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2-Hour Guided Rainforest Hike

2-Hour Guided Rainforest Hike
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USD 70.21
Vancouver Island offers some amazing trails along its beautiful coast and through its old grown lush rainforests. This private guided hike is just a short 30 minute drive from downtown Victoria. There are multiple locations close to the city that will make you feel like your miles away deep in the wilderness. You will experience some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world, waterfalls, as well as a vibrant surrounding Eco-system.

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Explore the scenic, calm waters of Brentwood Bay and Todd Inlet on a 2-hour kayak tour, and then enjoy a relaxing lunch at Zanzibar Cafe or the Brentwood Bay Lodge Pub. Take in the scenery on the water and land from the pub’s beautiful patio or the cafe's cozy tucked-away setting.

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Butchart Gardens Public Bus Recommendations

IHateTaxis.com recommends the Butchart Gardens public bus.

With direct service to and from downtown to the gardens, this is one of the easiest and most economical ways to get to and from the gardens.

Butchart Gardens Public Bus Fares & Payment

Butchart Gardens Public Bus Payment: Cash only, exact change required. Bills are accepted. USD accepted at par

Bus fare is CAD 2.50 and valid for 60 minutes (although transfers usually give 90 minutes or more).

Butchart Gardens Public Bus Details

Public Butchart Gardens Bus

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BC Transit offers service to and from the Butchart Gardens on a regular basis during opening hours. From downtown, take the 75 or 76 directly there. Note that some 75 and 76 trips leave from Royal Oak during non-peak hours outside of summer. In this case, take the 6 or 30/31 from downtown to Royal Oak and transfer to the 75 or 76 from there. From the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, take the 81 directly there. From Sidney, take the 82 community bus. If you need to transfer, make sure to ask for one from the driver. From downtown the trip takes about 30 minutes.

From Butchart Gardens, take the 75 or 76 bus to downtown Victoria; To Sidney take bus 82; To the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal    , bus 81. If your destination is the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal    , then the 75 or 76 will take you downtown and then you can catch a taxi or another bus via your transfer.

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Butchart Gardens Private Bus Recommendations

IHateTaxis.com has a mixed recommendation on the Butchart Gardens private bus.

From Victoria, travelling by private bus might be more convenient than by public bus, but the cost will be about CAD 18-20 more than public transit per person. Bus tours may include a commentary by your driver and typically they allow 3-4 hours total in the gardens, which is more than enough for a casual walk, a meal, and some time in the Benvenuto Gift Shop.

Butchart Gardens Private Bus Fares & Payment

Butchart Gardens Private Bus Payment: Cash • Credit Cards
  • Always confirm with the Butchart Gardens bus desk if credit or bank cards have any additional card fees.

Most packages include round-trip transportation plus garden entrance fees. Expect to pay CAD 44-52/person.

Butchart Gardens Private Bus Details

Butchart Gardens Coach Bus

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Several private bus companies operate tours from downtown Victoria to the Butchart Gardens. You may either inquire at your hotel front desk, contact any of the tour companies listed below, or during summer months several of the bus companies sell tour packages outside on downtown street corners. We also have a link below for direct booking of a Butchart Gardens Bus Tour. Most people purchase a round trip from downtown to the gardens, but you can purchase a one-way ticket from the gardens back to downtown for about CAD 10 (inquire at the information desk for exact times). Some bus companies scale back their operations outside of the summer months.


Private bus companies in Victoria include:

  • CVS Cruise Victoria
  • Gray Line
  • ITT Wilson's Tours
  • Pacific Coach Lines


Note that you can also book transportation from Seattle and Vancouver to the gardens. Prices start from Seattle or Vancouver at about CAD 150 and include gardens admission, ferry costs, and sometimes additional tours of the museum. Additional Information.    

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2016