A quick introduction to an amazing city
and walking. Old-fashioned London double-decker buses leave on tours from in front of the Empress Hotel for such attractions as the world-famous Butchart Gardens. The group of floral display gardens near Victoria receive close to a million visitors each year. Or, if you’re looking for a more romantic kind of transport, there are horse-drawn carriages available.
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A city full of classic British charm is just a ferry ride away from Port Angeles. While the trip from Port Angeles may not exactly rank as an overseas journey, travelers definitely are in another country when they set foot in Victoria, B.C. You can make the 20-mile trip to Victoria for a one-day trek, a weekend getaway or long vacation, using the city with the British atmosphere as the starting point for an extended tour of Vancouver Island. The MV Coho ferry from Port Angeles lands in downtown Victoria — a city with a metropolitan population of more than 300,000 — after a cruise across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and through Victoria Harbour. The magnificent Fairmont Empress Hotel dominates the waterfront as ferry passengers arrive at Victoria’s Inner Harbour from Port Angeles. Harbor tours, available by a number of operators, give a different perspective of the city. Parliament Buildings, the Royal British Columbia Museum, downtown shops, restaurants and Chinatown are all located within walking distance of the ferry landing. Public transportation easily can be found to reach other popular sites. First-time visitors might want to start at the Greater Victoria Visitor Information Centre, on the waterfront across from the imposing Empress Hotel, just a short walk from the ferry terminal. The center provides visitor maps, a variety of brochures, lodging information and expert advice on what there is to see and do in the area. The Royal British Columbia Museum,
located near the Parliament Buildings, has special exhibits and an unparalleled First Nations area. The National Geographic Theater at the museum presents an IMAX experience with a six-story-tall screen showing several movies that provide worldwide adventures. Plenty of shops can be found along Government Street. However, the real ‘‘main street” is Douglas Street, and everything from major department stores to out-of-the-way specialty shops can be found on side streets off Douglas between Courtney and Pembroke. Food fanciers should note that some of the finest bakeries in the world are found on Fort Street between Douglas and Blanshard. Authentic British and Irish pubs are a great way to take a break from shopping
OUTDOOR STAGE @ SHIP POINT, VICTORIA’S INNER HARBOUR TICKETED EVENING PERFORMANCES
Tinsley Ellis Sun. Sept. 2 | 7:30PM ~ Davina and the Vagabonds
Sat. Sept. 1 | 7:30PM ~
FREE AFTERNOON PERFORMANCES SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY NOON - 5PM
On-site beverage garden & food vendors Complete lineup, schedule and ticket info available July 9!
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