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The Greater Victoria region covers the extreme southern end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, including the Saanich Peninsula, Victoria, Esquimalt, Colwood, Metchosin, and Sooke, with almost half of Vancouver Island’s population of 750,000 people living within the Capital Regional District (CRD) around Victoria. Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a Hudson’s Bay Company Fort, the City of Victoria has a proud history of British custom.

Victoria has a temperate climate with mild, damp winters and relatively dry and mild summers. It is sometimes classified as a cool-summer Mediterranean climate due to its usually dry summers. There is a rich diversity of landscapes within the region, ranging from the Douglas fir forests along the coast to the drier, exposed conditions of the higher, rockier elevations that support arbutus (madrona) and Garry oak forests. Victorians display their love for the natural world by cultivating flower gardens at every turn. As you’d imagine in a region where a large urban population interacts with such a delightful natural tableau, a vast network of walking, hiking, and biking routes leads through the many parks with which the city is blessed.

It’s easy to imagine how sweet life was for Native Canadians who once had this all to themselves. Beacon Hill Park in downtown Victoria was the site of a village that had been inhabited for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the colonial settlers in the 1840s. A tangled web of events since then has displaced the original dwellers, but their history is evident in the petroglyphs that adorn the shoreline and in the middens of seashells mounded up beside the beaches on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Totem poles new and old stand as proud reminders of this First Nation heritage.

To gain a fresh appreciation for the talents and skills of First Nations peoples, combine a visit to the outdoors around Victoria with a stop at the Royal British Columbia Museum, a world-class repository of native artifacts. With the enriched perspective that such a visit will bring, you’ll look at the landscape with new interest and appreciation. The figures on the totems will no longer be static representations from a mythological age. Instead, combined with the presence of killer whales, seals, eagles, ravens, salmon, and other species that are as vibrant in the landscape today as they were in the past, you’ll enter a timeless realm and, in the process, discover a new place in nature for yourself.

Conde’ Naste Traveler Magazine reader’s poll rated Victoria one of the top ten cities to visit in the world. The picture-perfect Inner Harbour is surrounded by many of Victoria’s beautiful character buildings and premier attractions: the stately Empress Hotel, the BC provincial Legislative Buildings, museums and galleries. As romantic as Victoria may be, with its delightful natural harbour and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State on the horizon, the provincial capital of British Columbia is less a museum piece nowadays than it is a tourist mecca. Visitors pour in to view vast sculpted gardens and London-style double-decker buses, to shop for Irish linens and Harris tweeds, to sip afternoon tea, and to soak up what they believe is the last vestige of British imperialism in the Western Hemisphere.

Population: 78,659

 
Location: Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, which is situated off the southwest coast of British Columbia. Visitors from the Lower Mainland of BC travel to Victoria by ferry from the BC Ferries’ Tsawwassen terminal in Delta. Sailing time is 90 minutes for the 27-mile (44-km) distance across the Strait of Georgia to the Swartz Bay terminal, 20 miles (32 km) north of Victoria.

Visitors from the United States can journey to Victoria via ferry from Seattle, Anacortes in northwest Washington, or from Port Angeles on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The Anacortes ferry arrives in Sidney, at the Washington State Ferries terminal, 3 miles (5 km) south of Swartz Bay. The MV Coho from Port Angeles arrives in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, as does the Victoria Clipper from Seattle’s Pier 69. The Olympic and Saanich Peninsulas are separated by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a 17-mile (27-km) stretch of (almost) open ocean.

By air, visitors arrive at either Victoria Harbour (by float plane) or Victoria International Airport on the Saanich Peninsula, about 17 miles (27 km) north of Victoria.

A coach service operates via BC Ferries between Vancouver and downtown Victoria (43 miles/69 km by road, excluding ferry travel). Pick-up is available from various locations in Vancouver, including Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport, and major hotels. Visit our Transportation section for further information.

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Victoria Weather: One of the glorious things about the Victoria region is that you can picnic, golf or hike here year round, something that much of the rest of the province has always envied. Each season has its unique character, and life is always assuming new forms. Spring and fall migrations of birds and fish animate the landscape. Evergreen forests brighten a winter landscape that otherwise lies unveiled once deciduous trees drop their summer foliage. Even snow makes the occasional appearance, though it rarely remains for long. Summer droughts and winter rains determine the songs sung by rivers and creeks.

Hanging Flower Baskets adorn the city’s lampposts in a celebration of scent and bright colours, symbolizing Victoria’s passion for gardening. Flowers bloom year round in Victoria, which makes exploring the outdoors here enjoyable in any season. Ferns and lichens colour the forest floor throughout the winter; come spring, an explosion of trilliums and calypso orchids heightens the effect before giving way to bushes lush with huckleberry, salmonberry, trailing blackberry, salal, and Oregon grape.

The Butchart Gardens are probably the best-known gardens in western Canada. Thousands of flowers are displayed in season each year in the Sunken, Rose, Japanese and Italian theme gardens. Breathtaking by day, the Gardens become a delightful fairyland on summer nights when illuminated by countless lights.

BC Legislature: If there’s a quintessential image of Victoria etched in the memory of all who visit the city, it must surely be British Columbia’s Legislative Buildings at night. Adorned with 3,333 light bulbs, it takes on a magical quality. Take a free tour of the Legislative Buildings and learn about history and government of British Columbia.

The ivy-covered Empress Hotel, overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour, has been a famous Victoria landmark since 1908. The Empress is known for serving afternoon tea in its elegant upper lobby, and for its beautiful public spaces, which are well worth seeing.

The Royal British Columbia Museum is one of the finest of its kind in the world, offering dramatic dioramas of natural landscapes and full-scale reconstructions of Victorian storefronts. The museum features outstanding displays on the province’s artifacts, documents, history and culture, as well as national and international feature exhibits. Permanent Galleries include the First Peoples, Modern History and Natural History Galleries.

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia allows visitors to explore BC’s seafaring history through more than 5,000 artifacts. Exhibits include the fort and the city of Victoria, explorers and pirates, whaling and fishing, shipbuilding and shipwrecks, ship models and paintings, the Coast Guard and Navy, and the courtroom once presided over by the notorious Judge Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie in the late 19th century.

The Robert Bateman Centre displays the definitive collection of Robert Bateman’s work. Through their collections, research, exhibits, and programming the centre encourages experiential learning, observation and dialogue, and inspires people of all ages to find their place in Nature. Experience the magic of nature through the eyes of Robert Bateman, one of Canada’s most celebrated artists and conservationists. His work brings attention to the beauty and destruction of our planet. The Robert Bateman Centre is located at 470 Belleville Street, in the Steamship Terminal on Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Old Town Victoria is the oldest section of Victoria, built up between the 1860s and the 1890s. Explore Johnson Street and Chinatown, the galleries and sidewalk restaurants in Bastion Square, and historic Market Square, a restored 19th-century courtyard surrounded by three floors of charming heritage shops, restaurants, and offices.

Chinatown: The splendid lion-bedecked Gate of Harmonious Interest marks the entrance to Victoria’s small Chinatown, the second oldest in North America (after San Francisco). Once a ghetto for newcomers, Chinatown is now a heritage area, a vibrant commercial community, and an intriguing part of Victoria’s past and present. Visit the tiny shops and studios on Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada – only 90 centimetres wide at its narrowest.

Whale Watching: Victoria is the ultimate destination for whale watching adventures with Orca (Killer) Whale pods, Humpback Whales, and Minke Whales. The Inner Harbour is the departure point for year-round whale watching trips, harbour cruises, kayaking tours, and fishing and boating charters.

Carriage Ride: Relax in a horse-drawn carriage and capture the romance of an era when tall ships docked in the Inner Harbour. Private carriage tours include Old Town, Chinatown, Beacon Hill Park, heritage homes, and the Dallas Road waterfront. Fabulous horsedrawn carriages have been delighting visitors with rides through Victoria for over 100 years!

Beacon Hill Park is an historic sanctuary in Downtown Victoria, with landscaped gardens, bridges, ponds, abundant wildlife, and spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains. A delightful quiet envelops this sunny spot, where walking trails link with neighbourhood streets that lead down into the busy hum of Victoria. Beacon Hill Park was the site of an ancient village inhabited for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the colonial settlers. In 1956, renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist Mungo Martin and his team raised the world’s tallest free-standing totem pole in Beacon Hill Park (38.8 metres/128 feet).

Beacon Hill Children’s Farm is a hands-on petting zoo in Beacon Hill Park, enjoyed by kids and adults alike, with lots of baby animals, potbelly pigs, African pygmy goats, miniature horses, alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs, a goat-petting area, and many other critters to meet and pet. Don’t miss the famous daily Goat Stampede at closing time! The farm is open seasonally.

The National Geographic IMAX Theatre will delight you with crystal clear images and 12,000 watts of wraparound IMAX Digital surround sound. Six stories high and 81 feet wide, the IMAX screen pulls you in and brings images to life, letting you feel like you’re really there. Located inside the Royal BC Museum.

Thunderbird Park, adjacent to the Royal BC Museum, displays an impressive collection of totem poles of the First Nations of coastal British Columbia. With the enriched perspective that such a visit will bring, you’ll look at the landscape with new interest and appreciation.

Craigdarroch Castle puts you back into an era of unfettered wealth and ostentation. Learn the fascinating history of this poor Scottish coal miner who built an empire and became the wealthiest and most influential man in British Columbia.

Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse was one of Vancouver Island’s first farming communities, established in 1853 along Victoria’s Gorge Waterway on lands purchased from chiefs of the indigenous aboriginal people.

Point Ellice House was acquired as a waterfront estate in 1867 by Gold Rush magistrate and commissioner Peter O’Reilly. An audiotape tour is offered and you’ll see an amazing collection of Victoriana in its original setting. High Tea, served until 4pm, is a favourite here!

Emily Carr House is the birthplace of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s first and best known independent artists and writers. Enter into the same ambiance her family knew in the 1870s, and see some of her early pottery and sculpture.

Helmcken House was built in 1852 for pioneer doctor John Helmcken, and is now the second oldest residence on its original site in BC. Dr. Helmcken’s library, medicine chest, and medical instruments make up one of Canada’s finest 19th-century medical collections. Fascinating audiotape tours will guide you through a house full of intriguing legacies.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria houses one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, with special historic and contemporary exhibits on display throughout the year. An Asian garden located on the grounds includes the only authentic Japanese Shinto shrine in North America.

Victoria Gardens: The mild climate and profusion of green thumbs has earned Victoria the title City of Gardens. Created by Prince and Princess Abkhazi in the mid to late 1940s, Abkhazi Garden features native Garry oaks, ornamental evergreens, rhododendrons, rock and alpine plants, naturalized bulbs, Japanese maples, and weeping conifers. Finnerty Gardens, a three-acre University of Victoria garden, is home to more than 200 rhododendron species and azaleas. Beauty and education combine at the 44-hectare Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, a fascinating place with demonstration gardens, display gardens, and woodlands.

Government House and Gardens: Government House is the estate of the Lietenant Governor of British Columbia, the Queen’s representative in British Columbia. Government House is a national historic site embracing 36 acres, including rare Garry oak woodlands and ornamental gardens in various styles. Government House is located in the heart of the Rockland neighbourhood in Victoria, at 1401 Rockland Avenue, a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from downtown. With occasional exceptions, the grounds are open daily free of charge to the public from sunrise to sunset. Visit and enjoy a cup of tea at the interpretative centre, Tuesday to Saturday from May through September. www.ltgov.bc.ca.

Hatley Castle: Tour the gardens at Hatley Park National Historic Site, the luxury estate of industrialist and former BC premier James Dunsmuir. Hatley Castle and grounds are now home to Royal Roads University. The university and gardens are surrounded by an urban forest containing elements of all biotic zones of Vancouver Island, except alpine and coastal rain forest. The campus area borders on a saltwater lagoon, which is a bird and wildlife sanctuary.

Regimental Museum: The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) is Vancouver Island’s own Military Infantry Unit, and traces its origin to the 88th Regiment (Victoria Fusiliers) raised in 1912 and the 50th Regiment (Gordon Highlanders), raised in 1923. The Regimental Museum displays medals, uniforms, weapons and publications housed in the Bay Street Armoury, 715 Bay Street at Blanshard, Victoria, a 10-minute walk from the Inner Harbour. Call 250-363-8753 for viewing hours and pre-arranged viewing for groups and families.

Ross Bay Cemetery is a superb example of a Victorian-era burial ground, and is the final resting place of many famous Canadians, including Sir James Douglas, the first governor of British Columbia, artist Emily Carr, coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, who built Craigdarroch Castle, Matthew Baillie Begbie, the hanging judge, and Billy Barker, whose discovery sparked the Barkerville Gold Rush. Located off Dallas Road near Oak Bay.

Dominion Astrophysical Observatory on West Saanich Road is a major institute for astronomy. A dome houses a 1.8-metre-aperture telescope, once the largest in the world (1918). The Centre of the Universe interpretive centre has a 16-inch telescope and displays about the planets, the different types of stars and galaxies, and Canada’s role in discovering things in our cosmos. The centre also has a theatre for presentations on astronomy. Bikers challenging the steady 5-6% climb to the summit are rewarded with panoramic views of southern Vancouver Island. Note: Due to budget cutbacks, the Centre of the Universe will be closed to the public for good at the end of the summer 2013.

Fisgard Lighthouse is Canada’s oldest West Coast lighthouse, built in 1860. Step inside this working lighthouse, where you’ll find colourful artifacts and display panels about shipwrecks and the lives that were saved. At the same location is Fort Rodd Hill, built 1895-1900, which featured gun batteries to protect the navy base at Esquimalt Harbour. Stroll the ramparts of the three coastal batteries, look down the barrels of the original guns, explore underground magazines, and discover camouflaged searchlight emplacements.

The Gorge is a meandering waterway that leads from Victoria’s upper harbour through a landscaped urban environment, before finally widening into Portage Inlet. A daily tidal surge occasionally creates near-whitewater conditions in the narrowest passages, a thrill that kayakers will particularly enjoy. The best place to launch is the dock at Gorge Park, just west of downtown Victoria. There’s more paddling here than you can explore in one day, which guarantees a return visit. Next to the fall salmon run at Goldstream Provincial Park, the spring herring run in the Gorge waterway is one of the major events of the year in local waters, with the bonus that the fat, sardine-like fish are easier to catch.

Ogden Point: The breakwater at Ogden Point in James Bay, at nearly 800 metres long, extends into the ocean and offers a unique opportunity to walk out to sea and enjoy great views in all directions. Completed in 1916, and named after Peter Skeene Ogden, a noted 19th-century office of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the return walk takes about 40 minutes. With no railings on either side, the walkway is not recommended for those suffering from vertigo, and parents should monitor young children. Winter storms conditions demand additional caution.

Fisherman’s Wharf: Just around the corner from Victoria’s Inner Harbour and the Ogden Point cruise ship terminal, Fisherman’s Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food and ice cream kiosks, unique shops and eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels and float homes, and watch as fishing vessels unload their wares. Adventures include whale watching and wildlife-viewing tours, kayak rentals and fishing charters. Located at 1 Dallas Road in Victoria, a scenic 10-minute walk from downtown, Fisherman’s Wharf is serviced by the Victoria Harbour Ferry service from the Inner Harbour. www.fishermanswharfvictoria.com.

Victoria Public Market: The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson highlights local food producers at every level: farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers, preservers, brewers, vintners, florists and restaurateurs. Victoria Public Market is located at 1701 Douglas Street, Victoria. Visit their website for the hours of operation for the Public Market and Farmers’ Markets. www.victoriapublicmarket.com.

Trails: As you would imagine in a region where a large urban population interacts with such a delightful natural tableau, a vast network of walking, hiking and biking routes leads through the many parks with which Victoria is blessed. Although the mountainscape on southern Vancouver Island is not as rugged as the North Shore mountains that rise above Vancouver, this actually mitigates in favour of hiking in Victoria, as the physical demands for reaching the viewpoints are not as great. On the other hand, the views are as panoramic and breathtaking as anywhere in British Columbia.

Hiking: Just as Victorians can be proud of their 37-mile (60-km) Galloping Goose Trail and the Lochside Trail, two popular commuter walk and cycle trails, so too can they brag about the beauty of the Coast Trail, a 10-km trail that runs beside the Strait of Juan de Fuca in East Sooke Regional Park near Victoria. The Coast Trail and the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park are ideal testing grounds for a longer journey such as the West Coast Trail between Port Renfrew and Bamfield.

Golf: Victoria boasts 8 championship golf courses in close proximity, including Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Cordova Bay Golf Club, Olympic View Golf Club, Gorge Vale Golf Club, Royal Colwood Golf Club, and Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club. Nearby Oak Bay has the Uplands Golf Course and Victoria Golf Club. Victoria Golf Vacations.

Diving: There’s plenty of diving action around Greater Victoria. Much of the diving activity is based out of Ogden Point in Downtown Victoria, with diving in the marine sanctuary right off the Ogden Point Breakwater. Dive sites include Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, HMCS Mackenzie off Gooch Island, and the GB Church off Portland Island. You can also dive out of Sidney, at the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula, and Brentwood Bay in the Saanich Inlet, where an artificial reef is slowly taking shape offshore.
Diving around Vancouver Island.

Bird Migration: The Pacific Flyway is a major north-south route of travel for migratory birds in the Americas, extending from Alaska to Patagonia. The profusion of flora is a reward for migrating birds that make the Victoria region a semi-annual stop-over point. Bald eagles, ospreys, turkey vultures, herons, shorebirds, belted kingfishers, dippers, winter wrens, and many species of migratory ducks, geese, and swans flock to the delightfully benign environment.

Llamas: Greater Victoria has a number of popular Llama farms, where beautiful and charismatic llamas have a therapeutic effect on visitors who feed them, photograph them, cuddle them, and sit, talk and walk with them. It’s nearly impossible to sit quietly with a llama and not find yourself engaged in their special magic. Lodgings on llama farms add an extra dimension to an already pleasant stay in British Columbia. Llama Walks and Llama Hiking.

Provincial Parks: Throughout the 1990s, a string of new parks were set aside in the Capital Region District (CRD), including the almost 3,000-acre (1,200-hectare) Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and Goldstream Provincial Park beside the Goldstream River, where thousands of nature-loving onlookers visit the park during the fall salmon migration to watch the fish spawn and expire. The very first property to be donated to the BC provincial park system – John Dean Provincial Park – is located on Greater Victoria’s Saanich Peninsula.

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP): The Gardens at HCP feature 9 acres of spectacular gardens showcasing over 10,000 varieties of plants. Thirty-four different areas are designed and planted to demonstrate landscaping techniques suitable for the Pacific Northwest. The centre has a horticulture library with over 2,500 landscaping and garden-related books and magazines. HCP is located at 505 Quayle Road, Victoria. Visit the website for hours and admission charges. www.hcp.ca.

Scenic Drives: One of the most recommended drives in Victoria is the Scenic Marine Drive, which follows the coastline and leads through some of Victoria’s most beautiful residential areas, affording stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains. Beginning at the southwest corner of Beacon Hill Park, follow Dallas Road along the coastline, stopping at any of the numerous parking areas to take in the views.

Along the way, Dallas Road’s name changes to Beach Drive and continues into the Oak Bay neighbourhood. The Oak Bay Marina offers visitors the opportunity to feed wild seals and offers an array of unique marine adventure options. Carry on to the exclusive neighbourhood of Uplands, the location of the Uplands Park and the Cattle Point lookout.

Festivals & Events: An exciting schedule of annual music and theatre festivals take place in Victoria throughout the year, including the Victoria Jazzfest International, the Shakespeare Festival, Victoria Rootsfest Music Festival, the Sooke Festival of Performing Arts, Symphony Splash, and the Victoria Fringe Festival. Victoria’s entertainment scene also offers a year-round choice of music, dance, and drama, including performances by Victoria’s own symphony, opera, theatre, and dance companies.

North of the city of Victoria and its adjoining municipalities of Saanich, Oak Bay and Esquimalt, lies the pastoral landscape of the Saanich Peninsula, where farms and pocket communities blend with forests, lakes and parks. Surrounded on three sides by coastline and sheltered waters, the Saanich Peninsula is home to Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (victoria/Vancouver). West of Victoria, the scenery of parks, marinas and residential neighbourhoods in the Western Communities (View Royal, Langford, Colwood and Metchosin) becomes progressively wilder as you enter the Sooke region and travel along the rugged shoreline, past coastal rain forests and windswept beaches.

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Eagle Wing Tours Whale Watching
Fisherman's Wharf Near Pier #2 Next to Barb's Fish And Chips Victoria BC V8W 3H9
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Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
425 Quebec Street Victoria BC V8V 1W7
Phone 250-388-5463 Fax 250-388-5452 Toll Free 1-800-663-7515Website Visit Website Website Visit Blog

Make yourself at home in one of our suites or comfortable guest rooms. Conveniently located in the heart of historic Victoria, steps away from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the Legislative Buildings, the Royal BC Museum, downtown shopping, and major attractions. Enjoy yourself in our beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, games room, or sauna and exercise room. Let us take care of all the details while you are here. Why settle for a standard hotel room when you can enjoy a spacious suite for a comparable price?

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Five Star Whale Watching Adventures
651 Humboldt Street Victoria BC V8W 1A6
Phone 250-388-7223 Fax 250-388-5474 Toll Free 1-800-634-9617Website Visit Website

Five Star Whale Watching helps you discover the picturesque southern Vancouver Island, Victoria, and the Gulf Islands, home to the largest population of Killer Whales (Orcas) in the world. Come aboard one of our two 40-passenger Expedition Catamarans, each of which combines comfort, speed, safety, and your choice of 3 viewing platforms. With 20 years experience watching whales we offer more that just a “point and photograph” tour.

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Inner Harbour
412 Quebec Street Victoria BC V8V 1W5
Phone 250-384-5122 Fax 250-388-5343 Toll Free 1-888-383-2378Website Visit Website

This lovely hotel is perfectly situated in downtown Victoria’s best location, at the beautiful Inner Harbour, just a short stroll from the city’s best highlights, including the majestic Parliament Buildings, the award-winning Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Conference Center, and major attractions, shops and restaurants. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Inner Harbour offers great value, and room rates include a delicious and complimentary full breakfast buffet for our hotel guests. Elegant rooms each have a private balcony, a separate eating area with fridge and microwave, free wi-fi, DVD player and more. Amenities include an outdoor pool (in season), indoor whirlpool, sauna, steam room, fitness area and guest laundry. Gated and underground parking is available.

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Boathouse B&B
746 Sea Drive Brentwood Bay BC V8M 1B1
Phone 250-652-9370 Toll Free 1-866-654-9370Website Visit Website

If you are seeking peace and quiet in a comfortable, natural setting, Boathouse Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Rental is a unique, waterfront cottage on the shore of Brentwood Bay, in a protected and scenic inlet. Nestled in a secluded cove with entry from land or water, The Boathouse is located 5 minutes from Butchart Gardens, 20 minutes from Victoria, 20 minutes from the Victoria International Airport, and 25 minutes from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (Victoria/Vancouver).

Our private dock is ideal for sunbathing and swimming during the summer months. If you own a boat or seaplane, you may moor it at the dock during your stay. We also provide a dinghy for rowing trips (10 – 20 minutes) to nearby Butchart Gardens, to several waterfront restaurants, pub or to a parkland beach for a picnic.

The cottage, with its covered porch, main room and cozy, seaward-looking library, offers a quaint and relaxing setting. Both the cottage and adjacent bathhouse (private bathroom including brass and glass shower and pedestal sink) have been completely refurbished, yet they retain the charm and old-style craftsmanship of the original 1927 buildings.

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Days Inn Victoria On The Harbour
427 Belleville Street Victoria BC V8V 1X3
Phone 250-386-3451 Fax 250-386-6999 Toll Free 1-800-665-3024Website Visit Website

Perfectly located on Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour, walking distance to Convention Centre, Parliament Buildings, restaurants, shopping and attractions. Clean, comfortable guest rooms and an onsite restaurant/lounge, seasonal outdoor heated pool, year-round whirlpool, parking, complimentary high-speed Internet access, local calls, coffee/tea/bottled water. Harbourview, Pet-friendly, and Kitchenette rooms available. Come and visit our beautiful Garden City, and we’ll take care of the rest!

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Amazing Vacation Homes
Vacation Locations: South West Vancouver Island Office Location: 2629 Otter Point Road Sooke BC V9Z 0J1
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Amazing Vacation Homes provides a high-caliber service in property and holiday management of vacation homes and cottages in Victoria, Sooke and southwest Vancouver Island, including waterfront properties with incredible ocean and mountain views. We have homes available for wedding venues and honeymoons as well as corporate retreats and even filming locations.

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Peter Lindsay - Re/Max
Re/Max Camosun 4440 Chatterton Way Victoria BC V8K 5J2
Phone 250-744-3301 Fax 250-744-3904 Toll Free 1-800-663-2121Website Visit Website

For a FREE RELOCATION PACKAGE on Greater Victoria and the current housing market contact Peter today. Specializing in residential, corporate and military relocation since 1987, Peter welcomes the opportunity to be of service to you in your quest to purchase or sell a new or pre-owned residential property.

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Urban Cottage
Fairfield Victoria BC
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Fabulous location for your dream vacation! The Urban Cottage is located in the heart of historic Fairfield, just half block to the spectacular Dallas Road ocean front, and a leisurely walk through stunning Beacon Hill Park to downtown Victoria and the world famous Inner Harbour.

This is a one level home, so suitable for young children, as well as grandparents who may not want to do stairs to bedrooms every day. There is a sunny back deck with bistro set to enjoy your morning coffee, as well as the afternoon/evening sun on the front porch. Enjoy a cocktail in the Adirondack chairs in the evening sun. Manicured lawns and flower gardens. Beautiful backyard is fully fenced…while away the afternoon in the double hammock! The street is only 4 blocks long and is not a thoroughfare, so it’s quiet and safe. The cottage is just a half block from the stunning Dallas Road waterfront, complete with sand/pebble beach, tide pools and paved walking paths along the cliffs. You can’t beat this location!

Within just a few blocks of the property is a fabulous children’s play park, petting zoo, and the famous Beacon Hill Park with duck ponds, aviary, putting green and much more. Downtown Victoria with its amazing restaurants, theatres and nightlife is at your doorstep…just a 5 minute drive or a lovely 20 minute stroll to the heart of the City. The Urban Cottage has it all!

Ideal home for family vacation, adventure seeking, or quiet romantic get-away. The Urban Cottage is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community. The best Victoria has to offer is at your doorstep. 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6.

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Geoffrey McLean, Re/Max Camosun
4440 Chatterton Way Victoria BC V8X 5J2
Phone 250-744-3301 Fax 250-744-3904 Toll Free 1-800-663-2121Website http://www.geoffmclean.com

Geoff McLean specializes in real estate in the Greater Victoria area. His honest approach to serving his clients has earned him an excellent reputation on Vancouver Island, with numerous awards and accolades. Geoff is well connected in the industry and in the community, important details when choosing a Realtor.

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Whale Watching From Vancouver to Victoria
Suite 2005 1251 Cardero Street Vancouver BC V6G 2H9
Phone 604-684-4922 Fax 604-684-4921 Toll Free 1-800-528-3531Website Visit Website Website Visit Blog

Travel from Vancouver to Victoria on a high-speed Whale Watching Safari. Sighting chances are 95%. Explore Victoria and Butchart’s Gardens and return to Vancouver at sunset by sea plane. Vancouver Sightseeing Tours and day trips into the wilderness around the city, and thrilling river rafting adventures in the coastal mountains. Includes hotel pick-up anywhere in Vancouver – from your hotel or residence.

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Reel Obsession Sportfishing
3139 Carran Road Victoria BC V9C 2K5
Phone 250-886-0315 Toll Free 1-888-855-7335Website Visit Website

Reel Obsession Sport Fishing Charters offers year-round, world-class, fully guided BC salmon and halibut sport fishing charters on Vancouver Island on the west coast of British Columbia, fishing Zeballos, Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet, and Victoria. We offer a variety of charter fishing packages and are quite flexible in customizing your charter fishing experience to suit your needs. Our west coast Lodge produces great fishing all summer long.

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Abbeymoore Manor Bed & Breakfast
1470 Rockland Avenue Victoria BC V8S 1W2
Phone 250-370-1470 Toll Free 1-888-801-1811Website Visit Website

Gracious Edwardian Mansion (1912) in the historic Rockland district of Victoria sits among castles, gardens and tree lined streets, 5 minutes to US ferries and all attractions. Large Suites and bedrooms, private bathrooms, jetted tubs, antique furnishings, down comforters, and a full gourmet breakfast. Off-season weekly or monthly rates available.

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LandQuest Realty Corporation
101-313 6th Street New Westminster Vancouver BC V3L 3A7
Phone 604-664-7630 Fax 604-606-7901 Toll Free 1-866-558-5263Website Visit Website

Landquest Realty Corporation is a unique real estate company specializing in marketing recreational real estate, development properties, ranches, guest ranches, oceanfront, islands, resorts, lakefront, timber, trophy properties, remote fishing and hunting properties and Big Game Outfitter Territories throughout BC. Landquest’s dedicated group of experienced real estate professionals provide the best possible service in every corner of British Columbia.

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Owner Direct Vacation Rentals
871 Westpoint Drive Kelowna BC V1W 2Z4 Vacation Lodging Locations: Throughout British Columbia
Phone 250-434-8962 Toll Free 1-888-869-6377Website Visit Website

Looking for a Vacation Rental? Why spend more and get less with a hotel? We offer privately-owned, condos, apartments, bed and breakfasts, chalets, cottages and cabins throughout British Columbia for rent – nightly, weekly or monthly. Owners set their own competitive rates. Great value and selection.

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SpringTide Charters
1119 Wharf Street At Historic Bastion Square Victoria BC V8W 1T7
Phone 250-384-4444 Fax 250-658-0779 Toll Free 1-800-470-3474Website Visit Website Website Visit Blog

SpringTide Whale Watching is family owned and operated with an office perfectly located in the heart of downtown Victoria. We have shared Vancouver Island’s marine ecosystems with visitors for over 21 years, earning a local and international reputation for excellence in Whale Watching, Eco Tours and Special Event Charters.

Get ready to explode your senses through up-close encounters with Southern Vancouver Island’s wild and unforgettable marine life and coastline. Experience the joy, excitement and wonderful memories of our whales, porpoise, seals and marine birds!

WHALE WATCH with SpringTide on the 84-passenger, 61-foot Marauder IV, or join an exhilarating excursion onboard one of our high-speed, open Zodiacs. Enjoy complimentary beverages on Marauder while listening to professional biologists provide informative narrations, or have a thrill of a lifetime with the wind in your hair on our Zodiacs.

Want another terrific experience while visiting Victoria? Then SPORTFISH year round for Salmon and Halibut on SpringTide’s 42’ Sportfisher. We are open all year, offering whale watching tours seven days a week April through October, and our Zodiac Marine Wildlife Tours November through March.

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June Wing - Sutton Group, West Coast Realty
#103-4400 Chatterton Way Victoria BC V8X 5J2
Phone 250-479-3333 Fax 250-721-9346Website Visit Website

June has an in-depth knowledge of the Victoria real estate market and provides current and relevant information required to make sound real estate decisions when buying or selling residential and investment real estate in Victoria. Born and raised in Victoria, June has an MBA and was a chartered accountant prior to becoming a realtor in 2002.

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EMR Vacation Rentals
Vancouver Office: EMR Vacation Rentals Inc. #1118 Richards Street Vancouver BC V6B 3E6 Victoria Office: (Mailing address) #106-1016 McCallum Road Victoria BC V9B 4C6
Phone 604-628-4435 Phone 250-483-6790 Fax 530-660-3079 Toll Free 1-866-800-8880 Toll Free 0-800-520-0932 UK Phone 0-800-181-8907 GermanyWebsite Visit Website

EMR is a fully licensed Travel Agency offering fully furnished vacation homes, condos, suites, and estates in Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Whistler, the Okanagan, and on Vancouver Island. We have a large inventory of unique properties to select from. This includes properties that feature oceanfront, beach front, breathtaking views, private hot tubs, luxurious settings and more.

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Orca Spirit Adventures
Trip Departures: Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel - Marina Level 146 Kingston Street Victoria BC V8V 1V4
Phone 250-383-8411 Fax 250-383-4666 Toll Free 1-888-672-6722Website Visit Website

Victoria’s Original and Authentic Whale Watching Experience will stay with you for a lifetime. You’ll come to face to face with some of nature’s most spectacular creatures — orcas, humpbacks, porpoises, sea lions, seals, and bald eagles. It’s something that has to be seen to be believed.

Victoria experiences the longest season and most active whales and marine mammals in BC! Our focus is on conservation, education, safety, fun, and exhilaration. As we own and operate the spotting network which locates the whales, we have the highest whale watching success rate. Proud to be the only company using environmentally friendly engines.

Orca Spirit also offers cruises of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Victoria dinner cruises, charter wedding cruises, charter tours from Vancouver, fishing charters, and tours to Butchart Gardens. Located in the Coast Harbourside Hotel in the Inner Harbour.

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Careers and Jobs at BCjobs.ca
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BCJobs.ca enables job seekers and employers to connect with each other. Search for employment opportunities throughout BC or apply for and post BC jobs and resumes. Use the internet as a resource to find that dream job, including accounting jobs, administration jobs, construction, manufacturing, customer service, sales, marketing, financial, technical, technology, health care, tourism, retail and more… all in British Columbia.

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Quality Inn Waddling Dog
2476 Mount Newton Cross Road Saanichton Victoria BC V8M 2B8
Phone 250-652-1146 Fax 250-652-4946 Toll Free 1-800-567-8466Website Visit Website

The Quality Inn Waddling Dog captures the heritage flavour of Victoria, while offering all the convenience, amenities and value you’d expect from a trusted name like Quality Inn. Olde England comfort and charm at this quaint 30-room English Tudor-style hotel near Butchart Gardens, BC Ferries, Washington State Ferry and Victoria International Airport. Also enjoy our pub and restaurant at Waddling Dog Bar & Grill.

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Cottage Pirouette Bed and Breakfast
401 Lampson Street Victoria BC V9A 5Y9
Phone 250-386-2166 Fax 250-386-2188 Toll Free 1-877-386-2166Website Visit Website

Charming 1930s home located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Saxe Point, just minutes from the centre of Victoria and close to CFB Esquimalt Naval base. This charming and comfortable B & B offers 6 guest rooms featuring coved ceilings, hardwood floors, and ceramic tiles. Choose a Japanese or Canadian breakfast, served on Royal Doulton china and featuring a variety of homemade breads and jams.

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Waterfront West Real Estate
1080 5th Street Courtenay BC V9N 1L4
Phone 250-897-8781 Fax 250-703-2902 Phone 1-866-799-9378Website Visit Website

Waterfront West is the first and only marketplace dedicated exclusively to buyers and sellers of waterfront and water view real estate in British Columbia. Advertising Realtors’ listings, private sales and developments, we are pioneering the market for this prime real estate. Featuring private and brokered sales, waterfront developments and a complimentary Buyers’ Club.

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Scott Piercy Real Estate
Engel & Völkers Victoria 208-2187 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC V8R 1G1
Phone 250-686-7789 Toll Free 1-866-599-3933Website Visit Website

Scott Piercy offers twelve years of marketing properties and brokering Vancouver Island Residential, Waterfront, Recreational and Luxury Properties in the international marketplace. Scott was raised in Victoria and has the resources to find the perfect match for the most challenging homebuyers, plus a host of international clients for the special vendor. Scott’s success is based on exceptional service, communication, and attention to detail. His professional integrity always serves the client first.

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RV, Camper & Trailer Rentals
12 - 5th Street Courtenay BC V9N 3N7
Phone 250-334-4428 Fax 250-334-4494 Toll Free 1-800-663-0194Website Visit Website

Rental of RVs, motor homes, travel trailers, tent trailers, truck campers, and utility car trailers on Vancouver Island. If you don’t have a suitable towing vehicle, we offer delivery of rental trailers to various campsites so you can relax and meet your rental trailer at your chosen location. Located in Courtenay in the Comox Valley on Central Vancouver Island (Fly into Comox).

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Accent Inns Victoria
3233 Maple Street Off Highway 17 Victoria BC V8X 4Y9
Phone 250-475-7500 Fax 250-475-7599 Toll Free 1-800-663-0298Website Visit Website Website Visit Blog

Accent Inns Victoria is central to the most popular attractions in Victoria, conveniently located just a 5-minute drive from Victoria on Blanshard Street (Hwy 17) across from Mayfair Shopping Centre. Whether business or vacation, our comfortable accommodation is known for its 3 diamond quality and famous for its hundreds of hanging flower baskets. Pet Friendly. Free wireless. Free parking.

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Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
1234 Wharf Street Victoria BC V8W 3H9
Phone 250-386-2211 Fax 250-386-2622 Toll Free 1-800-663-7472Website Visit Website

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites is an exclusive downtown waterfront property offering luxury condominium styled penthouses and spacious suites that provide spectacular views overlooking Victoria’s picturesque inner harbour and the adjacent marinas. The Victoria Regent is amongst the most beautiful hotels in Victoria BC. We are located directly on the water, overlooking the scenic inner harbour. Step onto your balcony, and a bustling harbour with its colourful boats lies before you. Our choice location allows easy exploration of downtown Victoria’s shops, restaurants, theatres, museums and galleries. You will find that we provide unmatched luxury and service in perhaps the perfect downtown location.

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Albion Manor Bed and Breakfast
224 Superior Street Victoria BC V8V 1T3
Phone 250-389-0012 Fax 250-389-2857 Toll Free 1-877-389-0012Website Visit Website

Albion Manor Bed and Breakfast in Downtown Victoria is a 1892 heritage manor house set in a large English country garden located within easy walking distance of the US Ferry Dock at the Inner Harbour, the Legislative Buildings, the world-famous Empress Hotel, Royal BC Museum, and many of Victoria’s finest restaurants and shopping areas.

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Hotel Zed
3110 Douglas Street Victoria BC V8Z 3K4
Phone 250-388-4345 Fax 250-388-7613 Toll Free 1-800-997-6797Website Visit Website

We’re a ridiculously fun & eclectic hip hotel in Victoria BC that is so completely awesome your mind will be blown! OK, slight exaggeration, but we swear it’s like nothing you’ve seen before: Vintage VW shuttle bus, typewriter station, vinyl listening station, media hubs in the rooms, comics in the bathroom, waterslide….

We are Rebels against the ordinary.

Unordinary amenities:

  • Free Bicycle rentals
  • Indoor/outdoor pool with waterslide
  • Hot tub & sauna
  • Media hubs in-room (allow you to share your device on a 40 inch TV)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Excellent high quality coffee in our lobby (for free!)
  • Vinyl record listening station
  • Hotel Zed postcards (use the vintage typewriter and we’ll mail them for free)
  • Comic Books in the bathrooms
  • Vintage VW shuttle bus
  • Free parking

Hotel Zed is Pet Friendly, Bike Friendly, Motorcycle Friendly

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Canadian Adventure Rentals
12263 - 248th Street Maple Ridge BC V4R 1J5
Phone 604-466-5940 Toll Free 1-855-525-5940Website Visit Website

Pickup and Return:
Vancouver, BC

Self-Drive Camping Vacations in British Columbia. Canadian Adventure Rentals will help you create the ultimate outdoor adventure. All packages include a luxury sports utility vehicle (unlimited mileage) fully equipped with camping gear for one to four persons. We also provide mountain bikes, kayaks and canoes, and will reserve campsites across BC for you.

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Econo Lodge & Suites
101 Island Highway Victoria BC V9B 1E8
Phone 250-388-7861 Fax 250-388-7862 Toll Free 1-800-661-4043Website Visit Website

Welcome to Victoria at its most comfortable, for those who enjoy their comfort but insist on value. The Econo Lodge & Suites Victoria Hotel is perfectly located for exploring one of North’s America most popular destinations. Tucked away on Victoria’s quiet, picturesque, Gorge Waterway, our Victoria Hotel is just minutes from Downtown Victoria and Major Attractions. We also cater to corporate guests with executive amenities and meeting facilities. Amenities and services include our large, heated outdoor pool, outdoor patio overlooking the water, onsite guest laundry, and deluxe healthy continental breakfast. At the Econo Lodge & Suites Hotel we’re dedicated to making your stay in Victoria truly comfortable.

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19 Menzies Manor
19 Menzies Street Victoria BC V8V 2G1
Phone 250-384-0803 Fax 250-384-0813 Toll Free 1-888-384-0803Website Visit Website

A short walk from the US Ferries and the Inner Harbour, in downtown Victoria, you’ll find this spacious, elegant, all-suites Vacation Rental, with ocean views, private entrances, fireplaces and ensuite baths. Situated in historic James Bay, and close to all major attractions, just a few steps take you to the beach and Beacon Hill Park.