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Summer Festivals in Victoria, BC

Summer in Victoria, BC brings a variety of festivals and events that celebrate the city's unique vibe. From music and food festivals to cultural showcases, there's something for everyone to enjoy this summer season. Here's a sneak peek at what's coming up in Victoria, BC this summer season. Victoria Jazz Festival Performance. Credit: Victoria Jazz Society. TD Victoria Jazz Festival: June 21 - June 30 Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of jazz at the TD Victoria International JazzFest, a captivating ten-day event taking place from June 21st to June 30th in different locations around the city. This annual event showcases a combination of jazz, blues, and world music performed by a lineup of talented local, Canadian, and international artists, including the legendary 4-time Grammy winner Booker T's Stax Revue; experience the festival's vibrant atmosphere featuring an array of live shows, insightful workshops, and collaborative panels that celebrate the diversity and creativity of jazz music. Summer Fireworks Display. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens Firework Display: Every Saturday, July 1 - September 2 Step beyond the 55 acres of breathtaking floral displays at The Butchart Gardens and experience a world-class firework show, taking place every Saturday throughout the summer. These captivating displays, choreographed to music, are a highlight not to be missed. From July 1st, Canada Day, until September 2nd, enjoy unforgettable evenings of enchantment and entertainment beneath the stars. BOOK NOW Tilt! At The Phillips Backyard: July 5 - July 7 Phillips Backyard Festival Series hosted by Phillips Brewing & Malting Co and The Zone @91.3 is returning for a weekend this summer, from July 5-7! The festival features an outstanding lineup of headliners, including Saint Motel, Jesse Reyez, Orville Peck, and takes place in the outdoor space of Phillips Brewery, creating an intimate and energetic atmosphere. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or simply looking for a good time, Phillips Backyard Festival promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Victoria. Victoria Pride Parade. Credit: Victoria Pride Society. Victoria Pride Parade: July 9 This annual colorful parade will take place in the Inner Harbour starting at 11:00am on July 9th. Led by the Esquimalt Songhees Nation, this event is free and welcomes all ages and walks of life! Following the parade, there will be a festival at Macdonald Park where there will be more than 150 vendors along with food and drinks. Additionally, there will be a main stage and a kid's zone; something for everyone to enjoy! Oak Bay Collector Car Festival: July 21 Rev your engines and cruise into the Oak Bay Car Collector Festival, a paradise for car enthusiasts and vintage vehicle admirers! Held on Oak Bay Avenue, this festival showcases an array of classic cars, hot rods, and unique vehicles from various eras. Explore the craftsmanship and history behind each automobile, chat with passionate collectors, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Many local businesses and restaurants will be open especially for the event. There will also be a variety of food trucks to choose from. There will be ribbons awarded in a variety of categories, and great entertainment as well. Don't miss this opportunity to marvel at automotive artistry and celebrate the timeless allure of classic cars! Victoria Jazz Festival Performance. Credit: Victoria Jazz Society. Music By The Sea: July 25 - July 27 Victoria Music By The Sea is a fabulous way to spend a July evening. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Vancouver Island's Pacific Coastline at the Victoria International Marina, with breathtaking views and impeccable acoustics. Listen to musicians from all over, including Neil Swainson (bass), Pj Perry (saxophone), Julie Hereish (cello), Keith Hamm (viola), and many more! Saanich Fair: August 31 - September 2 Explore the excitement of the Saanich Fair, where thrilling rides and games meet captivating livestock displays and competitions. As one of British Columbia's oldest and largest agricultural fairs, the Saanich Fair guarantees a delightful experience for all ages. Treat yourself to delicious food, discover local arts and crafts, and enjoy live music and performances. Mark your calendars for the iconic Labour Day weekend event, taking place from August 1st to September 2nd at the Saanich Fair Grounds in Saanichton, BC. Victoria Fringe Festival: August 21 - September 1 Spend a day in a world of creativity and explore some amazing art pieces at the Victoria Fringe Festival this summer. Known for its welcoming and interactive atmosphere, attendees will see a wide range of local and international works of art. The Victoria Fringe Festival gives people a rare opportunity to witness the convergence of diverse artistic styles, techniques, and narratives. Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival: August 23 - August 25 Listen to the heartfelt sounds of the BC Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival this August, located on the outdoor stage in Victoria's Inner Harbour. If you enjoy infectious rhythms of blues and the fusion of various genres, this is the place for you. The three-day festival has free performances each day and ticketed evening performances throughout the weekend. Beyond the performances, the festival offers a range of artisan vendors, food stalls and beverages to enjoy. Victoria Dragon Boat Races. Credit: victoriadragonboatfestival. Dragon Boat Festival: August 24 & 25 Experience the dynamic fusion of Chinese and local cultures at Victoria's Inner Harbour on August 24th and 25th, where festivities commence around exhilarating dragon boat races. Witness thrilling competitions, cultural showcases, and captivating performances by local artists. Beyond the excitement of the races, indulge in international foods, enjoy stage performances, and explore family-friendly amusements. This festival embodies the essence of sport, culture, diversity, and community, offering a welcoming atmosphere for all ages and backgrounds. Don't miss the chance to witness the spectacular sight of dragon boats flying across the water! Esquimalt RibFest: September 6 - September 8 Enjoy ribs, drinks, and entertainment at this year's annual Ribfest in Bullen Park (located just outside of downtown Victoria). Along with six rib teams competing for the coveted title of the best ribs, is live music, vendors, local arts, and kids' crafts; the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy! Come hungry, bring your friends and family, and prepare to feast your way through an unforgettable weekend of flavors and good times! The festival has free entry, but donations are accepted for local charities and the Firefighters Charitable Foundation. Rifflandia: September 13 - September 15 Enjoy the vibrant energy of Rifflandia Festival, one of Western Canada's longest-running large-scale music and arts festivals. Drawing tens of thousands of music lovers to Victoria, BC, Rifflandia goes beyond music, celebrating the city's diverse culture and creativity. From top international acts to emerging artists, the festival promises unforgettable moments against the backdrop of Victoria's stunning landscapes. Headlining artists on Friday include Rezz and Ja Rule, with the rest of the weekend's lineup dropping in May. This festival takes place at the Matullia Lands in Rock Bay.

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Pedaling the Pacific Northwest

Embark on an exhilarating bicycle adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of the Pacific Northwest! With your adventurous spirit in mind, we have hand-picked some spectacular routes and destinations for your bicycle trip. These world-class rides offer the quintessential cycling experience for all ages and experience levels. Begin your journey on either side of the border and explore the Olympic Discovery Trail starting from Port Angeles or the Galloping Goose from downtown Victoria!  PLUS! Bicycles are now FREE on Black Ball Ferry Line with the purchase of a ferry ticket. Need to rent a bike for your adventures? No problem. We have excellent bicycle partners in each destination — The Pedaler in Victoria and Discover E-Bikes in Port Angeles both offer a wide range of bike rental and tour options. BOOK VICTORIA BIKE RENTALS     BOOK PORT ANGELES BIKE RENTALS The Olympic Discovery Trail. The Olympic Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula The Olympic Peninsula is home to the 135-mile (217 km) Olympic Discovery Trail, composed of paved road and multi-use paths. As an ongoing project spanning over 35 years, more than half of the route is now made up of trails reserved for non-motorized travel, with more being added every year. With a large and ever-expanding trail that takes you through the quaint towns of Forks, Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend, the pedaling possibilities are endless! The Olympic Discovery Trail winds through diverse landscapes including fields, farms, parks, towns, various bodies of water and national recreation areas. Whether you're venturing out for a day of exploration or embarking on an extended bike journey, continue below for our top recommendations along the Olympic Discovery Trail. Planning an extended trip? Take advantage of overnight package deals with our Olympic Peninsula hotel partners! BOOK AN OVERNIGHT ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA Bridge over the Elwha River. Elwha River Valley West of Port Angeles, the Olympic Discovery Trail runs across the Elwha River, which flows from the Elwha snowfinger (a perennial snowfield that is the water source of the Elwha) in the Olympic Mountains into the Strait of Juan de Fuca (6.8 miles / 11 km one way). The trail crosses the river on a picturesque suspension bridge — Continuing from there, it runs parallel to the Strait of Juan de Fuca coastline connecting to beaches along the route.  The view of Lake Crescent. Lake Crescent Beyond the Elwha River, the Olympic Discovery Trail runs south towards Lake Crescent, a large glacier-fed lake nestled between towering mountains (23.6 miles / 38 km one way). The trail runs across the lake's north shore on a 8.1 mile / 13 km stretch of former railroad, passing through restored tunnels along the way. If you’re looking for a longer ride from Port Angeles, the Lake Crescent region is an excellent destination. To make a weekend out of it, Lake Crescent Lodge provides a historic stay right on the water — The perfect place to relax and enjoy the Olympic Peninsula area after a day of pedaling! Field of lavender at a farm in Sequim. Sequim Heading east from Port Angeles (the opposite direction of Lake Crescent), you will reach the sunny town of Sequim on the Olympic Discovery Trail (19.2 miles / 31 km one way). While this trip is an absolute must in the summer months during Sequim’s famous lavender season, it is also an excellent ride year-round, with a gentle grade following former railroads. The prairie-like region is rich with farmland, providing a quiet, country atmosphere. The trail runs through the city of Sequim, the cultural center of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley area, with local storefronts including shopping, restaurants, and activities. The Galloping Goose Trail. Credit: CRD.  The Galloping Goose in Victoria, BC The Galloping Goose is a multi-use trail spanning a 34.2 mile / 55 km journey from Victoria to Sooke, BC. The route was originally a freight railway line that was built during WWI. “The Goose” is part of the larger Trans Canada Trail, linking coast to coast across all of Canada’s varying picturesque landscapes, meaning that the adventures are endless! Within Greater Victoria, the trail intersects with the Lochside Regional Trail (connecting Saanich to Sidney) and the E&N Rail Trail (linking Victoria and the West Shore). To begin your journey on the Galloping Goose Trail from the Black Ball Ferry Line terminal in Victoria, head East along Belleville Street towards Government Street. Turn left on Government, then take another left onto Wharf Street. Follow Wharf Street until you reach Johnson Street Bridge on your left. Cross the bridge, then turn right on the paved path that connects to Harbour Road and the trail. The trailhead is approximately 0.6 miles / 1 km from our Victoria ferry terminal! See below for our favorite bike routes and destinations in Greater Victoria. Whether you are wanting a quick trip to take in the local beauty, or a more remote trek out to Sooke, the Galloping Goose has something for you.  PLUS! There are several bike lanes within the downtown Victoria core, making it a very bike-friendly destination. If you have time, we highly recommend checking out the downtown Victoria scene via bike. Downtown is filled with local shops, numerous food spots, craft breweries and pubs, and iconic spots like Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road, and Chinatown.  BOOK AN OVERNIGHT IN VICTORIA   Thetis Lake. Thetis Lake From Victoria, take the Galloping Goose to Six Mile Road, connecting to Thetis Lake Regional Park (7.5 miles / 12 km one way). Thetis Lake is a popular local lake in Greater Victoria, perfect for a post-ride dip or a scenic hike. You will find a network of moderately challenging hiking trails around Lower and Upper Thetis Lake that wind through west coast rainforest and boast beautiful views of the surrounding area. Blooming flowers at Mill Hill Park. Credit: CRD. Mill Hill Park From Victoria, follow the Galloping Goose Trail, then Atkins Avenue, to Mill Hill Regional Park (8.1 miles / 13 km one way). At Mill Hill Park, enjoy the patchwork beauty of Victoria’s many environments, including Douglas-fir forest, a Garry Oak ecosystem, and a rocky hilltop with panoramic views of the Esquimalt Harbour and Victoria area. Feeling adventurous? You can hike the trail along the eastern side of Mill Hill to connect with Thetis Lake Regional Park to make the most of your journey! Stunning views of Iron Mine Bay in East Sooke Regional Park.  Weekend Bike Trip to Sooke If you are looking to spend more time in Greater Victoria, and on the Galloping Goose Trail, venture out to Sooke for an overnight trip. From downtown Victoria, take the Galloping Goose all the way out to the Sooke area. There are a plethora of B&B’s and other accommodation options in the region — We recommend Prestige Oceanfront Resort or Sooke Harbour House, a historic inn on the ocean. The next day, explore beyond Sooke or return to downtown Victoria after a detour through East Sooke Regional Park (24.5 miles / 40 km one way).

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Experience Victoria, BC Like a Local

Victoria, BC is a vibrant city bursting with local charm and hidden gems waiting to be explored. Read on for a list of our favorite local spots that capture the essence of Victoria’s unique culture and beauty. From picturesque beaches and viewpoints to delectable eateries and cultural hotspots, Victoria has something for everyone. Whether you’re a local looking to rediscover your city or a visitor eager to experience the best of Victoria, these places will showcase the rich diversity and character that make Victoria a truly special place.   Cold Comfort Ice Cream. Credit: Cold Comfort. 1. Cold Comfort Ice Cream 1115 North Park Street | 11-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalLocated just outside of downtown Victoria in the Fernwood neighborhood, Cold Comfort Ice Cream is a beloved artisanal shop known for its inventive flavors and high-quality ingredients. From classic favorites like vanilla bean and chocolate to unique creations like lavender honey and Earl Grey, their menu caters to a wide range of palettes. With gluten and vegan options available, they have something for everyone. We recommend trying one of their homemade ice cream sandwiches, made with fresh-baked cookies and delightful ice cream flavors. Fan Tan Alley. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 2. Fan Tan Alley 50 Fan Tan Alley | 19-minute walk from Black Ball’s terminalSituated in the heart of Victoria’s Chinatown, Fan Tan Alley is known for being the narrowest commercial street in North America. It was once the main route into Victoria's Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Canada and second oldest in North America. As you walk down this narrow street you can find quaint shops selling jewelry, clothing and other knick knacks. Munro's Books. Credit: Munro's Books. 3. Munro’s Books 1108 Government Street | 13-minute walk from Black Ball’s terminalMunro’s Books stands as a literary haven and cultural landmark. Nestled in a historic building, Munro’s is known for its vast collection of books spanning various genres, from bestsellers to rare finds. The bookstore’s cozy interior, complete with wooden shelves and inviting nooks, creates an immersive and welcoming atmosphere for book lovers of all ages. Founded in 1963, Munro’s Books continues to uphold a legacy of promoting literature and fostering a deep appreciation for the written word within Victoria’s vibrant literary community. Gonzales Observatory. Credit: Gonzales Neighbourhood Association. 4. Gonzales Observatory 302 Denison Road | 13-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalA hidden gem that even some locals may not know about, the Gonzales Observatory used to be a weather station in Victoria but now is a heritage building and landmark. Perched atop Gonzales Hill, this observation point offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Depending on the time of day, you may be able to spot the MV COHO! The Ciderhouse at Sea Cider. Credit: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. 5. Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse 2487 Mount St. Michael Road | 30-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalLocated just outside of Victoria in Saanichton, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse is a picturesque cidery known for its exceptional craft ciders and stunning orchard setting. Situated on a historic farm with scenic ocean views, Sea Cider offers a unique experience for visitors to explore the cider-making process amidst lush apple orchards. The cidery’s dedication to using locally sourced, organic apples results in a range of delicious and innovative ciders, from traditional dry ciders to experimental blends infused with local flavors. With guided tours and a charming tasting room, Sea Cider provides a delightful escape into the world of artisanal cider-making. Brasserie L'Ecole. Credit: Brasserie L'Ecole. 6. Brasserie l’Ecole 1715 Government Street | 19-minute walk from Black Ball’s terminal Nestled in a historic building, Brasserie L’Ecole is a beloved eatery renowned for its authentic French cuisine and charming bistro ambiance. The menu features a delightful selection of French-inspired dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients, showcasing the chef’s skills in creating traditional flavors with a modern twist. From mouth watering steak frites to decadent seafood platters, Brasserie L’Ecole delights guests with its diverse and delicious offers, making it a must-visit destination for tourists and locals alike. They do not take reservations, so be sure to arrive at 5:30pm to put your name down on the list... Trust us, it’s worth the wait! Willows Beach. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 7. Willows Beach 2452 Esplanade | 19-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminal Situated in the Oak Bay area, Willows Beach offers stunning views of the Salish Sea and nearby islands, making it a popular spot for picnics, sunbathing, and leisurely walks along the shore. The beach is lined with lush greenery and towering willow trees, adding to its serene charm and providing shade on hot summer days. With calm waters ideal for swimming and kayaking, Willows Beach is a beloved local treasure. Macarons. Credit: Bon Macaron Patisserie. 8. Bon Macaron Patisserie 1012 Broad Street | 13-minute walk from Black Ball’s terminal Located in the heart of downtown Victoria, Bon Macaron’s charming storefront invites guests into a world of sweet indulgence. Each macaron is meticulously crafted using traditional techniques and premium ingredients, resulting in a perfect balance of delicate shells and fillings. From classics like chocolate and vanilla to unique creations like passionfruit and goat cheese, Bon Macaron’s diverse selection offers a delightful experience to all taste buds. If you’re feeling inspired, you can enroll in a macaron making workshop, where you will make 30-40 of your own macarons! For more information, check out their website. Goodside Pastry House. Credit: Goodside Pastry House. 9. Goodside Pastry House 1805 Fort Street | 13-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalGoodside Pastry House is a special treat for pastry enthusiasts, offering an exquisite range of baked goods and sweet treats. Their menu boasts a variety of options, from flaky croissants and danishes to decadent cakes and tarts. Using high-quality ingredients and expert techniques, Goodside Pastry House delivers a delightful experience for those seeking quality pastries. Be sure to arrive early, as they sell out quickly! Sunset at Island View Beach. 10. Island View Beach 3215 Island View Road | 29-minute drive from Black Ball’s terminalIsland View Beach is a picturesque coastal area located in Central Saanich, just north of Victoria. This sandy beach stretches along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula and offers stunning views of Haro Strait, Mount Baker, and the Gulf Islands. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, relax on the sandy beach, or explore the tidal pools teeming with marine life. Island View Beach is also a popular spot for picnics, birdwatching, dog walks, and water activities. Habit Coffee. Credit: Habit Coffee. 11. Habit Coffee 552 Pandora Avenue | 17-minute walk from Black Ball's terminalHabit Coffee is a beloved coffee shop that's known for its exceptional coffee and cozy ambience. Founded in 2005, Habit Coffee has become a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a welcoming atmosphere and expertly crafted coffee beverages. The menu features a variety of coffee options, including espresso drinks, pour-over coffee, and cold brews, made with locally roasted beans for freshness and flavor. The cafe's rustic decor, comfortable seating, and friendly staff create a relaxed environment perfect for enjoying a morning pick-me-up or catching up with friends over a cup of coffee. Tora Tiki. Credit: Tora Tiki. 12. Tora Tiki 714 Cormorant Street | 20-minute walk from Black Ball's terminalThis exotic oasis transports guests to a Polynesian paradise with its colorful decor, bamboo accents, and tiki-inspired artwork. The menu features a wide selection of creative cocktails, including classic tiki drinks like Mai Tais and Zombies, as well as signature concoctions with tropical flavors and exotic garnishes. Tora Tiki's vibrant interior and upbeat music contributes to its fun and festive vibe, making it a popular destination for those looking to escape to a tropical getaway without leaving the city. Sample of beers from Whistle Buoy. Credit: Whistle Buoy Brewing Company. 13. Whistle Buoy Brewing Company 560 Johnson Street, Market Square Lower Courtyard #63 | 16-minute walk from Black Ball's terminalSituated in Market Square in downtown Victoria, Whistle Buoy is a prominent craft brewery known for its innovative brews and inviting taproom atmosphere. Founded by a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, Whistle Buoy focuses on producing high-quality, small-batch beers that showcase a range of styles and flavors. The brewery's taproom offers a cozy and welcoming space where patrons can sample a rotating selection of beers on tap, from hoppy IPAs and refreshing lagers to rich stouts and sour ales. With a commitment to creativity and quality, Whistle Buoy has become a favorite for beer lovers seeking unique and flavorful brews in Victoria.

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18 Must-See Stops Along Highway 101 (From Washington to Oregon)

Embarking on a road trip through the state of Washington and Oregon along Highway 101 promises to be a delightful journey filled with diverse landscapes and coastal wonders.  With towering evergreens and rugged Pacific coastline, charming towns, and natural wonders, Highway 101 has it all. Read below for a list of our favorite stops along the way!View our interactive map with stops along Highway 101 here. Sunrise in Port Angeles, WA. 1. The City of Port Angeles On the Northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Angeles is a charming town that serves as a gateway to Olympic National Park. The town itself features a vibrant downtown area with shops, restaurants, and art galleries, creating a welcoming atmosphere for both residents and visitors. 2. Hurricane Ridge Before you head out of Port Angeles, be sure to venture 5,200 feet to Hurricane Ridge, about 45 minutes from downtown Port Angeles. Renowned for its accessibility and stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, Hurricane Ridge is a hot spot in Olympic National Park.  Clallam Transit operates a shuttle to Hurricane Ridge from downtown Port Angeles for only $2 USD round trip in the summer season! Please visit Clallam Transit's website for a current shuttle schedule.  Please Note: The Day Lodge atop Hurricane Ridge is not currently operational due to a fire in 2023.   3. Madison Falls Trailhead Located 20 minutes from Black Ball’s Port Angeles terminal, this year-round trail is a great spot for a short, leisurely walk. The path meanders through a lush temperate rainforest, leading visitors to the stunning Madison Falls. The falls cascade over moss-covered rocks, creating a serene and picturesque setting that’s perfect for a peaceful break in your journey. For optimum waterfall viewing, we recommend visiting during springtime. Dock at Lake Crescent. 4. Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls Located about 30 minutes from Port Angeles, Lake Crescent is a pristine and captivating glacially-carved lake renowned for its crystal-clear blue waters and scenic mountainous backdrop. Surrounded by lush forests, the lake offers opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing. We recommend taking the trail to Marymere Falls (1.6 miles | 2.7 kms round trip), which is a short hike beginning at Lake Crescent Lodge, or trying the Spruce Railroad Trail (bike friendly!) to Devil's Punchbowl. 5. The City of Forks - Home of the Twilight Saga Famous for its natural beauty, Forks gained additional recognition as the setting for the “Twilight” series. Visitors can explore the town's connection to the series, including sites like Forks High School, and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking in nearby rainforests, and exploring the coastline. Sunset at Rialto Beach. 6. Rialto Beach Just outside of Forks, Rialto Beach is a captivating stretch of coastline known for its wild, untouched beauty. With towering sea-stacks, driftwood-strewn shores, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Rialto Beach offers a serene stop on your journey. 7. Hoh Rain Forest The Hoh Rain Forest, located in Olympic National Park, is a captivating temperate rainforest renowned for its remarkable biodiversity. The Hoh Rain Forest receives an annual average rainfall of over 140 inches (3.5 meters), fostering a lush undergrowth of ferns, mosses, and vibrant wildflowers. Explore the network of hiking trails, such as the Hall of Mosses (a 0.8 mile / 1.2 km loop), to marvel at the ethereal beauty of this ancient, enchanting ecosystem. Please Note: A national park pass is required for entry. Ruby Beach. 8. Ruby Beach Ruby Beach is a picturesque destination nestled along the rugged coastline of Olympic National Park. Known for its sea stacks and tidal pools, the beach displays the captivating natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean. While there, visitors can explore the beach, marvel at unique rock formations, and experience stunning sunsets. The beach is easily accessible by a short trail from the parking lot. 9. Kalaloch Big Cedar Nature Trail The Kalaloch Big Cedar Nature Trail is a short, interpretive loop trail within Olympic National Park offering a gentle stroll through an old-growth forest dominated by magnificent western red cedar trees. Lush undergrowth adds to the enchanting ambience as you meander through this pristine nature setting. The “Big Cedar”, a colossal tree that stands as a testament to the region’s rich biodiversity and the resilience of the ancient forests, is a highlight of this trail.  The Tree of Life at Kalaloch Beach. 10. Kalaloch Beach and the Tree of Life Kalaloch Beach is a pristine stretch of coastline that features expansive sandy shores and stunning tidal pools. A popular destination for beachcombing, birdwatching, and storm watching during the winter months, Kalaloch Beach embodies the allure of the Pacific Northwest. The beach is home to the “Tree of Life”, a Sitka Spruce that is hanging onto the cliffs on the side of the beach with its root system exposed. If you have the chance, we also recommend staying at Kalaloch Lodge — A popular lodging spot on the Olympic Peninsula.  11. Lake Quinault and Quinault Rain Forest Nestled within the Quinault Rain Forest, Lake Quinault is a tranquil gem surrounded by lush greenery and snow-capped peaks. The Quinault Rain Forest (one of the wettest places in the continental United States), envelopes the lake, showcasing towering trees, vibrant mosses, and diverse wildlife. Hiking trails like the Quinault Loop Trail (a 4 mile | 6.4 km loop) offer immersive experiences, allowing adventurers to discover the rainforest’s ancient charm, elegant rivers, and the sheer majesty of a temperate rainforest ecosystem. Annual Kite Festival in Long Beach. 12. Long Beach Long Beach offers an expansive, sandy coastline and vibrant seaside town charm. Famous for its 28-mile continuous beach — the longest in the United States — Long Beach provides a picturesque backdrop for activities like beachcombing, kite flying, and horseback riding. The town’s lively atmosphere is complemented by its iconic boardwalk, featuring shops, galleries, and seafood eateries. Visitors can explore the Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail, visit the historic Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, or attend the annual Washington State International Kite Festival. 13. Astoria Astoria, Oregon, is perched on the northern tip of the state where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Rich in maritime history, this charming town boasts Victorian architecture, a vibrant waterfront, and iconic landmarks like the Astoria Column, offering panoramic views. The Columbia River Maritime Museum delves into the region’s seafaring past, while the Astoria Riverwalk provides a scenic stroll along the river. You may recognize Astoria from classics like “The Goonies”, which was filmed in the area. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 14. Cannon Beach Located along the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach is a coastal haven known for its breathtaking landscapes and artistic ambience. The iconic Haystack Rock, rising dramatically from the shoreline, anchors the expansive sandy beach, drawing photographers and nature enthusiasts. This charming town features art galleries, boutiques, and quaint eateries, creating a delightful atmosphere for visitors. The scenic Ecola State Park offers hiking trails with panoramic views, while Tolovana Beach provides a quieter retreat. Cannon Beach is a beloved destination for those seeking natural beauty. 15. Tillamook Creamery The Tillamook Creamery, nestled in Tillamook, Oregon, is a destination for cheese enthusiasts and visitors alike. Renowned for its high-quality dairy products, the factory offers informative self-guided tours where visitors can witness the cheese-making process, from milk to packaging. The observation deck provides panoramic views of the bustling facility, and the tasting room allows for a delightful sampling of Tillamook's diverse cheese varieties. With a rich history dating back to 1909, the Tillamook Creamery is not just a culinary haven but a cultural experience that showcases the craftsmanship and passion behind one of America's most beloved dairy brands. Devil's Punchbowl. 16. Oregon's Devil’s Punchbowl Devil’s Punchbowl in Oregon (not to be confused with Devils Punchbowl at Lake Crescent in the state of Washington) is a geological marvel that enchants visitors with its dramatic chasm and swirling waters. Formed by the collapse of two sea caves, this natural wonder creates a mesmerizing circular bowl where the ocean surges in, creating turbulent whirlpools and powerful displays, particularly during high tide. The surrounding park features scenic viewpoints, offering breathtaking panoramas of the rugged coastline. 17. Dune Country - Oregon's Sand Dunes Dune Country unfolds as a mesmerizing stretch along the coast where immense sand dunes meet the Pacific. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a sandy playground stretching over 40 miles, captivates with towering dunes and undulating landscapes. Adventure seekers revel in dune buggy rides, sandboarding escapades, and tranquil hikes through the sandy expanse. Wind-sculpted dunes create an ever-shifting canvas, offering an otherworldly experience. The area’s unique ecology includes pockets of lush forest interspersed within the dunes. Whether for thrilling recreation or serene exploration, Dune Country beckons, revealing the dynamic beauty of nature on the Oregon Coast. Thor's Well. 18. Thor’s Well Thor’s Well stuns with its mesmerizing and seemingly magical display. Located near Cape Perpetua, this bowl-shaped sinkhole appears to drain and refill with the ocean’s surging tide. During high tide or stormy weather, waves surge into the opening, creating a captivating illusion of a bottomless well. Visitors are drawn to the dramatic spectacle, especially at sunset when the well glows with ethereal hues.

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Exploring the Olympic Discovery Trail in Washington State

The Olympic Discovery Trail is a multi-use recreational trail located on the Northern Coast of Washington State. The trail, when completed, will span over 135 miles long. Currently, the trail is officially 92 miles, and is used for various activities such as walking, running and cycling. This trail is easily accessible from our ferry terminal in Port Angeles and is surrounded by luscious forests, rivers, the coastline and mountains. If you are a nature lover or outdoor enthusiast, this trail is for you! The Olympic Discovery Trail is designed to be accessible and accommodating for everyone. Map of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Credit: The Olympic Discovery Trail.  The Olympic Discovery Trail is a public trail that is maintained by local organizations, volunteers and government agencies to provide a recreational resource for the community and visitors. The construction of the trail has spanned over the past 35 years, with 75% of the trail now complete.  Aerial View of the Olympic Discovery Trail. As you travel along the trail, you will have a chance to visit quaint towns on the Olympic Peninsula such as Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks. Plus, if you’re wanting to spend a dreamy night under the stars, you’re in luck! The Olympic Discovery Trail conveniently passes through numerous camping options, including National Park, State, and County campgrounds! Beyond natural beauty, the trail also offers an insightful journey on the history of the area. Along the way you will come across pieces of the past that tell stories of Indigenous Peoples. One notable historical site along the trail is the Elwha River Dam removal. The restoration project not only revitalizes the environment but also honors the cultural significance of the trip. Forested Pathway of the Olympic Discovery Trail. The trails' well-maintained surfaces make it accessible for diverse activities, such as walking, biking, running, rollerblading and horseback riding in some sections. There are numerous access points along the trail allowing you to choose a section that matches your desired level of challenge. The trail offers an opportunity to cover longer distances and explore the Olympic Peninsula, especially if you are traveling by bike. If you're in need of a place to rest during your adventure, there are also quiet areas to stop throughout the trail to enjoy a sweet picnic with your family or friends.  Walkway on Lake Crescent.  Top Spots Along the Olympic Discovery TrailPort Angeles: No surprises here! As the trail winds through Port Angeles, it provides easy access to the town’s vibrant downtown area, local amenities, and of course the Black Ball terminal. Elwha River Valley: The Elwha River section of the trails offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and the Elwha River. Be sure to visit the Elwha River Dam Removal site, which has led to the restoration of the river’s ecosystem.Lake Crescent: The trail passes along the northern shore of Lake Crescent, one of the most picturesque spots on the Olympic Peninsula. You can take a break, go for a swim, or enjoy the stunning scenery.Sol Duc Valley: This section of the trail offers access to Sol Duc Hot Springs and Sol Duc Falls, a beautiful waterfall in Olympic National Park.Forks: The town of Forks is famous for its connection to the “Twilight” book and movie series, and it’s a good place to stop for refreshments and explore the nearby natural beauty, including the Hoh Rainforest.La Push: Near the western end of the trail, you can visit the coastal community of La Push, known for its stunning beaches and sea stacks. Whether you’re up for excitement, quiet thinking, spending time with friends or just a break from the everyday routine, the Olympic Discovery Trail is all that and more! The adventure goes beyond the trail itself and it gives us a reminder that there's more to explore, both in the world around us and within ourselves! Cycling on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

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Top Things To Do In Victoria, BC This Fall (2023)

Fall is a beautiful time of year to travel to Victoria, BC! Cozy up inside at one of Victoria's brunch places (eggs benedict are a must!), or immerse yourself in Victoria's historic culture with several indoor experiences. We also recommend bundling up and enjoying the fall elements and foliage outside at The Butchart Gardens, or at one of Victoria's many hiking trails or beaches.  PLUS, save on Victoria hotel + ferry deals from $99 USD pp/do... It's the best rate of the year!  Read below for our curated list of fantastic activities to do during fall in Victoria, BC.   Fall at The Butchart Gardens. 1. Soak in the Fall Colors at The Butchart Gardens Fall is the perfect time to do a trip to The Butchart Gardens. Not only is it usually quieter, it's also the perfect time to soak in the fall colors... One of our favorite areas to visit during the fall is the Japanese Gardens. While you are there, enjoy traditional winter tea in The Gardens Dining Room, or sweet treat and warm drink from the Coffee Shop. Buy The Butchart Gardens Tickets Goldstream Provincial Park. 2. Watch the Salmon Run at Goldstream Park Watch the miracle of nature happening right before your eyes! Every year, Chum, Coho, and Chinook salmon storm the Goldstream river to spawn, coming back to the place where many moons prior they had spawned themselves. The salmon run typically lasts from mid-October to early-December and is a great way to educate your kiddos on the importance of natural ecosystems! Visit Goldstream Park's website for more information. Ghostly walk with Discover the Past Walking Tours. Credit: Discover the Past Walking Tours. 2. Take a Ghostly Walk or Haunted Tour Listen to chilling ghost stories in Canada's most haunted city. Experience spine-chilling spooks as you learn about the haunted history of Victoria. For those who are a little less ghost-inclined, there are also non-haunted history tours.  Buy Discover the Past Tickets Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse Room. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Taste the Season's Best Ciders Visit some of the island's best cideries and score yourself a taste of what this harvest season has to offer! You can do tastings at many cideries throughout Vancouver Island, including some of our favorites, Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Junction Orchard and Cider, and Victoria Cider Co. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while sipping on a delicious beverage! Pumpkin patch. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 5. Get Spooked at Galey Farms From Pumpkin Fest to CarnEvil, Galey Farms has something for everyone in the family. Visit during the day and take a ride out to the pumpkin patch for family pumpkin picking! Or, arrive at night for the Festival of Fear which includes the corn maze of horror, crazy train and a haunted house! For the scare-seekers, we recommend CarnEvil, a 5,000 square foot haunted house! Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress. 6. Relax at a Spa There’s no better way to cozy up in the fall than treating yourself to a rejuvenating spa experience. Victoria boasts a variety of world-class spas, each with its own unique charm and offerings. Some of our top picks include the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress, Free Spirit Botanicals, and Sapphire Day Spa. Interactivity Board Game Cafe. 7. Get Competitive at Interactivity Board Game Cafe The Interactivity Board Game Cafe is a delightful establishment that blends the joy of playing board games with the cozy ambience of a cafe. This unique venue offers over 1000 board games in store to play, try, or buy. Snacks, sandwiches, candy, drinks and more are available for your enjoyment while you take part in the timeless joy of tabletop games. Sunset at Dallas Road. 8. Find Your Peace by the Ocean at a Victoria Beach Victoria is home to more beautiful beaches than one can imagine, and they remain breathtaking year-round. If you can brave the fall weather, you will be sure enjoy a serene experience in the quiet season. Check out a range of beaches, including Gonzales, Willows, Cattle Point, Witty's Lagoon, or meander along the beaches of Dallas road nearby our terminal. Burger and Fries. Credit: Burger Crush. 9. Eat like a Local in Downtown Victoria Lunch Recommendations •Bao: A cozy place specializing in Asian street food such as bao buns plus cocktails and beers.•10 Acres Commons: Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.•Tacofino: Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!•Burger Crush: Streamlined eatery doling out burgers, shakes & hand-cut fries, plus vegan fare & coconut ice cream.•Foo Asian Street Food: Easygoing place serving varied Asian street food, beer & cider in a contemporary space with a patio.•Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken: Fried chicken, soups & other traditional Korean dishes round out the menu at this casual outpost. Dinner Recommendations•Il Covo: An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.•Heron Rock Bistro: French cuisine made with local ingredients.•Tapa Bar: Spanish-inspired tapas.•Be Love: Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.•10 Acres Bistro: A farm-table experience.•Cafe Brio: Unpretentious choice for salumi, wine & Italian-leaning meals, made from local ingredients.•Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya: Japanese small & shared plates & extensive sushi menu with a full bar in a relaxed, modern setting. Aisles of Books at Russell's. Credit: Russell Books. 10. Turn the Pages at Russell Books Nothing says fall like curling up with a good book. Luckily, Downtown Victoria is home to Russell Books, a family-owned company that has been a staple of downtown Victoria since 1991. If you're looking for a great book as part of your cozy getaway, Russell Books has something for you. Horse-drawn carriage tour. 11. Tour Victoria on a Cozy Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Buy Victoria Carriage Tour Tickets Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. 12. Do Brunch in the Brunch Capital of Canada Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, Nourish Cafe or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so get an early start to the day to avoid the lines!

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Charming Towns on the Olympic Peninsula, WA

Nestled within the enchanting landscape of the Olympic Peninsula, small towns welcome you with a charm that boast rich history, culture and quaint downtowns that offer artisan shops, a budding local food scene and endless outdoor adventure. This idyllic region, located in the northwestern corner of Washington State, is a haven where lush evergreen forests meet the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Port Angeles from the Harbor. 1. Port Angeles While Port Angeles is the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula with a population of about 20,000, it maintains its small, serene charm at the foot of the towering Olympic Mountains. Port Angeles is adventure-filled, beautiful, and historic, making the seaside town a stunning first stop on your way through the Olympic Peninsula. It is also the gateway to Olympic National Park, a bucket-list destination in its own right. Nearly a million acres large, Olympic National Park encompasses a diverse eco system including lush rain forests, a glacier-fed lake, mountain ranges, and coastal ocean beaches. Perfect for day-trip exploration, the town is an immediate access point to Hurricane Ridge, a popular spot for hiking, biking, camping, and more. Within the town's downtown core, dive deeper into the area’s history by embarking on the Port Angeles Underground Heritage Tour. The city walking tour invites you through Port Angeles’ underground network of tunnels and store fronts from the early 1900s. City of Forks Welcomes You! 2. Forks Boasting a prime location between the Olympic Mountains and the sprawling coast of the Pacific Ocean, the town of Forks, Washington is a top tier Olympic Peninsula destination! Forks is surrounded by several must-see destinations including Rialto Beach, the Hoh Rain Forest, Kalaloch Beach, Lake Ozette, Cape Flattery, Lake Crescent, Sol Duc Falls, and more. Soaking in the beauty of these natural wonders, it is clear why the rainy town was chosen as the mystical home of the Twilight Saga. Keep your eyes peeled for vampires and werewolves as you explore the rainforest! During your visit to Forks, you’ll want to embrace the town’s charm by visiting one of their unique museums, including the Forks Timber Museum, John’s Beachcombing Museum, Makah Museum, and even the Twilight Collection Museum. Don’t forget to stop in at Bella Italia, the restaurant where Edward and Bella shared their first date, for some delicious pizza, pasta (including the famous mushroom ravioli that Bella ate!), and prosecco. Port Townsend on the water. 3. Port Townsend With its rich history, quaint Victorian architecture, and something to see and do for everyone, Port Townsend is the quintessential small-town getaway. Port Townsend is located on the North Eastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula where the land meets the sea. If you are an ocean lover, you can sail, kayak, row, fish, go crabbing, or take a whale watching excursion off the coast. Back on shore, you can explore Fort Worden State Park, a turn-of-the-century army base located only 1.5 miles from the town’s downtown core. Within the park, you’ll find historical sites, saltwater beaches, and miles of trails. A stay in Port Townsend is a foodie’s dream! The town boasts farm-to-fork goodness and mouth watering, fresh seafood. For waterfront views and a full menu of seafood and other fixings, make sure to stop in at Doc’s Marina Grill. If you have a love for antiques and collectibles, Port Townsend has an abundance of local, owner operated stores where you’ll be sure to strike gold! Lavender Fields in Sequim. 4. Sequim Located along the Dungeness River at the base of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim is full of small-town charm and a popular gateway destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Find paradise while hiking towering forests, biking along the Olympic Discovery Trail, or fishing in fresh or saltwater. Sequim is also the cultural center of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley with a wide range of shopping, restaurants, and activities. In charming downtown Sequim, you can scour locally owned shops, catch live theater performances, and enjoy a nourishing meal. Don’t forget to visit during the annual Sequim Lavender Festival in July, and see why the town is dubbed the “Lavender Capital of North America.” Sunny Sequim is an unbeatable location for lavender crops as it is one of the driest areas of Washington. If you can’t make it for Lavender Festival, the town’s celebration of all things lavender, be sure to visit in the summer season to see Sequim in bloom! Sun setting over Lake Quinault. 5. Quinault Quinault is a small, unincorporated community bordering Olympic Peninsula’s Lake Quinault. You will find many trails and recreational areas surrounding the town, including the Quinault Loop Trailhead, where you can embark on endless adventure. The area boasts lush, rainforest ecosystems surrounding a picturesque lake, connecting visitors with waterfalls, wildlife, and so much more natural beauty. In town, the Lake Quinault Museum is housed in the town’s original post office, teaching visitors about the rich history of the area. There is also a general store, Quinault Mercantile, where you can stop in to grab souvenirs, groceries, and snacks. Plus, visit the historic Lake Quinault Lodge, a rustic resort hotel that has been around for almost 100 years! Built in 1926, the Lodge has traditional style architecture and lake views. Quinault is a small, historic town that is well worth a visit – located in an area that will make you want to stay.

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Everything You Need to Know About Crabfest in Port Angeles, WA

This Thanksgiving... Save a turkey, eat a crab! The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles (aka Crabfest) IS BACK! For the weekend of October 6-8, visit the crab-tastic festival to feast on local Dungeness crab and an assortment of other seafood, plus enjoy live music, craft vendors, and other fun entertainment for the whole family! Book your Crabfest package through Black Ball, and save on your crab feed. PLUS! Save on ferry fare when you book a Crabfest package for Friday or Sunday. Day trip packages from only $71 USD per person, including ferry fare + crab feed (a whole Dungeness crab, corn on the cob and coleslaw)! BOOK NOW Crabfest Day Trip Itinerary 9:45am: Arrive at the Black Ball terminal in Victoria (430 Belleville Street). If you haven't picked up your Crabfest package, you can pick up your package at the Crabfest table located right outside of our terminal. Our terminal will open at 7:00am, but Customs will not start until 9:45am - 10:00am. If you are a walk-on traveler, we recommend picking up your Crabfest package in advance. Packages can be picked up 3 business days after booking your package. 10:30am: Ferry departs Victoria.12:00pm: Ferry arrives in Port Angeles... Your crab feed voucher is good for the entire day! If there crab feed wait times, we recommend exploring the rest of the festival, and enjoying your crab later in the day.Keep reading for a list of all the crustacean celebrations happening over the weekend!4:45pm: Arrive at the Black Ball terminal in Port Angeles.5:15pm: Ferry departs Port Angeles.6:45pm: Ferry arrives in Victoria. Go through Canada Customs. Fun and Festivities Whether you want to sit back and listen to the live bands perform, check out the vendors, or participate in the 5K Fun Run, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s Crabfest! Here’s some of our Crabfest highlights that you won’t want to miss. Crab Feed From 11am-9pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday, stop by the First Fed Central Tent for your old-fashioned Dungeness crab feed! All crab feeds include a whole fresh Dungeness Crab (warm or cold), corn on the cob, and coleslaw. Crabfest 5k Fun Run The Crabfest 5k Fun Run registration is open! The run starts at the City Pier on Saturday, October 7 at 11:00am. The route takes you out-and-back along the waterfront trail in downtown Port Angeles. The run is open to all ages! Day of registration will be open from 9:30am-11:00am.  Crab a Partner and Dance! This year’s Crabfest is offering three different music venues. Click here for a full list of the performance schedule. There will be free live music at the First Fed Crab Central Tent, as well as "The Claw" - First Fed Gateway Bistro. Additionally, concerts will take place inside the stunning new Field Hall waterfront theater. On Friday night, Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Ruth Moody will be taking the stage at 7:30pm. On Saturday night, Sammy Miller & The Congregation will be putting on shows at 5:30pm AND 8:30pm. Save 25% on all Crabfest shows at Field Arts & Events Hall by using discount code BLACKBALL25.  For more information, please visit Field Arts & Events Hall. Aye, Aye, Crab-tain! Not only do we have crabulous deals on crab, corn on the cob, and coleslaw, we’re also serving up overnight hotel packages with two of our partners, the Red Lion Hotel and Olympic Lodge, located right in Port Angeles. Hotel packages with ferry and crab feed start at $229 USD pp/do. Plus, you can save when you book a Sunday hotel package from only $139 USD pp/do.  Crabfest is located about a 5 minute walk from our Port Angeles terminal at 122 N Lincoln Street, just outside of the Red Lion Hotel.  Please call our packaging department at 877-386-2202 if you have questions or would like to book... We hope you enjoy your time at Crabfest this year!! 

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The Best Pubs and Breweries in Victoria, BC

The craft beer market in Victoria, BC is vibrant and thriving! Victoria is known for its love of craft beer, and the city boasts a rich brewing tradition with a wide range of local breweries and pubs. Whether you're looking for a casual place to enjoy some beers, or somewhere with innovative twists on classic brews, Victoria has something for everyone. There are seemingly endless options for pubs and breweries, so here's a list of some of our favorites! View our full list of Victoria Pubs and Breweries (with map included!) here. Bard & Banker. Local Pubs in Victoria, BC 1. Bard & Banker 1022 Government Street | 0.5 miles | 10 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalThe Bard and Banker Pub offers a taste of British pub culture with its historic setting, extensive drink selection, classic pub fare, live entertainment, and inviting atmosphere. Whether you're seeking a casual evening out, a place to enjoy a pint, or a lively spot to catch live music, Bard and Banker Pub provides a memorable experience in the heart of Victoria's downtown district. 2. Beagle Pub 301 Cook Street | 1 mile | 20 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalIn the heart of Cook Street Village, the Beagle Pub is the epitome of a neighborhood pub. Fantastic food, a wide range of beer on tap, great prices, and a cozy atmosphere for every walk of life to enjoy. PLUS! Enjoy their outdoor patio overlooking bustling Cook Street.  CRAFT Beer Market. 3. CRAFT Beer Market 450 Swift Street | 0.9 miles | 19 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalLocated in Victoria's harbor, CRAFT is home to 110 taps of draft beers, wines, and cocktails. In addition to their stunning views of the Inner and Outer Harbour, CRAFT features a surf lounge, covered patio, games area, and indoor/outdoor fireplaces! 4. Irish Times Pub 1200 Government Street | 0.5 miles | 11 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalThe Irish Times Pub in Victoria, offers a taste of Irish culture and hospitality with its authentic atmosphere, traditional food and drinks, live music, sports viewing, and regular events. Whether you're looking for a casual evening out, a place to watch a game, or a lively gathering spot, the Irish Times Pub provides a warm and inviting experience for locals and visitors alike. Swan's Pub. 5. Swan's Pub 1601 Store Street | 0.8 miles | 16 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Swans Brewpub in Victoria, combines history, craft beer, good food, and a vibrant atmosphere. Whether you're looking to sample one (or a few) of their many brews, enjoy a meal with friends, or catch live music, Swans Pub offers a unique and enjoyable experience in the heart of the downtown Victoria.  6. The Bent Mast 512 Simcoe Street | 0.5 miles | 10 minute walk from Black Ball's Victora terminalThe Bent Mast offers a cozy and inviting pub experience, featuring a range of pub fare, craft beers, a charming ambiance, and a large outdoor patio. It's a popular spot for locals and visitors looking for a casual and enjoyable dining and drinking experience in the heart of quaint James Bay (a few blocks from our Victoria terminal). The Churchill. 7. The Churchill 1140 Government Street | 0.5 miles | 11 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalThe Churchill is located in the heart of Victoria and offers a traditional British experience. The pub offers a variety of local craft brews, some international favorites and a selection of bottled beers, ciders and wines. The Churchill offers an intimate setting, so be sure to arrive earlier in the day/evening to grab a spot! 8. Garrick's Head Pub 1140 Government Street | 0.5 miles | 11 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalNestled in Victoria's beautiful and historic Bastion Square, Garrick’s Head Pub has been a local Victorian fixture since 1868. It is one of the oldest English pubs in Canada and maintains Victoria’s largest selection of craft and import beers on tap. Herald Street Brew Works. Local Breweries in Victoria, BC 1. Herald Street Brew Works 506 Herald Street | 0.9 miles | 19 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalHerald Street Brew Works places a strong emphasis on quality, integration, and education, constantly striving to enrich the craft beer community through their exploration and evolution of recipes. The tasting room offers a fantastic experience, with nearly every seat providing a view of their impressive double stacked bright tanks. 2. Vancouver Island Brewing 2330 Government Street | 1.2 miles | 24 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalVancouver Island Brewing is one of the oldest and most respected breweries in the region. It is known for its commitment to producing high quality, handcrafted beers using traditional brewing methods. The brewery offers a core lineup of beers including lagers, ales, IPAs, stouts and seasonal brews. Vancouver Island Brewing is dedicated to brewing enjoyable beers that cater to both craft beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers. The brewery has a taproom where visitors can sample their beers, enjoy flights, or purchase bottles and growlers to go. Ile Sauvage Brewing Co. 3. Ile Sauvage Brewing Co. 2960 Bridge Street | 1.7 miles | 8 minute drive from Black Ball's Victoria terminalIle Sauvage Brewing incorporates both stainless steel tanks and a diverse array of oak-aged vessels in their brewing process. They specialize in producing a variety of beers using sour worting methods, including long-term blended, oak-aged sour beers. Their beer portfolio showcases fermentation-derived flavors, dry-hopping techniques, and the inclusion of locally sourced fruits in their fermentation processes. 4. Whistle Buoy Brewing Company Market Square, Lower Courtyard #63 | 0.8 miles | 17 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalWhistle Buoy Brewing Company has received awards for their beers at various competitions, highlighting their commitment to quality and excellence. Whistle Buoy Brewing takes pride in using premium ingredients whether that is locally sourced or from an international supplier. The brewery offers a rotating lineup of beers, including ales, lagers, IPAs and sour beers. The brewery often hosts events, including beer releases, tap takeovers, collaborations with other breweries, and features a large patio overlooking Market Square.  Macaloney's Island Distillery and Twa Dogs Brewery. 5. Macaloney’s Island Distillery and Twa Dogs Brewery 761 Enterprise Crescent | 5 miles | 17 minute drive from Black Ball's Victoria terminalMacaloney’s Island Distillery and Twa Dogs Brewery is a craft brewery and distillery located in Saanich. Their craft brewers are passionate about the art and science that goes into every batch of beer that they create. Their brews combine the rich, sessionable brews of Scotland and Europe with the unrivaled quality and character of West Coast beer.  6. Phillips Brewing and Malting  2010 Government Street | 1 mile | 21 minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminalPhillips Brewing and Malting was founded in 2001 and is now a well known craft brewery located in Victoria. A distinguishing feature of the brewery is its commitment to using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. The brewery takes pride in supporting local farmers and suppliers by using BC grown barley. Producing core year-round beers, seasonal releases, and limited edition specialty beers, Phillips Brewing and Malting offers a wide range of styles of beer to cater to everyone's tastes.  Driftwood Brewery. 7. Driftwood Brewery 836 Viewfield Road | 2.3 miles | 12 minute drive from Black Ball’s Victoria terminalEstablished in 2008, Driftwood has gained a dedicated following for its diverse range of brews, from hop-forward IPAs to rich and complex barrel-aged creations. With a focus on local ingredients and a passion for pushing the boundaries of traditional brewing, Driftwood has become a staple in Victoria’s vibrant craft beer scene. 8. Lighthouse Brewing 836 Devonshire Road | 2.5 miles | 13 minute drive from Black Ball’s Victoria terminalLighthouse Brewing produces a large selection of beers, ranging from classic ales to inventive seasonal releases. With a dedication to sustainability and community engagement, Lighthouse Brewing is a local favorite, known for both its consistently excellent brews and its positive impact on the Victoria community.

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2023 Summer Festivals Happening in Victoria, BC

During the summer months, Victoria, BC comes alive with a variety of festivals and events that showcase the city's unique charm and celebrate its diverse arts and culture scene. From music festivals to food festivals and everything in between, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some upcoming festivals taking place in Victoria, BC this summer. Victoria Jazz Festival. Credit: Victoria Jazz Society. Victoria Jazz Festival: June 22 - July 21 The Victoria Jazz Festival is an annual event that takes place in Victoria for an entire month! This festival celebrates the rich and diverse scope of jazz music and brings together jazz musicians from around the world, as well as local artists. Showcasing a wide range of jazz genres, you can expect live performances in various venues, as well as workshops and panel discussions to encourage learning, collaboration, and appreciation for the art of jazz music. Mark your calendar and get ready to experience the magic of the Victoria Jazz Festival from June 22nd to July 21st! The Butchart Gardens Firework Display. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens Firework Display: Every Saturday July 1 - September 2Explore 55-acres of delightful floral displays, then experience a world-class firework show every Saturday during the summer at The Butchart Gardens. Featuring original aerial and ground displays choreographed to music, this event is not to be missed.  BOOK NOW Tilt! At The Phillips Backyard: July 7 - July 9 Phillips Backyard Festival Series hosted by Phillips Brewing and Malting Co and The Zone @91.3 is returning for a weekend this summer, from July 7 - 9! The festival features an outstanding lineup of headliners, including DJ Pee Wee (also known as Anderson .Paak), Bahamas, and Lord Huron. The festival takes place in the outdoor space of Phillips Brewery, creating an intimate and energetic atmosphere. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or simply looking for a good time, Phillips Backyard Festival promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Victoria. Victoria Pride Parade. Credit: Victoria Pride Society. Victoria Pride Parade: July 9 This annual colorful parade will take place in the Inner Harbour starting at 11:00am on July 9th. Led by the Esquimalt Songhees Nation, this event is free and welcomes all ages and walks of life! Following the parade, there will be a festival at Macdonald Park where there will be more than 150 vendors along with food and drinks. Additionally, there will be a main stage and a kid's zone; something for everyone to enjoy! Uptown Multicultural Festival. Credit: Uptown Shopping District. Uptown Multicultural Festival: July 15 - July 16The Uptown Multicultural Festival is a widely loved event that celebrates diversity and richness of all cultures in the community. This event brings people together from various backgrounds to display their traditions, art, music and cuisine, strengthening a sense of unity and appreciation for multiculturalism. Expect to experience a vibrant and immersive environment at Uptown Mall this July while enjoying a lineup of performances including music, dance, and theatrics. Not only does the festival have lots of live entertainment, they also offer a wide selection of cuisine from around the world. Food vendors and food trucks present lots of amazing dishes, allowing for new culinary experiences! This multicultural event creates a welcoming family friendly atmosphere for everyone. 23rd Annual Oak Bay Classic Car Festival: July 23 The 23rd Annual Oak Bay Car show is set to take place in the beautiful neighborhood of Oak Bay. As you stroll down the picturesque streets, expect to see a stunning display of classic, vintage, and custom vehicles that span various eras and styles. The charming scenic area of Oak Bay provides a perfect backdrop for capturing photos of the vehicles. In addition to the cars displayed, this festival offers live music, entertainment, and various food and beverage vendors. Whether you’re a car enthusiast, casual admirer or simply looking for a fun filled day, the 23rd Annual Car Festival might be for you!Eats and Beats Beach Party: July 29Wanting to spend a day at the beach with lots of activities, food trucks and live music? Head to Royal Beach on Ocean Boulevard (just over 30 minutes outside of downtown Victoria) on July 29th to immerse yourself in a fun and lively atmosphere from 1:00pm to 8:00pm. This beach party has it all, from live music, food trucks, craft beer, a street market, climbing wall, paddling and cycling, plus FREE entry! Prepare yourself for an exhilarating array of beach activities and endless fun.  Music By The Sea: Credit: Music By The Sea. Music By The Sea: August 1 - August 5 Music By The Sea is a fabulous way to spend your evenings this August. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Vancouver Island's Pacific Coastline at the Victoria International Marina, with breathtaking views and impeccable acoustics. Listen to musicians from all over, including Jasmin Lacasse Roy, classical guitar (Montreal), Melón Jiménez, guitar (Madrid), Lara Wong, flute (Madrid), Russ Botten, bass (Vancouver), and many more! Reverb! At The Phillips Backyard: August 11 - August 13Come on down to Reverb at the Phillips Backyard to enjoy some amazing local Victorian artists. Phillips Backyard is excited to host Fleet Foxes, Peach Pit, Jesse Roper, The Blue Stones and more! Located in the heart of Victoria, the Phillips Backyard provides a vibrant and upbeat setting for the Reverb Series. The music genres range from indie rock, and alternative to folk, blues and beyond. Harbour Blues 'n Roots Festival. Credit: Harbour Blues 'n Roots Festival. Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival: August 25 - August 27Listen to the heartfelt sounds of the BC Harbour Blues ‘n Roots Festival this August, located on the outdoor stage in Victoria's Inner Harbour. If you enjoy infectious rhythms of blues and the fusion of various genres, this is the place for you. The three-day festival has free performances each day and ticketed evening performances throughout the weekend (the evening performances are available to purchase). Beyond the performances, the festival offers a range of artisan vendors, food stalls and beverages to enjoy. Victoria Fringe Festival: August 23 - September 3Spend a day in a world of creativity and explore some amazing art pieces at the Victoria Fringe Festival this summer. Known for its welcoming and interactive atmosphere, attendees will see a wide range of local and international works of art. The Victoria Fringe Festival gives people a rare opportunity to witness the convergence of diverse artistic styles, techniques, and narratives. Esquimalt Ribfest. Credit: Esquimalt Ribfest. Esquimalt Ribfest: September 8 - September 10 Enjoy ribs, drinks, and entertainment at this year's annual Ribfest in Bullen Park (located just outside of downtown Victoria). Along with six rib teams competing for the coveted title of the best ribs, is live music, vendors, local arts, and kids' crafts; the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy! The festival has free entry, but donations are accepted for local charities and the Firefighters Charitable Foundation.

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10 Things To Do in Victoria, BC this Summer

Discover the enchanting beauty of Victoria, British Columbia this summer! With its stunning landscapes, vibrant cultural scene and a variety of outdoor activities, Victoria welcomes visitors to experience an unforgettable summer getaway. From exploring breathtaking gardens to embarking on a thrilling whale-watching excursion, Victoria has a delightful blend of natural wonders and urban charm creating an irresistible summer destination like no other! Here is our list of 10 things to do in Victoria this summer.   Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 1. Walk through Beacon Hill Park: Stroll through the meandering trails in Beacon Hill Park, which wind their way through lush greenery, vibrant flower beds and serene groves, or indulge in a relaxing picnic amidst the richness of Beacon Hill Park. For families and animal lovers, the petting zoo in Beacon Hill Park is a highlight. You can get up close and personal with goats, rabbits, and other barnyard animals. The petting zoo offers an interactive experience that will surely bring a smile to your face! Kayaker in the Inner Harbor. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 2. Explore Victoria by Water: One of the best ways to take in the beauty of Victoria's Inner Harbour is by experiencing it directly on the water. Whale watching, kayaking, and water taxi's provide three unique adventures through the Inner Harbour and beyond. Victoria is known as one of the best locations in the world for observing marine wildlife, particularly orcas and humpback whales, as well as seals, otters, and various water birds.  Book Whale Watching   3. Attend a Local Market: Victoria is known for its vibrant local markets that offer a unique shopping experience. These markets are a treasure trove of fresh produce, artisanal crafts, delicious food, and a thriving sense of community. A couple of our favorites include:Bastion Square Public Market: A must-visit destination for those seeking a taste of local artistry. Open Thursday through Sunday from May to September, the Bastion Square Public Market is renowned for its local artisans and craft vendors. Here, you can browse through a wide assortment of handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, paintings, and sculptures. The market’s charming atmosphere, coupled with its prime location, makes it a favorite spot for both shopping and casual wandering. Moss Street Market: This vibrant community market that operates on Saturdays from May to October is nestled in the heart of the Fairfield neighborhood. It showcases a delightful range of local, organic produce, fresh flowers, and plants, as well as homemade preserves, baked goods, handmade soaps, and crafts. Victoria's Inner Harbor. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour: You can expect to be surrounded by picturesque views of the stunning Harbor, Legislature Buildings and the iconic Empress Hotel. While visiting the Inner Harbour, be sure to take advantage of the nearby attractions, including the Royal BC Museum, where you can discover exhibits that bring the past to life, offering insights into the province’s Indigenous heritage, natural wonders, and diverse communities. Buy Museum Tickets   5. Check Out One of Victoria’s Craft Breweries: Victoria is renowned for its thriving craft beer scene, boasting a multitude of breweries that cater to beer enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. With a rich brewing tradition and a passion for quality and innovation, Victoria’s breweries offer a wide variety of flavors and styles. Some of our favorites include:Vancouver Island Brewing (2330 Government Street): With a commitment to using local ingredients, Vancouver Island Brewing produces a diverse range of beers that reflect the region’s character and flavors. From their popular Hermann’s Dark Lager to refreshing West Coast IPAs, Vancouver Island Brewing offers a selection of traditional and innovative brews. The brewery also features a tasting room where visitors can sample beers and learn about the brewing process.Driftwood Brewery (836 Viewfield Road): This brewery has gained a reputation for its bold and flavorful beers. Driftwood produces a range of unique and highly sought-after brews. From their Fat Tug IPA, renowned for its hoppy intensity, to their rich and complex Belgian-style Farmhand Ale, Driftwood Brewery continues to push the boundaries of taste and quality. Whistle Buoy Brewing Company (560 Johnson Street): Situated in Victoria's Market Square, Whistle Buoy has become a beloved destination for beer enthusiasts and locals alike. With its commitment to quality, creativity, and community, the brewery has carved out a special place in Victoria's thriving craft beer scene. Herald Street Brew Works (506 Herald Street): Located in the heart of Victoria, Herald Street Brew Works has established a reputation for its diverse selection of handcrafted beers. Whether you're a seasoned beer aficionado or simply looking to explore Victoria's craft beer scene, Herald Street Brew Works offers a delightful destination to indulge in unique seasonal brews.  6. Experience Traditional Afternoon Tea: With its rich history and picturesque setting, Victoria is the perfect place to experience the delights of traditional afternoon tea. A popular venue for afternoon tea is the Pendray Inn and Tea House. Housed in a Victorian mansion, the Pendray Inn offers a charming and intimate setting for tea lovers. Another location for indulging in afternoon tea is The Dining Room at The Butchart Gardens, where guests can take in the breathtaking views of The Butchart Gardens' natural beauty while enjoying their tea and treats. 7. Visit a Local Cidery: Victoria is not only known for its craft breweries but also for its thriving cider scene. The city and surrounding region are home to several cideries that produce a wide variety of delicious and refreshing ciders. Here’s a couple of our favorites:Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse (2487 Mount St. Michael Road): Located in Saanichton, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse is a picturesque cidery that offers a scenic and immersive cider experience. Set on a beautiful farm with stunning views, Sea Cider produces a range of handcrafted ciders using traditional cider apple varieties. Take a guided tour of the orchard, learn about the cider-making process, and sample a variety of ciders in the tasting room!Junction Orchard & Cidery (273 Prospect Lake Road): Located at Prospect Lake on an 8-acre farm, Junction is a welcoming and rustic west coast venue creating delicious and unique ciders. Focusing on ingredients from Vancouver Island, Junction uses seasonal fruits to create unique and innovative cider flavors. Takata Japanese and Zen Garden. Credit: The Gardens at HCP. 8. Stroll Through a Garden: Known as the "Garden City", Victoria boasts a mild coastal climate that is ideal for cultivating a diverse range of plants and flowers. The city's gardens offer a delightful mix of natural beauty and historical significance. Some of the most charming gardens of Victoria include:The Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP): Offering a serene and captivating experience for nature lovers and garden enthusiasts, the gardens at HCP showcase a diverse range of plant species and stunning floral displays, including an impressive collection of bonsai trees, some of which are more than 150 years old. While you’re there, be sure to check out their onsite restaurant, Charlotte and the Quail, which features an ever-changing menu with local, seasonal ingredients, some of which are grown right there at the gardens! The Butchart Gardens: Established over a century ago, The Butchart Gardens certainly live up to their reputation as a world-class garden destination. The gardens span 55 acres and feature exquisite themed gardens such as the Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Italian Garden. Butchart Gardens also provides enchanting weekly firework displays in July and August. Buy Tickets For The Butchart Gardens Willow's Beach. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 9. Relax at the Beach: Victoria is home to a stunning coastline with some of the most beautiful beaches on Vancouver Island. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun or take a leisurely stroll along the shore, here are a couple of the best beaches in Victoria:Willows Beach: Located in the picturesque Oak Bay neighborhood, Willows Beach is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. With its soft sand, calm waters, and stunning views of Mount Baker, this beach offers a tranquil and family-friendly atmosphere. It’s an ideal spot for picnicking, beachcombing, and even a round of beach volleyball in the summer! Gonzales Beach: Tucked away in the Fairfield neighborhood, Gonzales Beach is a hidden gem known for its natural beauty and peaceful ambiance. The sandy beach is surrounded by rocky outcrops and offers breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains. It’s a fantastic spot for beachcombing or simply sitting back and enjoying the stunning coastal scenery. The Bar at The Courtney Room. Credit: The Courtney Room. 10. Try Out One of Victoria’s Top Restaurants: Victoria is a culinary hub with a vibrant and diverse food scene. Whether you’re a fan of fine dining, farm-to-table cuisine, or international flavors, Victoria’s restaurant scene is sure to impress with its culinary excellence and commitment to quality. Here are a couple of our top choices:Il Terrazzo (555 Johnson Street): Tucked away in Victoria’s historic Bastion Square, Il Terrazzo is a charming Italian restaurant that delights visitors with its warm ambiance and authentic cuisine. The Courtney Room (619 Courtney Street): Located in the heart of downtown Victoria, The Courtney Room is a sophisticated restaurant that combines elegance with modern flair.Foo Asian Street Food (769 Yates Street): An easygoing place serving varied Asian street food, beer & cider in a contemporary space with a patio.Virtuous Pie (530 Pandora Avenue): A modern vegan spot that serves up unique and creative handcrafted pizzas and small bites as well as innovative cocktails.  

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2024 Sequim Lavender Festival & Season Updates

Sequim’s famous Lavender Festival returns this summer! From July 19 to 21, visit the Lavender Capital of North America and enjoy live music, food, and hundreds of artisan vendors at the iconic street fair. Tour through several participating lavender farms (there are 18 in total!), pick your own lavender, watch demonstrations, and more.  Book a day trip package to Sequim Lavender Festival including round trip, walk-on ferry fare, shuttle transportation, and visits to four lavender farms and the street fair from only $99 USD per person.  BOOK NOW Not able to make it to Sequim during Lavender Festival? No worries! Most farms are open daily during peak growing season. Visit Sequim's website for more information on each farm's locations and hours. Read below for everything you need to know to start planning your trip to Sequim this summer!   Street Fair at the Lavender Festival. History of Lavender in Sequim Sequim’s lavender fields began their annual blooms in the mid-1990s when the Chamber of Commerce was looking for a crop to preserve the area’s farmlands. To attract and inspire a wide range of visitors, they discovered that lavender would make a thriving crop in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Originally, this led to the planting of five lavender farms throughout the valley. However, the area is now pollinated by almost two dozen lavender farms! Sequim Ecology In the rainy Pacific Northwest, the bounty of lavender fields is a curious sight, as lavender plants flourish in sunny and dry environments. However, lavender has thrived as a sustainable crop in Sequim for almost three decades. The crop is successful thanks to the rain shadow created by the Olympic Mountain Range. As one of the driest places in Western Washington, Sequim gets an average annual rainfall of 16 inches. The area is perfectly suited to support lavender plants, their blooms, and all the town’s festivities! Lavender Giftshop at Purple Haze Lavender Farm. What’s the Buzz with Lavender? Beyond the magical sight of bountiful blooms, lavender has many uses and benefits which visitors are encouraged to appreciate and bring home. In several products and forms, lavender has relaxing and soothing properties. Lavender essential oils or lotions can relax sore muscles, encourage a good night’s sleep, or even relieve tension headaches. The fresh scent of lavender is also a pleasant addition to your home and home cleaning products. Additionally, the “power flower” is commonly used to keep infection at bay and reduce inflammation. Lavender’s properties can help take the itching and swelling out of insect bites, bee stings, and sunburns. If you are a gardener yourself, you can learn how to select and grow lavender plants to attract bees as pollinators. Or, you can introduce Sequim lavender as a sweet seasoning to your kitchen, and add it to treats such as cookies, honey, tea, lemonade, or even pancakes. Highlighting the beauty and benefits of their crops, each farm provides farm tours and activities to introduce visitors to these uses for lavender and much, much more. There are so many reasons to check out Sequim's lavender farms - from tending, picking, arranging, eating, drinking, and learning. Visitors will find beauty and inspiration within each field! vISIT Sequim's Lavender Farms at this Year's Festival Sequim’s family-owned lavender farms each have character, charm, and personality of their own, reflecting the aspirations and desires of the owners and their communities. The Sequim Lavender Festival brings together farmers and their businesses, each offering a unique experience of flowering plants, the buzz of honeybees, and the entrancing aroma of lavender. Here are a few Sequim lavender farms to check out this summer.  Olympic Bluffs Cidery & Farm Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, Olympic Bluffs Cidery & Lavender Farm is a welcoming and unique stop on your tour of Sequim’s lavender. On the farm, they have a lavender boutique, a treasure trove of fine lavender products, a diverse and sustainable field of ancient grains, an orchard of 480 semi-dwarf cider apple trees, a cidery (opening soon), an apiary by a century-old apple tree, 360 degrees of Pacific Northwest views from coastal bluffs, and, of course, expansive fields with over 3,500 lavender plants! Since 2020, the 16 acre farm has been a labor of love in alignment with the owners’ mission to create great cider and bring the community together. The farm is free to enter, and leashed dogs are welcome in. When you fall in love with this destination, you will want to stay a while. Luckily, the farm is also home to Salt & Cedar Bed & Breakfast. The site boasts views of the Olympic Mountain Range, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit, and Victoria, BC, all from the comfort of an idyllic stay! Guests can enjoy the amenities of the farm, exploring the orchards and lavender fields at their leisure. Visit Olympic Bluffs' website for more information. Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm. Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm Located four miles north of Sequim, Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm is a certified organic farm with Victorian gardens, ponds, fruit trees and lavender fields, backdropped by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The over ten-acre farm has thousands of lavender plants, creating a fragrant vista that can’t be missed. Throughout the summer, you can head to Jardin du Soleil to pick your own lavender bouquets or take home aromatic plants. The farm store also shelves distinctive lavender products that will be sure to enhance your life and home. This farm is not to be missed during Sequim’s annual Lavender Festival, as they go big for this once-a-year celebration!During the lavender festival, you can expect to see the lavender fields in their full blooming glory, soundtracked by an amazing live music line up. There will also be great local food made by Pacific Pantry, including lavender bratwurst, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, and a slow roast pork over braised cabbage, melted sweet onion, apple, and– of course– lavender. There will be local beer, wine, and cider options, as well as several flavors and assortments of ice cream. On the property, you can wander through the garden maze (AKA “Sequim’s best babysitter”) and the You-Cut lavender field. Jardin will be offering essential oil distillation demonstrations, a free photo booth with souvenir photo strips, crafts and games for the whole family, and more! Visit Jardin du Soleil's website for more information. Lavender Goods from Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain. Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain is a stunning 3-acre family farm with nearly 100 different varieties of lavender! As visitors enter the farm, they are greeted by the gentle hum of bees busy pollinating the lavender blossoms. The farm boasts rows upon rows of vibrant and aromatic lavender plants. Beyond the picturesque fields, Fleurish offers a variety of activities and amenities to enhance visitors' experience. The farm features a cozy gift shop where visitors can browse and purchase an array of lavender-infused products, including award-winning essential oils, soaps, candles, and culinary treats. Flerish Lavender Farm's commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship is evident in its farming practices. The owners prioritize organic methods, minimizing the use of pesticides and promotiving biodiversity to support a healthy ecosystem.  Visit Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain's website for more information. Victor's Lavender Farm. Credit: Victor's Lavender Farm Victor’s Lavender Victor’s Lavender farm and nursery propagates over 100 unique varieties of lavender. Victor is a world-renowned expert in lavender, and farmers across the globe utilize the farm’s advice and plants. The property is complete with a farm store (an old, converted milking barn!), stocked full of lavender products for people and pets, all of which is handmade right on the farm. Victor’s farm goes all out during the lavender season, providing workshops, music, food, and entertainment. Join Victor throughout Lavender Festival for lavender workshops, including a wreath workshop, a wand workshop, an informational plant selection workshop, and a showcase for everyday uses of lavender. Beyond these informative workshops, Victor’s Lavender Farm packs the weekend with musical performances. The set list brings jazz, blues, and bluegrass performers to the farm. You’re going to want to dance! For more information, visit Victor's Lavender Farm website.  B&B Family Lavender Farm. B&B Family Lavender Farm During the lavender festival, this family owned and operated farm passionately shares the art of lavender with its visitors. Upon visiting the farm, every guest can take a free tour, guided by one of the family members. B&B highlights the processing of their lavender, from seed to shelf. Stroll through the lavender fields and century old barn to see how lavender is planted, why it thrives in the area, and how it is transformed into the many forms through distillation. The B&B gift shop houses artisanal and handmade lavender products, as well as local art. The farm boasts a laid-back and family friendly atmosphere while welcoming 20-30 thousand visitors every season! Visit B&B Family Farm's website to receive the latest on their farm and festivities.  Tour de Lavender Cyclists. Credit: Tour de Lavender.  Ride the Tour de Lavender - Saturday, August 3, 2024 If you’re looking for a unique and challenging way to experience Sequim’s purple hues, registration is open for the 2024 Tour de Lavender ride. Ride alongside Sequim’s lavender farms in a one-of-a-kind cycling event! They are offering two ride options this year: Metric Century: A classic long-distance ride that loops through 8 lavender farms, the backroads of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, the rolling foothills of the Olympic Mountain range, and nearly 30 miles along the scenic Olympic Discovery Trail. This route is open 8am-4pm on Saturday, August 3.Fun Ride: A special family-friendly 35-mile loop designed with people of all ages and abilities in mind. It is an easy riding course, running along back roads in the valley and parts of the Olympic Discovery Trail. The route encompasses nine lavender farms, but cyclists can opt out for shorter treks out-and-back to selected farms. Tour de Lavender is the premier regional cycling event for riders of all ages and levels and is a new and exciting way to experience lavender and adventure on the Olympic Peninsula. Even better, the ride is for a good cause! Since 2013, more that $135,000 in proceeds have been raised for local non-profits. Visit the Tour de Lavender website for more information and registration!

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The Best Local Restaurants in Victoria, BC

Victoria, BC has more restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada — if you can't decide where to go, we don't blame you. Here's twenty of our favorite options for where to find a meal! 1. Pagliacci’s Brunch & Dinner | 1011 Broad Street | 12-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal A timeless Victoria restaurant since 1979, Pagliacci’s is home to amazing pasta, steak, and endless focaccia bread. The indulgent menu is accompanied by a large selection of wine pairings and other beverage options. They also take their music as seriously as they take their food — You can catch live performances from Sunday to Thursday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm. Enjoy soothing jazz and don't forget dessert: be sure to try their checkerboard cheesecake, house-made ice cream, or an affogato! Nourish Cafe. Credit: Nourish Cafe. 2. Nourish Cafe Brunch | 225 Quebec Street | 5-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Nourish Cafe, found in a converted 1888 heritage house in the James Bay area, is a community favorite that serves nourishing meals (living up to their name!). Inspired by holistic, traditional culinary techniques as well as the natural world, Nourish offers a casual restaurant and cafe full of thoughtfully sourced foods for everyone. They also have a culinary market dedicated to treats and kitchen staples so that you can bring Nourish home with you. After your meal, you can check out their communal space for creativity, education, and celebration on the second floor of the quaint house. 3. Jam Cafe  Brunch | 542 Herald Street | 19-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Jam Cafè has been a Victoria brunch staple since the original location popped up on Herald Street in Victoria in 2012. Inspired by southern Cuisine, Jam offers a unique and eclectic menu of family home-style recipes, including house made cornbread, buttermilk biscuits, and fried chicken. While they have endless menu options that will satisfy your appetite, you should definitely give their fried chicken and waffles a try... You won't be disappointed. A variety of dishes from Boomtown. Credit: Boomtown. 4. Boomtown  Lunch & Dinner | 950 Yates Street | 24-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Located on Yates Street, Boomtown provides some of the city’s best tacos, burritos, and snacks (such as their loaded tots with cheese, jalapeño, pickled onion, and boom sauce) in their three-tiered beer garden outdoor seating area. While this spot is perfect for sunny days, they also have heaters to keep your dining experience warm and cozy in the cooler months. 5. Wind Cries Mary Dinner | 45 Bastion Square | 13-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal With their dynamic menu and impressive list of local partners and suppliers, Wind Cries Mary offers the quintessential west coast experience of freshly foraged food and drink. You are encouraged to “break bread,” as their menu is geared towards sharing around the table. Their restaurant, complete with a front patio and a “secret courtyard,” provides a lovely rustic atmosphere to suit their menu, right in Victoria’s downtown core. Interior of Little Jumbo Credit: Little Jumbo. 6. Little Jumbo Dinner | 506 Fort Street | 12-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal An award winning and highly acclaimed local restaurant, Little Jumbo takes pride in every meal, emphasizing the fine craft of preparing fresh, local food. Beyond their constantly evolving menu, their bar offers thoughtful wine pairings and a mix of the best classic and modern mixology. Little Jumbo is the place to go for a premium dining experience paired with outstanding cocktails on any occasion. 7. Be Love Lunch & Dinner | 1019 Blanshard Street | 17-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Be Love is one of Victoria's best plant-based restaurants, and they serve every dish with the health and sustainability of our community and planet in mind. While the menu is wheat, gluten, dairy, and processed sugar free, their meals are made with love that will leave you satisfied in every way. Their dishes change with the seasons to optimize the local foraged and farm-grown foods, supporting local produce and community vitality! Be sure to try their Mac, Be Love’s iconic vegan mac and cheese. Seafood Pasta from the Tapa Bar. Credit: Tapa Bar. 8. Tapa Bar Lunch & Dinner | 620 Trounce Alley | 14-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Located in the historic Trounce Alley off of Government Street, the Tapa Bar offers Spanish-inspired tapas and other specialties. They offer a variety of plates to split, share, or keep for yourself. The buzzing atmosphere makes for a lively dining experience at their patio, bar, and restaurant seating. 9. Sult Pierogi Bar  Lunch & Dinner | 609 Yates Street | 14-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Sult Pierogi Bar on Yates Street combines Eastern European classics with a diverse range of cuisine. They offer pierogies, hand-made from scratch daily, in many varieties and dishes, creatively accompanied by locally sourced ingredients and produce. The casual, whimsical, and fun environment sets the tone for a meal that you won't forget. Fish and Chips. Credit: Red Fish Blue Fish. 10. Red Fish Blue Fish  Lunch & Dinner | 1006 Wharf Street | 15-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal One of Victoria’s most cherished eateries, Red Fish Blue Fish has been on the dock down Wharf Street since 2007! Their dishes use only fresh, high quality ingredients, taking the shape of classics (such as tempura battered fish and chips) and fun remixes (such as their “tacones,” or hand-roll style tacos). You can order online for pick-up, and enjoy your food by the sea side, making Red Fish Blue Fish the perfect stop during all of your downtown explorations! 11. Il Covo Trattoria  Dinner | 106 Superior Street | 9-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Il Covo Trattoria is an Italian restaurant located in the Victoria’s charming James Bay neighborhood. The restaurant boasts a menu that celebrates the rich and diverse flavors of Italy. Il Covo provides a memorable dining experience that combines delicious Italian cuisine, a cozy atmosphere, and excellent service. Interior of The Ruby. Credit: The Ruby. 12. The Ruby  Brunch | 642A Johnson Street | 17-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal A quaint environment with the atmosphere of vinyl records and live music, the Ruby has two locations on Douglas Street and Johnson Street. They offer a menu that combines the world of southern brunch and lunch fare, plus the charm of their service pairs wonderfully with their good, honest food. We recommend trying their chicken and waffles, complete with southern fried chicken breast, house chicken gravy, sunny side egg, and spicy maple syrup. 13. Heron Rock Bistro  Brunch, Lunch & Dinner | 4435 Simcoe Street | 13-min walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal Located in James Bay, right near our Victoria terminal, Heron Rock Bistro provides a great place for you to enjoy delicious food made from quality ingredients. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, host live musicians on Monday nights, and run a happy hour every day from 3:00pm - 5:00pm and 8:00pm - close. They also have daily brunch and dinner features, meaning they will always have something new for you to try! Marilena's Interior. Credit: Marilena Cafe & Raw Bar. 14. Marilena Cafe & Raw Bar Dinner | 1525 Douglas Street | 20-min walk from Black Ball’s Victoria terminal Marilena Cafe and Raw Bar is known for its fine dining and highlights local and globally sustainable seafood. Marilena Cafe prides itself on attentive and friendly staff that are knowledgeable about the menu. Anticipate a delightful infusion of sophistication within the effortlessly relaxed ambiance of this stylish establishment. 15. Il Terrazzo Dinner | 555 Johnson Street | 17-min walk from Black Ball’s Victoria terminal Il Terrazzo offers a unique blend of diverse dining options served in the cozy ambience of a beautifully restored 19th-century heritage building. Conveniently situated near the Inner Harbour area, it’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists. Their open-air courtyard is particularly inviting during the warmer months, allowing patrons to dine under the stars. A variety of sushi from Gozen. Credit: Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya. 16. Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya Lunch & Dinner | 1005 Langley Street | 11-min walk from Black Ball’s Victoria terminal Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya is a delightful culinary gem that combines the best of both worlds, serving up traditional sushi and a delectable izakaya menu in a welcoming atmosphere. These small, flavorful dishes are perfect for sharing, making it a fantastic choice for a night out with friends. 17. Brasserie L’Ecole Dinner | 1715 Government Street | 19-min walk from Black Ball’s Victoria terminal Brasserie L’Ecole is a renowned French restaurant, celebrated for its authentic and delectable French cuisine. With a cozy and charming ambience, it offers a diverse menu that includes classic French dishes and an impressive selection of wines, making it a favorite choice for those seeking a taste of France in Victoria. A selection of Japanese tapas. Credit: NUBO Japanese Tapas. 18. NUBO Japanese Tapas Lunch & Dinner | 739 Pandora Avenue | 20-min walk from Black Ball’s Victoria terminal NUBO is a popular dining spot known for its innovative fusion of Japanese flavors and tapas-style dining. The restaurant offers a unique culinary experience, featuring small plates with a Japanese twist, from sushi to creative small bites, in a stylish and contemporary setting, making it a favorite among food enthusiasts in Victoria. 19. Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken Lunch & Dinner | 512 Yates Street | 15-min walk from Black Ball’s Victoria terminal Chimac is a trendy restaurant that specializes in Korean-style fried chicken and beer, known as “chimac”. With its flavorful and crispy fried chicken dishes, as well as a selection of craft beers, Chimac provides a delightful and casual dining experience, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a delicious and laid-back meal in the city. A variety of dishes from YuaBistro. Credit: YuaBistro. 20. YuaBistro Lunch & Dinner | 622 Fisgard Street | 19-min walk from Black Ball’s Victoria terminal YuaBistro offers a delightful and modern Japanese dining experience. You can expect a calming and inviting ambience. YuaBistro is a place where you can savor the artistry of Japanese cuisine and enjoy a diverse range of flavors and textures.

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How To Spend Your Mother's Day Getaway in Victoria, BC

Celebrate the Mom in your life with a special getaway to Victoria, BC! From scenic strolls through lush gardens to indulgent culinary experiences, Victoria offers an abundance of activities to make your weekend truly memorable. Read on for ideas on how to make sure your getaway is unforgettable. Save BIG when you book your Mother’s Day getaway to Victoria through us. Packages with our featured hotel, the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites, are from $119 USD pp/do and include round trip ferry and chocolates in the room.   Exterior of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites. Credit: Royal Scot. Day One - Sail Away to Victoria on an Overnight Stay 8:20am Depart from Port Angeles. We recommend taking the 8:20am sailing to maximize your time in Victoria! If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior if you are traveling as a walk-on passenger.9:50am Arrive in Victoria, go through Canada Customs, and check into the Royal Scot (our featured Mother's Day hotel), or another one of our Victoria hotel partners. If you are unable to check into your room early, your hotel can store your bags complimentary until your room is ready. 12:00pm Take Mom for lunch! Once you’re settled, it’s time to start exploring the city. Victoria has an amazing selection of local restaurants to choose from. You should (obviously) let Mom pick, but we recommend one of the following restaurants: - Bao (626 Fisgard Street | 18-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Easygoing restaurant specializing in a variety of Asian street food dishes. - Tacofino (760 Pandora Avenue | 20-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Popular taqueria serving up creative tacos and burritos in a simple counter-service environment. - 10 Acres Bistro (611 Courtney Street | 8-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Farm-to-table meals that showcase locally sourced ingredients in flavorful and creative dishes. Credit: 10 Acres Bistro. Alternatively, you could take Mom to Afternoon Tea. For an authentic Victoria experience, enjoy 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 your choice of tea to sip on, and enjoy sweets, scones and savory sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients in the original Butchart family home.  BOOK TEA AT THE BUTCHART GARDENS Pendray Teahouse: Located in the Inner Harbour of Victoria, just moments away from our terminal and the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites, the Pendray Tea House offers an antiquated experience in a tranquil setting. Try a unique spin on afternoon tea — West Coast Afternoon Tea — with sustainably sourced seafood. BOOK TEA AT THE PENDRAY 1:00pm Do some local shopping. Be sure to check out some of Victoria’s most popular shopping areas, including: - Government Street: Home to several iconic local shops and excellent places to pick up souvenirs, including Murchies, Shop Makers, and Roger's Chocolates. - Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street): Here you can find clothing and lifestyle boutiques such as Nezza Naturals, The Dancing Lily, and Rook and Rose. - Fan Tan Alley: At just over three and a half feet wide, this is the narrowest commercial street in North America (and home to some amazing shops such as Saltspring Soapworks and Triple Spiral Metaphysical Gifts). Fan Tan Alley. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 3:00pm Visit the Royal BC Museum and explore the history of British Columbia. The museum features authentic artifacts and realistic displays that tell stories of Canada's past. Be sure to check out their featured exhibit — Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Then, take in captivating scenes of the animal kingdom at a spectacular IMAX show. BUY MUSEUM TICKETS 6:00pm Indulge in a delicious dinner at one of Victoria’s most popular spots. We recommend the following: - Bodega (1210 Broad Street | 13-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Intimate setting featuring Spanish tapas, wine and cocktails. - Pagliacci’s (1011 Broad Street | 11-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Pasta dishes and other Italian staples served at the stalwart eatery with kitschy decor and live music. - Bin 4 Burger Lounge (911 Yates Street | 24-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Casual grill offering inventive, locally sourced burgers, hand-cut fries and draft brews.- Marilena Cafe & Raw Bar (1525 Douglas Street | 19-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Highly acclaimed restaurant featuring local and global seafood paired with high-quality sustainable ingredients. Citrus and Cane Interior. Credit: Citrus and Cane. 8:30pm Check out some of Victoria’s local pubs, breweries, and cocktail lounges before winding down at your hotel. - Cenote (768 Yates Street | 17-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Inventive cocktails and casual eats such as nachos, burgers and sausages. - Citrus and Cane (1900 Douglas Street | 23-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Fashionable bar presenting cocktails, beers & wine amid retro-style surroundings. - Bard and Banker (1022 Government Street | 10-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Scottish-style pub pouring whiskey and drafts in a storied space with kilt-clad servers and live music. - Superflux Cabana (804 Broughton Street | 15-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): 70’s inspired bar and restaurant with a rooftop patio serving beers, cocktails, and casual classics made with fresh ingredients. Day Two - Explore Downtown Victoria Before Going Back to Port Angeles 9:00am Enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat from a local cafe. A couple of our favorites include:- Rise and Grind (1294 Broad Street | 15-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): A casual cafe serving a wide selection of breakfast sandwiches and classic espresso drinks.- Union Pacific (237 Herald Street | 20-min walk from Black Ball's terminal): Espresso drinks, breakfast sandwiches, and daily-made pastries served up in a rustic setting. Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 10:00am Stroll through Beacon Hill Park! May is an ideal time to visit the park as the beautiful gardens burst into bloom, featuring a spectacular array of tulips, rhododendrons, and cherry blossoms. The park’s picturesque landscapes provide a serene backdrop for lounging on the expansive lawns. The resident peacocks often stop by to display their vibrant plumage, adding a unique charm to the experience. 11:30am Head down to Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch! Fisherman’s Wharf is a picturesque waterfront destination that is home to a variety of culinary experiences - the perfect place for lunch! Savor fish and chips, Mexican food, or pizza as you enjoy the panoramic views of the harbor. Colorful floating homes line the docks, creating a whimsical atmosphere. The boardwalk is home to several unique shops selling souvenirs and local artisan crafts. Fisherman's Wharf. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria 12:45pm Embark on a Kayak tour of the Inner Harbor with Kelf Reef Adventures. Experience a new perspective of the Inner Harbor when you explore it from a Kayak! Discover hidden coves and protected waters – you may even encounter some local wildlife including seals, river otters, great blue herons, bald eagles, and much more! BOOK A KAYAK TOUR If kayaking isn’t your cup of tea, treat mom to a luxurious spa day!! Unwind and rejuvenate with pampering treatments designed to melt away stress. A few of the top spas in Victoria include: - Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress (633 Humboldt Street | 8-min walk from the Black Balls terminal): Offering a luxurious spa experience with a range of treatments, including facials, massages, and body wraps, in a historic and elegant setting.- Spa Magnolia (625 Courtney Street | 9-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Nestled in the heart of downtown Victoria, this boutique spa offers a tranquil escape with personalized treatments, including massages, facial, and body therapies.- Silk Road Aromatherapy & Tea Co. Spa (1624 Government Street | 17-min walk from the Black Ball terminal): Combining the healing properties of aromatherapy with traditional Chinese medicine, this spa offers unique treatments such as herbal steam baths, massages, and tea rituals, promoting relaxation and rejuvenation. 3:30pm Arrive at Black Ball's Victoria terminal for the 4:00pm sailing. If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior if you are traveling as a walk-on passenger. 5:30pm Arrive back in Port Angeles and go through US Customs.

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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. Book Now 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. 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 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. Book Afternoon Tea Tickets 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! 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 VictoriaCenote 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. 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. 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.  Book Royal BC Museum Tickets 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. 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 & Banker, Irish Times, and Garrick's Head, to name a few), and iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie'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. 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. 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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Top Things To Do in Victoria, BC During Spring (2024)

As the weather starts to warm up, Victoria comes to life with blooming flowers and outdoor activities. Known as the City of Gardens, and home to the mildest temperatures in Canada, spring is the perfect time to visit Victoria. The city offers a range of activities that make for a memorable trip for the adventurer, the artist, the culinary enthusiast, and the shopaholic alike! Take advantage of the budding spring and read below for the top things to do in Victoria, BC this spring season. Plus, Victoria's blooming season is on a SUPER SALE! Experience the Magic of Spring at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC from $175 USD pp/do. Packages include ferry, a stay in Victoria, BC, and admission and shuttle to The Butchart Gardens. Packages valid March 15 - April 30, 2024. Book Now Spring tulip blooms at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 1. Admire Victoria in Full Bloom Enjoy the world-famous flowers and gardens Victoria has to offer, including The Butchart Gardens, Government House and Abkhazi Gardens. The Butchart Gardens offers thousands of blooms during this time of year, including the Cherry and Plum blossoms, more than 28 varieties of Magnolia trees (some date back to Jennie Butchart's original plantings), over 160,000 blooming tulip bulbs, and other beautiful blooms including Hyacinthus (Hyacinth), Narcissus (Daffodil), and Myosotis (Forget-me-not)... Spring at The Butchart Gardens is not to be missed! Plus, from March to April, admire the stunning Cherry Blossoms as they bloom along View Street, right in the heart of downtown Victoria. Can’t get enough of the budding spring? Check out Rook & Rose flower shop on Johnson Street for beautiful bouquets (fresh and dried!), apothecary, and home goods. Book The Butchart Gardens Brunch at Floyd's Diner. Credit: Floyd's Diner. 2. Visit the City's Best Cafe and Brunch Spots If you love brunch, you’ve come to the right place. Victoria has countless iconic brunch spots that will fuel all of your adventures, including Jam Cafe, Floyd’s Diner, Heron Rock Bistro and John's Place (all within walking distance of our ferry terminal!). If you’re looking for something lighter like a coffee and a treat, we recommend Crust Bakery or Murchie's Tea & Coffee. Shops on Lower Johnson Street. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 3. Shop Local Victoria is home to many wonderful local shops that have a variety of goods. If you’re looking for something to remember your trip, check out Government Street for classic souvenirs. If you love looking for vintage treasures, Victoria is home to curated Vintage clothing shops including Vintage After Death, Victoria Vintage, Brica Brac Salvage, and many more. If you're into browsing, head to Lower Johnson Street (just off of Government Street) for some of Victoria’s most popular local stores. Lower Johnson has many local boutique shops including Violette Boutique (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore! Malahat Skywalk Spiral Tower. Credit: Malahat Skywalk. 4. Enjoy Some Breathtaking Views  Roughly a 35-minute drive from downtown Victoria, The Malahat Skywalk provides some incredible views of Southern Vancouver Island and the Saanich Inlet. Walk their Spiral Tower to get 250 meters above sea level. Enjoy the surrounding arbutus forest and the accompanying local wildlife that lives within it. Do not forget about the spiral slide that will take you from the top of the tower to the bottom in seconds! Book The Malahat Skywalk Lounging area at Willow Stream Spa. Credit: Willow Stream Spa. 5. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day No vacation is complete without some much needed relaxation. Victoria has some amazing spas that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready for more adventures. For a unique experience, check out Ritual Nordic Spa home to Scandinavian spa and wellness treatments. For a classic spa experience, go to the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress... You deserve it! View from Dallas Road. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 6. Spend Time Outdoors For some of the best hikes (and panorama views) in the city, check out Mount Doug or Mount Tolmie. If you’re looking for a day at the beach, we recommend Willows Beach, Gonzales, Mount Doug Beach, or stroll along the endless beaches along Dallas Road nearby our ferry terminal in downtown! Easily accessible from downtown, Beacon Hill Park is one of Victoria’s largest parks. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, spot resident peacocks, check out Beacon Hill Petting Zoo, and don't forget to grab some ice cream from Beacon Hill Drive In (featuring some of city's best ice cream!). Exterior of Royal BC Museum. Credit: Royal BC Museum, Destination Greater Victoria. 7. Embrace your Curiosities Downtown Victoria offers an assortment of indoor activities for all ages, including a variety of museums that will feed your curiosities. This spring, the Royal BC Museum is showcasing the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” exhibit until June 2nd, 2024. Check out other unique year-round exhibits such as the Victoria Bug Zoo and Miniature World, exhibiting over 85 miniature dioramas from various artists. If you’re a lover of nautical history and ocean sciences, visit the Maritime Museum of BC, which offers exhibits and walking tours. Exterior of Greater Victoria Art Gallery. Credit: Greater Victoria Art Gallery. 8. Get Creative Feeling inspired by the colors of spring? If you’re in the mood to try your hand capturing the season’s beauty, it’s time to get creative. Drop in to one of many paint classes across the city, visit Four Cats for a spring-themed workshop, or Fired Up to paint your very own ceramic souvenirs. If you’re looking to admire other artist’s creations, check out the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria! Interior of the Board Game Café. Credit: Bob Hewitt Photographic, Destination Greater Victoria. 9. Fun and Games Quest Reality Games offers a variety of escape rooms and outdoor escape challenges that keep you entertained while exploring the city. Looking for a scary challenge? Horror Escape is the perfect place. If you’re craving a game of Pac Man, Frogger, Fix it Felix, pin-ball, or any other arcade classic (new and old!), you should definitely pay a visit to Quazar’s Arcade. Victoria is also home to Haunted Manor: mini golf, a fun and engaging combination of a haunted house and a miniature golf course. If you want to wind down around a board game with your friends and family, the Board Game Cafe offers tasty treats and a huge selection of games for all interests! There won’t be a dull moment here. Fish & Chips and a "Tacone" from Red Fish Blue Fish. Credit: Red Fish Blue Fish. 10. Experience Victoria’s Local Food and Drinks Craving local food and beer? Victoria has it all, from fish tacos at Red Fish Blue Fish on Wharf Street to perogies at Sult on Yates Street, and pasta from Pagliacci's on Broad Street. If you’re looking for a drink, stop by Cenote or Citrus and Cane for a wide range of specialty cocktails. You’ll find local brews from one of Victoria’s microbreweries everywhere you stop, but you can also hunt them down by following Victoria’s Ale Trail. 

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Things To Do in Victoria, BC this Valentine's Month (2024)

Looking for a Valentine's getaway this year? Look no further than one of the most romantic cities in Canada! From outdoor activities to delightful cocktails and mouth-watering food, we have all the best activities and places for you to visit during your romantic getaway to Victoria this February.  PLUS, save on Valentine's packages to Victoria from $119 USD pp/do. Packages include ferry and a luxurious hotel stay in Victoria, BC. BOOK NOW   Winter Tea at the Pendray Tea House. Credit: Pendray Tea House. 1. Afternoon Tea at the Pendray Tea House Afternoon Tea at the Pendray Tea House is the perfect way to start your romantic holiday. With its distinct Victorian style and architecture, the Pendray Tea House is a perfect showcase of Victoria’s unique infrastructure. Enjoy delicious pastries and sandwiches, alongside one of Pendray's many wonderful tea selections. The Pendray Tea House also offers a Vegan Tea and seafood-based West Coast Tea for those interested in a different spin on traditional tea. BUY AFTERNOON TEA TICKETS Seaside mineral pools at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 2. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day Why not pamper yourself during your trip to Victoria? Below are some fantastic options for self-care: Boathouse Spa: Book a massage at the renowned Boat House Spa located in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, one of Victoria’s premier spa destinations. You can combine any treatment at the spa with access to their beachside outdoor jacuzzi.Spa Magnolia: Located in the heart of downtown, the Spa Magnolia is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle that surrounds it. Try one of their spa packages combining massage, a pedicure, and facial treatment for an all-in-one experience.HAVN Saunas: Nestled right in the Inner Harbour, HAVN offers visitors the unique experience of enjoying lush green spaces, cold pools, hot tubs, and hand-built saunas in a park-like environment.Sapphire Day Spa: Sapphire Day's Spa offers a wide variety of services, including rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments, massages, manicures, and more! Horse-drawn carriage tour through Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Victoria Carriage Tours. 3. Embark on a Romantic Victoria Carriage Tour What's more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage tour through the streets of Victoria with your loved one? Bundle up and get cozy on this magical city tour. Be swept off your feet while enjoying the fresh air and stunning views that downtown Victoria has to offer. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS Cocktail from the Courtney Room. Credit: Leila Kwok, Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Sip on Cocktails at a Local Cocktail Lounge Victoria has a fantastic cocktail scene... We recommend stopping at one (or more) of the following: Clive’s: What's more fun than trying world-acclaimed cocktails from the longest standing cocktail bar in Victoria? Located in the remarkable Chateau Victoria Hotel, Clive’s dynamic menu of food and cocktails keeps locals coming back for more. Try of one of the best hotel bars in the country!Cenote Restaurant and Lounge: Known for its incredible ambiance and elevated cocktail menu, Cenote is sure to enhance your evening. Enjoy grazing on delicious flatbreads while trying to figure out what to order next from their enticing cocktail menu.The Courtney Room: Serving exceptional craft cocktails alongside modern Pacific Northwest cuisine in a fine dining setting.  Winter light in the sunken gardens at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 5. Walk Hand-in-Hand through The Butchart Gardens One of the most iconic locations in all of Greater Victoria is The Butchart Gardens. Designated as a National Historic of Canada, The Butchart Gardens showcases hundreds of plant varieties on its 55-acre property. During the winter months, The Blue Poppy Restaurant is transformed into a beautiful spring display complete with shrubs, trees and bulbs. Plus, indulge in their decadent afternoon tea! BUY BUTCHART GARDENS TICKETS Goldstream Provincial Park. 6. Go on an Outdoor Adventure through Goldstream Park For a true Pacific Northwest experience, adventure out to Goldstream Provincial Park. You'll come across 600-year-old Douglas fir trees, waterfalls, and rivers as you wander through various trails this park has to offer. For those looking to bundle up under the stars in the off season weather at night, you can also book a campsite on a first-come, first-served basis. Dinner at Brasserie L'Ecole. Credit: Brasserie L'Ecole. 7. Enjoy a Romantic Dinner Victoria has an abundance of inviting dinner options - A perfect end to your day. Below is a list of some of our favorite romantic dinner venues: Brasserie L’Ecole: Exceptional French cuisine made with seasonal, locally available products paired with French wines in a cozy atmosphere. First-come, first-serve seating. Put your name in and grab a drink nearby while you wait for your table.Il Terrazzo: An intimate setting featuring a Northern Italian-inspired menu with a fantastic wine list. We highly recommend making a reservation in advance. Heron Rock Bistro: A Canadian bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. With daily brunch and dinner features, there is always something new to try! Plus, enjoy daily happy hour from 3pm-5pm and 8pm-close, and live music on Monday evenings. Tasting Room at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. 8. Check out Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse This certified organic, ten-acre farm showcases its charming orchards with a majestic backdrop that includes James Island and the Haro Strait. Relax and enjoy cider flights along with other tasty treats that are sure to charm your pallet. Be sure to wander through their entire property, and purchase a case of your favorite cider on your way out! For more information, visit Sea Cider's website.  Oak Bay Marina. 9. Experience Willows Beach & the Oak Bay Marina Explore some of Victoria’s beautiful outdoor scenery, a little outside of downtown Victoria, with a visit to Willows Beach and the Oak Bay Marina. Willows is a short walk from Oak Bay’s commercial district, which is filled with local boutique shops and restaurants, and Oak Bay Marina. The Marina is filled with hundreds of boats from neighboring waters. Keep your eyes open for seals that frequently hang out by the dock! Entrance to the Royal BC Museum and IMAX. Credit: Royal BC Museum, Destination Greater Victoria. 10. Visit the Royal BC Museum The Royal BC Museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the natural and human history of British Columbia. With captivating displays, interactive installations, and a commitment to fostering a deeper understanding of the region, the museum offers an engaging and immersive experience for visitors of all ages. BUY MUSEUM TICKETS Entrance of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 11. Roam through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a perfect addition to your romantic holiday getaway. Enjoy diverse art exhibits that showcase Canadian artists such as the renowned Emily Carr. The Art Gallery is home to over 20,000 works of art, making it the biggest public art collection in BC. Plus, you can purchase various handcrafted art from local artisans. Charcuterie from L'Apero. Credit: L'Apero. 12. Enjoy a Charcuterie Board from the Comfort of Your Hotel Room! L’Apero offers a variety of beautifully crafted charcuterie boards that can be enjoyed anywhere you’d like! Known for its diverse selection of fine cheeses, artisanal cured meats, and carefully curated accompaniments, the take-home charcuterie offerings from L’Apero are truly a treasure. Sunset at the Ogden Point Breakwater. 13. Partake in a Sunset Stroll Along Ogden Point's Breakwater Walking along the Ogden Point Breakwater at sunset is truly breathtaking. The panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains create a picturesque backdrop, making the leisurely walk along the iconic breakwater a relaxing and romantic experience. Victoria's Hot Chocolate Festival is taking place from January 20th - February 20th. 14. Indulge in Hot Chocolate for a Good Cause This year marks the first year of Victoria’s Hot Chocolate Festival, a delightful month-long event aimed at fostering community spirit and raising funds for the BC SPCA. Numerous restaurants and cafes throughout Victoria are participating in the festival. Highlights among the offerings include Oso’s Cookies and Donuts’ butterscotch hot chocolate topped with torched marshmallow cream, and Floyd’s Diner’s pink hot chocolate adorned with candied bacon. If hot chocolate isn’t your thing, the Pendray Inn and Tea House offers a stunning chocolate-infused tea blend! The festival runs from January 20th - February 20th. For more information, visit their website.

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How to Spend Your Christmas Getaway in Victoria, BC

Looking for some festive ways to spend your weekend in Victoria, BC? We've got you covered from festive events and activities to local hot spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take the MV COHO over from Port Angeles, WA (about a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle) and arrive in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. During this time of year, we have an 8:20am sailing or a 2:00pm sailing from Port Angeles. Save BIG when you book your Christmas Magic holiday through us. Packages are from $169 USD pp/do and include your ferry, a hotel stay in Victoria, and The Butchart Gardens admission with round trip shuttle transportation from downtown Victoria.  BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PACKAGE NOW   Christmas Magic in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. Day One - Arrive in Victoria for an Overnight Stay 8:20am Depart from Port Angeles. We recommend taking the 8:20am sailing to maximize your time in Victoria!If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers. 9:50am Arrive in Victoria, go through Canada Customs, and check into your Victoria hotel. If you are unable to check-in early, the hotel can store your bags complimentary until your room is ready. The Butchart Gardens Christmas lights are in the evening, so we recommend experiencing some festive activities in downtown during the day. 12:00pm Go for lunch in downtown Victoria. Victoria has many local restaurants to choose from... All within walking distance of our terminal and hotel partners! We recommend one of the following:- Boomtown (950 Yates Street): A popular spot for tacos & burritos with an impressive outdoor patio.- Burger Crush (787 Fort Street): Burgers, shakes & hand-cut fries with vegan options.- Foo Asian Street Food (769 Yates Street): Easygoing place serving varied Asian street food, beer & cider in a contemporary space with a patio.- The Drake Eatery (517 Pandora Avenue): Relaxed bar and eatery serving thoughtfully sourced comfort food dishes and a large menu of craft beer. - Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya (1005 Langley Street): Japanese small plates with an extensive sushi menu. Christmas in Victoria's Chinatown. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, Brandon McGeachie. 1:00pm Do some local Christmas shopping. Government Street is home to a variety of iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, Merchant Quarters General Store (clothing, shoes and home), and Munro's Books. Be sure to check out Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Still Life (clothes and accessories), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing).  Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre. 3:00pm Continue your shopping journey at the Bay Centre, and check out the Festival of Trees at the same time! Wander through all levels of the mall and vote by donation for your favorite. All proceeds go to BC Children’s Hospital. The Festival of Trees is on for the entire month of December. 4:00pm Enjoy an early dinner before heading to Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. We recommend one of the following: - Pagliacci's Attractions (1011 Broad Street): A classic Victoria resaurant serving pasta, steak, and endless focaccia bread.- Nobu Kitchen + Bar (490 Pandora Avenue): A fusion of Japanese favorites and Canadian dishes. - Sult Pierogi Bar (609 Yates Street): Industrial-style hub serving Eastern European-inspired dishes like dumplings, sausages & sauerkraut.- Little Jumbo (506 Fort Street #102): Cozy, urban speakeasy providing a chill atmosphere, an imaginative, elevated menu and craft cocktails. Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 6:00pm Depart from the Fairmont Empress Hotel to The Butchart Gardens. Make sure to check in at the kiosk outside of the Fairmont about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.  Please Note: The shuttle departs from the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 6:00pm daily and 4:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you reserve the 4:00pm shuttle, you must return on the 7:00pm shuttle from The Butchart Gardens. If you reserve the 6:00pm shuttle, you must return on the 9:00pm shuttle.  6:35pm/6:40pm Arrive at The Butchart Gardens. Grab a warm beverage from their Coffee Shop, and walk through the Twelve Days of Christmas display. You will have just over two hours to leisurely explore The Butchart Gardens. 9:00pm Depart The Butchart Gardens back to downtown Victoria.  9:35pm/9:40pm Arrive at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. If you are interested in exploring the nightlife of downtown Victoria, there are some great local pubs and cocktail lounges. We recommend one (or more!) of the following:- Wind Cries Mary (45 Bastion Square): Homey restaurant offering refined share plates.- Whistle Buoy Brewing Company (Market Square, Lower Courtyard, 560 Johnson Street): One of Victoria's newest micro-breweries located in Market Square featuring a large dog friendly patio and a cozy taproom.- Citrus & Cane (1900 Douglas Street): Fashionable bar presenting cocktails, beers and wine amid retro-style surroundings.- Block Kitchen & Bar (538 Yates Street #101): Restaurant and bar serving an Asian-fusion menu designed to be shared alongside amazing cocktails. Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. Day Two - Explore Downtown Victoria Before Going Back to Port Angeles 9:00am Eat breakfast at one of Victoria's top brunch spots. We recommend one of the following:- Heron Rock Bistro (435 Simcoe Street): A Canadian bistro with occasional live music, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.- Frankie's Modern Diner (910 Government Street): A contemporary diner serving classic breakfast dishes with a modern twist.- John's Place (723 Pandora Avenue): A Classic Diner serving up nostalgic breakfast and brunch dishes.- Nourish Kitchen & Cafe (225 Quebec Street): Farm-fresh mains and snacks in a Victorian house. Want something a little lighter? Try one of these coffee shops/bakeries instead:- Rise and Grind (1294 Broad Street): Daytime cafe for breafast and lunch sandwiches, wraps and salads in casual digs with counter service.- Crust Bakery (730 Fort Street): A local hot spot offering an array of baked goods, pastries and coffee. 11:00am Marvel at the handmade gingerbread creations (that are 100% edible!) and vote by donation for your favorite at the annual Gingerbread Showcase happening at the Hotel Grand Pacific (right across the street from our Victoria terminal!). All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Visit their website for more information. Christmas at the Pendray Tea House. 12:00pm Experience winter tea at the Pendray Tea House this holiday season, located across the street from our Victoria terminal. Choose from a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted breads, sweets and pastries. BUY WINTER TEA TICKETS 2:00pm Enjoy a cozy horse-drawn carriage tour with Victoria Carrige Tours. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas.  Horse-Drawn Carriage ToursBeacon Hill Park Tour (60 minute tour): Delight in escaping the city by traveling to the crown jewel of Victoria, Beacon Hill Park. Catch a glimpse of local wildlife while enjoying the serenity Beacon Hill Park has to offer. Travel along the coastline of Dallas Road where the Salish Sea meets the Olympic Mountains. Return through the Victorian historical district of James Bay where you will feel as though time has stood still.The Royal Tour (75 minute tour): Experience the melodic hoof beats as your eyes indulge in the natural ecosystem of Beacon Hill Park. The beautiful landscape will capture your imagination as you are told stories of then and now. Featuring an extended experience overlooking the Salish Sea and Olympic Mountains portraying the true beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Engage in local tales of the historical James Bay neighborhood. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS 4:00pm Depart from Victoria. If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers. 5:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles and go through US Customs.

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Top Things To Do This Christmas Season in Victoria, BC

Victoria has everything you need for the perfect holiday getaway; whether it's visiting The Butchart Gardens’ Christmas lights display, doing some last-minute shopping, indulging in a traditional winter tea, or attending a festive event. Read our insider’s scoop on top activities and events to do while visiting Victoria this Christmas season. PLUS, save on Butchart Gardens Christmas Magic packages to Victoria from $169 USD pp/do. Packages include ferry, a hotel stay in Victoria and admission to The Butchart Gardens with shuttle. BOOK NOW Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 1. Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens Every Christmas, The Gardens are decorated with over one million twinkling lights in splendid displays throughout the 55-acre property. Grab a warm beverage from their Coffee Shop, and walk through the Twelve Days of Christmas display. Keep your eyes alert, you will not want to miss all the secrets The Gardens has to offer! Please Note: The Butchart Gardens is located about 35 minutes from downtown Victoria. If you are traveling as a walk-on passenger, you can use one of the following modes of transportation to get to The Butchart Gardens:1. The Butchart Gardens round-trip shuttle transportation: Hop on a motor coach bus in downtown Victoria, and enjoy a 35-minute narrated ride to The Gardens. The shuttle departs from the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 6:00pm daily, and 4:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 2. BC Transit: Although a bit longer of a route (with many pick up and drop offs along the way), BC Transit is a cost effective public transportation option. Visit BC Transit for route options.3. Taxi: There are several taxi companies in Victoria that can pick you up directly in front of our Victoria ferry terminal. BUY CHRISTMAS MAGIC TICKETS Christmas lights on Government Street. 2. Go Christmas Shopping in Downtown Victoria Take a stroll down one of Victoria's main streets — Government Street. Here you'll find a variety of iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops. Also be sure to check out Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops to explore.  Winter Tea at the Pendray Tea House. Credit: Pendray Tea House. 3. Experience a Traditional Winter Tea 'Tis the season to experience an Afternoon Tea as light and delicate as Victoria's first snowfall. Treat yourself to a uniquely crafted menu complete with options inspired by the beautiful holiday festivities around downtown Victoria. Enjoy a classic winter tea experience in the Pendray Tea House at the Huntingdon Manor, located across the street from our Victoria terminal this holiday season. Choose from a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted breads, sweets and pastries. BUY WINTER TEA TICKETS A horse-drawn carriage tour passing The Parliament Buildings. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Enjoy an Intimate Tour of Victoria From a Horse-Drawn Carriage Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Horse-Drawn Carriage ToursBy The Park: Relax and enjoy the pace of elegance through the historical streets of James Bay on this 45-minute tour. Meet the outskirts of Beacon Hill Park, the city’s oldest and largest park, known for its vast ecosystem including Garry Oak meadows and fields of Camas Lilies. Be delighted by the endearing character of the homes throughout the historical neighborhood.Beacon Hill Park Tour: Delight in escaping the city by traveling to the crown jewel of Victoria, Beacon Hill Park on this 60-minute tour. Catch a glimpse of local wildlife while enjoying the serenity Beacon Hill Park has to offer. Travel along the coastline of Dallas Road where the Salish Sea meets the Olympic Mountains. Return through the Victorian historical district of James Bay where you will feel as though time has stood still. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS Macarons from Bon Macaron. Credit: Off The Eaten Track Food Tours. 5. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry on the Cozy Christmas Food Tour Get in the Christmas spirit with a festive guided culinary walking tour that celebrates indulgent holiday-themed samples from classic Victoria foodie businesses. The tour visits four food destinations in addition to four local shops for a chance to pick up a thoughtful gift. BOOK A FOOD TOUR Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, One Lion Photography. 6. Festival of Trees Grab a festive drink, do some Christmas shopping, and enjoy the beautiful display of decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses and organizations to support BC Children’s Hospital. Be sure to vote by donation for your favorite! The Festival of Trees takes place in the Bay Centre from November 16th, 2023 to January 3, 2024.  Santa Claus Parade in downtown Victoria. 7. Santa Claus Parade Join the parade that has been a staple for locals and visitors of Victoria for the past 40 years. Enjoy a spectacular display of lights and other entertainment as the parade works its way through Victoria’s downtown core. The parade takes place at the end of November each year. Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle. Credit: Craigdarroch Castle. 8. Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle Experience the holiday season at Craigdarroch Castle and enjoy a self-guided tour with a unique Christmas twist! For the month of December, Craigdarroch Castle will be fully decorated and will host special evening music events featuring Celtic and holiday favorites.  Please Note: Craigdarroch Castle is currently open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. You can purchase regular admission only through Black Ball. If you'd like to book the evening events, please visit Craigdarroch Castle's website.  BUY CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE TICKETS WinterFest at the Royal BC Museum. Credit: Visitor in Victoria. 9. Get Festive at the Royal BC Museum's WinterFest! WinterFest at the Royal BC Museum is a delightful seasonal celebration that transforms the museum into a winter wonderland. Visitors can immerse themselves in the festive spirit with enchanting displays, interactive exhibits, and special holiday-themed activities, making it a perfect festivity for families and individuals looking to embrace the magic of the winter season while exploring British Columbia's rich history. This event is FREE and will be taking place on December 2 and 3. Light of Wonder at Centennial Square. Credit: The Centennial Lights of Wonder. 10. Centennial Lights of Wonder It's back! Be amazed with the dazzling display of lights at Centennial Square in downtown Victoria. Don't miss this magical holiday moment that the whole family will love. Visit the Lights of Wonder website for more details.  Handmade gingerbread creation. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, One Lion Photography. 11. Admire Gingerbread Creations at the 14th Annual Gingerbread Showcase This annual Gingerbread Showcase takes place at the Hotel Grand Pacific in downtown Victoria (right across the street from our Victoria terminal!). Marvel at the handmade gingerbread creations (that are 100% edible!) and vote by donation for your favorite. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Victoria This year's showcase will be takin place from November 25th - January 4th. Visit their website for more information. Bastion Square, near the tour start point. 12. Hear the Tales of Christmases Past Enjoy the warm-hearted and sometimes humorous stories of how Christmas was celebrated in Victoria during the Victorian era — A First Nations legend, Christmas Day brawls at Fort Victoria, a touching Gold Rush tale, Christmas store decorations and an amusing memory from Emily Carr's childhood are featured. Please Note: This tour only runs on Saturdays. BOOK NOW The Nutcracker Production. 13. Watch The Nutcracker at the Royal Theatre The Ukrainian Shunka Dancers and Victoria Symphony present a classic Christmas tradition — The Nutcracker. Perfect for the entire family, this performance will take place on December 1, 2 and 3 with afternoon and evening shows. You can purchase your tickets on the Royal Theatre's website.  Oak Bay Beach Hotel exterior. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 14. Breakfast with Santa Enjoy a family-styled brunch at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel with house-made cookie decorating AND a visit from the man himself, Mr. Claus! Seatings are available December 3, 10 and 23. Reserve your spot on the Oak Bay Beach Hotel's website.  Roasting Marshmallows at The Empress. Credit: Fairmont Empress. 15. Make S'mores on the Veranda of the Fairmont Empress Take in the dazzling views of the Inner Harbour as you sit by the fire on the Fairmont Empress’s veranda to toast marshmallows, savor seasonal hot drinks, and relish in the finest cheese or chocolate fondue. They also provide outdoor heaters and blankets for added coziness. Interior of Sen Zushi. Credit: Sen Zushi. 16. Visit one of Victoria’s Most Loved Restaurants There’s no better way to cozy up in the winter than sharing a meal with someone. Here are a few of our favorite spots to grab a warm meal:• Brasserie L’Ecole (1715 Government Street): Celebrated brasserie for French fare and wine served in bustling, unpretentious quarters.• Sen Zushi (940 Fort Street): Contemporary space offering artfully arranged sushi along with hot Japanese entrees and premium sake.• Cafe Brio (944 Fort Street): Unpretentious choice for salumi, wine & Italian-leaning meals made from local ingredients.• Bodega (1210 Broad Street): Intimate fixture featuring Spanish tapas, wine & cocktails in a warm atmosphere.   Christmas Light Display in Victoria. Credit: Victoria Buzz. 17. Take A Tour of Victoria's Finest Christmas Light Displays Get yourself a delicious cup of hot chocolate, and turn on some Christmas classics for a dose of festive cheer as you embark on a tour of the best Christmas lights in Victoria! With an abundance of dazzling light displays throughout the capital region, Victoria Buzz’s Annual Christmas Lights Tour Map makes it easy to figure out what houses to check out. From twinkling displays to the most enchanting holiday decorations, this list will guide you on a tour guaranteed to brighten your spirits.Please Note: This year's map has not yet been posted. Handmade beeswax candles made by Ginkgo Craft Studios, a vendor at The Dickens Fair. Credit: The Dickens Fair, Ginkgo Craft Studios. 18. 42nd Annual Dickens Christmas Fair With over 50 vendors, the Dicken's Christmas Fair is a great place to get into the holiday spirt. This holiday market features local makers of fine art, jewelry, candles, clothing, delicious baked goods, and more! The event takes place at the James Bay Community Center (located about a 10-minute walk from our ferry terminal) on December 2 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Visit the James Bay Market's website for more information.  Haunted Manor Mini Golf Christmas Display. Credit: Haunted Manor Mini Golf. 19. Haunted Manor Mini Golf Experience the enchanting and eerie fusion of holiday cheer and ghostly thrills as you navigate through Haunted Manor's 18-hole course. Navigate your way through twinkling lights, festive decorations, and ghostly surprises as you putt your way through a winter wonderland that's both merry and mysteriously haunting.

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Top Things To Do Victoria, BC This Fall (2022)

It’s not too late to enjoy the last bit of Victoria’s autumn weather and fall activities! Cozy up inside at one of Victoria's brunch places (eggs benedict are a must!), or immerse yourself in world-famous artwork at one of Victoria's several art galleries. We also recommend bundling up and enjoying the fall elements outside at The Butchart Gardens, or at one of Victoria's many hiking trails or beaches. PLUS, save on Victoria hotel + ferry deals from $99 USD pp/do... It's the best rate of the year!  Read below for our curated list of fantastic activities to do during fall in Victoria, BC.   Ghostly walk with Discover the Past Walking Tours. Credit: Discover the Past Walking Tours. 1. Take a Ghostly Walk or Haunted Tour Listen to chilling ghost stories in Canada's most haunted city. Experience spine-chilling spooks as you learn about the haunted history of Victoria. For those who are a little less ghost-inclined, there are also non-haunted history tours.  Buy Discover the Past Tickets Goldstream Park. 2. Watch the Salmon Run at Goldstream Park Watch the miracle of nature happening right before your eyes! Every year, salmon storm the Goldstream river to spawn, coming back to the place where many moons prior they had spawned themselves. The salmon run typically lasts from mid-October to early-December and is a great way to educate your kiddos on the importance of natural ecosystems! Visit Goldstream Park's website for more information. Fall at The Butchart Gardens. 3. Soak in the Fall Colors at The Butchart Gardens Fall is the perfect time to do a trip to The Butchart Gardens. Not only is it usually quieter, it's also the perfect time to soak in the fall colors... One of our favorite fall spots is the Japanese Gardens. While you are there, enjoy traditional winter tea in The Gardens Dining Room, or sweet treat and warm drink from the Coffee Shop. Buy The Butchart Gardens Tickets Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse Room. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Taste the Season's Best Ciders Visit some of the island's best cideries and score yourself a taste of what this harvest season has to offer! You can do tastings at many cideries throughout Vancouver Island, including some of our favorites, Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Junction Orchard and Cider, and Victoria Cider Co. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while sipping on a delicious beverage! Pumpkin patch. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 5. Get Spooked at Galey Farms From Pumpkin Fest to CarnEvil, Galey Farms has something for everyone in the family. Visit during the day and take a ride out to the pumpkin patch for family pumpkin picking! Or, arrive at night for the Festival of Fear which includes the corn maze of horror, crazy train and a haunted house! For the scare-seekers, we recommend CarnEvil, a 5,000 square foot haunted house! Immersive Van Gogh Experience. 6. Immerse Yourself in the Beyond Van Gogh Experience Enter the world of starry nights and become immersed in the workings of famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh. You will be in awe of all the lights and colors in this fully immersive experience of still and moving art. The experience is in Victoria for a limited time from October 14 to December 31. More details can be found on the Beyond Van Gogh Experience website. Winter at Mount Washington. 7. Go Skiing or Snowboarding at Mount Washington Located about a 3-hour drive from our Victoria ferry terminal is Mount Washington, the hot spot for all winter sports on the island. Whether you're looking to do some hiking out near Battleship Lake or ski/snowboard down the slopes, there's something for everyone here. You can rent the extra equipment needed at Mount Washington such as snowshoes, tubes, snowboards, skis, etc. Just make sure to dress warm as Mount Washington is often home to record-breaking snowfalls! Visit Mount Washington's website for more details. Sunset at Dallas Road. 8. Find Your Peace by the Ocean at a Victoria Beach Victoria is home to more beautiful beaches than one can imagine, and they remain breathtaking year-round. If you can brave the fall weather, you will be sure enjoy a serene experience in the quiet season. Check out a range of beaches, including Gonzales, Willows, Cattle Point, Witty's Lagoon, or meander along the beaches of Dallas road nearby our terminal. Burger and fries. Credit: Burger Crush. 9. Eat like a Local in Downtown Victoria Lunch Recommendations - Red Fish, Blue Fish — Some of the city's best fish and chips!- 10 Acres Commons — Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!- Burger Crush: Streamlined eatery doling out burgers, shakes & hand-cut fries, plus vegan fare & coconut ice cream.- Foo Asian Street Food: Easygoing place serving varied Asian street food, beer & cider in a contemporary space with a patio.- Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken: Fried chicken, soups & other traditional Korean dishes round out the menu at this casual outpost. Dinner Recommendations- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience.- Cafe Brio: Unpretentious choice for salumi, wine & Italian-leaning meals, made from local ingredients.- NARU Korean Restaurant: Casual, authentic Korean fair in a unique dining room.Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya: Japanese small & shared plates & extensive sushi menu with a full bar in a relaxed, modern setting. Reading at book in Munro's. Credit: Munro's Books. 10. Turn the Pages at Munro's Books Nothing says fall like curling up with a good book. Luckily, Downtown Victoria is home to Munro's books, a heritage store with spectacular space and an incredible selection. If you're looking for a great book as part of your cozy getaway, Munro's has something for you. Horse-drawn carriage tour. 11. Tour Victoria on a Cozy Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Buy Victoria Carriage Tour Tickets Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. 12. Do Brunch in the Brunch Capital of Canada Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, Nourish Cafe or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so get an early start to the day to avoid the lines!

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15 Top Things To Do in Olympic National Park

Explore nearly one million acres of wilderness in Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula, WA. Known as one of the most diverse national parks in the USA, Olympic National Park has something for everyone. This UNSECO World Heritage Site offers plenty of spots for hiking, kayaking, camping, wildlife viewing, backpacking, fishing, tidepooling and more. From lush forest to coastal beaches, and glacial mountain ranges to roaring waterfalls, here's the top things to do in Olympic National Park.   1. Hoh Rain Forest Distance from Port Angeles: 2 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 4 hours Stroll through lush greenery in one of the largest temperate rainforests in the USA. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the most iconic destinations in Olympic National Park. Don't be surprised if you see some wildlife on your journey — The Hoh Rain Forest is home to Roosevelt Elk, many bird species, black bears, black-tailed deer, and more. Explore the Hoh Rain Forest on one of the following trails: - Hall of Mosses Trail: 0.8 miles / 1.2 kms loop trail- Spruce Nature Trail: 1.2 miles / 2.9 kms loop trail- Hoh River Trail: Full trail is 18.5 miles / 30 kms, but there are several turnaround points throughout the trail For more information on the Hoh Rain Forest, visit the National Park Service website. 2. Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Known for its crystal-clear blue waters, this glacier-fed lake is the second deepest lake in Washington State. Lake Crescent has many hiking trails, including the hike to Marymere Falls (1.7 miles / 2.7 kms round-trip), and Spruce Railroad Trail (11.2 miles / 18 kms round-trip). Water sports, including kayaking, canoeing, SUPing and plain-old swimming are also popular, with rentals available at Lake Crescent Lodge. For more information on Lake Crescent, visit the National Park Service website. 3. Hurricane Ridge Distance from Port Angeles: 45 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Drive 45 minutes from Port Angeles to the summit of Hurricane Ridge, at 5,242 feet elevation. Hurricane Ridge is open year-round and is very accessible — Take in the mountain views (you can see Victoria on a clear day!), hike one of the trails, or during the winter months go snowboarding, skiing or tubing with a small lift service on weekends.  For more information on Hurricane Ridge, visit the National Park Service website.  4. Rialto Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 4 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Pack a picnic and spend the day, or pitch a tent and stay overnight at Rialto Beach, located 1.5 hours south of Port Angeles near La Push. Rialto Beach is known for Hole-in-the-Wall, a 3 mile / 4.8 km round-trip trek, with ample tidepooling opportunities along the way. If you're going out to Hole-in-the-Wall, be sure to plan your trip during low tide, as it's only fully accessible during this time.  For more information on Rialto Beach, please visit the National Park Service website. 5. Sol Duc Falls Distance from Port Angeles: 1 hourDistance from Seattle: 3.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 5.25 hours Located in the Sol Duc Valley, Sol Duc Falls is arguably the most popular waterfall on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. Follow lush old-growth forest until you reach Sol Duc Falls. The hike is an easy 1.6 miles / 2.6 kms round-trip. Peak viewing season is May through October, with early spring and autumn being the best time to visit due to heavier water flow (typically). Other areas of interest in the Sol Duc Valley include:- Mink Lake: 5.2 miles / 8.4 kms round-trip- Lover's Lane: 6 miles / 9.7 kms loop trail following Sol Duc River (continuing past Mink Lake Trail)- High Divide Loop: A 2-3 day hike with views of Mount Olympus- Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort: Stay overnight in a cabin in Olympic National Park, and experience the hot mineral-springs pool- Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground: RV & campground with access to several hiking trails For more information on Sol Duc Falls, visit the National Park Service website.  6. Ruby Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.75 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.5 hoursDistance from Portland: 4 hours Known for its abundant amount of driftwood strewn along the shore and towering sea stacks, Ruby Beach is a favorite on the Olympic Peninsula. During low tide, explore the tide pools filled with starfish and other marine life. Plus, it is one of the few destinations in Olympic National Park that allow leashed dogs. 7. Devil's Punchbowl Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Take a dip in the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Crescent from Devil's Punchbowl! Walk (or bike) about 1 mile / 1.6 kms of the Spruce Railroad Trail to Devil's Punchbowl and experience the best view of Lake Crescent (in our opinion!). If you continue past Devil's Punchbowl, you'll end up at the trail to Mount Storm King, another popular spot in Olympic National Park.  Bonus: The Spruce Railroad Trail is pet-friendly! Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times. 8. Shi Shi Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 2.25 hoursDistance from Seattle: 5 hoursDistance from Portland: 6 hours While the trail to Shi Shi Beach is moderately easy, there are areas of the trail that are quite muddy, so be sure to pack your hiking boots/waterproof shoes. If you'd like to hike all the way to Point of Arches (the beautiful sea stacks), the trek is about 8 miles / 12.9 kms round-trip. If you don't want to hike all the way, you'll arrive at the beach about 2 miles / 3.2 kms from the beginning of the trail. Shi Shi Beach is located on the Makah Indian Reservation, and you must purchase a Makah Recreation Pass to access the beach. Camping on the beach is permitted (we highly recommend it!), and reservations are not necessary. However, during summer months, expect it to be busy. For more information on Shi Shi Beach, visit the National Park Service website.  9. Mount Storm King Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours While Mount Storm King provides extravagant views of Lake Crescent, it is not your average trail walk. The hike is 4 miles / 6.4 kms round-trip, with 2,065 ft of elevation gain. Be prepared for a steep incline, rough terrain, and ropes to aid you to the top... BUT it's all worth it! The view from the top of Storm King is one of the most iconic in Olympic National Park.  For more information on Mount Storm King, visit the Washington Trails Association website. 10. Lake Quinault & Quinault Rain Forest Distance from Port Angeles: 2.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 2.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 3.25 hours Known as the southern gateway to Olympic National Park, Lake Quinault is home to a temperate rain forest, Lake Quinault Lodge, a few campgrounds including Falls Creek Campground, Willaby Campground and Gatton Creek Campground, ample waterfalls including Cascade Falls and Gatton Creek Falls, and six of the largest living trees in the world (also called the Valley of Rain Forest Giants). There are plenty of opportunities for hiking around Lake Quinault and Quinault Rain Forest:- World's Largest Spruce Tree Trail: 0.3 miles / 0.5 kms- Quinault Rain Forest Nature Loop: 0.5 miles / 0.8 kms- Willaby Creek Trail: 1.3 miles / 2 kms- Quinault Loop Trail: 4 miles / 6.4 kms- Pony Bridge Trail: 5 miles / 8 kms- Enchanted Valley: 26 miles / 41.8 kms 11. Salt Creek Recreation Area Distance from Port Angeles: 20 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Previously a World War II military camp called Camp Hayden, Salt Creek Recreation Area is just a short distance from Port Angeles with beautiful views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and glacial mountains. The 196-acre park has numerous camping spots for tenters and RVers, remanence of World War II with two concrete bunkers, and access to Tongue Point with perhaps some of the best tide pooling on the Olympic Peninsula.  For more information on Salt Creek Recreation Area, visit Clallam County Parks' website. 12. Second Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 4 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Enjoy an easy 0.7 mile / 1.1 km one-way, forested walk from the parking lot down to Second Beach. You'll be in awe of the seastacks, and depending on time of day, you may be able to do some tidepooling. Plus, a walk along this coastal beach during sunset is a must! Camping at Second Beach is also allowed (and recommended), but you must have a wilderness camping permit. Permits can be purchased in advance through the National Park Service website. For more information on Second Beach, visit the National Park Service website.  13. Staircase Distance from Port Angeles: 2.25 hoursDistance from Seattle: 2.25 hoursDistance from Portland: 2.75 hours Staircase is a hidden gem in Olympic National Park. While a little less traveled, it is home to many hiking and backpacking trails, a campground, and ranger station. Lake Cushman (located nearby) is also perfect for kayaking, SUPing or canoeing. Trails around Staircase:Staircase Rapids Loop: 2.1 miles / 3.4 kms round-tripFour Stream Trail: 7.1 miles / 11.4 kms round-tripWagonwheel Lake Trail: 4.9 miles / 7.9 kms round-tripShady Lane Trail: 1.8 miles / 2.9 kms round-tripFlapjack Lakes Trail: 15.8 miles / 25.4 kms round-tripNorth Fork Skokomish River: 30.4 miles / 48.9 kms round-trip  Be sure to check the status of the road to Staircase before you go, as it is unpaved, and sometimes closed due to weather conditions.  For more information on Staircase, visit the National Park Service website. 14. Kalaloch Distance from Port Angeles: 1.75 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.25 hoursDistance from Portland: 3.75 hours Explore, hike, beachcomb, admire wildlife, or just relax. Your options for adventure (or seclusion) are endless at Kalaloch.  Things to do at Kalaloch:Kalaloch Lodge: One of the most popular places to stay on the Olympic Peninsula. Choose from a room in the lodge or a cozy cabin. Open year-round.Kalaloch Campground: Each campsite comes with a fire pit and picnic table. Reservations are a must in the peak season.Kalaloch Ranger Station: Filled with information, maps, books and exhibits. Open daily in the summer.Kalaloch Beach: If you stay at Kalaloch Lodge, Kalaloch Beach is right outside your front door. Enjoy your coffee as you watch the waves roll in. Beach 4: Located between Kalaloch Beach and Ruby Beach. Find all kinds of marine life in the abundant tide pools at Beach 4.Tree of Life: With only a few roots planted, and the rest exposed, the Tree of Life is something of a spectacle. Located just south of Kalaloch Lodge, near Kalaloch Campground. Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail: One mile / 1.6 km loop trail through coastal forest. 15. Elwha Valley Distance from Port Angeles: 15 minutesDistance from Seattle: 2.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours The Elwha Valley is home to the Elwha River - one of the largest ecosystem restoration projects in National Park history. The Elwha Valley has several day trip hikes, including:Madison Falls: 0.2 miles / 0.3 kms round-tripCascade Rock: 5.2 miles / 8.4 kms round-tripGriff Creek: 9.6 miles / 15.4 kms round-tripOlympic Hot Springs: 21 miles / 33.8 kms round-trip For more information on the Elwha Valley, visit the National Park Service website. 

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50 Top Things To Do in Victoria, BC

Discover the top 50 things to do in Victoria, BC! From the most popular Victoria attractions and activities, to outdoor adventures and local favorites. Here are our recommendations on what to do while visiting Victoria and Vancouver Island. Summertime at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 1. The Butchart Gardens Stroll along meandering paths through fifty-five acres of delightful floral displays at The Butchart Gardens. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began to beautify a worked-out quarry site north of Victoria. Her venture has become a family commitment to horticulture and hospitality spanning 100 years, delighting visitors from all over the world. Please Note: The Butchart Gardens is located about 35 minutes from downtown Victoria. If you are traveling as a walk-on passenger, you can use one of the following modes of transportation to get to The Butchart Gardens:1. The Butchart Gardens round-trip shuttle transportation: Hop on a motor coach bus in downtown Victoria, and enjoy a 35-minute narrated ride to The Gardens. Depending on the time of year, there are several pick-up and drop-off times to choose from. Book The Butchart Gardens with shuttle transportation.2. BC Transit: Although a bit longer of a route (with many pick up and drop offs along the way), BC Transit is a cost effective public transportation option. Visit BC Transit for route options.3. Taxi: There are several taxi companies in Victoria that can pick you up directly in front of our Victoria ferry terminal or your hotel. Buy The Butchart Gardens Tickets The Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, BC. 2. Explore the Inner Harbour of Downtown Victoria What better place to start? Hop off the M.V. Coho, and you're there. From buskers to local artisan vendors, and food trucks to the iconic Parliament Buildings within just a few steps, the Inner Harbour is a bustling, and exciting part of downtown Victoria. Afternoon Tea at the Pendray Tea House. Credit: Pendray Tea House. 3. Experience a Traditional Afternoon Tea Enjoy a classic afternoon tea experience in the Pendray Tea House at the Huntingdon Manor, located across the street from our Victoria terminal. Choose from a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted breads, sweets and pastries. The Pendray Tea House has a few different options, some of which are seasonally offered, including:- Traditional Afternoon Tea: Featuring a delicious selection of tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, signature pastries and your personal choice of gourmet TWG Tea.- West Coast Afternoon Tea: It wouldn't be a West Coast inspired menu without a selection of freshly caught seafood! Dive into a selection of smoked salmon, tuna or shrimp sandwiches. Your taste buds will be swimming with excitement.- Vegan Afternoon Tea: Enjoy a fully vegan-friendly inspired menu.- Winter Afternoon Tea: 'Tis the season to experience an Afternoon Tea as light and delicate as Victoria's first snowfall. Treat yourself to a uniquely crafted menu complete with options inspired by the beautiful holiday festivities around downtown Victoria.- Children's Afternoon Tea: Involve the kids in a traditional experience! Portioned appropriately for tiny appetites, the Children's Tea offers a perfect balance of fun & engaging selections for all ages. Buy Afternoon Tea Tickets M.V. Coho passing Fisherman's Wharf. 4. Wander Through Fisherman's Wharf Visit one of downtown Victoria's most popular hotspots. Wander through the colorful floating houses, do some local shopping and enjoy a peaceful lunch at one of the restaurants on the water. One of our favourites is Barb's Fish and Chips. Take a water taxi, or arrive by foot — Fisherman's Wharf is located only a few blocks from the Inner Harbour. First Peoples Gallery at the Royal BC Museum. Credit: Royal BC Museum. 5. Visit the Royal BC Museum See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore the permanent galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've been and where we are going. Discover things and people you never knew before at what TripAdvisor users have three times voted number one in the Top 10 Museums in Canada.  Buy Royal BC Museum Tickets Parliament Buildings in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. 6. Tour the Parliament Buildings Visit the iconic Parliament Buildings in the heart of downtown Victoria. Guided tours are available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, or you can explore on your own self-guided tour. Guided tours last between 30 to 45 minutes and include information on BC's political history and legislative process. Visit the Parliament Buildings' website for more information on tours.  Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Credit: Butterfly Gardens. 7. Discover Exotic Creatures at Victoria Butterfly Gardens Enjoy the stunning beauty and color of exotic butterflies, tropical ducks, flamingos, and a variety of jungle creatures at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Thousands of free-flying butterflies will delight guests of this indoor tropical paradise, specifically designed to showcase the life cycle of butterflies and moths. The jungle is carefully controlled to maintain the perfect balance of temperature and humidity for all of the plants and animals. There are also free range frogs, wall lizards and geckos that call the gardens home. Buy Butterfly Gardens Tickets Wood fire pizza at Pizzeria Prima Strada. Credit: Pizzeria Prima Strada, Destination Greater Victoria. 8. Eat Like a Local Lunch Recommendations- Red Fish, Blue Fish — Some of the city's best fish and chips!- 10 Acres Commons — Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!- Pizzeria Prima Strada — Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza... Absolutely delicious.- Garrick's Head Pub — A favorite pub among the locals! Dinner Recommendations- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.- Nobu Japanese Tapas — Share plates with an Asian flair.- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience. Having a hard time deciding where to go? Book a food tour with Off the Eaten Track Food Tours, and experience a bit of everything! Tour through iconic neighborhoods and taste authentically local food along the way. Tickets can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. Buy Off The Eaten Food Track Tickets   Shopping on Lower Johnson Street in downtown Victoria. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 9. Shop Local in Downtown Victoria Take a stroll down one of Victoria's main streets — Government Street. Here you'll find a variety of restaurants (Bard & Banker, Irish Times, and Garrick's Head, to name a few), and iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops. Also be sure to check out Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore.  Craigdarroch Castle. 10. Explore Craigdarroch Castle Visit this spectacular mansion built between 1887 and 1890 by Robert Dunsmuir with four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and lavish furnishings. Craigdarroch Castle's tower, rising high above the city, offers a stunning view of Victoria, the Pacific Ocean, and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. Tours are self-guided and "I Spy" maps are available for children. Buy Craigdarroch Castle Tickets Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 11. Beacon Hill Park and Children's Farm An easy walk from the Inner Harbour of downtown, Beacon Hill Park and Children's Farm is a free spot to visit in Victoria. Stroll through the 200-acre park and admire the beautiful landscapes and bounty of animals including ducks, geese and peacocks. Check out the Children's Farm for a hands-on experience for the whole family, with twice daily goat runs, and other friendly animals. PLUS, don't forget to make a stop at the Beacon Drive-In — voted Victoria's Best Ice Cream for the past 25 years! Whale watching with Prince of Whales. Credit: Prince of Whales. 12. Go on a Whale Watching Adventure Explore the Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters in Victoria in the summer months. Take advantage of the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife from downtown Victoria on a Zodiac adventure or a luxury catamaran cruise.  Buy Whale Watching Tickets Sunset at the Breakwater on Dallas Road. 13. Stroll along Dallas Road and the Breakwater Looking for a place with a great ocean view? Stroll along the breakwater where the ocean hugs the path that leads you to one of Victoria’s most iconic lookouts — You can even catch the M.V. Coho on its way to the Inner Harbour! This beautiful spot is only a short walk away from Victoria’s Inner Harbour and is an ideal destination for a sunset walk after a day of exploring. Horse-drawn carriage in front of the Parliament Buildings. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 14. Tour Victoria by Horse Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Buy Victoria Carriage Tour Tickets Phillips Brewing Tasting Room. Credit: Off the Eaten Track Food Tours, Destination Greater Victoria. 15. Sip on Some Local Brews Victoria, BC is home to more than a dozen local breweries. Some of our favorite breweries with patios or tasting rooms include:- Whistle Buoy Brewing Company (Market Square, Lower Courtyard #63, 560 Johnson Street)- Phillips Brewing & Malting Beer Shop (2010 Government Street)- Vancouver Island Brewing (2330 Government Street)- îLE Sauvage Brewing Co. (2960 Bridge Street)- Driftwood Brewing Company (836 Viewfield Road) Plus, discover over 200 craft breweries in British Columbia on The BC Ale Trail. Biking through Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Destination Greater Victoria. 16. Explore Victoria on Bike Bring your bicycle on the M.V. Coho, or rent a bike in Victoria... Victoria is an extremely bike-friendly city! You can pedal your way through the island with bike lanes throughout downtown Victoria, and trails that continue further up island. Adventure down the E&N Rail Trail that eventually meets up with the Galloping Goose Trail. Cycle to popular destinations outside of downtown Victoria, such as Sidney, Thetis Lake and Sooke.  View all of Victoria's bike lanes and paths. Chinese lanterns in Fan Tan Alley in Victoria's Chinatown. 17. Check out Historic Chinatown and Fan Tan Alley Chinatown welcomes you with a grand entrance - the Harmonious Gates of Interest. Inside the gates, browse local shops, historic buildings, and quaint Chinese grocers filled with specialty ingredients for cooking a variety of Asian dishes.  Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Canada (and second oldest in North America), and was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995.  Plus, be sure to check out Fan Tan Alley while you're there. Known as the narrowest street in Canada, Fan Tan Alley is home to many small vendors including a record store, cafe, beauty salon and other boutique shops.   Abkhazi Garden. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 18. Admire the Abkhazi Garden The Abkhazi Garden is a beautiful spot for a relaxing afternoon! From flower beds to 70-year-old trees, this historical destination is full of color and life. Situated on the outskirts of downtown Victoria, this stunning heritage property welcomes you to explore the garden locally known as "the garden that love built". For more information, visit Abkhazi Garden's website.  Discover the Pasting Walking Tour. Credit: Discover the Past. 19. Discover the Past on a Ghostly Walking Tour Best known for their spine-tingling Ghostly Walks, Discover the Past Walking Tours also offers a variety of fun and insightful history tours. John Adams, Victoria's pre-eminent historian, leads a team of exceptional storyteller guides on these captivating historic tours of downtown Victoria. For more information, check out the Discover The Past Tours website.  View from the top of Mount Douglas. 20. Soak in the Vistas From One of Victoria's Mountain Tops Soak in the beauty of the west coast by exploring one of Victoria’s stunning mountain tops with breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains and city. Some of Victoria's most popular viewpoints include:- Mount Douglas: 15-minute drive (5.7 miles / 9.1 kms) from downtown Victoria. Many people walk through the forested trails, or paved road to reach the summit, however, there is also a small parking lot at the top. - Mount Tolmie: 15-minute drive (4.3 miles / 7 kms) from downtown Victoria. Drive on a paved road, with several parking lots on the way to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy the view from your car, or walk through the trails and have a picnic at one of the five designated areas.- Mount Finlayson: 25-minute drive (12.9 miles / 20.8 kms) from downtown. The summit is only accessible by foot... Be prepared for an adventurous hike! Port Angeles waterfront. 21. Take a Day Trip to Port Angeles Take a day trip from Victoria to discover the wonders of the Olympic Peninsula on the most direct route between Victoria, BC and the USA. Choose a tour of the Port Angeles Underground, or rent e-bikes to explore the Olympic Discovery Trail... Or, just explore Port Angeles at your leisure!  MORE INFO Beach on Dallas Road. 22. Spend the Afternoon at one of Victoria's Beaches Spend the day soaking in the sun, or even take a dip in the ocean! If you're feeling really adventurous, try your hand at kayaking, paddle boarding, or kitesurfing. The city is surrounded by beaches such as:- Dallas Road Beaches: There are several beaches along Dallas Road. Take a stroll through the paved pathway, and you'll find stairs leading to each beach.- Gonzales Beach: 8-minute drive (2.5 miles / 4 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Willows Beach: 14-minute drive (4.2 miles / 6.8 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Cadboro-Gyro Bay: 20-minute drive (5.5 miles / 8.8 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Esquimalt Lagoon: 25-minute drive (9 miles / 14.4 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Island View Beach: 25-minute drive (13 miles / 20.9 kms) from downtown Victoria. Whiskey tasting flight at Macaloney's Island Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery. Credit: Macaloney's Island Distillery. 23. Tour a Local Distillery Learn first-hand how Macaloney's crafts beers and whiskies on one of their guided tours. They begin the tour with the raw grains and walk you through their unique process all the way to the finished product. There will also be plenty of opportunities to taste both whiskies and beers along the way! Please Note: You must be 19 years or older to taste products. Budding beer and whisky connoisseurs 12-18 are welcome but cannot be served any alcohol.  Buy Distillery & Brewery Tour Tickets Other distilleries in Victoria:- DEVINE Distillery: 30-minute drive (11.2 miles / 18.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Victoria Distillers: 35-minute drive (17.3 miles / 27.9 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Sheringham Distillery: 50-minute drive (25.5 miles / 41.1 kms) from downtown Victoria. Niagara Falls in Goldstream Park. 24. Explore Goldstream Park Located about 12 miles (20 kms) northwest of downtown Victoria, Goldstream Provincial Park is best known for its annual fall salmon run and bald eagles that follow in a feeding frenzy. Check out the Goldstream Nature House, located at the mouth of the river, with interactive nature displays and live webcams. One of our must-see vista views from #20, Mount Finalyson, is also located at Goldstream. Climb just over 1,300 feet (410 meters) in elevation to the summit. Then, treat yourself with some fire-roasted smokies and s'mores at the day-use area, equipped with picnic tables, fire pits and washrooms. *Please be mindful of potential fire bans in the area.  Located on the opposite side of the highway (west), just before the turn off for the park, you'll find individual campsites (group campsites are located on the east side). Goldstream Falls and Niagara Falls are also located on the west side of the highway.  For more information on Goldstream Provincial Park, visit BC Parks. Botanical Beach in Sooke. 25. Spend a Day in Sooke About an hour outside of Victoria, Sooke is full of hidden gems waiting for you to discover. Pack your day bag (or spend a night or two!) and venture through lush forests and coastal beaches. From a waterfall cascading into the ocean to catching unreal surf, Sooke is a great place to embrace the West Coast lifestyle.  Some of our favorite spots in Sooke: - Sooke Potholes- French Beach- China Beach- Mystic Beach 26. Uncover a Mystery in less than 45 minutes If you love puzzles and riddles with a hint of mystery, then Horror Escape is the perfect afternoon activity for you! Uncover clues to help you and your team escape before the 45-minute timer runs out... Are you up for the challenge? For bookings and other information visit Horror Escape online.    Beacon Hill Park — A stop on the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour. 27. Tour Victoria from a Different Perspective Experience Victoria like no other aboard an authentic British Double Decker bus! Gray Line Victoria's Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. The Hop-On Hop-Off bus features 14 stops in the city of Victoria including the Black Ball terminal, the Fairmont Empress, Fisherman's Wharf, Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Marina, Dallas Road and Mile Zero. Buy Hop-on Hop-off Tickets Fresh produce at the Victoria Public Market. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 28. Check out the local Farmer's Markets Treat yourself to a wide range of local goodies including produce, freshly baked goods, cheese, local brews, art and pottery, clothing and more from one of Victoria’s markets! - Moss Street Market (year-round, Saturdays only): 5-minute drive (1.3 miles / 2.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.- James Bay Farmer's Market (May to October, Saturdays only): Located in James Bay, a couple blocks back from Black Ball's Victoria ferry terminal.- Esquimalt Farmer's Market (April to November, Thursdays only): 10-minute drive (3 miles / 4.8 kms) from downtown Victoria. - Victoria Public Market at the Hudson (year-round, Monday – Saturday): Located in downtown Victoria, about a 20-minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal (or 5-minute drive).- Metchosin Farmer's Market (mid-May to October, Sundays only): 35-minute drive (13.7 miles / 22.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.  Brunch on the patio at Heron Rock Bistro. Credit: Heron Rock Bistro. 29. Do Brunch in the Brunch Capital of Canada Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so get an early start to the day to avoid long lines! Hatley Castle. 30. Visit a National Historic Site: Hatley Castle If you love history with a mix of modern-day culture, you’ll love Hatley Castle. Filled with interesting artifacts and history, this stunning estate has also become a popular location for the film industry!  Aerial view of Fisgard Lighthouse. 31. Visit another National Historic Site: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse Explore a 19th-century coastal artillery fort situated along the Esquimalt Harbour. Wander through old bunkers and buildings and find your way to the first lighthouse ever built on the west coast of Canada. This historical sight is full of fascinating displays and mini exhibits waiting for you to discover. Cook Street Village. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 32. Stroll through Cook Street Village Cook Street village is home to delicious cafes (like Moka House Coffee, The Hot and Cold Cafe and Empire Donuts), restaurants (like Pizzeria Prima Strada and The Beagle Pub), and one of a kind shops (like Cook Street Liquor: a craft beer, wine and spirits shop, Rootcellar: a boutique green grocer overflowing with local produce, dairy, grocery, meats, cheeses, floral and more, and Paws on Cook: a pet store with a large selection of local raw and kibble foods, treats, toys & gear).  IMAX Victoria theatre. 33. See a Movie on the Largest IMAX Screen in BC Feel like you're really there with the ultimate film experience! The IMAX theater features crystal clear images on the largest IMAX screen in British Columbia, and wraparound digital surround sound to create an incredible and immersive experience. The IMAX theater is located inside the Royal BC Museum, just a block away from the Black Ball terminal in Victoria. Buy IMAX Tickets Water Taxi at Fisherman's Wharf. 34. Tour the Inner and Outer Harbour by Water Taxi Enjoy a scenic view of the city by catching a water taxi to get to your next destination! With over eight stops throughout the harbor, this is a unique way to tour around Victoria. PLUS, experience different pubs and restaurants along the way with their Pickle Pub Crawl. Visit Victoria Harbour Ferry's website for more information.  35. Learn About Insects at the Victoria Bug Zoo Spend an afternoon discovering tropical bugs from around the world at the Victoria Bug Zoo. With over 40 species of bugs to learn about, this mini zoo invites you into the fascinating world of insects. The Victoria Bug Zoo is located in the heart of downtown Victoria, a short walk from our Victoria terminal. Spa Magnolia at the Magnolia Hotel. Credit: Magnolia Hotel & Spa. 36. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day Spend the day getting pampered with facials, manicures, massages and more... You deserve it! Here are a few of our favorite spas in downtown Victoria: - The Spa Magnolia- Emerald Day Spa- Willow Stream Spa Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio. Credit: Inn at Laurel Point. 37. Take Advantage of Patio Season in Downtown Victoria Soak up Victoria's mild climate on a patio in downtown Victoria! While summer is the most popular time to find a spot outside, many restaurants offer heated patios, so locals sit outside nearly year-round. Some of our favorite patio spots include: - Finest At Sea- 10 Acres Commons- Whistle Buoy Brewing Company- Heron Rock Bistro- Il Covo Trattoria- Bodega- Spinnakers Brew Pub Visit Destination Greater Victoria's website for a full list of Victoria patios. Thetis Lake. 38. Relax at the Lake Searching for an activity the entire family will enjoy? Grab your towels, some snacks and head over to one of Victoria's lakes! Spend the day swimming (or relaxing) lakeside at one of the following locations:- Thetis Lake: 20-minute drive (7.5 miles / 12.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Beaver and Elk Lake: About a 25-minute drive (9.4 miles / 15.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Durrance Lake: 30-minute drive (12.6 miles / 20.2 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Prospect Lake: 30-minute drive (10.3 miles / 16.6 kms) from downtown Victoria. Victoria Inner Harbour. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 39. Explore the Waters by Kayak Victoria is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and has endless places waiting for you to explore by water. Take a guided tour around the beautiful city or a solo exploration trip on a sunny weekend day. This local activity is bound to be a memorable experience! Sidney Pier. 40. Stroll along the Sidney Pier The town of Sidney is a welcoming community full of boutique shops, delicious bakeries and scenic walks waiting for you to explore. Grab a cup of coffee from a local cafe and wander alongside the Pacific Ocean. Follow the walking trail towards the Sidney pier and stroll to the end of the boardwalk for a captivating view of the Strait of Georgia and San Juan Islands. Don't forget to keep an eye out for marine life along the way! Robert Bateman Centre. Credit: Loretta Anne Rogers. 41. Visit a Local Art Gallery If you love art, then Victoria is the place for you! With countless art exhibits ranging from modern to advant guarde, you won't be disappointed. Some of our favorite art exhibits to visit are: - Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: 5-minute drive (1.5 miles / 2.4 kms) from downtown Victoria. - The Avenue Gallery: 10-minute drive (2.9 miles / 4.6 kms) from downtown Victoria. - Madron Gallery: Located in downtown Victoria. - Sean Schuster Fine Art Gallery: Located in downtown Victoria.  42. Explore the World in Miniature Gain a whole new perspective as you stroll through Miniature World. With over 85 miniature dioramas and displays, this miniature world is anything but small! Voted top 3 places to see in 2018, this exhibition invites you to travel through space and time as you walk around their impressive creations. Cedar Hill Golf Course. Credit: Saanich Parks & Recreation. 43. Golf the Day Away Vancouver Island is a golfer's paradise. Enjoy diverse views from glacial mountains to coastal waters, with over 40 golf courses to choose from.  Some of the best golf courses on Vancouver Island include:- Olympic View Golf Course: 30-minute drive (11 miles / 17.7 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Highland Pacific Golf Course: 20-minute drive (7 miles / 11.2 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Bear Mountain Golf Course (Valley or Mountain Course): 30-minute drive (12.6 miles / 20.3 kms) from downtown Victoria. Venture further up island...- Arbutus Ridge Golf Course: 45-minute drive (29.7 miles / 47.8 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Fairwinds Golf Course: 2-hour drive (89.5 miles / 144 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Crown Isle Golf Course: 3-hour drive (140.4 miles / 226 kms) from downtown Victoria. Swan Lake's Floating Boardwalk. 44. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary Wander the Swan Lake loop trail that guides you around a lake and across a scenic floating boardwalk. This wetland area is the perfect bird watching spot, full of many different species. With resting stops spaced out along the way, this 2.5 km trail is truly an enjoyable and scenic loop. 45. Visit the Maritime Museum of British Columbia Learn about Canadian marine history at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Spend an afternoon reading fascinating stories and admire historical maritime artifacts. With multiple models, half hulls and name plates, this intriguing museum explores marine history through a number of exhibitions. 46. Explore the BC Aviation Museum Expand your aviation knowledge by adventuring through the B.C Aviation Museum. Saunter through impressive exhibits that explore important moments of British Columbia's aviation history. With amazing replicas and historical machines on display, you will have the chance to see what aircrafts looked like dating all the way back to the 1800's. Harbour Air departing from Victoria's Inner Harbour. 47. View the City from Above Admire breathtaking views of Victoria and the Strait of Juan De Fuca, with the Olympic Mountains in the distance, from the sky! Hop on a float plane in Victoria's Inner Harbour to enjoy an experience you will never forget. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. Find more Harbour Air Seaplanes information online.  Ziplining through the forest. Credit: AdrenaLINE Zipline. 48. Zipline Through the Trees Soar through the majestic West Coast forest on Vancouver Island just a short distance from downtown Victoria. This fully-guided tour features 8 scenic zip lines, a suspension bridge, and an exhilarating ATV ride through the Sooke Hills. Learn about the local ecology and wildlife during the 2 hour tour. Buy AdrenaLINE ZiplinE Tickets View from the Malahat. 49. Malahat Skywalk Malahat SkyWalk is British Columbia's newest visitor destination. Just 35 minutes north of Victoria, where the forested mountains drop away to the Pacific Ocean, this incredible fully accessible experience includes a 600 m (1,968 ft) elevated walk though the forest canopy leading to a 32 m (105 ft) sightseeing tower offering breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. Guests can find a deeper connection to nature learning about the trees, birds, animals and marine life of this coastal region unique to BC. Malahat SkyWalk is located on the traditional territory of the Malahat Nation and their Indigenous stories are also embedded throughout the experience. Buy MALAHAT SKYWALK Tickets Vancouver Island Highway. 50. Road Trip up the Island Victoria is one of many incredible destinations on Vancouver Island. Grab a friend and some snacks to prepare for the ultimate road trip! Head up island towards Mount Washington for some fresh powder skiing in the winter or incredible bike trails and zipline tours in the summer. Continue your journey towards Campbell River where you can overlook a stunning waterfall from the Elk Falls suspension bridge.  If beaches are more your style, make a trip to the surf capital of Vancouver Island... Tofino! Stop for lunch at Coombs Country Market and go for a swim in Sproat Lake along the way. If you take this route, be sure to schedule in a stop at Cathedral Grove. Here you'll walk amongst enormous old growth trees scattered throughout a breathtaking coastal forest. Vancouver Island has endless adventures waiting for you! 

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Victoria to Seattle: Four Day Itinerary

Explore the best of the Pacific Northwest on a four-day itinerary through Victoria, Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula, and Seattle! From the best places to visit in each region, to the most popular attractions, and restaurants locals rave about — We've got you covered! Here's how we think you should spend four days in the Pacific Northwest... Parliament Buildings in downtown Victoria, BC Day One - Overnight in Victoria, BC 9:00am Depart Vancouver on BC Ferries from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. 10:35am Arrive at Swartz Bay ferry terminal in Victoria, depart for The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 11:00am Arrive at The Butchart Gardens.For the rest of the day: Explore downtown Victoria at your leisure and check into your hotel accommodation.  Book an exclusive Victoria hotel + ferry package through Black Ball Ferry Line. Save BIG on Victoria hotels and receive FREE hotel parking! We'll also waive your ferry reservation fee. BOOK A VICTORIA HOTEL PACKAGE Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC — A stop on the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour Here are our recommendations on how to make the most of the rest of your day in downtown Victoria: 1) Eat like a local in downtown Victoria Lunch Recommendations - Red Fish, Blue Fish — Some of the city's best fish and chips!- 10 Acres Commons — Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.- Pink Bicycle — Wide selection of homemade burgers & yummy mac n' cheese bites.- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!- Pizzeria Prima Strada — Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza... Absolutely delicious.- Garrick's Head Pub — A favorite pub among the locals! Dinner Recommendations- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.- Nobu Japanese Tapas — Share plates with an Asian flair.- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience. Having a hard time deciding where to go? Book a food tour with Off The Eaten Track Food Tours, and experience a bit of everything! Tour through iconic neighborhoods and taste authentically local food along the way. Off the Eaten Track admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.  2) See Victoria on Gray Line's Hop-on, Hop-off City TourExperience Victoria like no other aboard one of our authentic British Double Decker buses! The Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Your ticket allows you access to unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off privileges for either 1 or 2 days depending on which pass you choose to purchase. Hop-on, Hop-off admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 3) Embark on a Whale Watching AdventureExplore the Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters in Victoria in the summer months. Take advantage of the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife from downtown Victoria. Prince of Whales Whale Watching admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 4) Explore the streets and shops of downtown Victoria Take a stroll down one of Victoria's main streets — Government Street. Here you'll find a variety of restaurants (Bard & Banker, Irish Times, and Garrick's Head, to name a few), and iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops. 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), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore. EXPLORE OTHER VICTORIA ATTRACTIONS Downtown Port Angeles, WA at dusk Day Two - Explore more of Victoria, then overnight in Port Angeles, WA 8:00am Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so begin your day a bit earlier to avoid the lines! 10:00am Explore the Royal BC Museum.See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings -- from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street and enjoy its shops, cinema, and railway station. Royal BC Museum admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.12:00pm Lunch at a local Victoria restaurant, or enjoy a classic afternoon tea experience in the Pendray Tea House at the Huntingdon Manor. Afternoon tea can be booked through Black Ball Ferry Line. If you are planning to travel with your vehicle on our ferry, you can park your vehicle in the lot any time after the sailing before departs (ex. If you are catching the 3:00pm sailing, you can park your vehicle any time after the 10:30am sailing departs). The Pendray Tea House is located across the street from our Victoria terminal. 1:30pm Arrive at Black Ball Ferry Line in Victoria for US Immigration. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)3:00pm Ferry departs for Port Angeles.4:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles, and go through US Customs. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. We recommend... 1) Shopping and dinner in downtown Port AngelesPick up a souvenir, or special item to commemorate your trip! Downtown Port Angeles is filled with local antique stores, clothing, quaint bookstores, and other small shops.Enjoy a local bite! There are so many great restaurants in Port Angeles to choose from... For something a little more casual, Next Door Gastropub and BarHop Brewing are local favorites. Or, treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at Kokopelli Grill or Bella Italia. 2) Stroll along the Port Angeles waterfrontBegin at Port Angeles City Pier, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and located beside our ferry terminal. Then, continue on to the Olympic Discovery Trail where you'll pass Hollywood Beach in front of the Red Lion Hotel. Enjoy sunset at the beach, or stroll along as much trail as you'd like. The Olympic Discovery Trail spans about 140 miles/225 km between Port Townsend and La Push on the Olympic Peninsula. 3) Try the local brews on a self-guided craft beer adventureSample the fine flavors of some great craft beers on the Olympic Peninsula on this self-guided tour of Port Angeles' best pubs and breweries. Receive a pint each from 3 local brewers. All 3 tasting locations are in downtown Port Angeles, and less than a 5-minute stroll from each other and the ferry terminal.  Sol Duc Falls on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail in Olympic National Park Day Three - Explore the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park Before you begin your day of exploring, enjoy breakfast in Port Angeles. We recommend First Street Haven or New Day Eatery, for a sit-down breakfast, or the Great Northern Coffee Bar, if you are looking for a light snack and coffee-to-go. 1) Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park (self-guided tour, about 7-8 hours, includes drive-time)Looking for a unique outdoor experience? Spend the morning hiking in the largest temperate rain forest in the contiguous USA, followed by an afternoon of exploration on a stunning portion of the 73 mile Olympic Wilderness Coast. The diversity of Olympic at its best! 2) Experience an Olympic Peninsula waterfall adventure (up to a full day, depending on how many waterfalls you want to see)The Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail encompasses over 20 breathtaking waterfalls on the Peninsula and in Olympic National Park. Visit the Olympic Peninsula's website for more information on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. 3) A scenic flightseeing tour with Rite Bros Aviation and guided Port Angeles Underground and Heritage Tour (half-day tour, about 4 hours)From the comfort of a small plane, you'll be treated to an exclusive look at the sites and wonders of the Olympic Peninsula. Book a flight sightseeing tour through Black Ball Ferry Line. then enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the city’s downtown area. Your expert tour guide will captivate your group with tales of the city spanning more than 100 years, and glimpses into what remains of a long-ago era. Book the Underground Tour through Black Ball Ferry Line. 4) Explore everything Twilight (half-day, about 4-5 hours)Visit iconic Twilight destinations throughout the Olympic Peninsula. Check out the Forks Visitor Information Center (with Bella's red truck), stroll along First Beach in La Push, and stop for lunch/dinner at Bella Italia. Visit the Olympic Peninsula for a full guide on everything Twilight! Kayaking on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park Day Four - Continue to Seattle or Return to Victoria 8:00am Depart for Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls, or depart for Hurricane Ridge... OR, if you have some extra time and aren't ready to leave the Olympic Peninsula, do both! We recommend allocating at least three hours for each activity (which includes drive-time and time for exploring). OPTION 1 - Depart for Victoria, BC11:00am Leave Hurricane Ridge or Lake Crescent.11:45am Arrive at the Port Angeles ferry terminal.12:45pm Ferry departs for Victoria at 12:45pm. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)2:15pm Arrive in downtown Victoria and go through Canada Customs. OPTION 2 - Continue to Seattle, WASeattle is about a 2.5-hour drive from Port Angeles. If you'd like to stop for a stretch (or two), there are many great places along the way. Cape Flattery on the Olympic Peninsula, WA — The northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States Optional stops on the way to Seattle Other stops in Olympic National ParkCape FlatteryRuby BeachSol Duc FallsElwha RiverMount Storm KingSpruce Railroad TrailShi Shi Beach Sequim, WA — About 30 minutes from Port AngelesOlympic Game FarmLavender Farms (ex. Purple Haze Lavender)Dungeness Spit7 Cedars CasinoSequim River BridgeDungeness River Audubon Center Port Townsend, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesFort Worden Historic State ParkPuget Sound Express Whale WatchingHistoric walking toursPort Townsend Marine Science Center Port Gamble, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesPort Gamble Historic District Tacoma, WA — About 2 hours from Port AngelesAmerica’s Car MuseumMuseum of GlassPoint Defiance Park Downtown Seattle, WA Iconic things to do in Seattle Pike Place Market: Be sure to check out the original Starbucks.The Gum Wall: A stop at Pike Place isn't complete without leaving your chewing gum with everyone else's!Space Needle: The best views in the city.Chihuly Garden and Glass: Extravagant displays of Dale Chihuly's art pieces.Museum of Pop Culture: Dozens of exhibits on everything (and more) you never knew about contemporary pop culture.The Museum of Flight: One of the largest collections of airplanes and space vehicles in the USA.Discovery Park: Need some fresh air? Take a stroll through this 534-area park.The Seattle Great Wheel: A 175 foot iconic Ferris wheel located at Pier 57 in downtown Seattle... You can't miss it!

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Victoria to Seattle: Three Day Itinerary

See Victoria, Port Angeles and Seattle all in one trip! Tour through the best of each region, including  the Royal BC Museum and The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, and the Space Needle in Seattle... Set sail on a three day adventure itinerary full of iconic spots, local eats, and a wide range of exploration! Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, BC Day One - Overnight in Victoria, BC 9:00am Depart Vancouver on BC Ferries from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.10:35am Arrive at Swartz Bay ferry terminal in Victoria, depart for The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 11:00am Arrive at The Butchart Gardens.1:00pm Depart The Butchart Gardens.1:45pm Explore downtown Victoria at your leisure and check into your hotel accommodation. Book an exclusive Victoria hotel + ferry package through Black Ball Ferry Line. Save BIG on some of the region's top hotels and receive FREE hotel parking! We'll also waive your ferry reservation fee. BOOK A VICTORIA HOTEL PACKAGE Whale watching in Victoria, BC Here are our recommendations on how to make the most of your time in downtown Victoria: 1) Eat like a local in downtown Victoria Lunch Recommendations - Red Fish, Blue Fish — Some of the city's best fish and chips!- 10 Acres Commons — Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!- Pizzeria Prima Strada — Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza... Absolutely delicious.- Garrick's Head Pub — A favorite pub among the locals! Dinner Recommendations- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.- Nobu Japanese Tapas — Share plates with an Asian flair.- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience. Having a hard time deciding where to go? Book a food tour with Off The Eaten Track Food Tours, and experience a bit of everything! Tour through iconic neighborhoods and taste authentically local food along the way. Off the Eaten Track admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.  2) See Victoria on Gray Line's Hop-on, Hop-off City TourExperience Victoria like no other aboard one of our authentic British Double Decker buses! The Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Your ticket allows you access to unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off privileges for either 1 or 2 days depending on which pass you choose to purchase. Hop-on, Hop-off admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 3) Explore the Royal BC MuseumSee all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings -- from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street and enjoy its shops, cinema, and railway station. Royal BC Museum admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 4) Embark on a Whale Watching AdventureExplore the Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters in Victoria in the summer months. Take advantage of the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife from downtown Victoria. Prince of Whales Whale Watching admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.  5) Explore the streets and shops in downtown Victoria Take a stroll down one of Victoria's main streets — Government Street. Here you'll find a variety of restaurants (Bard & Banker, Irish Times, and Garrick's Head, to name a few), and iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops. 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), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore.  EXPLORE OTHER VICTORIA ATTRACTIONS Olympic National Park sign Day Two - Overnight in Port Angeles, WA 9:00am Arrive at Black Ball Ferry Line in Victoria for US Immigration. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)10:30am Ferry departs for Port Angeles. 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, and go through US Customs. Things to do in Port Angeles: 1) Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park (self-guided tour, about 7-8 hours, includes drive-time)Looking for a unique outdoor experience? Spend the morning hiking in the largest temperate rain forest in the contiguous USA, followed by an afternoon of exploration on a stunning portion of the 73 mile Olympic Wilderness Coast. The diversity of Olympic at its best! 2) A scenic flightseeing tour with Rite Bros Aviation and guided Port Angeles Underground and Heritage Tour (half-day guided tour, about 4 hours)From the comfort of a small plane, you'll be treated to an exclusive look at the sites and wonders of the Olympic Peninsula. Book a flight sightseeing tour through Black Ball Ferry Line. then enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the city’s downtown area. Your expert tour guide will captivate your group with tales of the city spanning more than 100 years, and glimpses into what remains of a long-ago era. Book the Underground Tour through Black Ball Ferry Line.  3) Explore everything Twilight (half-day self-guided tour, about 4-5 hours)Visit iconic Twilight destinations throughout the Olympic Peninsula. Check out the Forks Visitor Information Center (with Bella's red truck), stroll along First Beach in La Push, and stop for lunch/dinner at Bella Italia. Visit the Olympic Peninsula for a full guide on everything Twilight! 4) Shopping and dinner in downtown Port AngelesPick up a souvenir, or special something to commemorate your trip! Downtown Port Angeles is filled with local antique stores, clothing, quaint bookstores, and other small shops.Then, enjoy a local bite. There are so many great restaurants in Port Angeles to choose from... For something a little more casual, Next Door Gastropub and BarHop Brewing are local favorites. Or, treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at Kokopelli Grill or Bella Italia.  Road to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park Day Three - Continue to Seattle or return to Victoria 7:15am Enjoy breakfast in Port Angeles. We recommend First Street Haven or New Day Eatery, for a sit-down breakfast, or the Great Northern Coffee Bar, if you are looking for a light snack and coffee to-go. 8:00am Depart for Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls, or depart for Hurricane Ridge... OR, if you have some extra time and aren't ready to leave the Olympic Peninsula, do both! We recommend allocating at least three hours for each activity (which includes drive-time and time for exploring). OPTION 1 - Depart for Victoria, BC11:00am Leave Hurricane Ridge or Lake Crescent.11:45am Arrive at the Port Angeles ferry terminal.12:45pm Ferry departs for Victoria at 12:45pm. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)2:15pm Arrive in downtown Victoria and go through Canada Customs. OPTION 2 - Continue to Seattle, WASeattle is about a 2.5-hour drive from Port Angeles. If you'd like to stop for a stretch (or two), there are many great places along the way. B&B Lavender Farm in Sequim, WA Optional stops on the way to Seattle Other stops in Olympic National ParkCape FlatteryRuby BeachSol Duc FallsElwha RiverMount Storm KingSpruce Railroad TrailShi Shi Beach Sequim, WA — About 30 minutes from Port AngelesOlympic Game FarmLavender Farms (ex. Purple Haze Lavender or B&B Lavender Farm)Dungeness Spit7 Cedars CasinoSequim River BridgeDungeness River Audubon Center Port Townsend, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesFort Worden Historic State ParkPuget Sound Express Whale WatchingHistoric walking toursPort Townsend Marine Science Center Port Gamble, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesPort Gamble Historic District Tacoma, WA — About 2 hours from Port AngelesAmerica's Car MuseumMuseum of GlassPoint Defiance Park Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, WA Iconic things to do in Seattle Pike Place Market: Be sure to check out the original Starbucks.The Gum Wall: A stop at Pike Place isn't complete without leaving your chewing gum with everyone else's!Space Needle: The best views in the city.Chihuly Garden and Glass: Extravagant displays of Dale Chihuly's art pieces.Museum of Pop Culture: Dozens of exhibits on everything (and more) you never knew about contemporary pop culture.The Museum of Flight: One of the largest collections of airplanes and space vehicles in the USA.Discovery Park: Need some fresh air? Take a stroll through this 534-area park.The Seattle Great Wheel: A 175 foot iconic Ferris wheel located at Pier 57 in downtown Seattle... You can't miss it!  

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Victoria to Seattle: Two Day Itinerary

Want to explore the USA and Canada, but have limited time? We have you covered — From The Butchart Gardens, to the most popular spots on the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park, here are our recommendations to make the most of your two-day itinerary from Victoria, BC (or if you're starting in Vancouver) to Seattle, WA. We've included two different itinerary options for your two-day, two-nation vacation — Stay overnight in Victoria, BC or stay overnight in Port Angeles, WA. The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC Option #1 - Overnight in Victoria, BC Day One - Explore Victoria 9:00am Depart Vancouver on BC Ferries from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. 10:35am Arrive at Swartz Bay ferry terminal in Victoria, depart for The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 11:00am Arrive at The Butchart Gardens.1:00pm Depart The Butchart Gardens.1:45pm Explore downtown Victoria at your leisure and check into your hotel accommodation.  Book an exclusive Victoria hotel + ferry package through Black Ball Ferry Line. Save BIG on Victoria hotels and receive FREE hotel parking! We’ll also waive your ferry reservation fee. BOOK A VICTORIA HOTEL PACKAGE Here are our recommendations on how to make the most of the rest of your day in downtown Victoria: 1) Eat like a local in downtown Victoria Lunch Recommendations - Red Fish, Blue Fish — Some of the city's best fish and chips!- 10 Acres Commons — Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.- Pink Bicycle — Wide selection of homemade burgers & yummy mac n' cheese bites.- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!- Pizzeria Prima Strada — Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza... Absolutely delicious.- Garrick's Head Pub — A favorite pub among the locals! Dinner Recommendations- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.- Nobu Japanese Tapas — Share plates with an Asian flair.- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience. 2) See Victoria on Gray Line's Hop-on, Hop-off City TourExperience Victoria like no other aboard one of our authentic British Double Decker buses! The Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Your ticket allows you access to unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off privileges for either 1 or 2 days depending on which pass you choose to purchase. Hop-on, Hop-off admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 3) Explore the Royal BC MuseumSee all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings -- from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street and enjoy its shops, cinema, and railway station. Royal BC Museum admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, BC — A stop on the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour Day Two - Day Trip to Port Angeles 9:00am Arrive at Black Ball Ferry Line in Victoria for US Immigration. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)10:30am Ferry departs for Port Angeles. 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, and go through US Customs. Here are our recommendations for a day trip to Port Angeles (you'll have plenty of time for one of the following): 1) Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National ParkBegin the journey at sea-level in Port Angeles and continue 5,200 feet elevation atop Hurricane Ridge. Enjoy a front-row view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains! Book a Hurricane Ridge guided tour through Black Ball Ferry Line (only available on select days). 2) Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls in Olympic National ParkLake Crescent is glacier-fed, and its crystal-clear waters provide one of the most beautiful shades of blue in the Pacific Northwest. Optional 2.8km round-trip leisurely walk to Marymere Falls. 3) A scenic flightseeing tour with Rite Bros Aviation and guided Port Angeles Underground and Heritage TourFrom the comfort of a small plane, you'll be treated to an exclusive look at the sites and wonders of the Olympic Peninsula. Book a flight sightseeing tour through Black Ball Ferry Line. Then, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the city’s downtown area. Your expert tour guide will captivate your group with tales of the city spanning more than 100 years, and glimpses into what remains of a long-ago era. Book the Underground Tour through Black Ball Ferry Line.  4) Try the local brews on a self-guided craft beer adventureSample the fine flavors of some great craft beers on the Olympic Peninsula on this self-guided tour of Port Angeles' best pubs and breweries. Receive a pint each from 3 local brewers. All 3 tasting locations are in downtown Port Angeles, and less than a 5-minute stroll from each other and the ferry terminal. BOOK A PORT ANGELES DAY TRIP OPTION 1 - Continue to Seattle, WA Scroll down for places to stop along the way to Seattle, and things to do in Seattle. OPTION 2 - Depart for Victoria, BC4:20pm Arrive at the Port Angeles ferry terminal. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)5:20pm Ferry departs for Victoria at 5:20pm.6:50pm Arrive in Victoria and go through Canada Customs. M.V. Coho passing the Odgen Point Breakwater Option #2 - Overnight in Port Angeles Day One - Visit The Butchart Gardens, then depart for Port Angeles 9:00am Depart on BC Ferries from Tsawwassen ferry terminal. 10:35am Arrive at Swartz Bay ferry terminal, depart for The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 11:00am Arrive at The Butchart Gardens.12:45pm Depart The Butchart Gardens.1:30pm Arrive at Black Ball Ferry Line in Victoria for US Immigration. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)3:00pm Ferry departs for Port Angeles. 4:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles and go through US Customs. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. We recommend... 1) Shopping and dinner in downtown Port AngelesPick up a souvenir, or special item to commemorate your trip! Downtown Port Angeles is filled with local antique stores, clothing, quaint bookstores, and other small shops.Then, enjoy a local bite. There are so many great restaurants in Port Angeles to choose from... For something a little more casual, Next Door Gastropub and BarHop Brewing are local favorites. Or, treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at Kokopelli Grill or Bella Italia.  2) Stroll along the Port Angeles waterfrontBegin at Port Angeles City Pier, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and located beside our ferry terminal. Then, continue on to the Olympic Discovery Trail where you'll pass Hollywood Beach in front of the Red Lion Hotel. Enjoy sunset at the beach, or stroll along as much trail as you'd like. The Olympic Discovery Trail spans about 140 miles/225 km between Port Townsend and La Push on the Olympic Peninsula.  3) Try the local brews on a self-guided craft beer adventureSample the fine flavors of some great craft beers on the Olympic Peninsula on this self-guided tour of Port Angeles' best pubs and breweries. Receive a pint each from 3 local brewers. All 3 tasting locations are in downtown Port Angeles, and less than a 5-minute stroll from each other and the ferry terminal.  Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park Day Two - Continue to Seattle or return to Victoria 7:15am Enjoy breakfast in Port Angeles. We recommend First Street Haven or New Day Eatery, for a sit-down breakfast, or the Great Northern Coffee Bar, if you are looking for a light snack and coffee to-go. 8:00am Depart for Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls, or depart for Hurricane Ridge... OR, if you have some extra time and aren't ready to leave the Olympic Peninsula, do both! We recommend allocating at least three hours for each activity (which includes drive-time and time for exploring). OPTION 1 - Depart for Victoria, BC11:00am Leave Hurricane Ridge or Lake Crescent.11:45am Arrive at the Port Angeles ferry terminal.12:45pm Ferry departs for Victoria at 12:45pm. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)2:15pm Arrive in downtown Victoria and go through Canada Customs. OPTION 2 - Continue to Seattle, WASeattle is about a 2.5-hour drive from Port Angeles. If you'd like to stop for a stretch (or two), there are many great places along the way.  Point Wilson Lighthouse in Port Townsend, WA Optional stops on the way to Seattle Other stops in Olympic National ParkHoh RainforestSol Duc FallsElwha RiverRialto BeachRuby Beach Sequim, WA — About 30 minutes from Port AngelesOlympic Game FarmLavender Farms (ex. Purple Haze Lavender)Dungeness Spit7 Cedars CasinoSequim River BridgeDungeness River Audubon Center Port Townsend, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesFort Worden Historic State ParkPuget Sound Express Whale WatchingHistoric walking toursPort Townsend Marine Science Center Port Gamble, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesPort Gamble Historic District Tacoma, WA — About 2 hours from Port AngelesAmerica’s Car MuseumMuseum of GlassPoint Defiance Park   Downtown Seattle, WA Iconic things to do in Seattle Pike Place Market: Be sure to check out the original Starbucks.The Gum Wall: A stop at Pike Place isn't complete without leaving your chewing gum with everyone else's!Space Needle: The best views in the city.Chihuly Garden and Glass: Extravagant displays of Dale Chihuly's art pieces.Museum of Pop Culture: Dozens of exhibits on everything (and more) you never knew about contemporary pop culture.The Museum of Flight: One of the largest collections of airplanes and space vehicles in the USA.Discovery Park: Need some fresh air? Take a stroll through this 534-area park.The Seattle Great Wheel: A 175 foot iconic Ferris wheel located at Pier 57 in downtown Seattle... You can't miss it!  

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The Best Day Trips from Victoria to Port Angeles

Take a day trip from Victoria to discover the wonders of the Olympic Peninsula on the most direct route between Victoria, BC and the USA. Choose from a guided tour through Olympic National Park, a tour of the Port Angeles Underground, or a 1-hour flight sightseeing tour. Departing from the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, the M.V. Coho arrives in the quaint downtown area of Port Angeles, WA in only 90 minutes... Enjoy a quick and affordable adventure from Victoria!   1. Port Angeles Underground and Heritage Tours Descend into history with one of North America's most unique historic tours. Learn about America's second national city on a 2-hour guided tour.Due to flooding concerns in the early 1900s, the citizens of Port Angeles worked out an incredible plan to elevate the city's downtown streets, creating a network of underground tunnels and storefronts. In this unbelievable feat of engineering many older buildings were lost, but a select few remain. The stories they have to tell are captivating.The tour begins with a fascinating explanation of the history of the city and the tactics used to raise the city streets in 1914. Next, take a short stroll through downtown Port Angeles to visit rediscovered basements and long-forgotten tunnels during the underground portion of the tour. Stop in at the city's original movie theatre, and venture into a hidden brothel above the unassuming family shoe store. MORE INFO   Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 10:30am Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance). 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs. 12:30pm Free time for lunch, shopping or exploring the Port Angeles waterfront. 2:00pm Underground Tour departs from the Visitor’s Center (adjacent to ferry dock). 5:20pm Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 4:40pm). 6:50pm Arrive at the Victoria Terminal. 2. Explore Hurricane Ridge  This trip to Hurricane Ridge begins with a scenic drive from sea-level in Port Angeles to 5,242 feet elevation at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Along the drive, you will enjoy views of the diverse topography and terrain of the Olympic Peninsula as it quickly changes with elevation. Upon arrival, you are free to explore the wonders of Hurricane Ridge. There are many options for hikes, such as, the 2-3- mile hike along the Cirque Rim Trail (flat-paved 0.5 miles), the High Ridge Trail (gravel & paved 1 mile), and other nearby trails as time allows. You are likely to see Black Tail Deer, a variety of birds, and if you're lucky an Olympic Marmot or Black Bear (from a safe distance). Please note that due to a fire, the Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge will be closed throughout the 2023 season. The following changes will be in place: - The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café, Gift Shop & Rental Shop will be closed. Please plan ahead by bringing your own food and drinks. Travelers can pack snacks or a lunch from Victoria (food items must not contain seeds or pits as per Customs requirement), or food items can be purchased onboard the ship in our coffee shop.- Temporary restrooms, including accessible and family restrooms, will be available at Hurricane Ridge.- Some sidewalk areas may be closed.   Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 10:30am Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance). 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs. 12:30pm Depart from Port Angeles. 1:15pm Arrival at Hurricane Ridge and explore. 1:45pm Begin one of the many hikes. 3:45pm Finish hike and depart. 4:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles. 5:20pm Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 4:40pm). 6:50pm Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.   3. Discover the Olympic Peninsula on an E-Bike Take a two-hour, self-guided e-bike ride on the Olympic Discovery Trail with Discover E-Bike.The Olympic Discovery Trail offers beautiful views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca throughout the entire ride. Spot otters, eagles, and seals, with views of Victoria, the San Juan Islands and Mt. Baker. At Ediz Hook, enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains, look for sea glass on the rocky beach, take in the wildlife and, if you're lucky, you might spot a pod of orcas.All self-guided rides include an electric bike fit to your size and experience level, a helmet, directions to your destination, and landmarks for viewing wildlife along the trail. E-Bike pick-up and drop-off is located at the Waterfront Pier in front of the Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor (corners of North Lincoln Street and East Railroad Avenue). BOOK NOW Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 10:30am Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance). 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs. 12:30pm Free time for lunch, shopping or exploring the Port Angeles waterfront. 2:00pm Pick up e-bike from Discover E-Bike (2 hour rental). 5:20pm Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 4:40pm). 6:50pm Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.   4. Enjoy a Crab Feast at CrabFest! Port Angeles' annual seafood festival takes place during Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and provides something for everyone! Celebrate the local Dungeness crab harvest.The festival features a variety of activities and attractions centered around crab, including crab cooking demonstrations and crab-themed food vendors. Visitors can enjoy fresh and delicious crab dishes, participate in crab-related competitions and learn about the local crab industry. The event also offers live music, entertainment and a festive atmosphere for attendees to enjoy. Overall, if you are a seafood lover and want to experience the local culture the Dungeness Crabfest is for you! MORE INFO Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 10:30am Depart Victoria Terminal (arrive at the terminal at 9:45 to clear US customs). 12:00pm Ferry arrives in Port Angeles for Crabfest fun! 4:30pm Return to the Black Ball terminal in Port Angeles (101 E Railroad Avenue) 5:15pm Ferry departs Port Angeles. 6:45pm Arrive at the Victoria Terminal and clear Canada customs 5. Visit the Lavender Capital of North America at Sequim Lavender Festival Sequim Lavender Festival is a delightful opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of bountiful fields of lavender. The festival takes place every July, and offers live music, local food vendors, and more lavender products than you could imagine. Sequim is home to nearly two dozen lavender farms, each of which offers a unique experience, including distilling demonstrations and the chance to pick your own lavender bundles. In addition to the delightful farms, there is a street fair that takes place during the whole weekend, which offers a variety of food vendors and local artisans. Nearly all of the farms have their own gift shops with products that are created using their own lavender. With an expansive selection of products ranging from lavender lemonade to home cleaning products, there is something for everyone! MORE INFO   Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 6:00am Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 5:10am for package pickup and US Immigration clearance). 7:45am Arrive in Port Angeles and board the charter shuttle. 8:45am Shuttle arrives at B&B Family Farm. 10:00am Shuttle departs from B&B Family Farm and heads to the Carrie Blake Park Street Fair. 11:45am Shuttle departs from the Street Fair and heads to Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain. 1:00pm Shuttle departs from Fleurish Lavender of Lost Mountain and heads to Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm. 2:30pm Shuttle departs from Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm and heads to Purple Haze Lavender Farm. 4:15pm Shuttle departs from Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm and returns to the Black Ball terminal. 5:15pm Ferry departs Port Angeles. 6:45pm Arrive in Victoria and go through Canada customs.

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