Overlook Victoria’s previous moniker “home of the newly wed and nearly dead.” This harbour metropolis is experiencing a shift, making it the perfect location for a weekend (or weeklong, in our opinion) getaway!
With its sunny local weather, beautiful vistas and idyllic way of life, Victoria has attracted and built a booming tech business, drawing an inflow of younger creatives and entrepreneurial varieties that have upped the power quotient for this once sleepy city.
But BC’s capital metropolis still retains its character and approachableness with a really perfect combine of outside activities, walkable downtown—where British colonial meets Asian traditions—and stylish bistros to gasoline you after a day of exploration.
Getting right here—choose your personal journey
Victoria, BC, is situated on the southwest corner of Vancouver Island and getting right here is half (or typically more) the fun. The town has a world airport situated 30 minutes from downtown with direct flights to main Canadian cities and some US locations, together with Seattle.
See the place the town, water and mountains meet. For those who’re wanting to get a hen’s eye view of this historic metropolis and surrounding islands, that is undoubtedly the best way to go. Victoria has regular service from Vancouver by way of Harbour Air (www.harbourair.com) and Seattle by way of Kenmore Air (www.kenmoreair.com. Both terminals could be accessed just steps away from the Inside Harbour in Victoria.
Take off over the Salish Sea with Helijet’s repeatedly scheduled 12-person helicopter service between Victoria and downtown Vancouver. With up to 30 flights per day, Helijet provides you an incredibly clean, scenic 35-minute flight door to door. The fresh-baked cookies and complimentary wine HeliJet provides at their terminals are an irresistible added function! Plus youngsters 12 and beneath fly at no cost, with an accompanying mum or dad (some restrictions apply). www.helijet.com
Call it the least expensive cruise you’ve taken to date! This 1.5-hour ferry journey from Tsawwassen (just south of Vancouver) takes you thru the scenic Gulf Islands, arriving in Swartz Bay which is just a brief 40-minute drive from downtown Victoria. www.bcferries.com
This luxurious boat service links downtown Vancouver with downtown Victoria. The three.5-hour expertise features complimentary wifi, ergonomic seats, a sundeck and authentic BC delicacies, beer, wine, and cider for purchase. www.v2vvacations.com
The place to stay
We’ve got an extended record of favourites when it comes to lodges in Victoria with loads of fabulous locations to lay your head. We’d love to spotlight them all, however listed here are two that just may pique your curiosity.
Oak Bay Seashore Lodge
Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in the seaside group of Oak Bay, this luxury property overlooks Juan de Fuca Strait and provides a wide ranging view of snow-capped Mount Baker in the space. It’s also a brief stroll away from the quaint outlets, cafes and galleries of Oak Bay Village. You’ll undoubtedly need to make time to take in the full-service spa and heated seaside mineral swimming pools, with an unparalleled view that may make any visitor (or local) swoon.www.oakbaybeachhotel.com
Merging the basic allure of a British nation inn with modern comfort and facilities the Huntingdon Manor Lodge is likely one of the most original and alluring lodges in Victoria, BC. Set in a really perfect location to reap the benefits of all that downtown Victoria and the Internal Harbour have to supply, simply steps from the Coho and Clipper ferries in addition to a mere 10-minute stroll from Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Tours. https://www.huntingdonmanor.com
Non-compulsory pet-friendly rooms and full kitchens make this charming property the right location for longer stays. It’s additionally the right location to be a part of a motorcycle tour with Pedlar bike excursions, situated in the lodge courtyard, or to take pleasure in Afternoon Tea on the Pendray Tea Househttps://www.pendrayinnandteahouse.com/pendray-tea-house.html. The lodge and bike shop are additionally the right photograph backdrop for an iconic Victoria photograph. Escape your selfie sticks. Or better but, hire a Flytographer…see under.
Where to eat
Just lately named the brunch capital of Canada by Food Community, Victoria’s culinary scene has a seemingly infinite collection of gems to explore—of the breakfast, lunch and dinner variety.
Owner and self-taught artisan baker Cliff Leir’s pastries and bread are legendary morsels which have each Victorian raving. Recognized for its wild-yeast bread, created from milled-on-site natural flours and baked in brick ovens, the bakery has two places, one at dockside green and one other on Fort Road.
Select from an array of loaves, pastries and quiches, in addition to packable sandwich lunches to gasoline your afternoon excursions. Leir’s restaurant Agrius serves brunch and dinner and arguably the perfect choice of meats. You’ll be able to guarantee the standard of the meat with the on-site full-time butcher—a rarity for a small seat restaurant reminiscent of this. Word is their lamb will depart you in awe. www.folepi.ca
High quality dining French-inspired delicacies situated on Herald Road, steps away from Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Award-winning chef Robert Cassels delivers playful and stylish tasting menus that change often based mostly on seasonal offerings from farmers, foragers and fisheries of Vancouver Island.
We’re huge followers of the Haida Gwaii pan-roasted halibut, but Saveur can also be recognized for its vegetarian fare and has been voted certainly one of Canada’s prime vegetarian eating places by Open Desk. The restaurant is intimate, so ebook in advance for dinner. Or reap the benefits of Chef Cassels’ brunch offerings featuring Egg McDuckin breakfast sandwich or the breakfast risotto. Our mouths are watering as we converse. www.saveurrestaurant.ca
Locals: we apologize in advance for outing this hotspot! Bodega is a long-standing favorite among the many aforementioned startup and tech creatives. The wine bar is perfectly tucked away in Trounce Alley, properly just off the touristy Government road.
We love the shared Spanish plates together with the nice and cozy olives, ceviche and papas bravas in addition to the fabulous sherry record. Plus you’ll get a window into the who’s who and the what’s what of the start-up world in Victoria. Netflix special anyone? www.bodegabar.ca
Do get a transfer on
After indulging in the brunch capital, it’s your decision to get your steps up and Victoria has loads of walkable destinations downtown.
Beacon Hill Park
This 200-acre park is just a stone’s throw from downtown. Situated along the shoreline of Juan de Fuca Strait and picturesque Dallas Street, there’s quite a lot of terrain to discover, together with paved paths, trails, ponds, gardens, water fountains and wildlife reminiscent of peacocks and deer.
For the youngsters—and the kid in you —ensure that to time your go to with the goat stampede at Beacon Hill Youngsters’s Farm. At 10:10 am every morning and four:10 pm each afternoon dozens of baby goats of various sizes and hues are launched outdoors to play. Their excited “game show” power, “bleating” and basic silliness will deliver delight to your day. We’re pretty positive you’ll walk away with a grin and an additional skip in your step after this one.
Canada’s oldest Chinatown is a Nationwide Historic Website with a vibrant mixture of slender streets and alleyways, restaurants, boutiques and breweries. Drawn by the 1858 gold rush and the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Chinese immigrants settled in the world between what is now the 500-600 block of Fisgard close to Johnson road.
Key factors of curiosity embrace the Gates of Harmonious Interest; the Victoria Chinese Public Faculty, constructed in 1909 and nonetheless used to train Chinese courses; Fan Tan Alley; and the Yen Wo Society—the oldest lively Chinese temple in Canada.
A brief harbourside stroll (or harbour taxi) from the Internal Harbour will take you to the quaint floating pier of Fisherman’s Wharf and home of Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Tours. This picturesque marine vacation spot is residence to a small group of float residence house owners and fishing vessels, as well as quite a lot of culinary kiosks that includes the whole lot from ice cream to pizza to fish and chips. Current modifications in laws have allowed for native eating places at the wharf to serve beer and wine on their decks. Good location to take in the colourful surroundings and raise a glass!
Seize the second with Flytographer
Captured by Stephanie for Flytographer in Victoria
Typically selfie sticks simply don’t reduce it. Let’s face it, getting the complete household in the photograph on vacation is an onerous activity at occasions. Flytographer has native photographers to give you the inside scoop on what to eat, see and do whereas capturing the perfect candid vacation photographs of you and the household (or that solo shot to capture your greatest vacation ever). Now you possibly can simply enjoy the moment and put the telephone down. www.flytographer.com
Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Tours
Image captured by Brendon Bissonnette for Eagle Wing
For an immersive Salish Sea experience, a three.5-hour Salish Sea adventure with Eagle Wing Tours takes you on a voyage of discovery into Juan de Fuca Strait, the San Juan Islands to expertise a number of the West Coast’s most spectacular wildlife (seals, sea lions, eagles and extra), magnificent whales (killer whales, humpbacks, minke and gray) and beautiful surroundings.
Our high-performance, luxurious boats give you a superior degree of comfort with a selection of open and coated vessels. You’ll depart as a vacationer, however return with a deeper understanding and keenness for this unimaginable ecosystem.
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