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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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98 Front St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H7, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Rockhoun
BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 9 October 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!

Thank J I
BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 27 September 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

Thank RestlessFeet
BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 18 September 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

Thank Jessica H
Reviewed 16 September 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

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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 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 10 September 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

Thank Andrew F
BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 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 26 August 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

Thank Lindsay S
Brendan M, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 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.

Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We had Brendan as our guide and he was absolutely amazing. He was so knowledgeable about the area and told us fun facts about areas we were driving through on the way to the different places. He was also very knowledgeable on the different wineries...More

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Brendan M, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

The best cinnamon buns in the world!!! I'm glad you had such a great day enjoying a taste of the Cowichan Valley. I'm sure the rest of your time on the island was just as rad... I hope I didn't overwhelm you with ideas for...More

Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Leif's 8 day guided itinerary introduced us to Vancouver and Salt Spring Islands and provided the perfect balance of natural attractions, farm gate visits and good company. Congratulations!More

Thank Fran M
Leif B, Owner at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Thank you so much. I really enjoyed spending the week with you and Ken. We had great weather and all around good luck. I hope the rest of your trip went as well as our portion did and I look forward to visiting you in...More

Reviewed 15 August 2018

We got to see 3 vineyards and one cidery Enrico's vineyard was my faourite along with the Cidery. Great lunch at the Cidery provided. Knowledgeable hosts. One of our best days of our holiday!

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BrendanM1732, Exploration Expert at Vancouver Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

I'm glad you had such a great day! We would love to show you more of the island next time you are here.

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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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