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Welcome to Emily Carr Tours in Victoria

Emily Carr's painting Blue Sky, 1936 oil on canvas 93.5 x 65.0 cm.Used with permission and courtesy of The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Thomas Gardiner Keir Bequest

Blue Sky, 1936 oil on canvas 93.5 x 65.0 cm. Used with permission and courtesy of The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Thomas Gardiner Keir Bequest

Customized tours featuring Victoria as seen through the eyes of Canada’s leading painter and writer  Emily Carr  (1871-1945)

Experience the magic of the old growth forest and seaside vistas that inspired the art of Emily Carr. Continue on through the heritage community in which she grew up and explore the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Here you will be provided with a tour of Emily’s paintings.

Throughout the day you will hear colourful stories about this unique woman and the independent path through life that she chose.

*Emily Carr tours can be adapted from a half day format to a multi-day format
**Emily Carr tours can be designed to accommodate different levels of mobility
***Optional Art gallery tours available

Join Joan Looy, life-long resident of Victoria with an intimate knowledge of Victoria’s art community and fascinating art history, for a small group arts and culture tour. Joan leads partial day to multi-day tours in her comfortable 6 passenger 2015 Dodge Caravan and offers customized pick up and drop off. Stops at local bistros, historic pubs and restaurants featuring local produce can be arranged as required.

Tour Options:

EMILY CARR TOUR – Experience the world and art of Emily Carr. Experience the old growth forest and coastal locations where Emily Carr gained her inspiration and painted her masterpieces, then see the paintings at the Victoria Art Gallery. (see

ART GALLERIES TOUR – Personalized tour of Victoria’s leading art galleries – designed specifically to match your interests – from traditional to contemporary.

STUDIO/CRAFT SHOWS – Customized tours to experience Salt Spring Island studio tours and Southern Vancouver Island craft shows as available.

Maximize your time in Victoria by joining Joan us for a tour that reflects your interests in the arts.

“The recognition of Emily Carr’s importance to the history of Art in Canada and the world continues to grow in the 21st century with her recent retrospective at the prestigious Dulwich Picture Gallery in London England.

Joan Looy is a native of Victoria, her appreciation of Art in general and Emily in particular, her knowledge of the existing sites around Victoria where Emily lived and painted will enhance your appreciation and understanding of her Art.”

– Michael Morris, RCA (and Governor General award winner)

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