Victoria, British Columbia’s economy thrives on tourism. With over 600,000 tourists arriving in Victoria every year just from the cruise ships alone, the Garden City has become one of Canada’s busiest ports. When traveling, I always want to smoke some of the finest that the city I am in has to offer; and so does a percentage of the 600,000 guests that are arriving in Victoria. This is how Canna Tour’s pedi-cab dispensary and city package came alive in the summer of 2017.
Canna Tours was founded in 2015, around the same time the Grass Roots Craft Cup, Expo and Dispensary tour was also getting off the ground. On October 1st , 2016 Canna Tours ran a group of four buses that took over 150 guests to more than twelve dispensaries over the course of the Grass Roots Weekend and, again the following year in the summer of 2017.
After receiving so much positive feedback Canna Tours kept testing the waters of a new tourism space that Canada had never seen before. After seeing the success of cannabis tourism in places like Denver and Seattle, where recreational cannabis is legal in the United States, I realized that this was a budding industry that I knew I wanted to be a part of.
We are getting emails from all over the world inquiring about and booking our tours, and it is only going to get busier after legalization. We are positioning ourselves now and partnering with some of the biggest names in the industry, so when the Liberal government hits the switch and recreational consumption is legal in Canada, we are going to hit the ground running.
Canna Tours’ pedi-cab takes our guests on a 3 hour dispensary tour around beautiful downtown Victoria. We visit multiple dispensaries and educate our guests on the different ways to consume and enjoy cannabis. We then continue the tour through the Inner Harbour, and blast a joint in Beacon Hill Park, an old growth forest home to over 25,000 flowers. After a quick stop at a local favourite Victoria eatery, the tour finishes at a cannabis smoking lounge in the heart of the city.
2018’s tourist season has now come to a close and we couldn’t be more excited to see what’s in store for cannabis tourism once recreational cannabis is legal in Canada in 2019. The response we got from our pedi-cab dispensary tours was amazing; cannabis tourism will be alive and well next season in Canada. Canna Tours will still be offering a variety of our other tours in Victoria during the winter months.
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