We signed up for a Victoria and Butchart Gardens tour with Westcoast Sightseeing, which involved taking a ferry to Victoria. The journey was one of the highlights of the trip for me.
The islands are pine covered, with lighthouses and a few homes along the shore. I don't know what the houses cost, but they have million dollar views.
There are restaurants on board and plenty of comfortable seats. But my favorite spot was on the deck. With the wind blowing and the sun shining., it was the best seat on the ferry.