Victoria Journals

Weekend in Victoria

A travel journal to Victoria by Re Carroll

Victoria Photo, Victoria, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Victoria truly has "something for everyone". History buffs, kids, couples wanting a romantic getaway, those looking for adventure holidays and those of us just looking to relax.

Weekend in Victoria

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Overview

Inner harbour taxi Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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The Inner Harbour is very scenic with all the yachts & sailboats docked at the marina. Many points of interest (Chinatown, Wax Museum, Parliament Buildings, Royal British Columbia Museum, Empress Hotel, shopping, totem poles)are located within a few blocks & there are restaurants and hotels to meet any budget. You can 'do' downtown Victoria in a day or spend up to a week wandering around the downtown core with a few forrays further afield. There are year round Christmas stores as well as stores selling Canadiana (the Beautiful BC store in particular has interesting, quality gifts). Many stores sell products made in Britain - from clothes to china to food items. Quick Tips: Victoria is on ...Read More

Aerie Resort

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Hotel | "The Aerie Resort"

Aerie Resort Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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Conde Naste Traveller 2000 Readers Choice awards recently rated this resort #6 in the category of top N. American small hotel. It is located on the scenic Malahat Drive with numerous decks overlooking the water. Multi-level suites include jacuzzi, fireplace and private deck. Packages are available which include breakfast and a 5 course meal. It is about a 30-45 min. drive up island from Victoria. There are also packages that include a helicopter ride from Vancouver, but I'd recommend driving to the resort so you have your own transportation available. This is a great place to relax and leave your cares behind.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Aerie Resort
600 Ebedora Lane
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 743-7115

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Hotel | "The Empress"

Fairmont Empress Hotel Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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This large, ivy covered landmark on the Inner Harbour is the 'Grand Dame' of Victoria's hotels. It was built in 1908 and was recently refurbished. The rooms are on the small side but the service & location is wonderful. Park your car at the hotel & walk to the majority of sights in Victoria. The lobby is very British in atmosphere & they serve high tea year round. There are a couple of restaurants, 2 lounges, an indoor pool and in the lobby, some very nice, and very expensive, shops selling clothing and jewellery.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Fairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W1W5
(250) 384-8111

Murchie's Tea & Coffee House

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Restaurant | "Murchie's Tea House"

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Murchies has been an institution in Victoria for decades because of its excellent tea. This little cafe/gift shop offers many types of tea & coffee and has a wonderful selection of pastry and light meals, such as salads, sandwiches and bridies. If you have a sweet tooth, try a chocolate croissant or a slice of one of the luscious cakes or fruit topped tortes on display. Definitely decadent! Most of the prices are in the $4.00 to $8.00 (CDN) range. You order at the lunch counter and then relax at an indoor (or outdoor in summer) table. If you are planning a picnic (maybe at the scenic Inner Harbour), get your food packaged to go. Murchies has a wide selection of packaged and loose teas and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Murchie's Tea & Coffee House
1110 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 383-3112

Elephant & Castle Restaurant

Restaurant | "Elephant & Castle"

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The fare is British - steak & kidney pie, fish & chips, etc. but you can get North American style food like hamburgers and ceasar salad too. If it's a cold day, try a bowl of Mulligatawny soup, flavoured with curry and other hot spices. The decor features an old red telephone booth and lots of British posters and pictures. The food is good, prices are reasonable & the location is right downtown. In the summer there is an outside patio. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Elephant & Castle Restaurant
100 Victoria Eaton Centre
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 383-5858