Sightseeing With Victoria Hippo Tours
If your travel plans are taking you to beautiful Victoria British Columbia, then be sure to take a ride with Victoria Hippo Tours. Combining a land and sea adventure, this is sightseeing in downtown Victoria at its best.
A Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour Everyone Will Enjoy!
Enjoy the Sites of Downtown Victoria British Columbia
Victoria Hippo Tours Staff
Are you like me and always in search of something truly different and out of the ordinary when you travel? If so, then you really must check out this one of a kind sightseeing tour located in the heart of downtown Victoria.
First, check out the company’s short but informative video on this tour of downtown Victoria.
Victoria Hippo Tours offers the only amphibious sightseeing excursion in the city and has it made a big splash!
Victoria Hippo Tour Buses
Our Hippo Bus Henrietta
There are 3 Hippo buses presently in operation appropriately named; Harry, Happy, and Henrietta. These are custom made amphibious vehicles that have been transformed from brand new school buses. When you climb on board, it’s just like sitting in an open air school bus with comfortable seating.
- Living or able to live both on land and in water; belonging to both land and water.
- Also, amphibian. Capable of operating on both land and water: amphibious vehicles.
The idea of these exciting Hippo land and sea combined tours came from the amphibious war vehicles that were used many years ago and still in use today in the military around the world. With a simple school bus concept, the conversion was made for both use in and out of the water and has become a huge success in different parts of the world.
Victoria Hippo Tours Safety Briefing
Rest assured with Hippo Tours, safety is their number one concern and all of their drivers are experienced commercial drivers with bus driver’s licenses, and their captains are certified under Transport Canada with a Masters Limited ticket.
Victoria Hippo Guided Tour
Inner Harbour Victoria BC
When you book this tour, you will receive a fully guided and personally narrated tour by one of their friendly staff. Each tour runs about 90 minutes, beginning with approximately 60 minutes on land with a tour of the downtown area. On our tour we drove past the beautiful Empress Hotel, making our way up historic Government Street. Here your guide will brief you on the area attractions, history and much more.
You will pass by historic sites and attractions such as;
Victoria’s Inner Harbour;
Historic Government Street;
Old China Town and Fan Tan Alley;
Beacon Hill Park;
and much more!
Chinatown Victoria BC
After your land portion of the tour, it’s then time to head to boat launch and make your splash into the water! This is without a doubt, the favorite part of the tour for most, especially with the kids! Once you’re launched, your Captain will make his way back towards the picturesque inner harbor of Victoria.
Your Bus Now Becomes a Boat!
Along the way, your guide will point out areas of interest and some history as you enjoy your now boat ride! It was a beautiful summer afternoon on our tour, making it both refreshing to be on the water and a lot of fun as well.
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Fishermans Wharf Victoria BC
We really enjoyed this unique experience while visiting Victoria and I’m sure you will too. Step out of the box and get away from those stuffy busy sightseeing bus tours and try something different for a change. You’ll be glad you did and your kids will love you for it!
Below, I have listed the official website to Hippo Tours, where you can access much more detailed information on this exciting tour. You can also Book and Reserve a space for the tour on line. This unique sightseeing tour is very popular and advance reservations are highly recommended during the summer months. For those of you traveling as a family, there is a discount available for this tour.
Unfortunately, at this time, Victoria Hippo Tours is no longer in operation. We hope they return to the Capital City very soon!
Safe travels and be Hippo Happy!
A Big Thanks to Victoria Hippo Tours for hosting our Sightseeing Adventure on our recent visit to Victoria. All content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.
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