Photo of outline of Vancouver Island, with a red thread winding through the land.

Beyond the Edge

EAC Seminar 2019, Victoria, BC

Photo shows Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens. Photo courtesy of Butchart GardensTour #1  “Take Time to Smell the Flowers” - City Tour & Butchart Gardens

Relax as your driver guides you through a narrated tour of Victoria and the surrounding area and on to Butchart Gardens.  Your journey begins at the Mile Zero monument marker – which is the start of the Trans-Canada Highway and the home of the Terry Fox statue. Butchart Gardens is Victoria’s ‘gem’ and a National Historic Site of Canada. Experience the springtime beauty of the multitude of bulbs, flowering trees and shrubs.

Includes: Bus transportation, admission to gardens, lunch & gratuities.
Bus leaves UVic at 8:45 AM and the bus departs at 2:00 PM to return to UVic.
Cost: $130

Photo shows a selection of cider and breads at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Photo courtesy of Sea Cider Farm & Cider House.Tour #2   “A Taste of the City” - City and Tasting Tour

Board the bus and you will be guided through a narrated tour of Victoria and the surrounding area with it’s scenic panoramic coastline, and rich history.

Then on to the Saanich peninsula to the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Sip your way through some of Vancouver Island’s best, sipping ciders while you enjoy a charcuterie plate featuring locally sourced breads, sausage and cheeses.

Then board the bus for the next stop, a tasting tour of handcrafted single malt whisky and craft beers at the Victoria Caledonian Brewery and Distillery.

Includes: Bus transportation, tasting fee, light lunch & gratuities. 
Bus leaves at 8:45 AM and returns to UVic at 3:15PM.
Cost: $110


Photo shows vintage dress from the textile collection. Photo courtesy of RBC Museum.Tour #3  “Behind the Scenes Tour of Royal BC Museum and Walkabout Town” 


In the morning, slip behind the scenes of the Royal BC Museum and discover where they keep the boxes, bins and jars!  This tour will focus on textiles, embroidery, beading and weaving. Discover fascinating things about indigenous, contemporary indigenous and early settlers. Experience the working environment of the researchers and staff.

Lunch on your own.

During the afternoon, take a self-guided walking tour of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and explore “the town” at your own pace. Walk about and take in the vibe of the city along the Inner Harbour Causeway. Enjoy a close-up look at the historic landmarks such as totem poles and the BC Parliament Buildings, the arts, shops and other popular attractions such as horse-drawn carriage, all within close proximity. Map provided.

Includes: Bus transportation to and from the city, RBC Museum guided textile tour & gratuities.
Bus leaves UVic at 8:45 AM and returns to UVic at 3:15PM.
Cost: $55

Photo shows the Inner Harbour from the view onboard Victoria Harbour Ferry Boats. Photo courtesy of Victoria Harbour Ferry.

Tour #4   Explore the Inner Harbour

Discover the Inner Harbour from the water, onboard Victoria Harbour Ferry boats. A guided tour of the harbour showcases our historic landmarks – the Parliament Buildings, First Nation sacred territories, unique float-home communities and amazing views of seaplanes taking off and landing. You may even catch a glimpse of an otter or a harbour seal!

Hop off at Fisherman's Wharf for ice cream or fish & chips, on your own or just head back to the Empress Dock with your Captain.

After lunch on your own, take a short 5-minute walk along the Inner Harbour Causeway to the Robert Bateman Centre. This gallery of art and nature features legendary Canadian artist, Robert Bateman. Learn about the stories behind his paintings and visit the galleries with a multi-media video and an interactive bird song gallery.

Includes: bus transportation, ferry tour, admission to gallery, gratuities.
Bus transportation provided to and from UVic only, leaving at 8:45 AM and returning to UVic at 3:15PM.
Cost: $85