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Transportation

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Gardens

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Culinary Tourism

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Outdoor Activities

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Heritage, Arts and Culture

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Shopping

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Christmas

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Educational Tours

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Calendar of Events

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Maps

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Victoria Full of Life

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Victoria is where old-world charm meets new-world experiences. Our guests are rejuvenated by fresh ocean air and inspired by our warm island welcome and year-round beauty.

Victoria’s Inner Harbour

AN AWARD-WINNING CITY Victoria and Vancouver Island are consistently named among the best cities and islands in North America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. Many of Victoria’s hotels are also recognized by the readers of these prestigious publications as being among the best properties in Canada and the U.S. 4 www.tourismvictoria.com/traveltrade


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 five reasons visitors

love victoria Natural Beauty and Climate The Pacific Ocean, old-growth forests, lush gardens, magnificent mountains, sweeping views and the mildest climate in Canada — Victoria is a spectacular city in every season.

Accessibility Victoria is easy to get to from anywhere in the world whether by air or by ferry. Moreover, Victoria is a great walking city, ideal for group tours and individual exploring.

Unlimited Activities and Attractions World-famous Butchart Gardens, outdoor eco-adventure activities such as whale watching, kayaking and salmon fishing, museums, art galleries, afternoon tea, world-class shopping and year-round golf — it’s all here in Victoria, all year long.

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Culinary experiences Victoria’s talented chefs and the island cuisine they create have garnered Victoria and Vancouver Island a coveted place on the world’s culinary map.

Superior Service Victoria is world famous for exceptional service and warm hospitality — it’s an island destination with all the amenities of a big city.

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Our Services Want to learn more about our destination? Let Tourism Victoria’s Travel Trade experts help. Our team can assist you in creating unique itineraries and world-class experiences for your customers.

What’s New in Victoria E-Newsletter Travel professionals can sign up online for the What’s New e-newsletter, a regular publication full of the latest information on our destination.

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Social Media Connect to Victoria through our social media channels and generate interest in your tours by encouraging your clients to do so as well. Tourism Victoria is on Facebook, Twitter (@TVICTravelTrade) and YouTube. The Going Local blog is written by locals to offer an insider’s view of Victoria. The online Twisitor Centre offers real-time happenings around 6 www.tourismvictoria.com/traveltrade

the city and answers questions on the go. “Green Victoria” provides a wealth of tips and “green” itinerary ideas for making your visit to Victoria as environmentally friendly as possible. You can also download an iPhone App that gives you instant access to an events calendar, transportation and accommodation guide and other useful information.


Transportation Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is easy to get to from anywhere in the world. Transportation choices include non-stop flights from major North American cities, quick connecting flights from Vancouver and Seattle and many other travel options by air and sea that make getting here an exciting part of any tour. Air Service

high-speed catamarans. Numerous sailings

Non-stop flights arrive at Victoria International Airport from several major centres, including Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Seattle and San Francisco. Flights to Victoria from major international airports in Vancouver and Seattle take approximately 30 minutes, making connections between Victoria and virtually anywhere in the world easy. In addition to scheduled commercial flights, regular floatplane and helicopter service is available to downtown Victoria. Chartered flights for groups, tours and sightseeing can also be arranged.

are available every day from the mainland.

•A  laska Airlines/Horizon Air www.alaskaair.com •H  arbour Air/West Coast Air www.harbourair.ca •H  elijet International Inc. www.helijet.com • Hyack Air Ltd. www.hyackair.com • Kenmore Air www.kenmoreair.com • Orca Airways Ltd. www.flyorcaair.com •P  acific Coastal AirLines www.pacific-coastal.com • Salt Spring Air www.saltspringair.com

minutes north of downtown Victoria and at the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria.

• Black Ball Ferry Line Vehicle and passenger service between Victoria and Port Angeles, WA.

www.cohoferry.com

• British Columbia Ferry Services Vehicle and passenger service between Victoria and Vancouver.

www.bcferries.com

• Victoria Clipper High-speed, passenger-only catamaran service between Victoria and Seattle.

www.victoriaclipper.com

• Washington State Ferries Vehicle and passenger service between Sidney and Anacortes, WA.

www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

GROUND TRANSPORTATION Once in Victoria, there are many options for getting around: public bus transportation,

tours by coach, double-decker bus, horsedrawn carriage and boat. Bus service from Vancouver (including Vancouver International Airport) and Seattle is also available.

•A  kal Airport Shuttle www.victoriaairporter.com • BlueBird Cabs Ltd. www.taxicab.com • Big Bus www.bigbusvictoria.ca •C  VS Cruise Victoria Ltd. www.cvscruisevictoria.com •G  ray Line of Victoria www.graylinevictoria.com •G  reyhound Vancouver Island Coach www.greyhound.ca • International Stage Lines www.islbus.com • L A Limousines & Transportation Tours www.lalimo.ca •P  acific Coach Lines Ltd. www.pacificcoach.com •R  egent Limousine Service www.regentlimousine.bc.ca • Tofino Bus www.tofinobus.com •W  est Coast Trail Express Bus Inc. www.trailbus.com •W  ilson’s Transportation www.wilsonstransportation.com

scheduled charter coach service, train

For more information on transportation,

service, car rentals, taxi and limousine

go to www.tourismvictoria.com.

bc ferries

• Air Canada www.aircanada.com

Terminals are located in Sidney, which is 30

services, bicycle and scooter rentals and

BC Ferry in the Strait of Georgia

• United Airlines www.united.ca •V  ictoria Airport Authority www.victoriaairport.com • WestJet www.westjet.com

FERRY SERVICE Victoria and Vancouver Island are well connected to the B.C. and Washington State mainland with scheduled service for vehicles (including buses) and passengers on large ferries and passenger-only service on TRAVEL TRADE PLANNER

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Gardens Victoria is Canada’s Garden City and draws garden enthusiasts from all over the world who come to see the resplendent beauty of the public and private gardens, flowering plum and cherry trees and flower baskets cascading from downtown lamp-posts. Guided tours, horticulture seminars and garden events round out an itinerary.

Milner Gardens and Woodland Located in Qualicum Beach, two hours north of Victoria, this property features 60 acres of woodland and 10 acres of gardens surrounding a heritage house. Open late April to late October. Reservations recommended. www.milnergardens.org

Point Ellice House Italianate house featuring a beautiful

Gardens

the gardens at hcp

Abkhazi Garden

Lovely gardens set in a conservation park

This unique one-acre garden has received

with nature trails, wetlands and bird watching

international recognition for its outstanding

sites. Tour the Winter Garden, Japanese-style

design and romantic history. Afternoon tea,

Takata Garden, Zen Garden, Rhododendron

Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

tours and gift shop. http://blog.conservancy.

Garden, Heather Garden and Trial Dahlia

Two distinct ecological areas make up this

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Garden. Home to the accredited Pacific

park: 47 hectares of fields and hedgerows

Horticulture College and provides gardener

surrounding Swan Lake and 11 hectares

workshops and community education. Tours

of rocky hilltop and Garry Oak forest on

by request. www.hcp.ca

Christmas Hill. Ample opportunities for

Beacon Hill Park On the edge of downtown, this is Victoria’s

heritage garden where tea is served in the summer. www.pointellicehouse.ca

bird and freshwater wildlife watching.

oldest park and features walking paths,

Government House Gardens

gardens and ponds, as well as Mile Zero,

Ten gardens of various styles surround this

the starting point of the 8,000-km-long

historic mansion and are open daily to the

(4,971 mi.) Trans-Canada Highway.

public. The residence, which is closed to

University of Victoria Finnerty Gardens

www.beaconhillpark.com

the public, is the home of B.C.’s Lieutenant

A major collection of more than 200 azaleas

Governor. www.ltgov.bc.ca

and rhododendrons, along with an extensive

The Butchart Gardens

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planting of hybrids, forms the nucleus of

A designated National Historic Site, the

Hatley Park

world-famous Butchart Gardens features

The gardens surrounding turn-of-the-

55 acres of magnificent gardens, including

century Hatley Castle feature Japanese,

the Sunken Garden, Japanese Garden,

Italian and rose gardens, as well as heritage

Rose Garden, Italian Garden, Star Pond and

trees within the park that forms the campus

elaborate fountains. Lunch, afternoon tea

of Royal Roads University. Garden and castle

and dinner are available and special events

tours, garden workshops, museum visits

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

and entertainment take place year-round.

and visitor programs are available.

Enter a lush atrium where hundreds of

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butterflies fly amidst a kaleidoscope of

this active garden. Blooming season is midJanuary until late June, while a variety of perennials and companion plants extend the season through most of the year.

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Beacon Hill Park

flowers and tropical greenery. Visitors are

of Victoria’s glorious gardens. Tours include

invited to take a close-up look at abundant

Hatley Park Garden, Saxe Point Park/ Point

species of butterflies and moths. Private

Ellice House, The Gardens at HCP, Abkhazi

tours are available. Located two minutes

Garden and Government House gardens.

from The Butchart Gardens.

Special interest tours are available.

www.butterflygardens.com

www.victoriangardentours.com

Garden Tours CVS Cruise Victoria ltd.

Victoria Horticultural Society: Home Garden Tours

Narrated coach tours to the Butchart

Tours of home and hobby gardens are

Gardens are available several times daily,

offered in every season, as well as

year-round. www.cvscruisevictoria.com

information seminars year-round.

ITT Wilson’s Tours

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Custom tours for groups of all sizes

Capital Regional District Parks and Gardens

The Butchart Gardens and Victoria Butterfly Gardens. www.wilsonstours.com

Gray Line of Victoria

A host of nature/botanical programs are available year-round, from nature rambles to see wildflowers to special activities.

A variety of guided tours featuring gardens,

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including The Butchart Gardens, Victoria

Royal BC Museum Interpretive Programs

Butterfly Gardens, Beacon Hill Park, as well as sightseeing and city tours. Motor coach, horse-drawn carriage, trolley, classic car and yacht tours. www.graylinevictoria.com

The native plant gardens that surround the Royal BC Museum provide the setting for interpretive programs. Special interest tours

Victorian Garden Tours

can also be arranged by request.

These guided, narrated tours feature several

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Internationally renowned as the City of Gardens, Victoria has been a destination for garden lovers for more than a century. The Butchart Gardens, the city’s most famous horticultural masterpiece, is a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Culinary Tourism Award-winning wines, handcrafted ales, local produce, organic meats, edible flowers and herbs, ocean-fresh seafood, gourmet delicacies – Victoria offers a feast of unique, delicious experiences. Build a multi-day gourmet itinerary from this menu of options, or incorporate one or two activities into another tour.

Brewpubs and Microbreweries

Wineries, Cideries and Distilleries

Phillips Brewing Company

Church & State Wines Tours, tastings, seasonal restaurant for lunch and gift shop. www.churchandstatewines.com

De Vine Vineyards Wine tasting and custom tours for groups. www.devinevineyards.ca

ITT Wilson’s tours Custom Cowichan Valley tours for groups of all sizes. www.wilsonstours.com

Lizard Adventure Winery Tours Custom winery tours for groups. www.lizardadventuretravel.com

Luxury Wine tours LA Limousine Services offers wine tours to the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley. www.luxurywinetours.ca

Merridale Ciderworks

Canoe Brewpub, Marina and Restaurant Restaurant and pub with a selection of beers handcrafted on-site. www.canoebrewpub.com

Ciders made from apples grown on the estate. Restaurant and cider shop. Daily tours and sampling. www.merridalecider.com

Seventeen different types of beer in their repertoire. Tours of the brewery can be arranged. www.phillipsbeer.com

Sea Cider Farm and Cider House

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Certified organic orchard, cider house with ocean and orchard views, sampling and tours. www.seacider.ca

Victoria Spirits The only producer of premium, handcrafted gin in British Columbia. www.victoriaspirits.com

Canada’s oldest licensed brewpub features a traditional artisan brewery, restaurant, separate malt-vinegar brewery, brickoven bakery and full sausage kitchen and smokehouse. www.spinnakers.com

Swans Brewpub Restaurant, pub, beer and wine shop specializing in house-brewed beers and ales. www.swanshotel.com

Wine Islands Vintners Association Representing vintners on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, collectively known as the Wine Islands. www.wineislands.ca

Vancouver Island Brewery Guided one-hour tours include sampling and a souvenir pint glass. www.vancouverislandbrewery.com

Culinary and Farm Tours Cowichan Valley Winery, cidery and farm tours, as well as markets and restaurants specializing in local fare from this bountiful region. www.cowichan.bc.ca

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Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Garry Oaks Winery

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saanich peninsula Minutes north of downtown Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula is a largely rural area with numerous wineries, farms, and a cidery, many of which offer tours and tasting. www.tourismvictoria.com

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International reputation for Pacific Northwest cuisine and wine. The kitchen garden provides over 400 varieties of herbs, salad greens and edible flowers. Daily tours available. www.sookeharbourhouse.com

Pacific Salmon

Travel with Taste Tours Lavish foods and outstanding local wines. Meet chefs, growers and vintners. Multinight guided tours, as well as day tours. www.travelwithtaste.com

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Culinary events happen year-round. See calendar of events on page 19.

Canoe Brewpub

Downtown Summer Market

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With the 2nd highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, Victoria is a culinary paradise. Many of the city’s top chefs focus their menus on products grown on Vancouver Island.

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Outdoor Activities Ocean coastlines, old-growth forests, abundant marine wildlife and thrilling adventures make Victoria and Vancouver Island the ideal destination for adventure tour groups. Victoria’s mild climate allows most activities and tours to be year-round.

Ziplines/Recreation Parks

Whale and Wildlife Viewing

Walking

Golfing

The waters surrounding Vancouver Island are home to some amazing marine wildlife. Almost 100 orcas (killer whales) live off Victoria’s coastline and are the focus of thrilling wildlife tours, especially between May and October. Humpback, grey and Minke whales may also be sighted, along with many bird species. From September to May, California and Stellar sea lions are frequently in these waters. Porpoises and harbour seals are seen year-round.

The most common way to explore Victoria’s magnificent setting is undoubtedly on foot. Walking tour themes include ghosts, gardens, heritage, culinary and more.

A premier golf destination, Victoria and Vancouver Island offer an outstanding selection of superb year-round golf facilities, including Canada’s only 36-hole Nicklausdesigned golf course.

Boat Tours

Victoria is the Cycling Capital of Canada and an excellent destination for year-round cycle touring. Mountain biking is also a major sport here and the rugged terrain around Victoria is perfect for it. Cycle tours and rentals are available.

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A wonderful way to explore the scenic splendour of Victoria’s shorelines, kayaking is a very popular year-round activity. Guided tours can be tailored to suit any group.

Cycling/Mountain Biking

Hiking Guided hiking tours can be customized for any group and range from easy beach strolls to half- or full-day adventures in the region’s parks to challenging multi-day treks with camping.

Fishing Victoria and Vancouver Island have had a reputation for outstanding fishing for more than a century. Both saltwater and freshwater fishing adventures are available.

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Some of the region’s most stunning scenery can only be viewed from the water. Boat charters and a variety of tours, including wildlife viewing, sunset cruises and harbour tours are available.

Kayaking

Eco-adventure parks offering thrilling outdoor experiences such as bungee jumping, ziplines and tree-top obstacle courses are excellent group and family activities.


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Sailing Rugged coastlines, tree-covered islands and islets, idyllic coves and bays and protected marine parks — the Victoria and Vancouver Island waterways are a destination for sailing adventures. Guided tours, lessons and courses are available.

Diving The wealth of natural dive sites, shipwrecks and artificial reefs in Vancouver Island waters are renowned among divers. Guided adventures and lessons are available.

Surfing Breaching orca in the Salish Sea

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Highland Pacific Golf

Cadboro Bay

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For the thrill of surfing in the rugged wilderness, the West Coast of Vancouver Island is Canada’s surfing mecca. Lessons and equipment rentals are available.

According to the Government of Canada, Victoria is Canada’s Fittest City and the Cycling Capital of Canada. Thanks to our mild climate and spectacular natural beauty, Victoria’s outdoor activities are pursued in every month of the year.

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Heritage, Arts and Culture Exploring art galleries and museums is a great fit for any tour. The ancient culture of the First Nations, tales of European and Asian pioneers and the creations of internationally acclaimed artists — all are presented in captivating exhibits that showcase our heritage as well as our modern society. Our walking tours turn history into a sightseeing activity and an itinerary highlight.

at Esquimalt, as well as the military

Museums/Attractions

Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria One of the finest art museums in Canada, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria holds a permanent collection of 15,000 objects d’art. www.aggv.bc.ca

B.C. Forest Discovery Centre An outdoor museum and park 50 minutes north of Victoria presenting the past, present and future of forestry. Steam train

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites A century-old coast artillery fortification and the oldest lighthouse on Canada’s West Coast. www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill

Hatley Park National Historic Site Museum, garden and castle tours of the former estate of coal and railway baron James Dunsmuir. www.hatleypark.ca

rides, picnic area, activities and walking

Helmcken House

trails. www.bcforestmuseum.com

A pioneer doctor’s home, built in 1852,

Canadian Scottish Regimental Museum

located at its original site near the Royal BC Museum. www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

days of the regiment to participation in

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

United Nations peacekeeping operations.

Featuring the University of Victoria’s

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permanent collections, as well as special

Displays include material from the earliest

Carr House

exhibitions. www.maltwood.uvic.ca

heritage of southern Vancouver Island.

www.navalandmilitarymuseum.org

Point Ellice House A nationally designated 19th-century home considered Western Canada’s finest collection of Victoriana in its original setting.

www.pointellicehouse.ca

A traditional native Cowichan experience, 50 minutes north of Victoria. Tours, multimedia presentations and authentic cuisine.

www.quwutsun.ca

Royal BC Museum The displays at Victoria’s most prominent museum provide an examination of the human and natural history of the province.

www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

St. Ann’s academy Chapel and Interpretive Centre Victoria’s first Roman Catholic chapel (1858) and the 1910 auditorium in this magnificent building are fully restored.

www.stannsacademy.com

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Award-winning aquarium and education centre in Sidney, 30 minutes north

Built in 1863, Carr House is the birthplace

Maritime Museum of B.C.

of downtown Victoria, showcase the

and childhood home of Emily Carr, one of

Three floors of exhibits on the Pacific

extraordinary marine life in the Salish

Canada’s most famous artists and authors.

Northwest’s rich maritime heritage.

Sea bordering southern Vancouver Island.

www.emilycarr.com

www.mmbc.ca

www.oceandiscovery.ca

Chinatown

Naval and Military Museum at CFB Esquimalt

Sooke Region Museum and Info Centre

The rich maritime history of the naval base

A 40-minute drive from Victoria, this charming

Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Highlights include the Gate of Harmonious Interest, all kinds of shops and restaurants, Dragon Alley and Fan Tan Alley, Canada’s narrowest street. Walking tours are available; see page 15.

Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum An 1890s mansion with exquisite stainedglass windows, woodwork and period antiques. www.thecastle.ca

Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse A pioneer-era home and schoolhouse built in 1856 exhibits life as it was in early Victoria.

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Cultural/Heritage Walking Tours Architectural Institute of B.C. Guided walking tours of downtown Victoria focusing on heritage architecture. www.aibc.ca

discover the past walking tours Chinatown, Old Town, ghosts, history and heritage neighbourhoods are the themes of these year-round guided tours. www.discoverthepast.com

ITT Wilson’s Tours Guided, customized walking tours in Victoria. www.wilsonstours.com

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museum is located in the natural splendour of Sooke. www.sooke.museum.bc.ca

Fan Tan Alley

Old Cemeteries Society

Victoria Civic Heritage Trust

Themed tours of Victoria’s heritage cemeteries highlighting people and events from the city’s past. www.oldcem.bc.ca

Information on a variety of heritage tours available in Victoria. www.heritagevictoria.org

Parliament Buildings

Guided heritage tours, including The Fairmont Empress. www.walkabouts.ca

These majestic buildings overlooking the Inner Harbour were built in 1898 and are the centre of provincial politics. Tours available. www.leg.bc.ca

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Walkabouts Historical Tours

STEP-ON GUIDES/MULTILINGUAL SERVICES ITT Wilson’s Tours Guided, customized sightseeing tours in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. www.wilsonstours.com

Redbud Step-On Guides Guided tours to landmarks and gardens in Victoria. Serving bus tour and travel companies since 1980. www.steponguideservice.ca

Wilson’s Transportation and Victoria Tour Guides Knowledgeable, friendly guides providing step-on services in a variety of languages. www.wilsonstransportation.com

GALLERIES/STUDIOS

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For a complete list of art galleries and studios, visit www.tourismvictoria.com.

Victoria has a variety of impressive sights to include on a heritage tour: Canada’s oldest Chinatown, narrowest street, oldest licensed brewpub and second greatest collection of Asian art. TRAVEL TRADE PLANNER

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Shopping Victoria is a paradise for shoppers! Your clients will love browsing this city’s many quaint shops, local markets and major shopping centres, so be sure to include ample time on your itinerary. The city’s layout encourages strolling and exploring the many side streets at an easy pace.

and restaurants blend right in along both sides of this one-way street leading out of downtown Victoria.

Oak Bay Village Tearooms and pubs mingle with fashion boutiques, art galleries and gift shops along the high street in Oak Bay Village. Located in

around Government Street, one of downtown Victoria’s most famous shopping districts. Victoria’s British heritage is apparent in the store windows along Government Street, from woolens to lace. Stop to sample handmade chocolates or the perfect cup of tea or coffee. Native art, jewellery, fashion, Christmas and souvenir shops also flourish along the bustling sidewalks.

Trounce Alley and Bastion Square Four blocks along Government Street from the Inner Harbour, turn right into Trounce Alley, one of Victoria’s best-kept secrets. Fashion and gift shops await. Across the street from Trounce Alley, find Bastion Square, once the site of Victoria’s Court House, Law Chambers and several hangings. Bastion Square is now animated with shops and restaurants. In the summer, take in the Bastion Square Festival of the Arts, a bustling market where vendors and local artisans sell their handmade arts and crafts.

LoJo Visit Lower Johnson Street, known as “LoJo,” between Wharf Street and Douglas

Lower Johnson Street

Victoria’s most British-looking neighbourhood, this charming shopping district is notable for its Tudor-style buildings, flower baskets and traditional charm.

Shopping Centres The Bay Centre downtown, Mayfair Shopping Centre and Hillside Shopping Centre offer

Chinatown Victoria’s Chinatown is small, but it is the oldest in Canada. Once home to opium dens and gambling halls, Chinatown now mixes stores and live-work condos with traditional Asian markets and diners. Visitors can stroll historical Fan Tan Alley — the narrowest street in Canada. Victoria’s Design District incorporates Chinatown into its parameters stretching from Market Square to Herald Street and boasts numerous furniture and home décor stores.

a wide range of shops, services and dining, all under one roof and with plenty of parking. Uptown, the city’s newest shopping centre, offers a mix of large retailers, small boutiques and shops and restaurants in a modern outdoor mall setting.

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Street in the heart of Old Town. While LoJo is characterized by colourful heritage buildings, the shopping experiences are fresh and hip. Storefronts primarily feature locally designed fashions, but also house restaurants and other offerings.

Fort Street Fort Street is another downtown shopping hot spot, offering an intriguing mix of fashion, specialty boutiques, books stores, home décor and accessory shops, as well antiques and collectibles. Cafés

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Christmas is a magical time in Victoria, celebrated in a traditional fashion. Visitors enjoy carollers, ice skating, concerts, festive events, sparkling lights and decorations. Downtown, retailers add their own creative flair to the historic and modern storefronts. Annual Ships Christmas Lighting Contest

for tours, tea and readings by actress

The Canadian Pacific Naval Fleet decorates

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its ships as a fundraiser for a local food bank. At least eight ships are decorated, as well as the gate and the admiral’s residence.

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Bearwear at the Hotel Grand Pacific As a fundraiser for the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children, teddy bears are dressed up and arranged in settings created especially for the holiday season.

www.queenalexandra.org

Christmas at the Butchart Gardens From December through the first week of January, a special show of Christmas lights, displays and decorations. An outdoor skating

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Festival of Trees Local businesses sponsor and decorate dozens of trees that deck the halls of The Fairmont Empress Hotel.

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Gallery Walk Five of Victoria’s art galleries open new exhibits and serve gourmet refreshments.

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Gingerbread Houses at the Inn at Laurel Point An amazing display of gingerbread houses raises funds for Habitat for Humanity.

Legislative Grounds

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rink adds to the fun; skate rentals are

Helmcken House

home dons its Christmas finery. Special

available. Christmas meals and afternoon

An old-fashioned Christmas where visitors

Christmas teas are available.

teas. www.butchartgardens.com

discover the traditions of early Victorians

www.pointellicehouse.ca

Christmas Bus Tours CVS Cruise Victoria, Pacific Coach Lines and

while enjoying an authentic festive atmosphere. www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Sidney Santa Claus Parade and Lighted Sailpast

Island Farms Santa Claus Light Parade

The township of Sidney celebrates the

festive season, including tours to The Butchart Gardens. www.cvscruiseVictoria.com,

Annual evening parade that starts at the

Avenue and decorated boats sailing in the

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Parliament Buildings and finishes with a

harbour. www.tourismvictoria.com/events

ITT Wilson’s Tours offer tours during the

Christmas at Craigdarroch

celebration with entertainment and prizes.

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festive season with a parade along Beacon

Tally-Ho Horse-Drawn Tours Beacon Hill Park, historic James Bay

In December, this 1888 castle is decorated

Lighted Ships Parade

and Victoria’s waterfront are featured

in the Victorian style and features displays of

Decorated boats sail into Victoria and Oak

on 45-minute horse-drawn wagon tours.

period costumes and toys. www.thecastle.ca

Bay to celebrate the festive season.

www.tallyhotours.com

Christmas Symphony Concerts

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Victoria Carriage Tours

Traditional musical celebrations presented

The Nutcracker

Experience a Victorian Christmas in an

by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet is

elegant horse-drawn carriage.

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presented at the Royal Theatre.

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Discover the Past Heritage Tours

www.dancevictoria.com

Victoria Harbour Ferries

Christmas walking tours, including Christmas

Oak Bay’s Victorian Christmas

Inner Harbour tours available in December.

in Old Town, Ghosts of Christmas Past

Street performances, music, carriage

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and Chinatown Christmas walks.

tours and carollers on several December

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afternoons in this charming Victoria

Emily’s Victorian Christmas

neighbourhood. www.oakbaybia.ca

Walkabouts Historical Tours The Fairmont Empress Hotel Christmas Tours Past and Present. Christmas is a magical

From mid-December until December 30,

Point Ellice House

time to tour this historic hotel overlooking

Emily Carr House is decorated and open

Through December, this historic waterfront

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Educational Tours As the capital city and the seat of government for the province of B.C., Victoria is a prime destination for educational programs and a variety of technical and professional tours. The city is the home of an agricultural research centre, Canada’s western naval base, a booming biotech industry and several exceptional educational facilities. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Technical And Industry Tours

Award-winning aquarium and education centre in Sidney showcasing the extraordinary marine life in the Salish Sea bordering southern Vancouver Island. www.oceandiscovery.ca

Tourism Victoria can provide you with information and contacts for a variety of tours ranging from forestry, fishing, agriculture and technology to cooking, gardening and art, including educational and exploratory content. Contact Tourism Victoria at 250-414-6999 or email traveltrade@tourismvictoria.com for more information.

Schools, Universities, ESL, Learning Classes •C  amosun College Department of Tourism www.camosun.bc.ca

•S  t. Margaret’s School www.stmarg.ca •S  tewart College of Languages www.stewartcollege.com • University of Victoria www.uvic.ca • University of Victoria English Language Centre www.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc •V  ictoria International Academy www.eslschoolcanada.com •V  ictoria International High School Programs www.studyinvictoria.com •P  earson College www.pearsoncollege.ca/projects

Tours are available of a wide variety of types and sizes of agricultural operations. www.agf.gov.bc.ca

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• University of Victoria Continuing Studies www.uvcs.uvic.ca

Agricultural Tours

• University of Victoria Faculty of Business www.business.uvic.ca

City Hall

•G  EOS Language Academy www.geosvictoria.com

Victoria City Hall can assist with various technical tours. Cost is minimal. www.victoria.ca

•K  ing George International College www.kgic.ca

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

•R  oyal Roads University www.royalroads.ca/mba

Free guided tours of Canada’s historic west coast naval base are available. www.navy. forces.gc.ca/marpac/0/0-w-1_ eng.asp

Chinatown Performer

Group visits to this award-winning museum are available. Exhibits feature the history of the province. www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

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Calendar of Events

VICTORIA WHISKY FESTIVAL A premier annual gathering of whisky aficionados. www.victoriawhiskyfestival.com

FEBRUARY

SWIFTSURE INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACE Oldest and largest annual yacht race in the Pacific Northwest. Six different races over four separate courses. www.swiftsure.org

VICTORIA FRINGE FESTIVAL A 12-day explosion of comedy, improv, drama, performance art and dance from around the world. www.intrepidtheatre.com

September

CHINESE NEW YEAR

June

Ring in the New Year with this festive annual party in Chinatown. www.tourismvictoria.com/events

VICTORIA JAZZFEST INTERNATIONAL

GREAT CANADIAN BEER FESTIVAL

Musicians from around the globe perform jazz, blues and world music on multiple stages in downtown Victoria. www.jazzvictoria.ca

Over 45 breweries from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest showcase and serve only allnatural varieties. www.gcbf.com

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL CYCLING FESTIVAL

COWICHAN WINE AND CULINARY FESTIVAL

The city celebrates cycling with races, demos, free-ride and mountain bike riders. www.vicf.ca

Celebrating Vancouver Island wines, culinary excellence, original music and art. www.wines.cowichan.net

July

FEAST OF FIELDS

CANADA DAY

Sample the gourmet offerings of over 50 of the island’s top chefs, wineries and microbreweries. www.feastoffields.com

VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL Ten days of screenings showcasing the best in Canadian and world cinema including feature films, documentaries and shorts.

www.victoriafilmfestival.com

VICTORIA TEA FESTIVAL Tea tastings, workshops and opportunities to purchase teas, tea wares and delectable teafood selections. www.victoriateafestival.com

DINE AROUND AND STAY IN TOWN (FEBRUARY & MARCH) Many Victoria area restaurants and hotels offer special menus and rates. www.tourismvictoria.com/dinearound

March CHOCOLATE FEST Demonstrations, workshops, exhibits, prizes, samples, games, beer, wine tasting and entertainment. Adult evening event with a trade show. www.chocolatefest.ca

April VICTORIA HOT JAZZ JUBILEE

Fireworks at Victoria’s Inner Harbour and other festivities. www.tourismvictoria.com/ events

October

ART GALLERY’S MOSS STREET PAINT-IN

ROYAL VICTORIA MARATHON

Up to 100 artists line Moss Street. www.aggv.bc.ca/moss+street.aspx

Major event attracting over 10,000 runners and walkers from across North America and beyond. Marathon, halfmarathon, 8k road race and kid’s fun run. www.royalvictoriamarathon.com

TASTE: VICTORIA’S FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND WINE A local taste of Vancouver Island, the wine regions of British Columbia and beyond. www.victoriataste.com

Victoria International Buskers Festival

ROMP: FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT DANCE Supports the work and development of professional dance artists. www.suddenlydance.ca/romp/romp.htm

An exciting weekend of jazz featuring various bands and styles of jazz music from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. www.victoria-hot-jazz.com

Presenting over 500 performances by more than 50 performers from around the world. www.victoriabuskers.com

May

VICTORIA SYMPHONY SPLASH

November

Concert performed by the Victoria Symphony from a barge moored in the Inner Harbour. www.victoriasymphony.ca

FESTIVAL OF TREES (NOVEMBER & DECEMBER)

VICTORIA DAY PARADE Victoria’s largest parade featuring marching bands, floats and clowns. Over 120,000 spectators. 250-382-3111

UNO FESTIVAL OF SOLO PERFORMANCE Canada’s oldest festival dedicated to oneperson theatre offers live, high-voltage comedy, drama and dance. www.intrepidtheatre.com

August

VICTORIA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Almost 100 dragon boat teams with crews of 22 paddlers race head-to-head in full dragon boat regalia with timing drums thumping away. www.victoriadragonboat.com

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GHOSTS OF VICTORIA FESTIVAL Spooky tours of some of Victoria’s most haunted sites. www.oldcem.bc.ca

The Fairmont Empress transforms into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital. www.tourismvictoria.com/events

December CHRISTMAS IN VICTORIA (See page 17) For dates and more information, go to www.tourismvictoria.com/events

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executive house hotel Capacity: 181 guest rooms

The Executive House Hotel is located in the heart of Victoria, across the street from the Victoria Conference Centre and steps from the Inner Harbour; an unrivaled location that opens the door to restaurants, shops, museums, float plane tours, whale watching, and much more. Featuring spectacular views overlooking Victoria and the Olympic Mountains, Executive House Hotel offers 181 well-­ appointed guest rooms and suites. Equipped with full kitchens and living rooms our spacious suites provide the perfect (pet-­friendly) home-­away-­from-­home! Enjoy live entertainment at Bartholomew’s English-­style Pub, or fresh steak & seafood at Barkley’s Dining Room. Complimentary wireless Internet, spa tub, fitness studio and laundry. Specialists in the Travel Trade Group Tour, F.I.T. and Leisure Traveller, we are Full-­Service and User-­Friendly with Competitive Net Pricing and Value-­Added Programs.

777 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2B5 tel 250-388-5111 toll free 1-800-663-7001 email executivehouse@executivehouse.com web www.executivehouse.com

queen victoria hotel & suites Capacity: 146 guest rooms

The Queen Victoria Hotel and Suites is the right choice to accommodate your group tour needs. We offer elegance, comfort, affordability and location. The Hotel is located across the street from the Royal BC Museum, and only steps away from the Inner Harbour and Beacon Hill Park. The majority of our spacious guest rooms have two queen beds – perfect for group tours. Guests may also enjoy our indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and fitness area. We offer complimentary internet, business centre and local phone calls. Group meals are accommodated in our restaurant, “Samuel’s by the Park.”

655 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8V 29P tel 250-386-1312 toll free 1-800-663-7007 email reservations@qvhotel.com web www.qvhotel.com

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chateau victoria hotel & suites Capacity: 177 guest rooms

Book your tour anywhere in Victoria and your customers will remember our great destination. Book your tour at the Chateau Victoria and they will remember the tour operator that took the time to find the most personalized hotel experience for their guests. The personal touch… • 49 twin double bed traditional rooms • 10 king bed traditional rooms • 11 queen bed suites with full kitchens and hideabeds • 3  6 king bed suites with hideabeds (18 with convenience kitchen facilities) • 63 suites with two queen beds (some with hideabeds) • 1 deluxe 1-bedroom Penthouse • 7 deluxe 2-bedroom Penthouses • 1 amazing roof top restaurant, vista18.com • 1 award winning bar, clivesclassiclounge.com

740 Burdett Avenue, Victoria, BC V8W 1B2 tel 250-382-4221 fax 1-800-663-5891 email reservations@chateauvictoria.com web www.chateauvictoria.com

black ball ferry line

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Capacity: 1000 passengers, 110 vehicles

Black Ball Ferry Line operates a scenic 90-minute vehicle and passenger service between downtown Victoria and Washington State, providing a convenient link in the “circle route” between Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver, BC. Along the way, visit Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting nearly 1 million acres of parkland. Passengers arrive in the heart of Victoria’s Inner Harbour with unparalleled views of the city’s Parliament building, marinas and landmark architecture. The terminal is steps away from downtown hotels, shopping and sights. To book your group, tour or FIT travel onboard the MV Coho, visit www.cohoferry.com or call 1-250-386-6035.

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comfort inn & suites Capacity: 106 guest rooms The Comfort Inn & Suites is perfectly located. Tucked away on Victoria’s picturesque Gorge Waterway, minutes from downtown and major attractions with easy access to Highways 1 and 17. Amenities include complimentary deluxe continental breakfast.

101 Island Highway, Victoria, BC V9B 1E8 tel 250-388-7861 toll free 1-800-661-4043 fax 250-388-7862 email info@comfortinnvictoria.com web www.comfortinnvictoria.com

howard johnson hotel & suites Capacity: 100 guest rooms Victoria’s full service hotel features 100 luxuriously finished guest rooms and suites offering superb amenities such as queen beds, soaker tubs, microwaves, fridges and coffee makers in all rooms. Other highlights include a heated seasonal outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, and an on-site restaurant and lounge. Superbly located for maximum convenience, the hotel boasts close proximity to:

Butchart Gardens • Butterfly Gardens • Victoria International Airport BC & Washington State Ferries • Shopping & Dining • Golfing & Hiking 4670 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, BC tel 250-704-4656 toll free 1-866-300-4656 email suites@hojovictoria.ca web www.hojovictoria.ca

royal bc museum Like a good story? You’ve come to the right place. Slide back in time to the Ice Age for a visit with our Woolly Mammoth. See how the fur trade changed the lives of BC’s First Peoples. Climb aboard Captain Vancouver’s ship anchored in Nootka Sound. And stroll through our forest for a cougar or grizzly bear encounter. TripAdvisor’s “top-rated” Victoria attraction.

675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2 tel 250-356-RBCM (7226) toll free 1-888-447-7977 fax 250-387-5674 email reception@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca web www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

wildplay element parks groups up to: 200 guests Unforgettable outdoor adventures are a climb, zip, jump, and swing away. Breaking-free from typical travel plans is easy with WildPlay’s Monkido®, Bungy Jump, King Swing, and Canyon Zip line Elements. Adults, teens, and kids of all fitness (and bravery) levels love conquering our primal fun and games!

Nanaimo: 35 Nanaimo River Rd, Nanaimo, BC toll free 1-888-716-7374 Victoria: 15-1767 Island Highway, Victoria, BC toll free 1-888-856-7275 web www.WildPlay.com

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Hop on the Big Bus!

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Victoria Sightseeing Tour Discover the sights of Victoria on one of our open-air buses or classic turn-of-thecentury trolley bus. Whether you are visiting for just a few hours or a few days, our 90-minute sightseeing tour with on-board commentary gives you a quick way to see the main attractions of our beautiful city. You can hop on and off at any of our 22 stops, giving you the opportunity to see the sights at your own pace. Book a Tour Combo to include a trip to Butchart Gardens, whale watching, and more! Whether you want to visit major attractions, spend time shopping, or visit one of many fine restaurants — Big Bus is on the route!

Butchart Gardens

City Tour with over 20 stops including:

Victoria’s Inner Harbour • Chinatown • Craigdarroch Castle Rockland • Oak Bay Village • Beach Drive ...and so much more! Chinatown

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250-389-2229 www.bigbusvictoria.com 811 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W8 Open 7 days/week, 9am to 5:30pm, April-October


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Choose an Adventure to Suit Your Clients! • You choose ~ spacious, covered Ocean Cruisers or open Zodiacs • Personalized Meet & Greet Services for Group Tours • Friendly, fun & Award-winning Crew • Your clients will be thrilled seeing mammals in their natural environment • Victoria’s # 1 rated “Return Activity”. Don’t miss out!

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2012 Tourism Victoria Travel Trade Guide  

The Tourism Victoria Travel Trade Planner has been developed to promote Victoria as a destination in the international tour industry by pres...

2012 Tourism Victoria Travel Trade Guide  

The Tourism Victoria Travel Trade Planner has been developed to promote Victoria as a destination in the international tour industry by pres...

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