Victoria Journals

Victoria, B.C-a Island Paradise

A travel journal to Victoria by kimca

Mystic Beach, Vancouver Island Photo, Victoria, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Victoria is a place like no other. I've travelled around the world and something always brings me back. It's magical with it's mild climate and lively people-some come to visit and never go home!

Victoria, B.C-a Island Paradise

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Overview

Jordan River, Vancouver Island Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
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It's best to see Victoria in the Spring/Summer when it comes alive with flowers, street performers down at the Inner Harbour and sidewalk cafes. Take a long walk beside the ocean and breath in the clean, island air. Visit the famous Buchart Gardens on a summer Saturday night and stay for the fireworks. Take a picnic and relax in Beacon Hill Park and watch the swans.Quick Tips: If you have access to a vehicle, I recommend taking a drive up island. You will find endless clean beaches and beautiful views. Make a day of it and pack a lunch, it's amazing to be surrounded by rainforests or stretches of sand in a matter of hours.Best Way To Get Around: Victoria doesn't have a subway system ...Read More
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The Laurel Point Inn is a first class hotel in downtown Victoria. It is a 5 minute walk from the inner harbour and all the attractions. There is 135 standard rooms and 65 luxury suites. All guestrooms contain cozy down duvets, in-room coffee and tea, hairdryers and free local calls. There are 2 resturants, a patio lounge, oceanside patio, a Japanese garden, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, gift shop, air-conditioning and 24-hour room service. Room rates range from $135-$450 Canadian.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

Laurel Point Inn
680 MONTREAL ST
Victoria, British Columbia V8V1Z8
250-386-8721

Cheesecake Cafe

Restaurant

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We spend alot of time here! The Cheesecake Cafe has a huge menu, it's always possible to find something you like. I like the 3 cheese ravioli with sun dried tomatos or a veggie burger. Other popular choices are the BLT or their soup in a bread bowl. It's a great resturant, popular with people of all ages. It is right in the downtown area and easy to get to. For dessert, they have a huge range of cheesecakes. (Hence the name!) They are all displayed in a glass case when you walk in to get your mouth watering!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

Cheesecake Cafe
38-910 Government St
Victoria, British Columbia

John's Place Restaurant

Restaurant | "John's Place"

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This is a secret with the locals. You will find us lined up on weekend mornings to dive into John's Place's for fabulous breakfast. It is worth waiting in line. The food is great, make sure you try the Belgian waffle with cream cheese syrup. They also serve lunch and dinner and are famous for their delicious soups and bread. The soup is as much as you can eat but the bread is so tasty you might not get far! Prices are extremely reasonable, an average dinner costs about $8-$10 Canadian. John's Place is a hot spot in Victoria and you can't go wrong by eating here!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

John's Place Restaurant
723 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 389-0711

Pagliacci's

Restaurant

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Pagliacci's is located in downtown Victoria on a street beside the Eatons Center. It is known for their soups and pastas, which are fresh and delicious. They are open for lunch and start serving dinner at 5:30pm. Go early, it's popular and fills up fast. They squish you in there and if you don't mind that, you will have a great meal. I love the Veronica Lake salad or any of the pasta dishes. When I was in Europe for 7 months, I had cravings for both! They put fresh bread on your table and fill it up all night long. A definite satifying dining experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

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

Beacon Hill Park

Attraction

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In 1889 John Blair, an architect, won a competition to design Beacon Hill Park. Stolling through, you will find gorgeous gardens as well as small ponds and lakes. A common activity for Victoria's children is to visit Beacon Hill and feed the ducks. Its 200 acres are often home to bald eagles and other wildlife. There are playgrounds, a Petting Zoo, playing fields and a bandshell where you can listen to free concerts in the summer months. Pack a picnic and join the others down at the park for an enjoyable day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park
Victoria, British Columbia

Butchart Gardens

Attraction

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Buchart Gardens is located 21K north of Victoria. You can reach it by car, tour bus, or transit bus. It is open year round. In the summer, it boasts streches of rose gardens and every other flower imaginable. In the winter, it's is filled with pointsettas and strung with miles of lights. It is gorgeous no matter what season you see it in. There are two resturants, a coffee shop and a gift shop as well. In the summer months, they feature a spectular display of fireworks on Saturday nights. Bring a blanket and spread out on the grass to watch. For more information, visit their webpage here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

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

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I thought I could fill you in a little more about other things Victoria has to offer. Victoria has 4 shopping malls, Tillicum, Mayfair, Eatons Center and Hillside. The Eatons Center is located in the heart of downtown. You can visit the other 3 by taking a bus-#21 or to Tillicum, a smaller mall, #30, #31 or #50 to Mayfair Mall or #4 to Hillside Mall. The best place to use the Internet is at Cyberstation. They have a large amount of computers and the best rates. They are located in downtown Victoria at 1113 Blanshard Street. Bus fare in Victoria is $1.75 for adults and $1.10 for children. Children under 5 ride free. The bus drivers will not provide change so...Read More