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Be a Tourist in Your Own Home Town

If you had to invent a 3 day itinerary for a stay in Victoria, what would you suggest? Victoria is no longer just a city for the “newly wed” and “nearly dead” as they used to joke a decade or more ago. In recent times there has been a large influx of young professionals who have relocated here and as follows shops and entertainment geared for a more youthful set. Victoria has more to offer visitors. Innovative chefs have also moved here so there’s a plethora of good eateries.

Even the Grande Dame herself—the iconic Empress Hotel—recently had a makeover. So eat, shop, spa and sleep. Repeat.


 

Day 1.

Spend the afternoon at Willows Stream Spa at the Empress. Newly revamped in 2017, the ritual includes Finnish style sauna, steam inhalation room and mineral pool designed to open up inhalation, cleanse, detoxify and warm the muscles. If you have time and have pre-booked appointments, the spa offers cosmetic treatments, manicures and pedicures as well as massage and facials.

Now that you are rejuvenated, dress and head upstairs to the new “Q” bar for amazing cocktails and happy hour

Enjoy dinner at the new 10 Acres Ktichen on Humboldt. Most of their produce comes from the chef’s garden so it is a real farm to table experience.

 

Day 2

Sightseeing! If you have the energy and want to take it low and slow rent a bike for the afternoon.  New bike lanes along Pandora provide a safety lane for bikes and there is so much to see an do by bike.

  • cruise along the Causeway and catch some street performances
  • grab a hot dog from one of the food vendors or it is the right time of the week bike over the the Museum and sample food from one of the many food trucks
  • pedal over the Fishermans’ Wharf and check out the local seals. Barb’s fish and chips is one of the iconic fixtures there so if you are hungry for lunch go for it
  • bike along winding Dallas road and take in the gorgeous water and mountain views

 

Day 3

If you have never been to the Butchart Gardens then plan a whole day there. If you have already been why not try a lesser known but very enjoyable Abkhazi Gardens in Fairfiled where you can rest for tea. The gardens are a mix of exotic plants along little pathways leading to ocean views. There is a formal tour and a little history that goes with it.