Local Connections: Center of the Universe Observatory & City Highlights Developed by Astronomer

Local Connections: Center of the Universe Observatory & City Highlights Developed by Astronomer

3 hours | Victoria | Y Y J - 1 7 0
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Points of Interest

  • Legislative Buildings
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel
Moderate activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

You'll be starry-eyed over the beauty of the evening skies when you venture to the top of Observation Hill to visit the Astronomy Interpretive Center. A 30-minute motorcoach drive brings you to this observatory center, where you'll find interactive astronomy displays and a planetarium show that delves into the mythology of the constellations through imagery and live commentary. There are tours of the onsite telescope, a video theater, and educational programs in the planetarium and video theater. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada, the observatory is a world-renowned facility, and it was one of the world's main astrophysical research centers until the 1960s. Knowledgeable guides are on hand to answer questions and impart fun facts. On your return to your ship, you'll drive through downtown Victoria for an opportunity to see bustling Chinatown, the Inner Harbor and the stately Parliament buildings before arriving at the pier.

Special Notes:

Due to road construction a drive past Chinatown may not be possible. Tour order may vary.

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Drive to Observatory

Travel time: 00:40

Tour inside Observatory

Time at site: 01:30

City Tour and highlights drop off at pier

Travel time: 00:50