Make your way to Richmond, home of Vancouver International Airport. An island city, Richmond lies on the shores of the Straits of Georgia and on the Fraser River delta.
Immerse yourself in Richmond's history and youâ€™ll discover that Richmondâ€™s roots are as dynamic and fascinating as the city is today. Step foot in the fishing village of Steveston, where the boats ebb and flow in the harbour and historic buildings line the streets. Explore the 1894-built Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, and learn about the history of the fishing and canning industry through captivating guided tours and exhibits. Later, in the evening, head to the heart of Richmond and walk the well known â€˜Dumpling Trailâ€™ visiting several authentic Asian dumpling restaurants for some warming food
A short taxi ride will take you this morning to the Vancouver South Water Terminal located on the southernmost arm of the Fraser River. Take a short and scenic float plane flight over the picturesque Gulf Islands to Victoria Harbour. Explore Victoria's, heritage, architecture, colorful gardens, world class culinary experiences and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Drop your bags off at the hotel and do a walking tour of the Victoria Public Market followed by stops at The Harmonious Gates of Interest, Fan Tan Alley, Market Square, Bastion Square, Trounce Alley, Government St., the Inner Harbour Causeway and finally, the Parliament Building.
Overnight: Victoria, BC
Take a tour of the renowned Butchart Garden, with over 55 acres of spectacular floral displays set in an old stone quarry. The gardens are not only a summer affair. With Victoriaâ€™s mild climate, the shrubs, bushes and the occasional flowers, can be seen even during winter. After your Butchart Garden visit, return to Victoria and see the Royal BC Museum with its ever-changing exhibits. Visit Hermannâ€™s Jazz Club this evening for some lively music to wind down the day.
Overnight: Victoria, BC
Explore the walkable heart of Victoria at leisure. We suggest a visit to Craigdarroch Castle, a very Victorian experience. Craigdarroch is a shining example of a â€œbonanza castleâ€ â€” massive houses built for business entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. In this case, the industrialist was Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This Victorian mansion, built between 1887 and 1890 on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, was built to tell society that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada.Later this afternoon, board the floatplane flight for the short flight to Vancouver harbour. Take a taxi the short distance to your Vancouver city centre hotel.
Spend time to explore Vancouver and its many winter attractions before departing.