PERFECT DAY IN VICTORIA

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. It is a quaint little village set next to the water. The downtown is filled with bars and cafes. There are flower beds everywhere. There is a large parliament building, a fishermans market, the breakwater and botanic gardens.

To reach Victoria there are a few different options; read our post on ‘How to get to Vancouver Island’

Resources used: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/MaddenMedia/victoria-vacation-guide/2016030701/#30

9:00AM – MURCHIES TEA & COFFEE

View of water from Downtown

We had breakfast here; a cute cafe downtown with pastries galore to choose from on china wear, then wander the streets and take in the beautiful colonial architecture, flowers and the harbour.

10:00AM – ROYAL BC MUSEUM

Learn about early colonial Canada and the history of British Columbia at this museum. The featured exhibit changes regularly but is an extra fee to enter. There is also an IMAX theatre that you can purchase tickets for to watch interesting documentaries.

  • COST: $22 for one day Adult admission

12:00PM – BRITISH COLUMBIA LEGISLATURE BUILDING

There was a marathon going on at the same time.

This building has beautiful teal roofs’ and cobblestone walls.

  • TOURS: Free. There are two options. Self-guided (download the guide online or pick it up at the Tour Desk once you arrive) OR Public tour (approx. 30-45min)

  • HOURS:Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm // Weekends – can only enter via a public tour during the summer.

  • COST: Free

  • PARKING:No public parking available.

1:00PM – FISHERMAN’S WHARF

View of boathouses at Fisherman’s Wharf

The wharf is only a short walk from downtown with houseboats, floating restaurants and seals. There are different tour companies offering day cruises and whale watching as well if you are interested.

BARBS FISH & CHIPS

  • OPEN: 11am to Dark

  • COST: $10.95 – 1 piece fish, coleslaw, tartare sauce, lemon

BOAT HOUSES

Colourful boats

Yes, there are people living here so please be respectful of their homes. At Christmas, they have a Christmas light competition.

FEED THE SEALS

Happy seals

Barb’s fish and chips sells pieces of fish that you can feed to the seals.

2:00PM – ODGEN POINT BREAKWATER

View down next to water path

The Ogden Point Breakwater is a short walk from the fisherman’s wharf with a pedestrian walk along the top to a lookout at the end with a small lighthouse. Then downstairs is a path right next to the water.

View from the end the breakwater
  • COST: Free

  • DISTANCE: 1.6km roundtrip

Walk the trail the trail to the lighthouse and the very end where you can gaze out into the bay

So many cool graffiti images along the breakwater

Go down the steps on the side and walk along the cement blocks next to the water where you can appreciate all the colourful native artwork on the walls.

3:00PM – HOLLAND POINT PARK

Bright green grass, blue skies and purple flowers
  • COST: Free

From The Breakwater follow Dallas Road south-east where you can walk through Holland Point Park to get beautiful views among tall green grass. There are a lot of very nice houses nearby as well with magnificent views.

View down to breakwater from this park

3:30PM – BEACON HILL PARK

Sign at the entrance to Beacon Park
  • COST: Free

At this park walk with the ducks and peacocks through these beautiful gardens.

Pond filled with ducks

In the spring all the flowers are in full bloom and in Autumn there are leaves everywhere! Who thought seasons were real?

Beautiful gardens like this throughout the park

4:30PM – ST ANN’S ACADEMY

The chapel inside the academy
  • COST: Free

Exit at the north end of Beacon Hill park and you can walk through the grounds of the academy. Then make your make back into Downtown admiring the quaint, brick houses.

Old Victorian style houses across from Beacon Hill Park

5:30PM – DOWNTOWN PUB

Sunset view of Downtown

We went to Barthelows Pub. This is a traditional style irish pub with live music.

7:00PM – ICE HOCKEY GAME

Start of game

We went to the Victoria Royals Stadium to watch a game.

Depending on when you end your day either head back to your accommodation for the night or make your way back to Vancouver.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *