Enjoy the stunning variety of floral colors at the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, and visit eclectic communities in Victoria, BC’s countryside, and along Vancouver Island’s enchanting coastline.
8 or 10 hours
Price includes ferry transportation
5 guests maximum – contact us about larger groups
Not included in price: admission fees, food, drink, and guide gratuity
Seaside Scenery, Rural Mountain Roads, & a Charming Artist Colony
On this exciting tour of Salt Spring Island, your guide can pick you up anywhere in Victoria, BC, and your trip begins with a scenic drive from Victoria up the Saanich Peninsula, where you board a BC ferry. Enjoy a pleasant 30-minute crossing through the stunning archipelagos of the Gulf Islands.
Just like Victoria, Salt Spring Island has a history that dates back to the mid-1850s. Explore its rich and interesting history as you see old cemeteries, churches, heritage homes, and ancient apple orchards and sheep farms en route. The art galleries of Salt Spring Island feature First Nation and contemporary British Columbia art.
The Island is an artist colony with famous artists like Jim Erickson, winner of the Oscar for set decoration on Lincoln, and world-renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman, who lives on the island and has an art gallery in Victoria’s Inner Harbour that is well worth visiting.
Part of the Salt Spring Island tour is the spectacular drive to the various island highlights. The seaside scenery, rural mountain roads, and fields are unforgettable. You may wish to go up Mount Maxwell, the highest point on the island, for an exhilarating view of the bays, neighbouring islands, and parts of the greater Victoria region.
The island boasts an abundance of wildlife and foul, Garry oak forests, and beautiful lakes. With some luck, we may catch an eagle soaring high above the trees. Visit local vineyards, a cheese farm, and tour into the heart of a vibrant artist community. On Saturdays during the summer months, we can visit Salt Spring Island’s famous market featuring crafts, jewelry, pottery, food, and music.