Victoria, British Columbia is rather spectacular. Where else you can you:
- Go surfing and skiing in the SAME DAY
- Hike in a rain forest then meet yours friends for traditional English tea
- Go kayaking on your lunch break
- Explore gardens until you feet fall off
- Visit the oldest Chinatown in Canada
It’s also famous for being the home of the “newlywed and nearly dead,” but that’s not even true. Victoria is a vibrant place that attracts people of all ages, so whether you’re the cultural type, the outdoorsy type or even the shopping type, there’s always something to do and someone to do it with. That, combined with the fact that Victoria has the mildest climate in the country, makes it one of the greatest cities to visit. Just ask the 3.5 million tourists that drop by every year. Sound good? Yeah it does. To jump-start your travel planning, check out some of the best accommodation in the city:
Fairholme Manor Bed and Breakfast
Fairholme Manor is tucked away in one of Victoria’s most historic residential neighbourhoods. Think tree-lined streets, opulent homes and lush gardens around every corner. Fairholme itself is housed in an 110-year-old Italianate mansion that was built by one of Victoria’s most prominent pioneer families—a home that has since been restored to its former glory. It’s right next door to Government House, the 36-acre official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and just steps away from Craigdarroch Castle, a National Historic Site of Canada. And when you’re ready for the hustle and bustle of the city, Victoria’s famous downtown waterfront is only a 15 minute stroll away.
638 Rockland Pl, Victoria, BC V8S 3R2, Canada
Birds of a Feather Bed and Breakfast
If you’re looking for a place that’s as close to nature as it is to the city, check out Birds of a Feather bed and breakfast. This luxury, waterfront accommodation is purpose-built and overlooks the Esquimalt Lagoon, an area rich in wildlife and an important stopover for migrating birds. There are many hiking trails in the area and guests have free use of kayaks, canoes and bicycles. And the best part? Although Birds of a Feather is nestled in a natural paradise, downtown Victoria is only 15 minutes away.
206 Portsmouth Dr, Victoria, BC V9C 1R9, Canada
Isabella's Guest Suites
Location, location, location. Isabella’s Guest Suites are located smack dab in the heart of downtown Victoria. Really, you can’t get any closer than this. The two suites are self-contained (with fully-equipped kitchens and private entrances) and are fun, funky and modern. But what makes this accommodation truly unique is the breakfast: Isabella’s is located about Willie’s Bakery, one of the best breakfast restaurants in Victoria, and each guest receives a breakfast voucher that they can put towards anything on the menu. In other words, you can eat exactly what you what, when you want.
537 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6, Canada
Oak Bay Guest House
The Oak Bay Guest House is located in the Oak Bay neighbourhood of Victoria, just two blocks from the ocean. Built in 1912, it’s an elegant residence with 11 guest rooms (each with its own private bathroom). It’s right next to Oak Bay village, which is a charming spot full of quaint tearooms, restaurants, art galleries and shops. In fact, some say Oak Bay is “more English than England itself!” It’s also an incredibly scenic area, with miles of beach to stroll down, plenty of viewpoints and several parks and gardens to explore.
1052 Newport Ave, Victoria, BC V8S 3B3, Canada
Cycle-Inn Bed and Breakfast
In case you didn’t know, Victoria is the cycling capital of Canada. The weather is gorgeous year-round (okay, it’s a little rainy in the winter but at least it’s warm) and there are miles and miles of trails to explore. One of them, the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, runs 55 km from Sidney (where the ferry terminal is), through Victoria and out to Leechtown, a ghost town north of Sooke. The Cycle Inn Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located right on the trail, overlooksing Glen Lake, which makes it perfect for those who want to explore Victoria on two wheels. It’s a great base for biking (obviously), but also canoeing, bird watching and hiking. And if you want to head down to Victoria for the day, you can hop on the trail and downtown in an hour.
3158 Anders Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 4C5, Canada