Baker grew up in Brazil and Argentina, then moving to Toronto in 1956. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he began his advertising and public relations career. He was eventually drawn to the west coast and joined the British Columbia Civil Service in Victoria for 25 years. Following his work at the EXPO he joined the B.C. Office of Protocol, where he helped managed State Visits including Her Royal Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. In his retirement, George sharing his love of Victoria.
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John Atkin View biography
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.
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Phil Foster View biography
A lover of math and physics, Phil graduated from Exeter University in England with a teaching degree. His long career in education has spanned three continents; he spent time in small communities and cities throughout England, Australia and Canada teaching and learning about each country’s unique culture. Truly passionate about spreading knowledge to others and about travelling, Phil loves nothing more than taking people on educational walks through historic Victoria, showing them what makes his home special.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Art of the Northwest Coast
by Aldona Jonaitis
A survey of Pacific Northwest art and artistic traditions from Puget Sound to Alaska, featuring thought-provoking essays by art historian Jonaitis along with 152 illustrations, 89 in color.
Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
A beautifully wrought, extremely evocative novel set on San Piedro Island in Puget Sound in the 1950s. Readers are rewarded not only with some fine storytelling and beautiful prose, but also with a vivid glimpse of island life.
The Raven Steals the Light
by Robert Bringhurst, Bill Reid (Illustrator), Claude Levi-Strauss (Introduction)
A classic collection of 10 Haida myths and legends with accompanying black and white etchings by Vancouver artist Bill Reid. These stories capture the storytelling traditions of the Haida.
Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest
by Katharine Berry Judson
Presented here with 52 photographs, these traditional stories, first collected in 1910, reveal myths and traditions of creation, alongside noted geographical features of the territory.
Vancouver Birds: An Introduction to Familiar Species
by James Kavanagh
This pocket-sized reference for the bird enthusiast includes illustrations of over 120 species and a map of local birdwatching hotspots.
The Island Within
by Richard Nelson
A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land.
The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia
by Jean Barman
A fascinating history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. The author weaves portraits of major personalities and events into a readable overview of the cultural and social influences that have shaped the region.
Exploring Vancouver, The Architectural Guide
by Harold Kalman
In this highly accessible and authoritative guide to Vancouver's architecture, specialists Harold Kalman and Robin Ward take us on a tour of Vancouver's fourteen neighborhoods, exploring the city's rich architectural heritage in over 450 entries. Each entry includes historical, social and architectural commentary accompanied by striking, full-color photographs.
Vancouver Then and Now
by Francis Mansbridge
This installment in the Then and Now series takes stock of Vancouver’s evolution by placing antique photographs side-by-side with contemporary ones. It peels back the years so that readers can see city fixtures as they once were.
Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form
by Bill Holm
An in-depth analysis of the form, shape and texture of the art of the Northwest Coast Indians by an artist, teacher and expert in the field, illustrated throughout.
The Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean
by Terry Glavin, Carl Safina (Introduction)
A wide-ranging conservation history of British Columbia and the North Pacific Ocean. Glavin lives in the Gulf Islands, where he writes frequently about fisheries and environmental issues facing the region.
Moon Vancouver and Victoria, Including Whistler and Vancouver Island
by Andrew Hempstead
A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology.
Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
by Bill Richardson
Lake Woebegone goes British Columbian in this humorous slip of a novel about an unconventional Vancouver B&B, which features twin bookworm brothers, a talking parrot and a motley crew of hotel guests.
Great Bear Wild
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Introduction), Ian McAllister
A colorful photographic journey through the Great Bear Rainforest that follows the coast from Vancouver Island to southern Alaska; McAllister captures the spectacular landscapes and wildlife, including wolves, whales and bears.
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8 days
7 nights
17 meals
7 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Vancouver, British Columbia
D
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.

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.

DAY
2
Vancouver Introduction, City Exploration, Mus. of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
B,L,D
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 nearby restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

DAY
3
Multicultural Vancouver, Steveston Shipyard and Cannery
Vancouver, British Columbia
B,L,D
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 with a local expert and listen to a lecture while exploring the city’s multicultural neighborhoods. Learn about Vancouver’s approach to immigration and discuss the melting pot and mosaic attitudes towards immigration. 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.

DAY
4
Granville Island Public Market, Free Time
Vancouver, British Columbia
B,L
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 personal 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, visit one of the many museums and attractions in the city, or just relax.

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.

DAY
5
Ferry to Victoria, Introduction, Inner Harbour Exploration
Victoria, British Columbia
B,D
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.

DAY
6
Tradition of Tea, Robert Bateman Centre, Free Afternoon
Victoria, British Columbia
B,L
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.

DAY
7
Monarchy in Canada, Coach Exploration, Butchart Gardens
Victoria, British Columbia
B,L,D
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: Reminisce with your fellow Road Scholar travelers and share your favorite memories during our final evening together.

DAY
8
Program Concludes, Departure
Victoria, British Columbia
B

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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