Victoria, Canada- The Travel Destination of the Royal Couple
As someone born and raised in Victoria, I have always been aware of how special this city is. Although it has seen some growth in tourism over the last few years, it is still an up and coming travel destination. It is fair to say though that after the international coverage of the Royal Family visiting this charismatic Canadian city, it will continue to attract visitors in the years to come.
- Victoria is located on the west coast of Canada and compared to the rest of the country, it has some of the best weather ( moderate summers and mild winters). Located on an island, Victoria is surrounded by ocean, therefore one is never far away from a selection of majestic beaches and scenic water views.
- If one is interested in visiting the US, there are daily sailings from downtown Victoria to downtown Seattle, through the Clipper.
- Victoria is only and hour and a half ferry ride away from Vancouver (or if you follow in Kate and William’s foot steps you can take a seaplane across which gets you there in 35 mins!)
- Victoria offers a wide variety of food choices through its various restaurants and food venues.
- Located by the ocean , seafood is a popular food of choice. Whether you are looking for Fish and Chips, Clam Chowder or Sushi, there are a plenty of restaurants to choose from to satisfy your taste buds.
- More of a Meat eater? Victoria certainly knows how to do Steak. With some great restaurants located right in the harbour you can enrich your taste buds while looking out across the water.
- Vegetarian or Vegan? No problem. Victoria has a growing community of vegetarian and vegan restaurants and they are all incredibly delicious ( even for the non vegetarians out there)!
- Victoria has been described as the ‘Brunch Capital’ of Canada and it is not hard to see why. All over the city there are delicious and unique breakfast joints, all serving fresh and tasty dishes.
- Victorians sure love their weekend brunch, so make sure to beat the crowds by going early
- Summer is a popular time of the year for tourists due to the great weather and outdoor activities.
- Take a tour on the double-decker buses to explore downtown and the surrounding areas and beaches
- Rent Kayaks and casually paddle along the inner harbour
- Take a whale watching tour to experience BC wild life close up
- Walk along the inner harbour and soak up the views of the city and the famous parliament buildings ( beautifully lit up at night)
- Interested in learning about the local culture and history? Visit the Royal BC Museum where you can see artifacts such as totem poles, native masks, even a whoolly mammoth!
- Walk along Fishermans Wharf and check out the colourful boathouses
- Visit the Butchart Gardens and admire one of the world’s premier floral show gardens ( it is especially delightful in the winter time during the christmas festivities, with skating and all!)
Do as the Locals do
- Along with the popular tourist attractions, there is plenty to explore outside of the downtown core.
- Make your way along beach drive and admire the views of Mount Baker and the surrounding islands
- Pack yourself a picnic and park yourself at Willows Beach while you stretch out on the sandy beaches and admire the smell of the ocean breeze
- Go to Mount Doug Park and hike up to the top of the mountain where there is a breathtaking view of the surrounding area, including Washington State and the north of Vancouver Island
- Take a day trip to Salt Spring Island and experience authentic island life while shopping at the local farmers markets
There is no doubt why the Royal Family decided to fly across the Atlantic and the rest of Canada in order to experience this city! Victoria truly is a special place, and for someone who has travelled the world, I can honestly say there is no place like home!