Travel has been seriously curtailed lately so we feel very blessed to have enjoyed a quick trip to Victoria. Having finished out 14-day quarantine, we were primed and ready to get some serious fresh air. We took a quick, 90-minute ferry ride from Vancouver (Tsawwassen) through the Strait of Georgia to Victoria (Swartz Bay). It’s a beautiful sail passing Galiano, Mayne, Salt Spring, North Pender, and Prevost Islands. If you plan to go up on deck, bring a jacket and when they announce they’ll be blowing the ships horn, cover your ears!
We stayed at the Magnolia Hotel which I highly recommend! It’s a charming, elegant boutique hotel just one block from the Empress Hotel and the harbour. We had a cozy fireplace in our room with an easy chair that looked out over the city. Our stay included a yummy continental breakfast that they delivered to our room each morning. The Magnolia is walking distance to Murchie’s Tea house, Munro Books, the wharf, and lots of fabulous restaurants.
The first day we wandered along the wharf, soaking up the atmosphere, and ended up at Thunderbird Park. It’s a must-see little gem across the street from the Empress. It has an impressive collection of Totem poles and other First Nations monuments.
For dinner, we decided traditional fish & chips were in order so we headed over to The Irish Times Pub. I switched out my denim jacket for a long blazer and my sneakers for black booties. This blazer has been an amazing workhorse in my wardrobe on this trip so I think I will keep my eye out for one in another color.
I highly recommend taking a scenic drive from Victoria up the coast to Oak Bay, and beyond. We started from Beacon Hill Park and headed north on Dallas Rd. The house watching is almost as fun as the ocean views. I switched into comfy sneakers for a stroll on the beach which made my jeans just a bit too long:)
One of the highlights of my visit to Victoria was having tea at Murchie’s with one of my very favorite bloggers. I’ve been reading Leslie who writes Hostess of the Humble Bungalow for years! She shares snippets of her life and adventures in retirement along with great recipes and terrific books. She’s such a chic, gracious lady, I look forward to spending more time with her on our next trip to Victoria.
I’m so glad we got to explore Victoria in more depth. It’s a great little city with a casual, friendly vibe and very friendly people.