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Visiting Victoria

Want to ride your bicycle? Hundreds of miles of bike paths, a wealth of well-tended gardens, and over 2,000 hours of sun per year make Victoria a scenic cycling sensation. When you're done riding, throw down your kickstand and toss back some tea at one of the city's British-influenced tea houses.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Victoria. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Victoria flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo. ... Read More
Want to ride your bicycle? Hundreds of miles of bike paths, a wealth of well-tended gardens, and over 2,000 hours of sun per year make Victoria a scenic cycling sensation. When you're done riding, throw down your kickstand and toss back some tea at one of the city's British-influenced tea houses.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Victoria. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Victoria flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Victoria

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Eating Well But Cheaply in Victoria

Written by btwood2 on 23 Jun, 2006

We didn’t go hungry during our week in Victoria. Watching budget and waistlines, we only ate breakfast out twice, choosing to make use of fridge, toaster, coffeemaker, and microwave in our motel room at Travelers Inn for our first meal of the day. Once we…Read More


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Pictorial Victoria

Written by btwood2 on 26 May, 2006

In one week, we barely were able to scratch the surface of the varied and many-faceted neighborhoods of Victoria, but what we saw and experienced delighted us and kept us out there exploring all week long. Not only is Victoria a very pretty city overall,…Read More


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Crystal Garden Memories

Written by btwood2 on 25 May, 2006

The roaring '20s gave birth to this classic structure, long a Victoria landmark, on the block behind the Empress Hotel. It was one of Francis Rattenbury’s last works, in conjunction with architect Percy James. Initially conceived of as a public amusement center by Victoria city…Read More


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A Whale of a Good Time

Written by zabelle on 09 Oct, 2004

Springtide Victoria Whale Tours 950 Wharf St. Victoria 250/386-6016 www.springtidecharters.com We hadn’t planned to take a whale-watching tour when we came to Victoria. My cousin Chris arranged it for us since he had never gone on one himself and thought it would be a nice way to spend a morning…Read More


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Lasting Impressions

Written by Free Spirit on 30 Sep, 2001

As we flew from Seattle in one of those small propeller planes that gives one pause, I knew that the view below was a harbinger of a terrific time. Water and islands were everywhere. We landed on Vancouver Island a short drive from our marina.…Read More


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Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Written by Cantin2 on 16 Jun, 2008

Afternoon tea, served daily from noon to 5PM, is a memorable experience at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria. Reservations are definitely required. It is served in the elegant Tea Lobby in the older part of the hotel overlooking the Inner Harbor.Tables for two line the…Read More


Lochside Regional Trail

Written by lcampbell on 01 Nov, 2006

Each Sunday morning, I meet with a group of fellow bicycle enthusiasts for a healthy jaunt via two-wheels. On one particular sunny Sunday during the summer, one of the group decided we should go biking in Canada. Just a day trip, mind you, as we…Read More


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A Wonderful Experience

Written by cmp0129 on 14 Jul, 2005

At the end of an hour bus ride, a parking lot full of flower displays and perfectly manicured trees welcomes you. Beautiful green lawns border a stone walkway that winds its way around a huge rock that seems to reach up into the sky, covered…Read More


Getting there

Written by JenniferM on 10 Aug, 2004

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…Read More


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Aborted whale watching and Granny Gardens

Written by amandabeth on 02 Jun, 2004

That afternoon we went on a whale watching boat ride, though we didn't see any whales. We did see a cloud of birds feeding, and when we got closer saw that it was some seals pushing a school of fish towards the surface while they…Read More


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