Departing Ogden Point, your driver/guide will point out Mile Zero, the western end of the Trans Canada Highway and Beacon Hill Park en route to Craigdarroch Castle an outstanding landmark in a city steeped in heritage. The castle was built between 1887 and 1890 by Robert Dunsmuir and boasts a unique collection of residential stained and leaded glass, period furnishing, excellent wood paneling and carving. Enjoy your self-guided visit in this stately mansion with docents available to answer any questions you may have.
After your visit, rejoin your driver/guide passing Thunderbird Park and returning via Chinatown, welcomed by the Gates of Harmonious Interest. Continue to the inner harbor framed by some of Canada's most recognizable landmarks, the majestic Parliament Buildings aglow in 3,333 light bulbs and the ivy-covered Empress Hotel. At the inner harbor and shopping district, you'll be given some free time to take in the local sights and sounds prior to your return journey to the pier and your ship.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Guests must have good mobility and be able to negotiate a gradual uphill walk to the castle and 87 steps to view all four floors of the castle. Referred to as a 'castle', the building is more a stately mansion with castellated features. Your visit of this unique stately home is self-guided with docents available to answer any questions you may have. Order of sights may vary. Use of selfie sticks are prohibited inside the castle. Stiletto heels are not permitted inside the castle.