Victoria
Canada
By Jennifer Levin

Victoria, British Columbia has something for every visitor. The atmosphere of the city is relaxed, yet charged with the energy of a beautiful harbor, fantastic West Coast cuisine, and artistic talent. Visit one of Victoria’s theaters and see a show, go on a whale watching adventure, visit an art museum or simply troll the streets by the water and absorb this city. Victoria offers a unique blend of historic monuments, chic flair and European, Asian and British influences.

Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, and is accessible by ferry or by plane. You can either walk or drive onto the ferry if you want to have your own car with which to travel the island. If you want to fly, enjoy the quick ride! The flight to Victoria International Airport (YYJ)  is less than an hour from either Seattle or from Vancouver – and you will get to see the beautiful scenery of the island and unique views of the city as you descend. Book your flight into Victoria International Airport (YYJ) with WhatsCheaper.com here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).

There are several types of accommodations to choose from in Victoria. WhatsCheaper.com recommends selecting from the wide variety of hotels that can be found by following this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) and beginning your search. You can’t go wrong with WhatsCheaper.com!

WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends booking a whale watching tour during your time here. If your tastes tend more towards athletic activities, try kayaking, fishing, or sailing. Victoria is also a destination for those who love to golf; check out one of the courses while you’re here for a truly excellent experience. Other outdoor activities include surfing, biking, or garden tours.

Victoria is a popular tourist destination for the above activities as well as the unique historic-yet-modern aura of the city itself. Nightclubs, restaurants, bars, movie theaters and shops abound. Visit Centennial Square, a busy sight day and night and the venue for several of Victoria’s festivals. Centennial Square is located right next to Victoria City Hall, another popular tourist destination. Market Square, in the northwest quadrant of town, also has unique opportunities for those visitors who love to shop (or just love to bring home souvenirs) including an open-air courtyard along with various types of restaurants. Visit Victoria’s Chinatown or its Antique Row for some truly exceptional shopping.

If you like the arts, Victoria is an ideal destination for you. There are several music venues, performance art spaces, and galleries. For a memorable cultural experience, try and get tickets to see the Victoria Symphony, which delights audiences year-round. If you are in Victoria in the summer, make sure to check out one of the many music and arts festivals that sweep through the island in those warmer months. You can see Victoria’s eccentric street performers or catch a movie at one of the many theaters at any time of the year.

There is so much to do in town you may not have time to traverse the surrounding areas, but WhatsCheaper.com recommends reserving a day to drive through the magnificent vistas surrounding Victoria. You can take yourself on a self-guided tour, or you can sit back and look around while a guided bus or car does the work for you. You could take a culinary or a wine tour, or book an adventure that focuses on Victoria’s history and heritage.

Victoria’s best quality is its endlessly diverse nature. In the same day you can sip tea in a formal dining room and enjoy a picnic on the beach. Enjoy the ever-changing lineup of performances and festivals, the quaint shops and the extensive beautiful gardens. Victoria, British Columbia is truly a place you will want to visit again and again.

MUST SEE IN Victoria LIST:

  • 1. Royal BC Museum
  • 2. Inner Harbour
  • 3. Craigdorroch Castle
  • 4. Fort Rodd Hill
  • 5. Government Street
  • 6. Victoria Bug Zoo
  • 7. Chinatown
  • 8. Hatley Castle
  • 9. Abkhazi Garden
  • 10. Beacon Hill Park

Victoria EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. TerriVic Jazz Party - April
  • 2. Victoria Day Parade - May
  • 3. June - Jazz Fest
  • 4. Canada Day - July
  • 5. First People's Festival - August
  • 6. Classic Boat Festival - August/September
  • 7. Fringe Festival - September
  • 8. Royal Victoria Marathon - October
  • 9. Great Canadian Beer Festival - November
  • 10. Merrython Fun Run - December

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Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Getaway
829 McCallum Road, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
By Sarah Hay

Just ten minutes from downtown Victoria, the beauty and tranquility of nature surrounds you at the Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Getaway. Near the Trans-Canada Highway, and with the Great Canadian Casino and Bear Mountain just moments away, the Sheraton puts you in the center of all the recreational opportunities in the area. Government and corporate offices are nearby, and the Victoria International Airport is less than 20 miles away.

The Four Points by Sheraton’s business center and front desk are both open 24 hours a day, and the entire premises is nonsmoking. If you’re under the weather during your trip, medical assistance is available, and the multilingual staff can help you with express check-in and –out as well. The on-site fitness center features an indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, along with a sauna, and there are a host of world-class golf courses in the area to challenge duffers of all abilities.

The 117 guest rooms all come with complimentary high speed wireless Internet service, along with many standard features, such as 42” flat screen televisions and Four Comfort beds. There are mountain view rooms, as well as connecting rooms available, upon request, and many feature windows that open and balconies. In-room Jacuzzis, bathroom bidets, bathrobes and bath accessories come standard, and coffee makers, refrigerators, and microwaves help make you feel at home.

Of course, room service is always available, but if you’d prefer to meet with friends, the West Coast Tap House at the Sheraton features a selection of beers and local cuisine. If you’re planning a special event, the meeting area at the hotel provides over 5,000 square feet of space, and comes with complimentary high speed wireless Internet access. The catering, meeting and event staff services at the hotel will help you plan your perfect event. If you’d like assistance planning your escape to the Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Getaway, just give the staff at WhatsCheaper.com take care of the details, and click here: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria
1999 Country Club Way Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
By Sarah Hay

As strikingly gorgeous on the outside as it is on the inside, the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria is a truly relaxation destination. Situated on the southern tip of Vancouver island, the secluded mountainside resort feels like a world away from civilization, yet is only 20 minutes from Victoria, British Columbia. The Westin is Canada’s only resort to offer 36 holes of Nicholas Design golf, and the panoramic ocean and mountain views offer a stunning backdrop to a hike to the nearby Mount Finlayson. The year-round, outdoor heated pool will help soothe your muscles after working out in the Mountainside Athletic Club.

Five different room classes are designed to help pamper and restore your spirit at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. For the dedicated golfer, the Fairways and Clubhouse traditional rooms are just steps from the first hole. One bedroom and penthouse suites are also available, and many overlook the golf greens or picturesque surrounding valley.

Regardless of the room you choose, you’ll find a host of standard amenities in the resort’s 156 rooms. Suites feature 27” televisions, DVD players, Westin Heavenly beds (Heavenly Dog Beds upon request), kitchenettes and connecting rooms, 24 hour room service, coffee makers, and high speed Internet access. Check-in time is 3 p.m., and check-out time is 12 p.m., but you’ll feel so indulged at the resort, you’ll want to extend your stay for a day, or even a week.

Dining at the resort is a sublime experience, with five indulgent restaurants on site, and food options ranging from light pub meals to truly fine dining. Your meetings, conferences or special events can easily be accommodated in the resort’s 6,000 square foot facilities, split among six meeting spaces. The 6,429 square foot Bear Mountain Ballroom can host up to 750 guests, and whether you’re hosting a reception or a golf tournament, the conferences team at the hotel will help you plan the perfect event. So, indulge your senses and surround yourself in beauty at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria. The team at WhatsCheaper.com will help you get there, and stay for less than you think, just follow this link: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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