Victoria Journals

Four Days In Victoria, BC

A July 2001 trip to Victoria by JenniferM

Quote: Victoria is heaven on earth -- a place that is great both to visit and to live. Natural beauty, relaxed pace, delicious food, and warm community feel -- the perfect destination for a short or long holiday.

Four Days In Victoria, BC

Overview

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If you only have a few days in Victoria, what's not to miss? 1. Walk along the Inner Harbour, from the side by Parliament all the way around across the bridge and along Songhees. You can take the little ferryboat back from Spinnaker's Pub if you get that far. 2. If it’s summer, there's sure to be some sort of festival on. Go downtown and see what's going on. 3. Beacon Hill Park -- more walking...depending on the time of day you will see lawn bowling, parasurfing, tai chi, and lots of happy dogs. 4. Munro's bookshop -- and have tea and scones, or coffee and amazing desserts next door, at Murchie's. 5. An obscure summer tip: Architectural walking tours, sp...Read More
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This is a basic older hotel with an unbeatable location near to the Inner Harbour in Victoria. Free parking, not that you will need a car if you stay here. Good for people looking for value without going the Holiday-Inn-Express-by-the-freeway route.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2004

James Bay Inn
270 GOVERNMENT STREET
Victoria, British Columbia V8V2L2
1-250-384-7151

Pagliacci's

Restaurant

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Pags is a hip institution (is that possible??) in Victoria. They have had lines out the door since at least 1987, when I first moved to Victoria. Go early, be patient -- it’s worth the wait!!

Atmosphere is loud and fun, crowded. Bread is extraordinary, salads tasty, and the pasta is unforgettable. I have friends who swear by the cheesecake and other desserts, but I have never had room...

Share a bottle of wine, then go walk around the Inner Harbour at sunset. This will be your favourite night of your holiday.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2004

Pagliacci's
1011 Broad Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 386-1662

Bengal Lounge

Restaurant

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Having a drink in the Bengal Lounge, I can almost imagine I have been transported 100 years back in time to my Indian-born British grandmother's childhood...something about it is exotic yet uncomfortable at the same time. Order something elegant, soak in the views of the harbour, and enjoy the upmarket bar snacks.

Getting to this 'clubroom' gives you a good excuse to wander through the historic Empress Hotel. Check out the photos of the cougar found in the car park.

[A fabulous buffet is offered, but I have never tried it.]

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2004

Bengal Lounge
Inner Harbour
Victoria, British Columbia

Siam Thai Restaurant

Restaurant | "Thai Siam"

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Delicious food! What else can I say about this great restaurant -- go here and enjoy. Kids welcome, licensed. Friendly and, did I say, delicious???

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2004

Siam Thai Restaurant
512 Fort Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 383-9911

Willows Beach

Attraction

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Relaxing, big driftwood, long enough for a relaxing walk from end to end. Lookout on cliffs at north end of beach.

Unless you are very brave or totally crazy, don't plan on swimming here. Water temperature is in the region of 15 C.

You can spend a relaxing morning or afternoon here on this sandy beach. Bring a book!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2004

Willows Beach
Along Beach Road
Victoria, British Columbia

Market Square

Story/Tip

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I can't believe I am recommending shopping as an activity, but here goes...

If you are shopping in Victoria, make sure you go beyond Eaton's Centre and Douglas Street.

Market Square, Chinatown (Fisgard St), Pandora and Johnson Streets...all have lots of interesting shops to offer. Munro's bookstore, Roger's Chocolate, and Murchie's tea on Government St are all fantastic.

Getting there

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Well, maybe one reason Victoria is so fantastic is that it is HARD TO GET THERE!! Some options -- 1. Flying, from Vancouver or Seattle. An add-on flight will probably set you back an additional $150 US and constrain your options. 2. Ferry, from Vancouver. Check out www.bcferries.com for details. You want to go from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay...but note that neither is in the city. You need further transportation, which leads to: (a) your own car, in which case the crossing costs $28-$35 CDN for the car plus about $10 CDN per adult, each way; or (b) the PCL bus from Vancouver cruise ship terminal (downtown) to Victoria (downtown), which costs about $38 CDN on...Read More