Get up and about in beautiful Victoria, BC.
As we approach summer (hopefully) I want to share some helpful tips on what to do around Victoria, BC, so that you can fall in love with it just like I have.
Victoria is one of the nicest cities in Canada, and although I’m a little biased, it’s definitely my favourite. I am sharing the 20 best things to do in and around Victoria, and if you want to read the previous part, please click here.
Top 5 Ritzy Attractions In Victoria
1. Visit Butchard Gardens
For over a hundred years, the Butchart Gardens has been embracing its visitors with lush greens and colourful blooms. This beautiful garden is one of the must-see sight attractions in Victoria. You are welcome to step inside and explore every part of the garden, from the depths of a former quarry to the sweet scent of roses. The Gardens feature a variety of different blooms each season and often have fireworks in the fountain quarry at night.
Butchart Gardens covers 55 acres of land, boasting hundreds of varieties of bedding plants and many greenhouses that are open all year-round. Visitors can come in to be guests of several exciting occasions held within the garden.
2. Whale watching
The waters in Vancouver Island are among the best places in the world to find humpback whales, minke whales, and grey whales and the ever famous Orca or killer whale. They also host a variety of other ocean life including dolphins, seals, seal lions, otters and marine birds. There are a variety of whale watching options to choose from. These include private Zodiac whale watching tours, whale watching cruises with expert naturalists, whale watching and wildlife cruises, whale watching on a covered vessel, and more. These tours are expensive, but enjoyable even as a once in a lifetime experience.
Victoria BC is a paradise for professional and leisure golfers offering a pleasant climate and gorgeous coastal seascapes. Victoria is home to a number of different courses that draw golfers worldwide to experience these beautiful and challenging locations. If you haven't been along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, you need to plan a visit and Victoria is the perfect place to start. Some enjoyable local golfing destinations in Victoria include Cedar Hill, Uplands, Gorge Vale Golf Course, Royal Colwood Golf Club, Cordova Bay Golf Course, Olympic View Golf Course, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Highland Pacific Golf, and more.
4. Inner Harbour hot tub ride
When was the last time you relaxed in a warm hot tub enjoying a cool breeze? What if your hot tub was a small tug boat that allowed you to tour Victoria’s inner harbour at a safe leisurely pace? The inner harbour hot tub ride is a unique alternative to many of the common tourist traps you might expect. Rent one to share with your friends, family or significant other and cruise the harbour in style as the either the ship’s captain (yes it's self guided) or a cozy passenger as you coast along at a casual 5km/hr. If you get too hot you can sit on the side and catch a cool breeze, or take a dunk in the cold water using the ships ladder.
5. Have high tea at the Empress Hotel
What's unique about taking afternoon tea? A visit to the Empress Hotel overlooking the beautiful Inner Harbour. You can walk through the elegant lobby lounge in an airy space with modern refinement. Sit down in the lounge to enjoy nice strawberry jam, fluffy pastries, finger sandwiches, and honey from the hives. The premium loose-leaf traditional teas taste like nothing else. Admittedly, while this experience may be a must for some, it won’t be for all. Therefore, if you are an avid tea drinker who can do without the premium cost for atmosphere, check out Murchie's Tea & Coffee just a block away for the same tea and a variety of delicious treats.
Stay tuned for Part 4!
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