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Victoria is the capital of the province of British Columbia and is generally reached via a 90 minute ferry ride from Vancouver. It is a relatively quiet and slower paced city that boasts British influences (mostly seen in the downtown area).
Some highlights include the impressive Butchart Gardens (located a bit outside Victoria), the Inner Harbour, and the Royal British Columbia Museum. You can also go on whale watching tours from Victoria or have high tea at the Empress Hotel.
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Victoria, BC, Canada is a beautiful stop on Vancouver Island. It's easy to get to from Port Angeles, WA via the COHO Ferry. One of the many luxurious hotels in the area is the Fairmont Hotel. Although fairly old, it offers a quaint and antique-ish experience while offering a great view of the dock (if your room is in the front of the hotel). Be sure to check it out at night! The town is decorated with hundreds of thousands of light bulbs.
Victoria (IPA: /vɪkˈtɔəriə/) is the capital city of British Columbia, making it the seat of the provincial Crown. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a global tourism destination seeing more than 3.65 million visitors a year who inject more than one billion dollars into the local economy. Victoria is a cruise ship port where cruise liners stop at Ogden Point terminal. The city also receives economic benefits from its close proximity to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, the Canadian military’s main Pacific naval base. Downtown Victoria also serves as Greater Victoria's regional downtown, where many night clubs, theatres, restaurants and pubs are clustered, and where much larger regional public events occur. In particular, Canada Day fireworks displays and Symphony Splash concerts draw tens of thousands of Greater Victorians and visitors to the downtown core. The city has hosted sports events including the 2005 Ford World Men's Curling Championship tournament, the 1994 Commonwealth Games, and 2006 Skate Canada. Victoria co-hosted the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup at Royal Athletic Park, and is the annual venue for the Bastion Square Grand Prix Criterium road cycling race. The city is also a destination for conventions, meetings, and conferences, including a 2007 North Atlantic Treaty Organization military chief of staff meeting.
Enjoy a day trip to beautiful Victoria BC from Vancouver, BC using public transit. Summertime is the best time to go over as the ferries run hourly otherwise nit is once every 2 hrs.
Start the trip early in the day since it can take up to 5 hours of travel time to reach downtown Victoria.
The transit fare for an adult in Vancouver is $2.50 on weekends and $5.00 weekdays to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.
Catch the new Canada line skytrain which starts from the Waterfront station in downtown Vancouver to Richmond or Vancouver International Airport and get off at Bridgeport Station stop. This station is also where the RiverRock Casino is located. Transfer to # 620 Tsawwassen Ferry bus. This bus leaves on the hour. Transfers are good for 90 minutes from the time it is issued. Check www.translink.bc.ca for the fares, route, stops and timetable.
The fare for a walk on adult ferry passenger is currently $13.50. www.bcferries.com
Make sure to go to the top deck to sit outside and enjoy the sea air and the beautiful scenery.
After departing the ferry at Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, hop on the # 70 express doubledecker bus to downtown Victoria. Adult bus fare is $2.25 exact change only. Get off at the Bay Centre / Chapters Books stop. www.busonline.ca/regions/vic/
Most of the things of interest in Victoria are within walking distance. Checkout the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, BC Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca , Inner harbour, Pacific Undersea Gardens and China town. Fort Street with its many restaurants, bakeries, used bookstores and antique collectible stores.
For the return trip to Vancouver just reverse the travel instructions.
Victoria Express is the fastest ferry to get here; no cars allowed so you can make the trip in less than half the time it takes one of the larger ferries. It also docks in Victoria's Inner Harbour, just a few blocks from the restaurants and shops of downtown. I recommend the Brazilian restaurant just across the street from the Customs building you go through at the Inner Harbour (all martinis are standard 3 oz. and the deep-fried cheesecake is to die for); also, farther downtown on Government Street, there is a fantastic Irish pub where you can wash down a lamb burger with a pint of Guinness from the tap. You won't need a car to get around Victoria; I've backpacked and walked each of the 4 times I've visited. Taxis and rental scooters and bikes are abundant. If you plan on staying overnight, though, I recommend making reservations ahead of time, as the hotels here fill up rather quickly. Within walking distance of the harbor there are several museums, lots of shopping including a mall with a liquor store, and so much history evident in the gorgeous architecture. Taxis are available if you wish to venture out a bit farther to visit the famed Butchart Gardens (which, during the summer, have a fireworks show every Saturday) and Craigdarroch Castle.
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