How To Experience Victoria BC in 48 Hours – When you think of Victoria, British Columbia, you have visions of an inner harbor surrounded Instagram worthy pictures of the parliament buildings and the Empress Hotel.
But there is so much to this oceanside city than just the touristed spots that everyone from around the world come to visit.
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How To Experience Victoria BC in 48 Hours
The great thing about Victoria, Bc is that it has become a walking and cycling friendly city that you can just park the car an explore. There is so much to see outside Victoria, BC, that you would have to give yourself at least a week to explore the entire island.
But if you are only in this fantastic city for a few days, here’s a guide on How To Experience Victoria BC in 48 Hours.
If you are traveling into the city from Vancouver, Seattle or a Cruise Ship from the harbor, you will likely be arriving in the afternoon, and at that time you will be checking into your hotel. If you haven’t prepared your accommodations, I would suggest staying at these locations below:
- Hotel Grand Pacific (Click Here For More Details)
- Fairmont Empress Hotel (Click Here For More Details)
- Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites (Click Here For More Details)
- Inn at Laurel Point (Click Here For More Details)
- Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (Click Here For Details)
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse
If this is your first time to Victoria, Bc, You can start at the National Historic Sites of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse to take in the history of how this west coast town began.
At Fort Rodd Hill, tour the century-old coastal artillery fort at Esquimalt Harbour once used by the British Royal Navy, including the defensive walls, gun barrels, and even the underground plotting room.
Tour through secret bunkers, military command posts, and original 19th-century buildings at Fort Rodd Hill, a west coast artillery fortress on active duty from 1895 to 1956. Be touched by the personal stories of soldiers and their families.
Grab the wheel as a “master mariner” at Fisgard Lighthouse, the oldest on the Canadian west coast, and wander through a rare Garry Oak meadow.
This is a great start to Experience Victoria BC in 48 Hours.
Once you have built up an appetite from your Fort Rodd Hill excursion, its time for a taste of Vicotria. One of the best places to start is Olo.
This unpretentious bistro with a strong menu. Enjoy the handcrafted cocktails, amazing dishes like the Ling Cod, Duck Breast and Rye Chitarra Pasta. Save room for dessert.
Might be the cheapest menu in town, but one of the best in Victoria, BC.
Walk around the town and take in the downtown core
It’s time to burn off your fantastic meal with a stroll of Downtown. Take in the vibrant urban neighborhood, the walkable shopping area, and the thriving entertainment district.
Irish Times Pub
Feeling like a quick beverage while exploring your evenings in the downtown core? Try the Irish Times Pub, named one of the top Irish pubs outside of Ireland by the Irish Times newspaper.
This is one of the best places in Victoria to tuck into for a Guinness and bratwurst, hands down.
Need a nightcap? Head to V
Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar is located on the 18th floor of Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites in the heart of downtown Victoria.
With an extraordinary menu and breathtaking views of the city’s busy Inner Harbour, the snow-capped Olympic Mountain range, impressive Mount Baker, the Pacific’s Juan de Fuca Strait, and beautiful downtown Victoria – Vista 18 has a lot to offer.
Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar offers a tempting martini list, or try one of the locally-brewed beers we have on tap.
Perfect ending during your Experience Of Victoria BC in 48 Hours
Take in breakfast at Blue Fox Cafe
Blue Fox is a local favorite for breakfast and lunch. The homemade jams and salsa are a must have with any dish you select. Portions are on the large side so bring your appetite, and enjoy Victoria’s goto breakfast spot.
Side note: The seating area is limited and most of the time it is packed. This restaurant is not in the heart of downtown but is worth a short walk or the wait to get in. They do not take reservations. If you want to get in the first seating of the day arrive at least 5 minutes before they open.
Time to see the sights
Now that your belly is full of crazy
Butchart Gardens sorely is a sight to behold, a collection of gardens so massive, you’ll need at least two hours to completely experience it.
Walk its peaceful pathways across ponds, a giant spring and floral displays bursting with color. Each garden has its own topic and will captivate even non-gardening enthusiasts.
Just a short 20-minute drive from the gardens is Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, the perfect stop to sample craft ciders. Since you have been on the go since breakfast why not enjoy a charcuterie plate along with a fantastic cider.
Here, everything is proudly sourced from local providers, but the apples used for many of their ciders are grown in their own organic orchard.
Once you have finished enjoying the local beverages, head back into town to visit Fishermans Warf.
Your trip to Victoria wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the distinct flavor of Fisherman’s Wharf and the thrill of whale watching.
Small but charming, the docks at Fisherman’s Wharf are home to food stalls.
Enjoy some of the best fish and chips in the city at Barbs Fish and chips. Also, tour the different shops on the Warf. Plus, marvel at the float homes decked out with a whimsical, artistic delicacy.
You can walk back to the inner harbor in less than 15 min or get there by water taxi.
When the Victoria Harbour Ferries were originally brought to Victoria in 1990, the Skippers were amazed at their maneuverability.
Every Sunday from May to September and all weekend in July and August, these little boats put on an acrobatic display of beautifully choreographed sequences.
Next, why not take in a whale watching tour for the rest of the afternoon. Eagle Wing Tours, Canada’s first carbon-neutral whale watching business and a local, family-run company that contributes 1% of its annual sales to environmental safekeeping.
If you don’t spot any whales, you can come back for free until you do. You’re going to see a lot of marine life with these guys so get excited!
After all the excitement of a busy day, why not stroll over to another Victoria favorite restaurant, Brasserie l’Ecole.
Brasserie L’ecole is one of those hidden gems you’ll be happy you found. The French European cuisine inspired menu offers incredible dishes that will make you want to come back again and again.
If you are a mussels fan, this is the place to have them. If you are looking for something else to try, Brasserie L’ecole probably has the best Steak and Burger dishes in the city.
Oh, don’t miss creme brûlée.
Explore the city
It might be dark in the city, but the inner harbor will be lit up from the all over. If you are still awake after a long day, cap off Victoria BC in 48 Hours with a Victoria Carriage Ride around James Bay or have a drink on the patio at the Q lounge at the Empress. There is so much to choose from you probably won’t want to sleep as you take everything in.
Winding down your visit to Victoria BC in 48 Hours, make your last breakfast in Victoria one to remember at Willie’s Bakery & Café.
BC’s oldest bakery offers a casual setting with an all-day breakfast and lunch menu to customers with an appetite.
Order the skillet of huevos rancheros with chorizo, or banana french toast with maple cream cheese drizzle, which are a local favorite.
Canada’s oldest Chinatown district has plenty to see, we suggest exploring by foot. Visit Fan Tan Alley, discover a maze of courtyards and pathways and find everything from theaters to one-of-a-kind restaurants.
Hit up LoJo (that’s lower Johnson Street for the uninitiated) to check out great shopping boutiques and pick up some new threads.
Time To Leave Victoria
By the last day, you’ll quickly realize that you’ve barely scratched the surface of what this unique city has to offer. What about kayaking, hiking, and cycling? Or the wine tours, microbreweries, Victoria Public Market and all the culinary experiences yet to be discovered?
48 hours in Victoria BC is not enough time to see it all. Make a promise to yourself to come back.
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