Getting Around Victoria

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    Horse Drawn Carriage

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 1, 2012

    The Horse Drawn Carriage is the romanting way to be transported at Victoria.

    You'll find the carriages next to the BC Parliament buildings at the Inner Harbour at Menzies Street.

    The tours start from 15 minutes for CAD 50.

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    • Horse Riding
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Luxury Travel

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    Victoria Train Station: Limited Hours, Size

    by glabah Updated Jan 2, 2011

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    This tiny train station serves as the waiting shelter for those going from Victoria northward on VIA's daily Victoria to Nanaimo and Courtenay train, which is the only train serving this station. On most days the station is open from 7 to 11:30 in the morning, though the sign posted on the station door says until to 2 in the afternoon. On Sundays it is open from 8 to noon.

    This means that when you arrive at the station on the train coming from the north, it is closed, as it is past the operating hours of the station. Apparently VIA feels that there is no particular reason to have anyone at the station upon the train's arrival, since there is no need to distribute tickets to anyone.

    As you can see, the station is tiny, but inside there is enough room for the station attendant, their desk, two benches for waiting passengers (generally they are taken) and two restrooms with astonishingly tiny doors.

    The station does not appear to have self-printing ticket kiosks that VIA claims to have at major stations. On the other hand, it does not appear necessary here. When I arrived to obtain my ticket, they just asked for my name, showed them some identification, and they handed me my ticket. They had every ticket that was booked in advance already printed out and spread out on the desk for easy grabbing and handing over.

    The station is unfortunately not that easy to get to due to it's access being blocked from most directions by busy roads. The easiest (though not legally a cross walk) way to get there is to simply wait for traffic to clear coming across the Jackson Street Bridge and RUN FOR IT. There are two small parking spaces that are on the north side of the station and are reserved for dropping off and picking up passengers only. It means crossing the single station track, which may not be that easy if the train is sitting there.

    Many bus routes pass near the station, but few stops are really that close to it.

    Currently, only one train per day leaves from Victoria: the Victoria to Courtenay train is the last remaining passenger service of a once reasonably extensive set of freight and passenger services that once operated on Vancouver Island.

    See my Vancouver Island Transportation Tip about the Victoria to Courtenay train.

    Related to:
    • Trains

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    AKAL Airporter

    by Karlie85 Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    A cheaper way to get to Victoria than taking a cab is taking the airport shuttle, AKAL Airporter. AKAL is a private company that runs shuttles from the airport to downtown Victoria every half hour. As soon as you leave the luggage area, there is a counter where you can buy your tickets, and then step right out the doors and wait outside. The man who sold us the tickets in the airport was a very pleasant, nice man. Our driver almost doubled as a tour guide, pointing out points of interest and telling a few stories along the way, which was nice.

    If you want to take the shuttle back to the airport, you need to book ahead of time, probably only a day or two in advance. When I phoned to make my reservation, I told them what hotel I was staying at and what time my flight out was, and they told me what time to be waiting. They were on time to the minute picking us up.

    The buses are roomy and comfortable, just like any other airport/car rental company shuttle bus, and it has seat belts, which I don't think I've seen on every shuttle I've been on.

    The fee depends on where you're going and how many are in your party,
    but the two standard fares are (one way):
    1 adult to downtown - $18
    2 adults to downtown - $17/ea.
    There are different fees if you are going outside of the downtown area
    or if you are in a party of four or more. Check out their website for
    more info.

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    We were traveling by car from...

    by Simonneeddy Updated Nov 30, 2002

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    We were traveling by car from Montreal Quebec. We drove straight through Vancouver to SQUAMISH where we took this FERRY BOAT across to Nanimo and then drove down to VICTORIA and stayed there 4 days although it was our intention to only stay one day. We liked it so much we had to stay on. One could arrive by air from anywhere as they have a great airport.
    We took 'BUS TOURS' and left our car parked as I was tired of driving. We saw all the millionaires homes and the important parts of the city also went to the BUTCHART GARDENS ( see pictures). We spent a couple of great afternoons near the harbor and Government buildings( see pictures) and visited SEA Land. There was a outdoor MALL where we could walk and shop (NO CARS ALLOWED). We also spent hours sitting on benches near the harbor watching the tour boats arrive from SEATTLE U.S.A. and the sea planes arriving and landing in the harbor. Also people watching and wishing we lived here as it has a very mild climate and there are always flowers in bloom.

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    We flew into Seattle and...

    by doolemma Written Aug 26, 2002

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    We flew into Seattle and rented a car. We made a circle trip by driving to Vancouver, taking the ferry to Victoria, and another ferry back to Port Angles.
    With a car we were able to go any place that we desired and is probably the best way to see any of the countryside of Vancouver Island. We also took a Greyline double decker bus trip thru and around Victoria. This proved to be very educational and as we live in Florida, we were very surprised when the driver pointed out a home that had Palm trees in it's yard. Furthest north we have ever seen them growing.
    To get a very good view of Victoria and its waterfront, hop on the little Harbour Ferry boat and take a tour.

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    Victoria has a major airport,...

    by d_renfroe Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Victoria has a major airport, but by far the nicest way to come on to the island is on the BC Ferry from Tswassen, near Vancouver (pictured courtesy of BC Ferry Corp.) You can take the US ferry (Black Ball Line) back to the Olympic Pennisula in Washington to make a loop trip. Both of these are suitable for passengers with bikes, kyaks, or whatever. There is also a fast passenger-only ferry directly from the Seattle waterfront (Victoria Clipper.)
    Unless you are wanting to explore well into the bush, you don't really need a car. It may be handy to get to places like East Sooke Park or out toward the West Coast Trail. But bus service is incredible and there are lots of bike trails. For campers, check out Gold Stream Provincial park, a 20 minute drive from town, but located in what seems like a remote forested valley. A city bus goes out there. You will have to reserve through BC Parks in high season.

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    The Ferry. You can ride the...

    by ldahl Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Ferry. You can ride the ferry to Victoria from Vancouver by driving to the Twassen terminal just outside of Langly. The ride takes about 1 & 1/2 hours. If you don't have a car, you can take the bus or taxi to the ferry terminal and walk on the ferry. The ferry comes into the Swarz Bay terminal just outside of Sidney. It is then about a 1/2 hour drive to downtown Victoria. Again if you don't have a car you can catch a bus to downtown Victoria or take a taxi.
    Other options are: by plane (regular planes will fly you into the airport about 20 min outside of Victoria). If you are coming from Vancouver you can also take a float plane that will bring you right into Victoria's harbour.
    By helicopter, you can fly from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria.
    By bus, the bus will go right on the ferry to take you from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria.
    By boat, take your own private boat from Vancouver to Victoria.
    If you stay in downtown Victoria you can walk anywhere that you will want to go. If not, you can take a taxi or bus. Downtown you will also find horse-drawn carriages that will take you where you want to go and the driver will also give you lots of information and history about Victoria. Also downtown, you will find guys with bicycles hooked up to carriages who will also take you where you want to go.

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