Victoria Journals

Love Letter to Victoria

A September 2001 trip to Victoria by syrene

Quote: We arrived on September 10th expecting a brief stop on the way home (to New York). On September 11th the world as we knew it ceased to exist and we ended up staying over a week.

Love Letter to Victoria

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Overview

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We went to Butchart Gardens on September 11th. I thought that I was going to lose my mind and needed to be some place beautiful. This place is certainly fit the bill and just the calming presence I needed. Botanical Beach is a nice drive and a fun place to spend a few hours. You hike (watch out for bears!) to these "tidal pools" and at low tide there are these cool, funky marine creatures that can be seen in them. It's also just a quiet nice place to spend an afternoon. I spent over a hour playing on the enormous pieces of driftwood that float in. Quick Tips: If you hit it right, Oak Bay Marina is a good place to see seals that hang out on the rocks. You can even feed them. If you...Read More

Aerie Resort

Hotel | "The Aerie"

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The suites were huge, the view spectacular and the service impeccable! When we checked in, our expectations were exceeded. After 9/11, the staff, without exception, bent over backwards to accomodate us. They let me use their computers to try to get information on family and friends, they pulled strings and got us into a sold-out food and wine festival, they were sympathetic without being intrusive. Just oustanding!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2002

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

Aerie Resort and Spa

Restaurant | "The Aerie Restaurant"

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Dining at the Aerie is an experience. They have somehow managed to capture the atmosphere, service and cuisine of a 5-star restaurant without the pretense. If you've ever wished that you could go to a restaurant and order anything you want, menu be damned, this is the place for you. One fun touch: At dinner there is a piano player and on each table, a request card! The sevice is impecable, the view amazing (overlooking a lake and mountain range)and the food is wonderful. I especially loved breakfast! They have indoor and outdoor seating - so we would sit outside looking at this incredible view, sip cappuccino and eat these incredible meals. My favorite was a hazelnut biscuit topped with spinach,sm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2002

Aerie Resort and Spa
600 Ebadora Lane
Victoria, British Columbia

No Place I would have rather been

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Story/Tip

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I can't begin to describe what it was like being away from home on September 11th. It felt like someone that I loved needed a hug and I couldn't get to them. But that's even a bad analogy. There are no words. I felt like the people of Victoria adopted us. We could not go anywhere without deep, sincere and beautiful expressions of sympathy. Waiters paid for our lunches, shop keepers gave us clothes, strangers invited us to their homes for dinner. There was no official memorial but people spontaneously brought flowers, candles and cards to a make shift memorial outside the Parliament Building. When we visited, and people learned that we were from NY they were actually waiting in line to hug us! Al...Read More