Chinatown (centred on Fisgard St): Eclectic treasures, teashops, be sure to check out Fan Tan Alley! http://blog.hellobc.com/guide-victorias-chinatown/
Don’t miss the Silk Road tea shop on Government Street, near Chinatown gate: http://silkroadteastore.com/
Lower Johnson Street (‘LoJo’) & Market Square: Boutique district. http://www.calgaryherald.com/travel/take+stroll+along+victoria+lojo+district/6940400/story.html
Government Street (Pandora St to Wharf/Humboldt St): Tons of stores, including many ‘tourist’ shops, First Nations art/jewelry, and some of Victoria’s gems: Roger’s chocolates, Munro’s Books, Murchie’s Tea.
Victoria Public Market at the Hudson: The Victoria Public Market, situated in the historic Hudson’s Bay Company building, highlights local food producers – farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers, preservers, brewers, vintners, florists and restaurateurs. Day vendors offer a variety of unique locally handcrafted items. http://victoriapublicmarket.com/
Antique Row/Mosaic Village (near Fort St. & Cook St.): Antiques, clothing boutiques, bookstores, coffee shops.
Royal BC Museum Gift Shop: Quality items with a distinctly BC flavour, including books, art, jewelry, music, clothing and toys. A nice selection of First Nations art and jewelry. All proceeds go towards supporting the museum. https://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/plan-your-visit/shop
South Island SUP: South Island SUP offers private and group Stand-Up Paddleboard lessons, courses and tours, including marine ecological tours on South Vancouver Island. They are a mobile business so can meet you when and where you want to paddle such as Willows Beach, Cadboro Bay and Thetis Lake. Instructors are Paddle Canada certified so all your safety needs covered. Call us today to book your SUP adventure! https://southislandsup.wixsite.com/southislandsup
Conference special: Reduced rate of $55/person for groups of 4+ people (max 12 people per group). This is a chance to explore our gorgeous BC coast! Enjoy a 2-hour stand-up paddleboard lesson/tour at Willows Beach, right in Victoria. No experience necessary – an intro lesson will get you up and paddling in no time! Contact Brian directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 778-679-1423 to book your tour.
Orca Spirit Adventures (Whale Watching): Whale watching and wildlife tours led by a certified marine naturalist whose knowledge and passion for Vancouver Island’s marine wildlife is unequaled in the industry. Multiple vessel choices, including covered cruisers, yachts, and zodiacs. Every vessel is equipped with hydrophones to bring the underwater experience to light. https://orcaspirit.com/
Conference special: Look for your brochure for 20% off in your delegate bag! You must show discount card when you check-in for tour.
Local Parks & Beaches:
- Dallas Road/Beacon Hill Park: Dallas Road paved walkway along the ocean; Beacon Hill Park https://www.beaconhillpark.ca/
- Gonzales Beach: https://www.tourismvictoria.com/see-do/activities-attractions/beaches-lakes/gonzales-beach
- Willows Beach: https://www.oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/parks-playgrounds/parks-listing/willows-park
- Cadboro Bay: https://www.tourismvictoria.com/see-do/activities-attractions/beaches-lakes/cadboro-gyro-park
- Cordova Bay: https://www.tourismvictoria.com/see-do/activities-attractions/beaches-lakes/cordova-bay-beach
- Mt. Douglas Park (highest viewpoint within the city, trails of varying difficulty, coniferous forest and Garry oak meadows. 11km from conference venue): http://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/parks-recreation-culture/parks/parks-trails-amenities/signature-parks/mount-douglas-park.html
- Thetis Lake Regional Park (gorgeous lake with walk/run trails. 10 km north of downtown): https://www.crd.bc.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/find-park-trail/thetis-lake
- Goldstream Provincial Park (rainforest walks, waterfall, spawning salmon, challenging hike up Mt. Finlayson! 20 km north of downtown): http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/goldstream/
GARDENS & TEAHOUSES
Butchart Gardens: Visit the world famous gardens, 20 km (30 minutes) north of downtown Victoria. Group rates available for groups of 25+. Lower Autumn rates begin October 1st. http://www.butchartgardens.com/gardens; email@example.com; local: 250-652-5256; toll-free North America: 866-652-4422.
Regular shuttle service to the gardens available through CVS Tours: http://www.cvstours.com/sightseeing-tours/.
Abkhazi Garden & Teahouse: Located in the heart of Victoria, the Abkhazi Garden is a quaint 1-acre garden, heritage home and teahouse with an interesting and romantic history. This is ‘the garden that love built’, created by Prince and Princess Abkhazi, who were reunited in Victoria after living separated lives touched by both privilege and tragedy. https://www.abkhaziteahouse.com.
Point Ellice House and Gardens: Gardens and traditional tea service. Just across the water, accessible by a short ride on the harbour ferry! See ‘Museum’ section below for more information. https://pointellicehouse.com/.
Tea at the Empress Hotel: A grand tradition for over a century, the world renowned Fairmont Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual of afternoon tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. http://www.fairmont.com/empress-victoria/dining/tea-at-the-empress/.
MUSEUMS & TOURS
Royal BC Museum and IMAX: Don’t miss a trip to the acclaimed Royal BC Museum, conveniently located in the Inner Harbor. Explore British Columbia’s history, from the Ice Age to modern times, including excellent First Peoples exhibits. The special rotating exhibits during our conference are ‘Family: Bonds & Belonging’ (how fitting!) and ‘Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada’. http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/.
Conference Special: Look for your brochure for $3 off admission in your delegate bag!
Point Ellice House and Gardens: Just across the water, accessible by a short ride on the harbour ferry!
Limited Fall hours: regular tours offered weekends 11:00am-5:00pm (last tour at 4:00). Special group tour or tea possible on weekdays with advanced request. Tea on weekends requires 2-day advance notice.
Step back in time into the genteel home of one of British Columbia’s premier families, the O’Reillys. Point Ellice House and Historic Gardens offer you a unique opportunity to experience many aspects of bygone days. For over 100 years O’Reilly family members lived in these beautifully appointed rooms and strolled these well-tended grounds and garden. Fully furnished with the family’s original and personal belongings, this Italianate bungalow presents one of the most complete collections of Victoriana anywhere in North America. Tour the house, wander the property, or enjoy traditional tea service in the garden. https://pointellicehouse.com/.
Craigdarroch Castle: Craigdarroch Castle is a definitively Victorian experience. It is a shining example of a “bonanza castle” – massive houses built for entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. In this case, the industrialist was Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. This legendary Victorian mansion, built between 1887 and 1890 on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada. The immense fortune of the Dunsmuir family is reflected in the four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian-era furnishings. https://thecastle.ca/.
BC Parliament Buildings: https://www.leg.bc.ca/content-peo/pages/public-tours.aspx.
ARTS & MUSIC
The Robert Bateman Centre: Through its exhibits and programming, the centre encourages and inspires people of all ages to find their place in Nature. Includes the definitive collection of Robert Bateman’s paintings, as well as rotating art exhibitions. https://batemancentre.org/.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: Public art gallery committed to the celebration of art. ‘Picturing the Giants: The Changing Landscapes of Emily Carr’ exhibition, running at the time of our conference, examines Emily Carr’s work through the dual lenses of the artist’s increasing interest in environmental issues and the status of ancient forests of the region in present times. http://aggv.ca/about-gallery.
Pubs with Live Music:
- Bard & Banker https://bardandbanker.com/events/Live Music/
- Irish Times Pub https://irishtimespub.ca/music/
Theatre & Events:
- Royal & McPherson Theatres Society http://www.rmts.bc.ca/royal-theatre
Victoria Symphony Orchestra: https://victoriasymphony.ca/201718-concert-series-2/