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 CURRENTS 2012 :: June 10-12, 2012

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A trip to Vancouver Island just isn't complete without a day (or two) of adventure. The following excursions are available to provide CPRS conference delegates with some of the area's most popular experiences.
 
Please note: These activities are not booked via the event registration process. Delegates must contact the companies directly to make reservations.

WHALE WATCHING | Eagle Wing Tours 
Witness one of nature's most awe inspiring creatures – the orca whale. Victoria is the centre of the world’s highest concentration of these majestic creatures, as well as other whale species such as the humpback, grey and minke. When booking your travel, give yourself an extra day in Victoria for an Eagle Wing Tours adventure!
 
  • Request the Canadian Public Relations Society conference rate when making your booking to receive a 25% discount.
  • Warm jackets, wind pants, gloves and toques are supplied.
 
Reserve online at www.eaglewingtours.com or by phone 1-800-708- 9488 / 250-384-8008.

CULINARY TOURS IN VICTORIA AND THE COWICHAN VALLEY | Travel With Taste
Urban Walking Tour in Downtown Victoria
Discover downtown Victoria's eclectic mix of hip cafés, food merchants and eateries. As you stroll with an experienced guide, you'll meet the intriguing proprietors who provide true flavour to the region. Samplings include local cheese from the Cowichan Valley, a formal tea tasting at Silk Road, a variety of meats and house-made pâtés at Choux Choux Charcuterie, traditional pastries at the iconic Dutch Bakery, and a wine tasting at the Artisan Wine Shop.
 
  • The Victoria Tour begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts approximately three hours with five stops. Transportation is by foot.
  • Cost: $89 per person plus HST (maximum of 14 persons, minimum of 10 persons). A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Full payment and guarantee of numbers* is due 2 weeks prior to tour date.
Cowichan Valley Cuisine and Wine Day Tour
Follow your taste buds to explore the Cowichan Valley! You'll depart from your hotel for a scenic 45-minute drive over the picturesque Malahat, arriving at your first stop in the old fishing village of Cowichan Bay. It’s off to a tasting at the charming cheese shop and deli where artisan cheesemakers craft goat and cow’s milk cheeses that are perfect with our local wines. Right next door, artisan bakers mill their own flour and create fabulous breads and pastries. Have a taste or two, then it’s time for wine!
 
You'll visit two estate wineries, meet the proprietors, and taste a variety of Island whites, reds, and perhaps a sweet delight. After the tastings, a fabulous three-course lunch awaits at Amusé on the Vineyard near Shawnigan Lake. Talented Chef Bradford Boisvert is Culinary Institute of America trained, and passionate about the Cowichan Valley ingredients that form his own gardens. Menus change daily according to what is fresh, local and seasonal. The three-course meal is accompanied by two glasses of local wine to extend your grape-inspired tour - without leaving the dining room!
  • This Cowichan Valley Tour begins at 9:00 a.m. with pickup by van. Return time approximately 4:30 p.m.
  • Cost $219 per person plus HST (private group, maximum of 22 persons, minimum of 16 persons). All tastings, a three course lunch, wine and transportation including pick up and drop off are included.
Contact Kathy McAree (250-385-1527) for all Tour reservations and information.

VICTORIA HARBOUR KAYAK TOUR | Ocean River Adventures
Looking for the best view of Victoria’s picturesque harbour waterways? Simply paddle off into an urban kayaking exploration. During this relaxing tour, you’ll see the city from a new perspective. Featuring seals and seaplanes, eagles and the Empress – this tour brings you close to the unique things that locals love about Victoria!
 
Knowledgeable guides will describe Victoria’s historic waterways and draw your attention to the locations and buildings that are important to the culture and spirit of our Provincial Capitol. Bring some lunch money along to try a fresh treat from the regions best fish and chip eateries.
  • The Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour lasts three hours, and launches twice daily (at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
  • Cost: $75 per person (half price for children until 12 when accompanied by an adult). ncludes kayak and paddling gear.
Reserve, or find out more, online.

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES... AND TULIPS... AND SCORES OF VEGETATION | CVS Cruise Victoria Tour to Butchart Gardens
You know the saying April showers bring May flowers? Well, just wait until you see how things flourish in Victoria by June! Get an eyeful of the lush flora and fauna that thrives in the west coast with a visit to Butchart Gardens.
 
With a vast acreage of forested and garden scenery, trails that wander though hundreds of thousands of blooming bulbs, and a unique mix of flowering trees and shrubs, it's no surprise that Butchart Gardens are a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. Nature-lovers will enjoy taking a CVS Cruise Victoria tour to the world-famous Gardens, as well as the option to experience more interesting stops along the beautiful Saanich Peninsula, such as: the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sea Cider Farm and Cider House, and the magical Butterfly Gardens.
 
  • The Butchart Gardens tour via CVS Cruise Victoria departs directly from Victoria at: 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
  • Cost: $59.95 per person for return transportation to and from Butchart Gardens and two attraction pass. (plus HST; does not include Butchart Gardens admission).
Reserve, or find out more, online.