Beginners Guide to Victoria Canada

Making the most out of a trip with a solid budget is difficult when you don’t know where to start. I spend the week in Victoria BC and fell in love with the romantic city and all it’s beauty. Here’s a shortcut to all the “hot spots” and “must do’s” on your visit.

Links and information below.

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Coolest place to stay:

One of our favorite places to stay at when we travel are Bed and Breakfasts. With cozy romantic rooms, breakfast included every morning, and interesting people to meet, it helps stay on a budget while enjoying a unique stay. The Humboldt House B&B was particularly one of our favorites and would go again in a heart beat. Breakfast was a dream. The breakfast was delivered in a basket through a window, so you don’t have to leave the room.  You’ll wish everyday could start like a morning at the Humboldt House. It is also in a great location, walking distance to the port and downtown. Humboldt House Bed & Breakfast

Top 3 Dining Spots:

I’m a huge fan of seafood, especially oysters. Being this close to the sea gave us an over abundance of oysters and a wide variety of choices, so we tried them all. When you travel make the most of the local foods and favorites with a high budget. It takes the trip’s experience to another level of enjoyment. The Irish Times Pub was the perfect place and ambiance for a beer and the tradition fish and chips dish. But you have to eat the chips like a Canadian, drenched in vinegar. It’s so good. Red Fish Blue Fish was also a great stop for night dining, with the view looking over the water. Of course these were only 3 of our choice restaurants in Victoria. They are known for having the second most restaurants per capita in North America, so your options are wide.

Must do:

We planned a full day to enjoy the Butchart Gardens and it was well worth it. I highly recommend it. Walking into the gardens was like walking into what you could only imagine was a piece of heaven. Absolutely breathtaking. We had also made reservations at The Dining Room at Butchart Gardens for high tea. If you enjoy your teas you will thoroughly delight in their flavors as well as their High Tea Platter; tea sandwiches, homemade scones and cream, and bite size desserts. It was a beautiful day at the gardens. A must do when you’re in Victoria Canada.

Outside:

There are many activities to do outside. But when you are on a budget and a short visit,  I recommend renting a scooter and touring the city. Some great stops to check out are Ministry of Advanced Education (walk through the gardens), Fisherman Warf, China Town, and Downtown. Cycle BC Rentals.

Best local coffee & desserts: 

On any vacation my rule is: NO STARBUCKS! Find a local cafe to enjoy. There is nothing like a mom and pop shop with their personal touch and passions for their coffees and desserts. Check out Murchie’s Tea & Coffee while you’re here.

Best 3 Tours you don’t want to miss:

  1. British Columbia Legislature – tour
  2. Hatley Park National Historic Site -tour
  3. Greater Victoria Visitors & Convention Bureau – ghost walks

The ghost walk is particularly best to do at the end of your trip if you’re easily spooked. It was great hearing the history of the city through the ghost stories tour. A lot of fun and a highlight to learning more on Victoria’s history.

 

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