Go to Victoria, British Columbia!
Yes, West Adventures is a Tour Operator, however we find it our obligation to tell you why you should visit Victoria, British Columbia.
• There are bees there! Over a century ago, Jennie Butchart began building what is now one of the world’s premier floral show gardens. You could be overwhelmed though; they have so much more than just the Italian formal garden, Japanese garden, a rose garden and a quirky sunken garden. You could do a boat tour, get dizzy from the rose carousel, get lost in the green house or historical display. Mind you, if you get lost and end up staying late there is a night time illumination show.
• You could get lost in time. If you Visit Fort Rod Hill, coastal artillery fort built in the late 1890s you could forget you are in the 2000s. At Fort Rodd Hill, visitors can explore gun batteries and underground magazines built a century ago, as well as searchlight emplacements, command posts, period furnished rooms and much more. Signs, audio & video stations, and friendly, knowledgeable staff tell the stories of this national historic site. Follow this visit up with High Tea. In 1908 the Fairmont Empress Hotel opened its doors, offering its afternoon tea for the first time. Since then, kings, queens, movie stars and political figures have enjoyed the decadent pastries and fragrant teas served using fine china and sterling silver service. A pianist serenades the crowd in the ornately decorated Tea Lobby.
• You don’t need to spend your entire budget each day. There are so many things that you can enjoy for free! For instance:
o Beacon Hill Park – Be sure to check out this sprawling seaside park, located within walking distance from both downtown and the inner harbour. This 200-acre park features beautiful gardens, open green spaces, a petting zoo and stunning hillside views.
o Soak in Victoria’s Inner Harbour for seaside views, marvel at the marina and the historic Empress Hotel. From here, You can easily visit the British Columbia Legislature Building.
o Thunderbird Park – a small park displaying totem poles and other First Nation monuments – is a short walk from the BC Legislature Building.
o Walking distance from the Inner Harbour, you’ll reach Fisherman’s Wharf. Walk through the colorful makeshift harbour to take in the colorful houseboats, or grab a bite at one of the many food vendors while being entertained by the seals!
• It’s like visiting more than one country in a single city! Nestled within Downtown Victoria, there are several blocks comprising Victoria’s Chinatown. Enter through the Gates of Harmonious Interest on Fisgard Street, and make your way through the vast array of restaurants, shops and the narrow side alleys that hide many hidden delights! Despite its relatively small size, Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and one of the oldest in North America as well…Or are you in Britain with all the history, nostalgia and great pubs? No you are definitely in Canada Eh!
• You might just beef up a little! Victoria is famous for its locally made craft beers, ciders, wines and spirits. Explore the city’s brewing culture, learn about the brewing process and get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of a brewery or enjoy some of the many excellent brews with a delicious meal at one of many British style Victoria tap-houses. Victoria is part of the BC Ale trail as well as being home to surrounding wineries and cider producers that welcome visits.
• Serious history and culture in a country only 150 years old! Old Town is the original 1843 settlement that was once called Fort Victoria and served as a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company. The city grew up around the fort and eventually the name was changed. Today the vintage buildings hold shops, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. The Bastion Square Public Market, an outdoor market and entertainment area open from May through October, sells handmade gifts and local foods to lure you in.
• You can broaden your horizons! The Royal BC Museum (celebrating 130 years) is one of Canada’s greatest cultural and educational treasures. Through research and learning, their collections and presentations enable them to tell the stories of British Columbia in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. By exploring BC’s social and environmental history, the Royal BC Museum advances new knowledge and understanding of British Columbia, and provides a dynamic forum for discussion and a place for inspiration and reflection. There is also IMAX Victoria on the museum grounds, showing both documentaries and first-run films in the enlarged format.
• Who doesn’t enjoy the water! I mean the harbour is right there! Photo opportunities, whale watching, fishing, kayaking and so much more, at your finger tips. Just be especially careful if you’ve been checking out the BC Ale trail first.
check out the couple tours we have that include Victoria:
Vancouver Island Explorer – This trip brings you the diversity of the Pacific Coast. On the one hand you have the very British city of Victoria and the beauty of its colonial heritage; on the other, the wildness of the Pacific coast at Long Beach. We will go on a whale-watching excursion, take a boat trip to a hot springs on the edge of the ocean, perhaps surf the Pacific waves and hike the coastal trails. The trip is punctuated with arts and crafts options, and ends in BC’s outdoor adventure capital of Squamish. The coastal scenery will fill your camera.
Southwest Sampler – This tour combines the best of Vancouver Island with the best of the southern interior of British Columbia, the Okanagan. It is a tour of contrasts: the ocean, rugged mountains, rolling hills; beautiful gardens and alpine meadows; Pacific swells in which you can surf to a houseboat on the placid waters of the Shuswap. Explore the arts and crafts of Vancouver Island and sample the award-winning wines from some of the 130 Okanagan wineries. Soak in the hot springs, hike the high mountains or go for a trail ride. There is less driving on this trip than most West Adventure tours.