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Victoria BC at Christmas

A December 2003 trip to Victoria by flags2rus

Quote: The Rosewood Inn is a magic place at Xmas, as is all of Victoria. Lights are everywhere (even the tire stores are decorated). The rooms are delightful. Breakfast is great, with eggs benedict and other culinary delights.

Victoria BC at Christmas

Overview

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Inner Harbour tour. Bernard Callebaut chocolates are made here...mmm, GOOD. Great seafood (we liked Nautical Nellies). Christmas lights are a sight to behold, especially in the storefronts and legislative building. Quick Tips: Make sure you have good walking shoes and warm clothing during this time of year, as it can be quite nippy near the water. You can walk to almost everything. Be sure to go to the liquor store, as they have specials like Blackberry port made by the Cowichan Indians that is organic and tastes like liquor of the gods. Best Way To Get Around: Walking...walking...and yet more walking. Lots of parks and sitting areas...just ensure that you give yourself ample time...Read More

Rosewood Victoria Inn

Hotel | "Rosewood Inn"

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Best Things Nearby:Shopping, legislative buildings in living color (especially at Christmas), Craigdarroch Castle--decked to the nines at Christmas. The Harbor Walk and Inner Harbor...The Empress Hotel and high tea...ice and sand sculptures at the Empress Hotel. Blackberry Port made by the Cowichan Indians that is impossible to get stateside (drink up), and of course, to complement it, be sure to buy a Cuban cigar or two and some fantastic Belgian chocolates at one of the two chocolatiers in Victoria, Rogers or Bernard Callebaut. Wonderful, unique shopping...most items are from Paris, Italy, or England and the quality is superb!! Friendly people everywhere--leave your map at the Rosewood Inn a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2004

Rosewood Victoria Inn
595 Michigan Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 384-6644

Butchart Gardens

Attraction

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During the Christmas holidays, Butchart Gardens comes alive with a festival of lights that equals the best in the world. Thousands of lights glow in the darkness, each directed around one of the 12 days of Christmas, which is the central theme. Each display has the central figures (e.g., ten lords a-leaping, seven swans a-swimming, etc.) surrounded by glowing lights. Several excellent restaurants, a gift shop, and many accommodations along the walk will make your holiday come alive. Don't leave home without a camera (preferably video) and allow about 2 hours for this walking tour. The nicest, friendliest people on earth are the Canadians. Must be something in the water.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 11, 2004

Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia V8M 1J8
(250) 652-4422

Craigdarroch Castle

Attraction

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Historic, famous castle located in the downtown area of Victoria. White oak beautifully carved throughout the entire castle. Each room has been carefully furnished with original Victorian period furnishings. We visited at Christmas and the castle was decked out for the holidays, complete with Father Christmas and carolers. Gift shop on premises. Docent present in every room and hallway, and unlike the usual "canned tours," we learned many things from these friendly, knowledgeable people. Christmas to us was definitely the best time to visit, as it is as we envisioned it during Christmas pasts.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 11, 2004

Craigdarroch Castle
Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia