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Vancouver Island Expeditions

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About Vancouver Island Expeditions
We create authentic, intimate and memorable visitor experiences while honouring the culture, heritage, and natural beauty of Vancouver Island. Let us show you our backyard and help you discover places that inspire stories!
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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

Four of us went on the Taste of Cowichan tour back in September. Despite the rainy weather, we had a great time! Brendan is so friendly and knowledgeable, you can really tell that he loves what he does. I highly recommend this tour whether your...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded today

We look forward to seeing you again for another tour! That was an awesome day. Wine always tastes good....rain or shine:)

Reviewed December 3, 2018

We have done the Taste of Nanaimo and Taste of Cowichan tours and both were fantastic. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor and we loved all of the stops. We will definitely be back!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

My Wife and I had a wonderful time exploring wineries and a cidery in and around the Cowichan Valley with our expert guide, Brendan. Door-to-door service in a big comfy van is so much better than trying to drive yourself - and with Brendan's knowledge...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm glad you had such a great time! Thank you for all the kind words. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to the island✌

Reviewed October 22, 2018

Went on this tour with my son and we both enjoyed it immensely. As a local I was impressed with the accuracy of what we were told, and learned a few new things, too. Nice, flexible choice of wineries, fabulous lunch, and a bonus ice...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thank you for the kind words. It's awesome when you can be a tourist in your own home town as well! All of those research days help me form close relationships with the owners and employees ;) Someone has to do them!

Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Tour guide was great, the samples were delicious and the gelato at the end was the best I've ever had. Can't wait to book another one!

Date of experience: October 2018
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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2018

It's always amazing when you can end the day with delicious gelato! I'm glad you had such a great day, sounds like we will be seeing you again soon:)

Reviewed September 27, 2018

This was a wonderful day, even though I was really not in the best shape to do it. I think more info should be provided prebooking re exertions. It was about 40 minutes of uphill walking to get to the cave entrance. A lovely walk...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2018

I'm glad you still had an awesome day exploring the island. The Horne Lake Caves experience is definitely "challenge by choice". I hope you were still able to take something away from the beautiful hike to the cave entrance! It was great meeting you, I...More

Reviewed September 18, 2018

Had a wonderful day (custom tour) with Leif! No visit to the Vancouver area is complete without a lovely tour with this knowledgeable, patient, and flexible tour guide. Get ready, because he knows a lot about Canadian beer, wine, culture, and great little places to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

I've been on the Taste of Nanaimo tour twice now (once on a stagette and the other with my husband). Brendan was our guide both times and he was great! He's very knowledgeable about the area, and they've definitely chosen great places to take tourists....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2018

The espresso vodka is my favourite as well...but then again I have 5 other favourites too ;) It's always a pleasure catching up with return guests. I was happy to show off a few more of Nanaimo's gems. Join us again anytime!

Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic tour, Brendan knows a lot about the island, the wineries and the breweries. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our selves. Would recommend it to any one. Ask about the tea plantation tour

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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2018

Thank you for the kind words, that was such a great day! I'm always more than happy to find time for the tea farm. I love showing off the variety of amazing places in this area!

Reviewed August 25, 2018

This tour was perfect! Our tour guide Brendan made the tour so much fun! It was our first time in Nanaimo and we visited so many cool places. My favorite was the St. Jeans Salmon Cannery. Taking the helicopter over from Vancouver was a great...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Brendan M, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2018

That's one of our favourite stops as well! We only went to a few of our favourite places, there are many more to see on the island! Hope to see you again for another day of exploring.

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We used Vancouver Island Expeditions to get from Victoria to Port Hardy as part of a larger tour around B.C. and Alberta; so I don't know the cost. I do know we were picked up at our hotel, so if you are on the island Lief... More
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