If you’re ready to shake off that winter cabin fever and enjoy some springtime fun, Victoria, British Columbia is the perfect spot. With so much to explore this spring, it’s hard to know where to start – so we put together some of our top picks.
PETAL TO THE METAL
When the tide is out, there is no shortage of sandy beach for Winston to do his zoomies and get as sandy as possible.
While much of Canada is still bundled up for winter, Victoria is often in full bloom by March. Our beautiful spot on the coast is known as the “City of Gardens” for good reason. While the stunning Butchart Gardens is the most famous, and certainly worth a visit, there are many others to visit.
OUR TOP PICK: Hatley Park National Historic Site.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Hatley Castle is the crown jewel of this park, but there is also a Rose Garden, Italian Garden, a Japanese garden and over 15km of walking trails through old growth forest.
PINKIE’S UP FOR AFTERNOON TEA
Forgive us if we do say so ourselves, but Tea at the Empress is the quintessential Victoria experience. For over 110 years, people have come from all over the world to experience the house-made pastries, delicious savory treats and the signature scones adorned with clotted cream and strawberry jam made with lavender from the hotel gardens.
OUR TOP PICK: Royal Champagne Tea featuring a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé.
WHY WE LOVE IT: La vie en rosé. It’s always a special outing to remember with a celebratory glass of pink bubbly.
TASTE OF THE ISLAND
Victoria is home to some of British Columbia’s best breweries, cideries and distilleries. Visit local favorites like Driftwood Brewery or Vancouver Island Brewing…or sample a little of each in Q Bar at the Empress. You’ll find fresh, local favorites on tap.
OUR TOP PICK: Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse
WHY WE LOVE IT: The picturesque Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse – just a short drive from downtown Victoria. Enjoy panoramic views of the orchards overlooking the sea accompanied by tasting flights and small bites.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A SPA DAY
After all of that, it’s time to unwind. Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Empress is a uniquely Vancouver Island spa experience. Immerse yourself in the finest in natural, locally sourced ingredients.
OUR TOP PICK: The Spa Ritual. Arrive early to make the most of your time with this relaxing and rejuvenating ritual. The Spa Ritual includes a Steam Inhalation Room, Finnish style Sauna, and soothing Mineral Bath.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The Spa Ritual is complimentary with every spa experience. This experience is recommended prior to any spa treatment to prepare the body for skin nourishment and total relaxation. We suggest: 5 minutes in the Finnish Sauna | 5 minutes in the Inhalation Steam Room | 10 minutes in the Mineral Bath | 10 minute relax by the fire in the spa lounge.
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