The beauty of visiting Seattle for domestic or international travelers is its close proximity to another foreign country, Canada. Getting up to see our friendly maple syrup loving neighbors up north can easily be assessable by car, bus, or a speed-ferry – as I like to affectionately describe it. Clipper Vacations offer a number of sightseeing tour options to Victoria, B.C., Canada, including overnight and day-trip accommodations by ferry, which moves as fast and can be as choppy as a speed boat be aware. My parents and I took the day-trip from Seattle to Victoria in the summer of 2016. The 3-hour boat ride departs Seattle early in the morning and leaves Victoria in the late evening. Included in their 200 USD day-trip option to Victoria, B.C. is a visit to The Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. The Butchart Gardens were founded in 1904 when 55 acres of abandoned lime quarry was transformed into a stunning sunken garden with seasonal floral displays, all done in the Victorian tradition. This convenient Butchart Gardens tour picks you up upon arrival at the Victoria Clipper terminal and you are shown the city highlights on your way to The Butchart Gardens. The tour provides a couple hours to independently explore the Gardens, followed by a ride back to Victoria’s Inner Harbour allowing ample time to explore the many beautiful inner harbour sights.
For more information: Victoria Day Trip With The Butchart Gardens
Note: For a link to all my pictures from this trip see my Victoria Island, B.C. Canada 2016 One Drive album