Day and overnite get-away trips to Victoria, B.C. Canada - or - Get aways from the fracas!
By Teresa Murphy
Victoria was established as a fort by the Hudson's Bay Company and named Fort Victoria in 1843 after England's Queen. It is the capital city of British Columbia. It has an international reputation for being more English than England, from the cozy James Bay cottages, to replica castles, and for its magnificent gardens which bloom year round in the balmy climate, which averages almost 2200 hours of sunshine each year.
Although the population is just 300,000, comprising mainly government employees, students and retirees - hence the nickname "God's waiting room" - the city is surprisingly sophisticated, and has infinite offerings for tourists.
Getting to Victoria
U.S.A. to Canada
· see also MetroTown.info/canada-victoria for more information
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Beacon Hill Park
The Carr House
The Empress Hotel Lobby
Victoria is BC's capital city - and the stately Provincial Legislative Buildings are worth a visit. By night it is all lit by thousands of tiny lights. Government Street.
Royal British Columbia Museum
Exhibits depict scenes from BC's often colorful history. Opening April 18, 1997: Whales: The Enduring Legacy. 675 Bellevue 387-3701.
Seeing a whale in the wild is a gift that you won't forget. But research increasingly indicates that crowds of people in loud, fume-belching craft, are not good for these family-oriented mammals. If you decide to go whale watching, try Seacoast Expeditions. This company is dedicated to marine wildlife preservation, and takes care that mammals are not distressed in any way. Seacoast offers boats that are custom built for the tours, and guarantees your safety, making the 3 hour tour well worth the $75 adult and $50 child rate. For more information contact Seacoast Expeditions at 250-383-2254.
Government Street, just down from the Empress Hotel, between Humbolt and Johnson, is lined with restaurants and shops. My favourites include Roger's Chocolates, at 913 Government Street, and Munro's Books, which is found in one of Victoria's finest heritage buildings at 1108 Government Street.
Walking along Government Street, turn east at Fort Street. You'll be at the start of what is known as Antiques Row. If you head back down Government Street and turn left on Johnson Street, you'll come to Market Square, which has over 40 restaurants and shops in an historic building.
The Empress, formerly Canadian Pacific Hotel, offers outstanding
service and stately Victorian luxury in one of Canada's grandest hotels.
Afternoon tea in the lobby, wonderful meals in the Garden Restaurant and
the Bengal Lounge. Don't be afraid to bargain on room rates.
· see also www.tourismvictoria.com/
copyright © 1997-2002 Teresa Murphy, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Teresa Murphy can be reached by email at email@example.com
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