Victoria — what a jewel! Located on Vancouver Island, this little city will charm almost anybody. I had a quick stop here – on my way home from California, but still packed a lot in over just 2 days.
I would say the highlight was the whale watching – but in all honesty, I’m sure it could be enjoyed at any time of the year, whales or not!
Started with an evening at Ross Bay Cemetary and a walk around the ocean, which was perfect because it was super quiet compared to touristy downtown, after being tired and travelling all day.
The next day headed out whale watching in the morning, then did a photography tour around the inner harbour, fishermans wharf, Parliament House, and Thunderbird Park. Was an exhausting day, but worth it! I had every good intention of getting out to Buchart Gardens too but locals commented on how far and overpriced it is, so I opted instead for Beacon Hill Park for my nature fix, and was satisfied!
Be sure to check out:
- Empress Hotel – the iconic Fairmont hotel in the middle of downtown that really shouldn’t be missed in Victoria. The afternoon tea is the main feature, but it’s fun for strolling and pics too!
- Whale watching – eekkk, this was so fantastic it’s hard to put into words. There are so many options, but I chose Eagle Wing Tours as they had the best reputation and I knew I wanted to do a covered boat. The interior of the boat was like a luxury cruise ship and I’m glad I chose it.
- Ross Bay cemetary – Lovely for walking around, taking beautiful photographs and then walking to the ocean a block away. Wild (friendly) deer wander the cemetery year round.
- Fishermans Wharf
- Eat: Barb’s Fish and Chips – a delicious fish and chips stop.
- Beacon Hill Park – a wonderful alternative to Butchart Gardens if you don’t have the time to travel outside downtown Victoria, you’ll find everything here – ocean, park pathways, flora, fauna and large shady trees.
There’s tons of hotels by the wharf, and AirBnb’s a plenty in Victoria, which made choice of accommodations super easy.