A road trip usually takes place, naturally, on the road. This trip was a little different though as we took the ride across the Puget Sound and to the north to Victoria, British Columbia.
Victoria is a unique city. It has a very unusual feel to it because though it’s very modern like most large cities, it also has a very historic look to it. There are just so many reasons to enjoy a visit there.
One of the things everyone has to do when they visit Victoria is get out and walk the old section of the city. The architecture there is incredible, much of it dating back to its earliest days. As you walk through this part of the city, take the time to venture in for some shopping, eating, or drinking. It’s an experience you’ll love and remember forever.
Victoria is also known for its rich history and valuable collection of historical sites. Some of the places to make sure to check out include the Royal BC Museum, British Columbia Parliament, Craigdarroch Castle, Government House, Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Much of the history of Victoria and the surrounding area is new to many travelers. This adds to the fun of learning about it. Exploring Victoria’s history can be one of the best remembered things you do during your time there.
Victoria is littered with great restaurants. In recent years it has really developed a reputation for being home to some great food. From cafes with sidewalk seating to restaurants offering views of the waterfront area, there are some great places to get a bite to eat in Victoria. Two that we really enjoyed during our stay were breakfast at the Blue Fox Cafe and dinner at Ferris’ Oyster Bar. We came away with a long list of places we’d like to try next time. The choices are many when it comes to eating out in Victoria.
The Natural Scenery and Wildlife
While Victoria is a vibrant city, it also offers some great natural scenery and wildlife interaction possibilities. Around the outskirts of the city are Thetis Lake Regional Park, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, Elk / Beaver Lake Regional Park, Goldstream Provincial Park, and Mt. Douglas Park. You can also get out on the water for a cruise, dinner cruise, or a whale watching trip. Getting out and seeing the local natural scenery and wildlife during a visit to Victoria is a great way to be entertained, especially if you are traveling with kids.
When you visit Victoria, you need a great place to stay too. We stayed at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel which was top notch in every way. From the restaurant and wine tasting to the comfort of the rooms, including one of the best hotel beds I’ve ever slept on.
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