Residing halfway between the adventures and the visits to landmark locations that are at your disposal around Villa Eyrie are a wide array of immersive experiences to give you a true sense of what makes Vancouver Island such a great destination to visit.

All within an hour’s drive, contact our team to help you decide which is best for you and to plan your day trip.

Alpina Restaurant Patio Dining

Come relax and enjoy our spacious patios with 270 degrees of wraparound views. Prepared for rain or shine, our patio heaters, fireplace, sun umbrellas, and tented shelters will ensure you can focus on the outdoors.

Tour Coachwerks Restoration Facility

Automotive enthusiasts, classic car aficionados and all of those with a taste for inspiring art forms alike can journey back in time and have their breath taken away at the Coachwerks Restoration facility. Wander between rows upon rows of the finest automotive masterpieces on the island, carefully curated by the elite group of knowledgeable automotive specialists. Restoration artisans will take you through the unique process of restoration and introduce you to techniques, skills and humbling craftsmanship that have been honed through the generations.

Drive the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

Seeking an adrenaline-filled adventure at Canada’s only year-round motorsport circuit? Choose from a diverse portfolio of exhilarating circuit programs and/or exclusive driving tours set before the backdrop of picturesque Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia.

Hiking points of interest

Ask our guest services team to help you plan your route, which might include such area highlights as the cave called the Smiling Buddha Room in Horne Lake Provincial Park, Della Falls (one of the tallest waterfalls in Canada) or groves such as Red Creek Fir (home to the world’s largest Douglas fir tree), San Juan Spruce (one of the country’s largest spruce trees), Harris Creek Sitka Spruce or Avatar Grove (housing “Canada’s gnarliest tree”), Kinsol Trestle (the largest Trestle in the Cowichan Valey).

Aerial Adventures

With zip line tours, bungee jumping and treetop obstacle courses all within an hour’s drive from Villa Eyrie, you can have a thrilling day of aerial adventures complemented by world-class dining and luxurious amenities back at the Resort.

Sea Kayaking

There’s no better way to experience the sea than by paddling your way through it! With the Resort only minutes from the quiet waters of Mill Bay and an experienced operator Coastal Bliss, we can help arrange kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals as well as private lessons or guided Gulf Island tours.

Mountain Biking

With a few experienced cycling shops up in Duncan and down towards Victoria, we will not only help arrange bike rentals but also help plan your route through the numerous parks and forests that surround Villa Eyrie Resort.

Tour Local Vineyards

The Saanich Peninsula is one of Vancouver Island’s best-kept secrets. It’s a land of farmsteads, bakers, honey farmers, distillers, cider pressers, vintners and brewers, that have been part of the valley for generations. Get a taste of the region.

Tour, Taste, Take In Victoria

Journey along streets lined with hundreds of restaurants, bistros, bars, boutiques, breweries, cafés, antique shops, produce markets, and historical architecture. Immerse yourself in this truly beautiful destination. Contact us for a list of tours through the city.

Butchart Gardens

With a former quarry as a canvas, Jennie Butchart envisioned transforming this space into a beautiful garden haven, overflowing with lush greens and colourful blooms. The result of her vision is The Gardens, which are still family-run to this day.

Fort Rodd Hill

Less than a 30-minute drive down the Malahat, explore the battlements of this national historic site. Built along the coastline just outside of Langford the Fisgard Lighthouse offers a great vantage point of the Salish Sea and Washington State beyond. Enjoy a tranquil stroll through a restored Garry Oak meadow or tour the artillery from within.

Government House

Government House is the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor and the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. The Honourable Janet Austin opens her doors all year to host celebrations, convene thought leaders and offer local residents and international guests with the opportunity to visit the beautiful gardens and attend tours.

Discover Historic Castles

Craigdarroch Castle: With its verdure gardens is one of the city’s main landmarks, an 1880s Scottish Baronial mansion. In touring the grounds of this national historic site, you’ll discover artifacts as well as learn about the many intricacies of high Victorian architecture and design. 

Hatley Castle: This national historic site began as a mansion built at the turn of the century for a prominent BC industrialist and politician in the Tudor Revival style of architecture with a quintessential example of an Edwardian garden. The grand estate also features former farmland as well as trails through mature stands of first and second-growth forest, including large Douglas fir and western red cedar.

Parliament Buildings

Overlooking Victoria’s majestic Inner Harbour, the Parliament Buildings and surrounding areas are located in the traditional territories of the Lekwungen people. Visitors are invited to discover the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings and learn about British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly.

Tour Museums

* Royal BC Museum: Victoria’s premier museum includes three permanent galleries on natural history, modern history and local First Nations’ history, with a collection comprising approximately seven million objects. This is the perfect spot to start a day trip into the big city.

Hand of Man Museum: Hand of Man Museum is a 15,000ft2 Museum of Natural History, Cultural Arts, and Conservation in Duncan. As you walk down the grand hall, each room leads to amazing discoveries. Experience culture and beliefs of ancient civilizations that have survived for millennia.

Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre: This is an active community-based maritime museum and the home of the Cowichan Wooden Boat Society which preserves, exhibits and demonstrates the Maritime heritage and culture of wooden boats, especially as experienced on Canada’s West Coast. 

Cowichan River Drift

Experience the serene natural beauty of the Cowichan Valley, with professional guides offering a half-day guided drift down the Cowichan River. This is a great sightseeing opportunity for those who would like to experience the wilderness of the Cowichan River Park. Your journey will be both serene and adventurous with some small rapids along the way and opportunities to see bears, eagles, elk, ospreys, otters in their natural environment. 

Fly Fishing

Cowichan River is one of the most highly rated trout rivers in North America and was one of Canada’s first Heritage status rivers. The fly fishing on the river is exceptional and the waters are rich with rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, steelhead and salmon. All fishing on the Cowichan River is catch and release for conservation of our Heritage river.

Local Golfing

Victoria and Vancouver Island are home to over 14 scenic golf courses, available year-round to both beginner and expert golfers. Whether you are looking for a short 9 hole crouse at Highland Pacific View or 18 hole courses such as the Cowichan Golf Club, Olympic View, Arbutus Ridge, and Victoria Gold Club, or something more challenging such as Bear Mountain’s 36 hole course, there’s something available for every golfer.