Peninsula tourist attractions launch shuttle bus

Butchart Gardens, Sea Cider, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre establish shuttle to transport sightseers

Sidney’s chief administrative officer Randy Humble helps cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new Peninsula Attractions Connector at Swartz Bay ferry terminal on Wednesday

A new shuttle service on the Peninsula has local attractions hoping to see bigger tourist numbers over the summer.

The Peninsula Attractions Connector, which launched on Wednesday, June 27, is a partnership between the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Victoria Butterfly Gardens and the Butchart Gardens.

“It’s just fantastic,” said Kristin Jordan, owner of Sea Cider. “It’s really the culmination of two years of a lot of work, a lot of volunteer time, a lot of hours, a lot of ideas on the table and a great partnership.”

The shuttle service is being run by CVS Cruise Victoria who operate their fleet using a bio-diesel fuel blend.

For $9.95 the shuttle will take visitors from B.C. Ferries on select schedules and Washington State Ferries to Butchart’s, Butterfly Gardens, Sea Cider, the Ocean Discovery Centre and Tanner’s Books.

Riders can upgrade to an Attractions Pass for $29.95 and receive admission to any two experiences of Butterfly Gardens, Sea Cider tasting or Shaw Ocean Discovery and ride the connector shuttle for free. Include all three attractions for only $10 more, or add Butchart’s for $29.60.

The shuttle will run daily in the peak tourism season of July and August. Day trippers can link to the Peninsula Attractions Connector from downtown Victoria. Visit www.attractionsconnector.com for more information.

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