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Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide

Victoria, Canada
Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Hike through Vancouver Island's towering rainforest on a private, guided hike from Victoria that explores a fascinating ecosystem. You'll see waterfalls, native plants, and some of the world's tallest and oldest trees, walking alongside a guide as you watch for Vancouver Island's native wildlife. With pickup and drop-off in downtown Victoria or the cruise port, this private hiking tour includes roughly two hours of hiking time, and can be tailored to your schedule.
  • Guided hike through the Vancouver Island rainforest
  • See a fascinating landscape with enormous trees
  • Great way to experience Vancover Island trails with limited time
  • Pickup and drop-off at downtown Victoria hotels and the port
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Private guide ensures personalized service
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Professional guide
Hotel or port pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Transport by private vehicle
Bottled water
Cruise Port Passenger Pick up fee is not included. (Please inquire)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Cruise ship dock, James Bay, Victoria, BC V8V 1A1, Canada
  • Harbour Air Seaplanes, 950 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Proper hiking shoes required, no open-toe shoes allowed
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Surfside Adventure Tours Ltd.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide.
What is the social distancing policy during Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Vancouver Island Rainforest Guided Hike with Private Guide.

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Highly recommend
, Oct 2021
Had an excellent private hike with Darwin. He picked us up on time, in a clean and spacious SUV. He had water and snacks available. He gave us a tour of the city while we were driving out of Victoria to get to the hiking location. He took us to two different hiking locations, so that we could experience the rainforest and the coast. We saw beautiful greenery, waterfalls, gardens, and some wildlife - countless photo-worthy views. When he took us to the coast to see seals, he surprised us with two pairs of binoculars, which gave us a much better view. Overall, the tour was excellent and I highly recommend it to anyone!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Rosetta, Thank you so much for leaving such kind feedback. It was a real pleasure to guide you on your adventure, and thanks again for making us a part of your holiday. All the best! Darwin
A great experience!
, Oct 2021
Just wonderful! Darwin is a wealth of knowledge and very accommodating. A MUST for a local experience. Would do again in a heartbeat. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave such Kind feedback., and thanks again for booking your tour with Surfside Adventure Tours. All the best throughout your travels! Darwin Surfside Adventure Tours
Wonderful way to spend a few hours!
, Sep 2021
My guide was wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable. Pick me up on time. Car impeccably clean. Tour varied and interesting from forest to ocean, viewed wildlife that interested me. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys being outside in nature and gentle hiking.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Madeleine, Thanks you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind review. It was a real pleasure to spend the morning with you, I love your spirit of adventure. Enjoy the rest of your vacation! Darwin
Darwin is a great guide. Took us on a fantastic hike and had tons of insight and tips on the local area.
, Aug 2021
Great Forrest hike off the beaten path but totally doable with children. Also scenic walk on coast side to view seals.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Amy, Thank you for leaving such kind feedback and for choosing Surfside Adventure Tours for your guided hike.I am really happy that you enjoyed the tour. Darwin
Magical trails, beautiful coast- and Seals!
, Aug 2021
Darwin was such an incredible guide! He took great care to assure that we’d have the best time- and we did! We got to know historical facts about Victoria on our way to the hiking locations, got to see magical forest trails and beautiful views of the open waters. We had a break with snacks, and then went to more coastal terrain, where we got to see a whole family of seals! Very impressive tour altogether! Would recommend to anyone, since Darwin tailors the experience to the preferences of the individual or group!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Emma, I had a great time with you girls, its always a pleasure to spend time with people that really appreciate nature as much as you two do. I hope you never lose your spirit of adventure. Thank you so much for the kind review and I hope we get to meet up again one day. All the best! Darwin Surfside Adventure Tours
, Jan 2020
Darwin was an excellent guide all around! We have recently moved to Victoria, and he went above and beyond to help orient us to different communities, make recommendations, and tell us about local events. The hikes themselves were both informative and beautiful, giving us the chance to experience two quite different ecosystems, with a castle in the middle! We will be booking other tours in the future with Darwin.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Andrea and Jim, Thanks again for choosing Surfside Adventure Tours for your afternoon of adventure. It was real pleasure showing you some great areas to spend some free time enjoying the sights and areas that Victoria has to offer. It was real pleasure to spend the afternoon with you and I do hope we all get to meet again one day. All the best! Darwin
Definitely recommend!
, Sep 2019
Darwin was a wealth of knowledge regarding Victoria, he was Darwin Darwin was professional and friendly. He took us on a guided tour of the hidden gems within Victoria while giving us a workout!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much for the find feedback. I really enjoyed your company, and. I do hope you all come back to Victoria to see more of our beautiful city and our Island. All the best! Darwin
This is a long overdue review of our...
, Jul 2018
This is a long overdue review of our tour with Darwin. Darwin was friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Our drive was a lovely and relaxed as Darwin fills us in on not only information about the local geography, but local issues and information about various local eateries. My husband has quite restrictive mobility issues and these were very much accommodated on our tour, and we still managed to have an amazing hike! I will definitely be returning to Victoria and will definitely be arranging another tour with Darwin. Actually cant wait, Vancouver Island is stunningly beautiful.
I was visiting my son in Victoria...
Monique M
, Jan 2018
I was visiting my son in Victoria. Our guide picked us up at the door, on time.Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. He had stories to tell as we hiked through the forests. Rain was in the forecast and he provided umbrellas, just in case. We found our guided hike pleasant, interesting and mind-opening. The hike was personalized to our interests,level of experience and fitness. We thoroughly enjoyed and we would highly recommend this tour guide company to anyone who has an interest in nature, history and the great outdoors.
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Cruise options for Victoria were...
Shannon D
, Jul 2016
Cruise options for Victoria were very limited and I could not find a hike. After speaking to my agent and a few google searches, I found this hike. So glad I did! Darwin is very knowledgeable about the area and was a great guide. He was very accommodating in discussion our hiking options as well as making a last minute change due to my crew being really tired by the time we got to Victoria. He took us on a beautiful rain forest hike which ended at Tod Inlet. I got to see a lot of sea life we dont have here in Florida and it was a great photo spot. We were late getting off the boat so we did not have time to do the second hike so he took us to Craigdarroch Castle, the Governor's mansion and Mount Tolmie which was great! We would not have had time to see them all nor would we have known about Mt. Tolmie or the mansion. He dropped us off downtown with info on good pubs and directions on how to get home. I highly recommend this tour and guide!
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