Victoria's Eat Like A Canadian Tour

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Indulge in traditional Canadian dishes like candied salmon, learn the stories behind them. Meet with chefs and more on this tasty tour in Victoria.

Discover some of Canada's most traditional dishes like beavertails and poutine, chit chat with chefs at hotspots offering some of the best Canadian cuisine, and even more when you book this savory seasonal walking tour in Victoria. Your tour includes an exclusive local discount card, a bottle of maple syrup to take home as a souvenir, three hours of exploring seven local hotspots, and sampling local bites and beverages such as Canadian poutine, candied salmon, beavertails, and Caesar cocktails, as you traverse in and around Victoria's oldest neighborhood of James Bay and Fisherman's Wharf. Learn the stories behind some of Canada's most traditional dishes as you pass by iconic sites like the Parliament Buildings and the Pendray Inn. With the chance to enjoy a maple syrup tasting and whet your palate with British Columbia wine, this historic food walking tour is ideal for culinary connoisseurs and culture enthusiasts alike!

Begin your culinary adventure by making your way to your rendezvous point at the Finest At Sea Fish Market to devour delicious seafood like candied salmon, and get a look behind the scenes of its processing plant. Next, head to the Fisherman's Wharf, where you'll find a mix of float homes, fishing vessels, restaurants, and food kiosks alike just around the corner of the Inner Harbour where you can sink your teeth into the traditional Canadian dish of poutine. This iconic dish originated in Quebec in the late 1950s, and chefs typically make this traditional Canadian dish with brown gravy-topped cheese curds and french fries. Next, take in spectacular water views as you pair a savory crab cake sample with one of the country's most famous drinks known as a Caesar Cocktail when you stop at Blue Crab; an award-winning restaurant with waterfront views of the Inner Harbor.

Continue your savory walking tour as you take in the beauty of the Victorian-style homes, historic sites like the 19th century Parliament Buildings, and lively, historic waterfront neighborhood of James Bay. As Victoria's oldest neighborhood, James Bay gives you a chance to see and pass by iconic sites during your culinary excursion, including the breathtaking Inner Harbor, the 20th century Empress Hotel, and the Victorian-era Pendray Inn. Along the way, you'll stop by the popular Nanaimo Bar to chat with chefs and sink your teeth into sweet treats that are mostly found in Western Canada and devour delicious farm-to-table dishes at one of Canada's best restaurants: The Courtney Room.

Next, roam along Government Street to sink your teeth into the fried dough pastries of beavertails at the namesake restaurant before whetting your palate with a maple syrup tasting. Wrap up your culinary walking tour by heading to the Artisan Wine Shop off Broughton Street to indulge in a British Columbia wine tasting. Visitors and locals alike consume at least 95 percent of British Columbia wine in British Columbia, a region that now makes most of Canada's wines. Share in this mouthwatering wine that locals love, and enjoy a bottle of maple syrup to take back as a souvenir for the perfect end to your tour.

From indulging in traditional Canadian dishes made with local ingredients, to discovering the history behind each dish, this culinary adventure is a history buff's and foodie's dream. Sign up for this savory seasonal culinary walking tour for an unforgettable time in Victoria.

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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

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We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

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Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$90.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Active, Cuisine, Scenic
Tour Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
A 3 to 5 minute taxi (approximately $5 US, not included) is necessary to reach the departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided
Samples of food and beverages from 7 culinary stops.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes as this tour operates regardless of weather. Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen are suggested.
Tour involves approximately 2.5 kilometers / 1.5 miles (roughly 1 hour) of walking over even, cobblestone and uneven surfaces. Tour can not accomodate a gluten or shellfish allergy.