Victoria HotelsBlanketed in flowers and greenery, the ‘Garden City’ is a sunny haven of unwinding pleasures. Witness the majesty of whales from a ferry, play a few gentle rounds of golf, fine dine on a yacht, or sip British tea by a sparkling marina. Whether you like to do a little or a lot, attractive Victoria never imposes. By seaplane or ferry, trips to the San Juan Islands, Seattle, and other nearby destinations are all possible from this jewel on Vancouver Island’s southern tip.Things to seeButchart Gardens is a blooming must-see. A colorful 50-acre wonderland of fragrant florals, fluttering butterflies, ponds, pathways and statues, the themed gardens are amongst the finest in the world. Home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, the Parliament Buildings cut an imposing figure. Come nightfall, the Baroque/Romanesque Revival main building is brilliantly illuminated with tiny lights. Stretching from the Inner Harbor to Chinatown, Government Street is the city’s main retail therapy hub. The bustling topiary-flecked thoroughfare is studded with an array of shops, with everything from cutting edge fashion to sumptuous handmade chocolates. For something entirely different, view colorful creepy crawlies and hirsute arachnids at Victoria Bug Zoo. The Downtown ‘minizoo’ is a hive of insect life, counting glow in the dark scorpions and Canada’s largest ant farm amongst its exhibits. For trips to Seattle, San Juan, and other nearby destinations, hop on a high speed ferry at Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal.Hotels in
VictoriaFrom historical B&Bs stuffed with charm to swanky pads glittering against a marina, hotels in Victoria come in every shape, size and price range. At the high end expect luxury laden suites, opulent spas, health clubs, and decadent onsite dining to the sound of tinkering ivories. From the warmth of guesthouses to the comforting familiarity of chain hotels, the mid-range accommodation on offer is particularly eclectic. With a good standard of rooms all round, the larger hotels often count swimming pools and gymnasiums among their amenities. Those looking for a thriftier stay will find plenty of budget hotels in Victoria, offering basic, but comfortable accommodation.Where to stayA hotel in Victoria’s James Bay neighborhood puts you close to many attractions, including the buzz of Downtown just north. Along with the Royal BC Museum you’ll find ‘Five Corners’, the waterside neighborhood’s vibrant epicenter. Reclining by the sea north of Victoria is the quaint community of Sidney. With plentiful parcels of recreational space, park picnicking and waterfront walks are popular pastimes. For sheer tranquility, look across the water to San Juan Island. With forests instead of skyscrapers and birdsong instead of traffic, it’s a world away from city life. Here you can sip wine in a peaceful hotel, or go whale watching on the water.How to get to VictoriaLocated just 30 minutes north of the city, Victoria International Airport will be the first port of call for many. Transfers into Downtown from the airport are quick and easy, with the AKAL Airport Shuttle Bus. Operating from 4am until midnight, advance booking is required. Many visitors, particularly those coming from Vancouver or Seattle, prefer to travel by sea plane or high speed ferry. Victoria’s pretty Inner Harbor is just one watery gateway into the city, while also providing passage to San Juan. Ferries leave once per day, taking around two and a half hours to reach the serene island’s Friday Harbor.