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Olde World Christmas in New World

A travel journal to Victoria by Languedoc

Christmas at the Empress Photo, Victoria, British Columbia More Photos
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Olde World Christmas in New World

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Christmas at the Empress Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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Christmas feasts with all the hotel guests, ceremonial processions with (thank goodness) a plastic boar's head on a tray, meeting other couples celebrating Christmas in a new way.Quick Tips: Bring some extra gifts for people you will meet, especially for children.Best Way To Get Around: Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is on Vancouver Island, and for that matter the city of Vancouver is not on Vancouver Island; it is on the mainland. All clear? You get to Victoria either by sea--Washington state ferries from Anacortes, BC Ferries from Vancouver and a terminal near the international boundary, or by a private ferry from Port Angeles, Washington. The other alternative is by sc...Read More

The English Inn Boutique Hotel

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Hotel | "Olde England Inn"

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The Olde England Inn is wonderful. Each room--and the rooms are large--is named for a famous king or queen and is decorated with things associated with them. Our room was the Kind Ferdinand (of Spain) room and supposedly we slept on a bed that belonged to him. It is very English in appearance and has lots of dark timbers, enormous fireplaces in some rooms.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2000

The English Inn Boutique Hotel
429 Lampson Street
Victoria, British Columbia V9A5Y9
(250) 388-4353

The English Inn Boutique Hotel

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Hotel | "Olde England Inn"

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The Grete (cq) Christmas Feast is a delight. It begins with all guests meeting in the bar for drinks, then moving to the dining room. Soon the staff comes marching through with the ceremonial (plastic) boar's head on a tray and other food items are shown. The meal is an all-evening event with plenty of time between the courses for conversation or running back to the room for a camera. The Christmas dinner is about six courses, all British dishes and delicious. During the dinner a juggler entertained us, and I have never seen a more inept juggler; I am certain he dropped things intentionally.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2000

The English Inn Boutique Hotel
429 Lampson Street
Victoria, British Columbia V9A5Y9
(250) 388-4353

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I used Olde England Inn as an example of these Christmas programs because the hotel is so veddy, veddy British. However, there are equally good Christmas programs in other hotels around British Columbia. Two more in Victoria with programs are the dowager Empress Hotel, much larger than Olde England Inn, and with a formal high tea thrown into the package. If you have never been to Victoria and can get a reservation in the Empress, this is the best way to start your Victoria experience. However, for the Christmas program, I recommend a smaller hotel because it will be easier to meet other guests. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is also a good choice. It is on the edge of Victoria, across what they call the T...Read More

Christmas at Harrison Hot Springs

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Probably no resort in British Columbia is loved more than Harrison Hot Springs in the Fraser River Canyon east of Vancouver. It has been the resort of choice for generations of many families in Canada and the US. It is also a very popular place for Christmas. It is less formal than the hotels in Victoria--all of Canada seems to be at least a little less formal than Victoria--and it attracts a wider variety of people. We almost waited too long the year we went, and had no choice in rooms; we took a very small one with no view of the lake and hot springs. It didn't matter much because we were seldom in the room. The resort has a nice variety of programs for the guests, including hay rid...Read More