The start of Profiling the Pac Nor West. an hour on the road/two hours on a ferry (plus lineups if you don't get reservations) from Vancouver. Jump off for whales in Season off the West Coast any time on the Inside for Orca's if you get the right tour guy. Butchart Gardens ... bus trip and do the gardens your ship will have a tour or get a bus downtown. Well worth it. Pier is a 30 min stroll to down town trhough an ok area. Taxi much easier. anyone else add some good stuff please.