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Things To Do with Mom on a Trip to Victoria, BC

May is a beautiful time of year to explore Victoria, and what better spot to celebrate Mother’s Day this year! Enjoy fantastic activities, mouth-watering food and visit iconic hot spots with your mom (or mother figure) during the entire month of May.

PLUS, save on Mother’s Day Packages from $119 USD pp/do. Packages include ferry, a stay at the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites, plus chocolates and a card for mom.

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The Inner Harbour, Victoria BC

The Inner Harbour of Victoria. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 

1. Explore Victoria by Water

Exploring Victoria by water offers a unique perspective of the stunning city. The Inner Harbour and nearby coastlines of Victoria are home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, otters, birds, and whales! Whether by kayak, water taxi, or on a whale watching boat, your voyage will surely be one to remember.

Brunch At Heron Rock Bistro

Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. Credit: Heron Rock Bistro.

2. Celebrate Mom with Brunch 

Brunch is always a great Mother’s Day treat. Take your loved one to one of Victoria's most popular brunch spots. Our favorite brunch options include:

Heron Rock Bistro (435 Simcoe Street | 11-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Casual Canadian bistro with classic brunch options.
The Ruby (642A Johnson Street | 16-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Funky spot serving up creative brunch options.
Jam Cafe (542 Herald Street | 18-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Popular spot for delicious brunch classics including eggs Benedict and pancakes.

Afternoon Tea At The Pendray Inn

Afternoon Tea at The Pendray Tea House. Credit: The Pendray Tea House.

3. Enjoy a Classic Victorian Afternoon Tea

Looking for an authentic Victoria experience? Enjoy an afternoon tea at one of our favorite spots:

The Butchart Gardens: Enjoy picturesque views of The Butchart Gardens before diving into an unforgettable afternoon tea experience. Pick out your choice of tea to sip on, and enjoy sweets and savory sandwiches.
Pendray Teahouse: Located in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, the Pendray Tea House offers an antiquated experience with a tranquil setting. Try a unique spin on afternoon tea — West Coast Afternoon Tea — with sustainably sourced seafood.

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The Willow Stream Spa

Lobby of the Willow Stream Spa. Credit: The Willow Stream Spa.

4. Relax at a Luxury Spa

A perfect way to enhance your Mother’s Day getaway - Treat mom to a relaxing spa day at one of Victoria's spas:

Sapphire Day Spa (714 View Street | 15-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): The Sapphire Day Spa is known for its unique Ayurvedic treatments which strives to promote harmony between all aspects of the individual.
Willow Stream Spa (633 Humboldt Street | 8-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Located in the Fairmont Empress, Willow Stream Spa is one of the most popular spas on Vancouver Island. Enjoy their luxury facilities as you are pampered by professional staff.
The Parkside Spa (810 Humboldt Street | 10-minwalk from the Black Ball terminal): Stop by The Parkside Spa for a facial or pedicure before soaking in their hot tub for an all-around relaxing experience!

Humboldt Bar

Interior of Humboldt Bar. Credit: Humboldt Bar.

5. Treat Mom to a Cocktail or Mocktail

Victoria is known for some amazing restaurants and bars with creative drink options. Below are a few options that are certain to get your evening started right:

Bodega (1210 Broad Street | 13-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Well-known for delicious Spanish tapas and a great selection of wine and unique cocktails.
L’apero Wine and Cheese Bistro (1028 Blanshard Street | 15-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Enjoy an authentic French experience known as “Apero” by pairing their unique selection of cheeses and wine offerings.
Argyle Attic (777 Courtney Street | 12-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Low-key whiskey bar with a warm and charming environment. Located above Smith's Pub.
Humboldt Bar (722 Humboldt Street | 9-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): An intimate cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Victoria
Cenote Restaurant and Lounge (768 Yates Street | 17-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Polished venue presenting inventive cocktails and comfort foods, including nachos and burgers.

Victoria Public Market 

Farmer's Market Selections. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria.

6. Check out a Local Farmers Market

Victoria is home to an expansive selection of local artisans and farmers. While there are many places to shop for local produce and goods, here are our two favorites:

James Bay Farmers Market: Located just up the street from our Victoria terminal, enjoy music from local performers as you check out all the great vendors that gather weekly at the James Bay Market.
Moss Street Market: Featuring a variety of local food and farm vendors with great eats, and other craft and artisan vendors.

IMAX Main Entrance

The Royal BC Museum. Credit: The Royal BC Museum, Destination Greater Victoria.

7. Enjoy a Spectacular Show at the IMAX

While you're here in Victoria, why not check out the largest IMAX screen in British Columbia? Located inside the Royal British Columbia Museum, IMAX Victoria offers showings of the most popular movies and documentaries. You can also combine your visit to IMAX Victoria with a ticket to the museum for maximum entertainment!

For current show times and more information, please visit the IMAX's website

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Cycling In Victoria 

Cycling in Beacon Hill Park. Credit: The Magnolia Hotal and Spa, Destination Greater Victoria.

8. Take a Scenic Bike Ride Through the City

Victoria is rated as the most cycle-friendly city in Canada! What better way to explore downtown Victoria than on a bicycle? 

The Pedaler is a perfect place to grab your bike rental before exploring the Greater Victoria area. Located next to the Huntingdon Manor (down the street from our ferry terminal). The Pedaler also offers guided bike tours, including their Castles, 'Hoods and Legends tour (hitting some of the most iconic landmarks in Victoria), and a Hoppy tour (stopping at popular breweries along the way). 

For more information, please visit The Pedaler's website

Shopping In Downtown Victoria 

Shopping in downtown Victoria. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria.

9. Do Some Local Shopping

Victoria is the perfect hybrid for those looking to check out local boutiques or wanting to wander a shopping district! Check out some great shopping options during your getaway to Victoria:

Government Street: Connecting Victoria’s Inner Harbour to the downtown core, Government Street is filled with many local boutique shops that are sure to have something that will catch your eye! Here you'll find a variety of restaurants (Bard & BankerIrish Times, and Garrick's Head, to name a few), and iconic shops, such as Rogers' ChocolatesMurchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops.
Lower Johnson: Be sure to check out Low Jo too (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Nezza Naturals (organic body care products), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing)Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore.
Chinatown: Victoria is home to the oldest Chinatown in North America! From modern eateries to intricate architecture, Chinatown is a vibrant display of Victoria's culture and history. Whether shopping your way through Fan Tan Alley (the narrowest street in Canada) or admiring the colorful murals depicting tales of the past, Chinatown does not disappoint! 

Beacon Hill Park 

Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria.

10. Have a Picnic at Beacon Hill Park

Grab your favorite snacks and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Beacon Hill Park. Immerse yourself in its ecosystem filled with rich biodiversity, including wandering peacocks, ducks, and turtles. Beacon Hill Park is also filled with amenities such as tennis courts, pickleball courts, a putting green, and an outdoor performance venue.

Mount Douglas Summit

Mount Douglas Summit.

11. Hike to Some Incredible Views

Work up a sweat and enjoy an incredible hike located in the Greater Victoria area:

Mount Douglas: Hike 1.2 miles (2 kms) to the peak of Mount Douglas where you can find spectacular views of downtown Victoria and the Haro Strait.
Mount Work: Located in the District of Highlands, roughly a 30-minute drive from downtown Victoria, this scenic hike will make you “work” for the incredible view!
Thetis Lake: Enjoy popular hiking trails through a West Coast rainforest that surrounds the beautiful Thetis Lake.

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