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British Columbia / VICTORIA TOURING & TRANSPORT Five Star Whale Watching As Victoria’s longest-running family-owned and operated whale watching company and first catamaran company, Five Star has played a fundamental role in establishing Victoria as a world-class destination for whale watching. Setting the bar high for the local whale watching industry, it has been inspiring and educating visitors since 1985, introducing them to the wonders of the Salish Sea. Five Star’s high-speed expedition catamaran is the only vessel of its kind, offering exceptional stability and the best platforms for viewing. The crew of onboard marine biologists will guide you with their expertise of the whales and the waters in which they live. With the highest repeat customer base and number one ranking on TripAdvisor, you will leave Victoria in awe and longing for return. As their esteemed “local whale guru” Ron Bates (researcher) so eloquently states, “Nothing prepares you for the first sight and sound of a killer whale or whales coming out of the fog. They sail along so confidently and with full knowledge of where they are and what they are doing. Maybe someday we will understand more.” The Five Star office is conveniently located at the Fairmont Empress hotel, next to Miniature World. From $120 Vancouver 2 Victoria Downtown Ferry V2V is a premium cruise service connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Aboard this tour, you will create great memories through an inspiring connection with people, places and experiences. The V2V Empress experience is a premium, highly personalized journey focused on guest comfort and convenience. You will have the opportunity to spend your voyage learning about the rich culture in the area. Guests can taste local flavours through the onboard menu featuring foods and beverages from the region. The voyage on our 242-passenger high-speed catamaran, V2V Empress, takes less than three hours and thirty minutes between Victoria and Vancouver and features a concierge service to help guests to make bookings from our exclusively curated list of cultural and authentic attractions at both destinations. Passengers are also invited to the upper outside deck to enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view. Departing daily from downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver. Terminal locations: Vancouver - Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre, 1055 Canada Place. Victoria - Steamship Terminal Building, 470 Belleville Street. From $120 BC Ferry Connector Explore two of Canada’s most beautiful cities with ease, comfort, and convenience. The BC Ferries Connector provides daily, year-round scheduled coach service between Downtown Victoria and Downtown Vancouver as well as the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Once aboard the luxury coach, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride to the ferry and then be treated to the spectacular 95-minute cruise through the Gulf Islands aboard BC Ferries. Friendly, courteous and knowledgeable drivers make the trip enjoyable. YYJ Airport Shuttle The YYJ Airport Shuttle is your direct link between Victoria International Airport and Downtown Victoria. Offering regularly scheduled departures all day long, and serving all major hotels, YYJ Airport Shuttle provides the ultimate transportation solution to and from Victoria’s International Airport. With professionally trained drivers operating spacious and comfortable vehicles, there is ample room for groups, families, luggage and other travel necessities. YYJ Airport Shuttle offers regularly scheduled departures from Victoria International Airport to Downtown Victoria, every 30-45 minutes all day long. With multiple daily departures year-round, travel between these two cities has never been more convenient. From $68 www.andersonvacations.ca From $23 95