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One or two days in Victoria?

Sarasota, Florida
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One or two days in Victoria?

I am planning a trip to Vancouver (first time there) and have decided the following: Day One - HOHO bus or organized tour of city, Day Two - foodie tour. On Day Three we would like to take an early morning ferry over to Victoria. I am wondering if we should plan to stay overnight there for one night or come back the same day on a late ferry. We have no car and will be staying in downtown Vancouver. We want to explore the shops by the harber and like museums, but don’t want to go hiking, biking or whale watching. Any advice very welcome. Thank you.

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1. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

Overnight is best since it's 4 hours each way which can make a long day otherwise.

You can take http://bcfconnector.com which is a coach from downtown Vancouver to Downtown Victoria. The ferry terminals are a fair distance from downtown so this coach makes it easy.

Your luggage is placed in the hold, the bus boards the ferry, you get off the bus and up into the ferry to enjoy the views.

There is a restaurant and cafe plus plenty of seating on the ferry.

Penticton, Canada
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2. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

a few more options if you want a single day you could take the bcfconnector to get there to get the scenic route via the Gulf Islands then take Harbour Air which flies out of Inner Harbour.

There is also a luxury ferry that goes from Victoria Inner Harbour to Vancouver downtown which is the V2V https://www.v2vvacations.com/

Sarasota, Florida
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3. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

Thanks Rustproof and Cbaarch,

We have pretty much decided to use the V2V ferry and stay two nights in Victoria. Everyone says it is so beautiful. I appreciate your input and am looking forward to our visit.

Penticton, Canada
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4. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

If you are looking for a hotel the V2V docks in the James Bay area in the Inner Harbour which is a 5 min walk from a number of hotels. https://goo.gl/maps/byqZ1GZctyz

this is the view from the Best Western Inner Harbour as the V2V was leaving for Vancouver https://flic.kr/p/GZ67vb

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5. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

Some tips for organizing your time, the following things can be grouped together in terms of proximity.

Inner Harbour, to Laurel Point following the Davis Foster Path, Fisherman's Wharf for the whimsical floatboats and those who live there, the Breakwater out into the channel, with its "stand on me' sundial, Dallas Road to Clover Point, Beacon Hill Park back to Government Street for Emily Carr House and to the Empress Hotel. The Empress Hotel offers a very expensive, but excellent afternoon tea.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ppzNSRnkjRU2

David Foster is a Victoria born boy who composed music for a couple of Olympics and for the movie St Elmo's Fire. He also produced the debut albums for Josh Groban and Michael Bublé.

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Inner Harbour, Victoria Harbour Ferries offer both hop on hop off trips and an hour tour up to the entrance to the Upper Gorge, narrated, Point Ellice House is a stop on their route and they offer afternoon tea, Songhees is a stop on one of their routes with a harbour side pathway. It is called West Song I believe. One restaurant I like along the Songhees is Spinnaker's.

Songhees Walkway: https://goo.gl/maps/f1PVQzoYEFN2

Ferry map, with the hour tour going up to Burnside on the map: https:/…destinations

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Butchart and Butterfly Gardens can be reached in 40 min by CVS Shuttle from in front of the Empress Hotel:

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Inner Harbour, Wharf Street for historic buildings in Victoria, Chinatown, Fan Tan Alley, Jam Café, Bastion Square, Munro's Books is a wonderful old world bookstore (widow Alice Munro is a Nobel Prize winner for Literature, 2013), Murchie's Tea, Purdy's Chocolates and lots of shops along Government Street to Dog Gone It for ice cream. Am only allowed 10 locations in the map, so have a look at Market Square below Chinatown and the restaurant Il Terrazzo below Market Square.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ujygkiCkYck

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Around the Inner Harbour there is the BC Legislative Building which offers free tours. Royal BC Museum which is good for 2-3 hours and next door's Helcken House, one of the first school rooms/houses in Victoria. The Veranda which is the porch of the Empress Hotel is a great place to have a drink, snack, and/or meal.

Mix, match, leave out some, do all. You don't have a lot of time so this might help organize your time a bit more easily.

Vancouver, Canada
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6. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

wow! what a great post Mufti!

Victoria, Canada
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7. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

If skip the v2v ferry overpriced and take hours and if it rough it’s not nice (and there is really no open deck ) the views and rice in the regular Ferries from Tswassen

to Swartz is so very very scenic through Active Pass , the v2v is not scenic . If speed and ease are primary concern take the Harbour to Harbour air !!!! Or Helijet !

Sarasota, Florida
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8. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

Thank you so much. So much great information.

Sarasota, Florida
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9. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

Thank you. Looks beautiful.

Halifax, Canada
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10. Re: One or two days in Victoria?

To Mulfti. Wow, this is awesome! I am going to Vancouver and Victoria in July. This is so helpful. Thank you!

Edited: 26 May 2018, 07:58
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