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1605 Store St, Victoria, BC V8W 3K3, Canada
Wild Saffron is a great place to stop for lunch if you've had your fill of seafood and are looking for another Canadian staple: comfort food. Their fresh take on Canadian home-cooking is delicious. Half way between Chinatown and the Harbour, the...
100 Pachena Rd, Bamfield, BC V0R 1B0, Canada
At Bamfield I had the chance to get up close and personal with the Northwest Coast marine life. On a weekend a trip from Victoria up to the Bamfield Marine Research Station and we got to know all the sea stars, jellyfish, anemones, octopi, fish,...
911 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1X5, Canada
Half way to the harbour we found Jade Mine, a specialty jade shop that primarily sells jade jewelry and pendents. The jade is mined in British Columbia and hand-carved for the store. This three-foot jade eagle might be a bit too elaborate to get...
3475 Ripon Rd, Victoria, BC V8R 6H1, Canada
Go out on the beautiful Cordova Bay for some small boat sailing. We picked a calm day to learn the ropes inside the safety of the bay and went from zero nautical knowledge to tacking and running in four days. If you can't seem to find your sea...
3 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC V8W 1P5, Canada
Every year St. Michaels University School puts on a musical production at the McPherson Playhouse (usually just 'The Mac'), on the edge of Chinatown. This photo way taken on the opening night of Grand Hotel, but there's always something magical on...
Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1, Canada
Seaplanes are one of Victoria's most convenient ways to explore Victoria and the gulf islands. This photo was taken on a commuter trip from Victoria Harbour to Downtown Vancouver, but Harbour Air has tours leave from Victoria for Pender, Galiano...
Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC V8W, Canada
An afternoon meandering through the narrow stores of Chinatown feels like a trip back in time. This is the oldest Chinese district in Canada and it's full of historic nooks and crannies to explore. Formerly a derelict gambling district, it has...
541 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 1M2, Canada
A new hair style isn't a typical vacation souvenir, but when there are puppies involved it's difficult to say no. Lab salon is home to one very wrinkled puppy and a team of master stylists and colourists to tackle everything from holiday makeovers...
189 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 1A1, Canada
At sunset the night market opens on the harbour front, illuminated by the lights on the Parliament building across the water. Favourites include gourmet chocolate, organic honey, handmade soaps, and organic cotton satchels. Another Canadian...
2955 Phipps Rd #131, Victoria, BC V9B 0J9, Canada
The Noodle Box started life as a street cart in Victoria and now has eight restaurants on the island alone. The never-fail lunch spot has everything from gluten-free noodle to ghost chillis laced boxes and chilled glasses of mead.
800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada
Nearly a century ago, Jennie Butchart, wife of cement manufacturer Robert Butchart, transformed a depleted limestone quarry into these stunning, world-renowned show gardens. Allow ample time to enjoy the 22 hectares (55 acres) of floral displays,...
1205 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T8, Canada
The Local Kitchen sits at the foot of a pedestrian-only street, right along the main drag by the harbor in Victoria. Our seat on the patio put us in the front row for a busking band. We ate a delicious meal while watching the activity of the...
3486-, 3492 Mayfair Dr, Victoria, BC V8P 4P9, Canada
Nearby to the City of Victoria, Mount Tolmie Park offers views of Victoria and the surrounding areas. Stroll through Garry Oaks on one of the many gravel trails throughout the park or just enjoy a drive up the windy road to the summit.
1108 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Y2, Canada
Like the rest of Victoria, Munro's is one of a kind. Founded by Jim and Alice Munro (the famous author), it is one of the few independent bookstores left in the city. Relocated to the neo-classical Royal Bank of Canada building, the generous staff...