Victoria Travel Guide

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Victoria Things to Do

  • Butchart Gardens

    We moved away from the Japanese Garden and back into the Italianate and Rose Garden areas. The former had a fountain and statue or two while the latter traded on its name with a multitude of varieties. There is so much variety in the geometrical patterns of the classical garden that you're never sure of what you'll come across next.

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  • Legislature Buildings

    If you visit the Provincial legislature Building in Victoria, make sure you walk all the way around it. I liked the fountain on its right hand side. This fountain had statues of several local animals and information about local history. I have put photos of the animal statues here. There's a photo of the whole fountain on my Provincial legislature...

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  • Chinatown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Victoria's Chinatown has the distinction of being the oldest Chinatown in Canada. It is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco. Victoria's Chinatown grew up to house the many Chinese miners who flocked there when gold was found in the Frazer River Valley. It increased in size again when Chinese workers arrived to build the Canadian...

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Victoria Hotels

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Victoria Restaurants

  • Santiago's

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santiago's Cafe is a popular cafe and restaurant with a mainly Mexican kitchen, although you can enjoy a range of other foreign food as well. Service is very friendly and informal. It's a great place to have an afternoon meeting or to enjoy your evening main course. Be aware that it can be crowded at times and that there is limited seating (and...

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  • Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We had a bad experience at the Oyster Bar. We went there on a Sat night at around 8:30PM and the owner, Tom Ferris, said the place was thinning out a bit and would seat us at the bar until a table opened up. 15 minutes later he sat us at the worst possible spot at a table where you can barely fit 2 plates and with very little lighting. There were...

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  • Pagliacci's

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I've lived in Victoria (on and off) for about sixteen years, and I had never been to Pagliacci's until this week! Locals don't believe me when I tell them that, but it's true. Finally, after hearing non-stop hype (mainly about the bread) for the last sixteen years I finally made it into Pagliacci's. The restaurant isn't small, but the tables are...

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Victoria Nightlife

  • Sticky Wicket Pub

    This is a British style pub and it is certainly the one that is most favored by locals. It offers great food and drinks with ocassional live music on the rooftop patio area. Don't go away from Victoria without visiting it!! No sneakers, ID required at the entrance.

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  • Inner Harbour

    Victoria has its share of pubs and if you are looking for a great beer, you came to the right place. With two world class brewpubs in Spinnakers and The Swan, you cannot go wrong. A bit newer is the Canoe Brewpub which we did not make it to. There are countless other pubs, many with great names like The Sticky Wicket and real English charm. But...

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  • Strathcona Hotel

    Big Bad John's is a unique bar and a place that I really loved. It's hard to describe a place when you've only been there once and felt like, if you lived in that city, it would probably be your regular haunt, but I'll try. BBJ's is located in the Strathcona Hotel, and is the first place in BC to have a liquor license. When you walk in, it's like...

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Victoria Transportation

  • Ship/Boat

    Headquartered on Seattle's waterfront, what for many years was known as the Victoria Clipper has now changed its name to Clipper Vacations, and offers various vacation trips to several locations from Seattle. As the name implies, their signature route is Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia. However, their Whale Watch Trip also serves as a Seattle...

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  • BC Ferries

    Be very careful if you are traveling with a large camper. We had a recent experience where they directed our 34' travel camper (total length with vehicle 53' and width of 100 inches) to the very outside lane that was too narrow (only 85" at toward the bow). They were not paying attention to our approach until it was too late and our awning hit the...

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  • Bus/Transit

    The local Victoria Regional Transit System (part of BCTransit) runs the local buses in Victoria. The entire Victoria Regional Transit System, from Sooke to Sidney, is one fare zone and requires a single fare of CAD 2.50. Map with Victoria bus routes. The following routes are available: -1 RICHARDSON / DOWNTOWN -2/2A OAK BAY / WILLOWS /...

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Victoria Shopping

  • Food/Beverages

    The cutest store ever on the very fashionable Johnson Street. Three floors of outstanding goodies from all over the world. My partner is German and found perhaps too many items to take home. There was an entire rack of haribo products which are completely my weakness. This is a small store and we still managed to stay for about half an hour there...

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  • Shopping Centres

    The Bay Company left its traces everywhere in Canada, but in Victoria there are many historical roots of the company. The nowadays Shopping Mall does not resemble the trading company that once started here. A list of the shops in the year 2012 in the Mall: A&B Tailor A&W Aerosoles Aldo Ann-Louise Jewellers Athletes World The Bay Bayshore Dental BC...

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  • Books

    Renaissance Books call themsleves an eclectic bookshop. They are in business for over 30 years. They sell Art & Illustrated Books, Literature, Modern First editions, Poetry, Books on Books, Ist Nations, BC History,Children's Books and much more. All and all there are 30.000 books for sale. Books. Low prices.

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Victoria Local Customs

  • Cultural/Historical

    One thing this Navy town has in common with its East Coast counterpart Halifax are the downtown street names. You can find those in the walkway concrete at the intersections of the streets.

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  • Festivals/Holidays

    British Columbia Day, the first Monday in August, is a Provicial Holiday. (We didn't know that.) It's a bank holiday, so most "public facilities" (like banks and post offices) will be closed. Also, a lot of restaurants and shops are on reduced "holiday" hours. The night before B.C. Day there are festivities in Victoria Harbor, including a concert...

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  • Currency/Tipping

    Please excuse me if you think this is a silly tip but I just wanted to point out that American coins (quarters, dimes, nickels etc) are NOT considered eligible for preferential exchange in stores or banks. So if you are shopping somewhere and see something listed for $1 Canadian if you pay for it with an American dollar bill you'll receive some...

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Victoria Warnings and Dangers

  • Street Smarts

    Many of Victoria's street intersections are at strange angles, rather than being 90 degrees intersections between strict east-west and north-south streets. Instead, most of the streets fit with the shape of the peninsulas on which Victoria is built. I found that this makes it very easy to make wrong turns in almost all locations. Free maps of...

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  • Financial/Money

    As in many other countries, Canada returns the TAX you pay in purchases above 50 CND in the same ticket and before tax. Just watch out you exceed it because I had two tickets for 49.50 each and I couldn't get a refund in those two... what a shame! All tickets within a year you letft Canada can apply. Also be aware that all prices are listed before...

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  • Health/Safety

    I was just in Victoria, went to Robbins Parking Lot, nice looking and seemed like they would have security.....they don't and when I came back for my car the window was smashed and mine lap top computer that was well hidden from site was now missing. The parking lot attendant reported to us after the fact that they are having lots of car break ins....

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Victoria Tourist Traps

  • Attractions

    While investigating my first trip to Victoria, I decided to take the Victoria Clipper out of Seattle. It is the middle of winter, and therefore the ticket price is $70 round trip, so $35 one way really isn't that bad a price (it is much higher during the tourist season!). Victoria Clipper offers package deals, as well as transport only between...

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  • Whale Watching

    If you insist on going out whale watching (or whale harassing as the locals call it) don't tell any locals that you have done this. People who go whale watching are considered ignorant "ugly tourists" who don't care about the environment.

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  • Empress Hotel

    Tourists will here amazing reviews about tea at the Fairmont Empress. Truthfully, what you are paying for is the novelty of dining in an elegant setting with fine service over looking Victoria's Inner Harbour. Dress up! The Fairmont Empress does have dress codes and you won't want to be disappointed upon arrival. Be sure to ask for a seat near the...

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Victoria What to Pack

  • Rain or Sun or Fog or Hot or Cold or...

    Victoria sits north of the Olympic Mountains, which provide a certain amount of rain shadow to the city. However, that also means that weather is quite unpredictable. Whatever weather gets thrown onto the mountains may bounce around for a while, get torn up, or redirected by its trip over or near the mountains. The straight of Juan de Fuca has...

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  • dress in layers?

    It's best to dress in layers. Being on the water, Victoria is a temperate place. It doesn't generally get frigid but it can be wet and cool. The weather is changeable on the island and it's best to be prepared for all seasons in one day. That said, when we were there, it was unusually warm. It was actually quite hot and we're from Florida! A...

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  • Bring a rain coat and your walking...

    It's quite possible to spend a few days in Victoria without having a car. If you're staying in the downtown area, you'll soon realize that it's very easy to walk up to pretty much all the attractions, so pack up a good pair of walking shoes and forget about the car!Also, even though Victoria gets less rain than Vancouver does, I still think...

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Victoria Off The Beaten Path

  • Parks

    Come at the right time of year (late April to late May) and see spectacular, huge rhododendrons in bloom in this known-mostly-to-locals park. To get here take the number 6 bus (catch it across from the Dutch Bakery on Fort Street) and ask the bus driver to let you off near the intersection of Rock and Quadra. To get back to town walk back down to...

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  • Outlying Communities

    There are mzny great hiking trails in Victoria and all over Vancouver Island. You can go for an Easy stroll, a Day Hike or an Overnight Hike. Easy Stroll If you park anywhere along the inner harbour from James bay, Ogden point to Esqimalt (Head Street) You can enjoy a nice stroll next to the ocean that is easy to access and easy to leave so you can...

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  • Downtown

    If you follow the pathway along the inner harbor west past the undersea gardens for a couple of blocks, you’ll come to Fisherman’s Wharf. This is where some of the local fishing boats land their catch. It’s also the residence of a motley group of float homes moored to the wharf. Other than that there’s a restaurant with a city-wide reputation for...

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Victoria Sports & Outdoors

  • enjoy cricket and other sports.

    When visiting Victoria, I enjoyed watching the sport cricket, at a cricket club. I do not know if cricket is specifically Victoria only or prolific throughout B.C. I do know this is one city where the game is played! Whatever sport you enjoy, I discovered a website listing sports clubs (cricket and other) in Victoria. The website is given below.

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  • VICTORIA SALMON KINGS

    Victoria had a Stanley Cup winner in 1925 and enjoyed a long run in the top junior hockey bracket - today’s Western Hockey League. But that team left in 1994 leaving hockey fans frustrated. Finally funding to build a new arena was passed by voters with the stipulation that a new WHL franchise could be brought in. The company responsible for...

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  • Get in shape

    I honestly didn't excercise too much while in here but once in a while I went to Dallas Road to run or walk. Don't feel like walking? then do horseback riding which takes one hour You can rent a bike or a boat too but honestly I preffer to walk.Go to the Visitor Information Centre to know more about these activities and the places to do/rent them.

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  • Parks/Nature/Gardens

    It gets busy in Beacon Hill Park so be prepared for long delays while the ducks cross the road. In the early evening the ducks seemed to take over the entire park as most of the daytime visitors left.

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  • Siteseeing

    I first passed this beautiful church on the bus then went back to see it, because it looked so lovely. The Church of Our Lord dates from 1876 making it the oldest church in Victoria. It is located on the corner of Humbolt and Blanshard Streets. It is a carpenter gothic church, meaning it has features of traditional gothic churches, but is made of...

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  • Inner Harbour

    One of the most emotional statues at Victoria is the Homecoming statue at the Inner Harbour next to the Victoria Visitor Centre at Ship's Point. The sculpture is made by Nathan Scott. It was made for the100th Birthday of Canada's Navy. The commemorative bricks around the statue are the result of the fundraising for the Militairy Family Resource...

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