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Things To Do in Victoria, BC this Valentine's Month (2022)

Looking for a Valentine's getaway this year? Look no further than one of the most romantic cities in Canada! From outdoor activities to delightful cocktails and mouth-watering food, we have all the best activities and places for you to visit during your romantic getaway to Victoria this February.  PLUS, save on Valentine's packages to Victoria from $111 USD pp/do. Packages include ferry, a hotel stay in Victoria and a Valentine's treat in the room. BOOK NOW   Winter Tea at the Pendray Tea House. Credit: Pendray Tea House. 1. Afternoon Tea at the Pendray Tea House Afternoon Tea at the Pendray Tea House is the perfect way to start your romantic holiday. With its distinct Victorian style and architecture, the Pendray Tea House is a perfect showcase of Victoria’s unique infrastructure. Enjoy delicious pastries and sandwiches, alongside Pendray's famous TWG Tea. The Pendray Tea House also offers a Vegan Tea and seafood-based West Coast Tea for those interested in a different spin on traditional tea. BUY AFTERNOON TEA TICKETS   Seaside mineral pools at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 2. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day Why not pamper yourself during your trip to Victoria? Below are some fantastic options for self-care: Boathouse Spa: Book a massage at the renowned Boat House Spa located in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, one of Victoria’s premier spa destinations. You can combine any treatment at the spa with access to their beachside outdoor jacuzzi.Spa Magnolia: Located in the heart of downtown, the Spa Magnolia is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle that surrounds it. Try one of their spa packages combining massage, a pedicure, and facial treatment for an all-in-one experience.   Horse-drawn carriage tour through Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Victoria Carriage Tours. 3. Embark on a Romantic Victoria Carriage Tour What's more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage tour through the streets of Victoria with your loved one? Bundle up and get cozy on this magical city tour. Be swept off your feet while enjoying the fresh air and stunning views that downtown Victoria has to offer. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS   Cocktail from the Courtney Room. Credit: Leila Kwok, Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Sip on Cocktails at a Local Cocktail Lounge Victoria has a fantastic cocktail scene... We recommend stopping at one (or more) of the following: Clive’s: What's more fun than trying world-acclaimed cocktails from the longest standing cocktail bar in Victoria? Located in the remarkable Chateau Victoria Hotel, Clive’s dynamic menu of food and cocktails keeps locals coming back for more. Try of one of the best hotel bars in the country!Cenote Restaurant and Lounge: Known for its incredible ambiance and elevated cocktail menu, Cenote is sure to enhance your evening. Enjoy grazing on delicious flatbreads while trying to figure out what to order next from their enticing cocktail menu.Clark and Co: A comfortable atmosphere and delicious cocktails. If you’re looking for a casual night out with drinks and locally sourced food, Clark and Co is certainly going to peak your interest.The Courtney Room: Serving exceptional craft cocktails alongside modern Pacific Northwest cuisine in a fine dining setting.    Winter light in the sunken gardens at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 5. Walk Hand-in-Hand through The Butchart Gardens One of the most iconic locations in all of Greater Victoria is The Butchart Gardens. Designated as a National Historic of Canada, The Butchart Gardens showcases hundreds of plant varieties on its 55-acre property. During the winter months, The Blue Poppy Restaurant is transformed into a beautiful spring display complete with shrubs, trees and bulbs. Plus, indulge in their decadent afternoon tea! BUY BUTCHART GARDENS TICKETS   Goldstream Provincial Park. 6. Go on an Outdoor Adventure through Goldstream Park For a true Pacific Northwest experience, adventure out to Goldstream Provincial Park. You'll come across 600-year-old Douglas fir trees, waterfalls, and rivers as you wander through various trails this park has to offer. For those brave enough to endure the winter conditions at night, you can also book a campsite on a first-come, first-served basis.   Dinner at Brasserie L'Ecole. Credit: Brasserie L'Ecole. 7. Enjoy a Romantic Dinner Victoria has an abundance of inviting dinner options - A perfect end to your day. Below is a list of some of our favorite romantic dinner venues: Brasserie L’Ecole: Exceptional French cuisine made with seasonal, locally available products paired with French wines in a cozy atmosphere. First-come, first-serve seating. Put your name in and grab a drink nearby while you wait for your table.Il Terrazzo: An intimate setting featuring a Northern Italian-inspired menu with a fantastic wine list. We highly recommend making a reservation in advance. Heron Rock Bistro: A Canadian bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. With daily brunch and dinner features, there is always something new to try! Plus, enjoy daily happy hour from 3pm-5pm and 8pm-close, and live music on Monday evenings.   Tasting room at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. 8. Check out Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse This certified organic, ten-acre farm showcases its charming orchards with a majestic backdrop that includes James Island and the Haro Strait. Relax and enjoy cider flights along with other tasty treats that are sure to charm your pallet. Be sure to wander through their entire property, and purchase a case of your favorite cider on your way out! For more information, visit Sea Cider's website.    Oak Bay Marina. 9. Experience Willows Beach & the Oak Bay Marina Explore some of Victoria’s beautiful outdoor scenery a little outside of downtown Victoria with a visit to Willows Beach and the Oak Bay Marina. Willows is a short walk from Oak Bay’s commercial district, which is filled with local boutique shops and restaurants, and Oak Bay Marina. The Marina is filled with hundreds of boats from neighboring waters. Keep your eyes open for seals that frequently hang out by the dock!   Entrance to the Royal BC Museum and IMAX. Credit: Royal BC Museum, Destination Greater Victoria. 10. Visit the Royal BC Museum's New Exhibit For a limited time, Royal BC Museum is showcasing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 Exhibit, which showcases photojournalism from around the world based on the natural world and the organisms that inhabit it. This exhibit encourages advocating for the planet and its well-being, while highlighting unique stories throughout the world. The exhibit runs until April 16, 2023. Visit Royal BC Museum's website for more information.    Entrance of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 11. Roam through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a perfect addition to your romantic holiday getaway. Enjoy diverse art exhibits that showcase Canadian artists such as the renowned Emily Carr. The Art Gallery is home to over 20,000 works of art, making it the biggest public art collection in BC. Plus, you can purchase various handcrafted art from local artisans.

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How to Spend Your Christmas Getaway in Victoria, BC

Looking for some festive ways to spend your weekend in Victoria, BC? We've got you covered from festive events and activities to local hot spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take the MV COHO over from Port Angeles, WA (about a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle) and arrive in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. During this time of year, we have an 8:20am sailing or a 2:00pm sailing from Port Angeles. Save BIG when you book your Christmas Magic holiday through us. Packages are from $152 USD pp/do and include your ferry, a hotel stay in Victoria, and The Butchart Gardens admission with round trip shuttle transportation from downtown Victoria.  BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PACKAGE NOW   Christmas Magic in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. Day One - Arrive in Victoria for an Overnight Stay 8:20am Depart from Port Angeles. We recommend taking the 8:20am sailing to maximize your time in Victoria!If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers. 9:50am Arrive in Victoria, go through Canada Customs, and check into your Victoria hotel. If you are unable to check-in early, the hotel can store your bags complimentary until your room is ready. The Butchart Gardens Christmas lights are in the evening, so we recommend experiencing some festive activities in downtown during the day. 12:00pm Go for lunch in downtown Victoria. Victoria has many local restaurants to choose from... All within walking distance of our terminal and hotel partners! We recommend one of the following:- Tacofino (760 Pandora Avenue): A popular spot for creative tacos & burritos.- Burger Crush (787 Fort Street): Burgers, shakes & hand-cut fries with vegan options.- Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken (512 Wharf Street): Fried chicken, soups & other traditional Korean dishes in a casual atmosphere.- 10 Acres Bistro (611 Courtney Street): Farm-to-fork meals paired with delicious cocktails in a romantic setting. - Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya (1005 Langley Street): Japanese small plates with an extensive sushi menu. Christmas in Victoria's Chinatown. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, Brandon McGeachie. 1:00pm Do some local Christmas shopping. Government Street is home to a variety of iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and Merchant Quarters General Store (clothing, shoes and home). Be sure to check out Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing).  Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre. 3:00pm Continue your shopping journey at the Bay Centre, and check out the Festival of Trees at the same time! Wander through all levels of the mall and vote by donation for your favorite. All proceeds go to BC Children’s Hospital. The Festival of Trees is on for the entire month of December. 4:00pm Enjoy an early dinner before heading to Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. We recommend one of the following: - Il Terrazzo (555 Johnson Street): An intimate Italian spot with brick fireplaces, patio seating and an extensive wine list.- Nobu Kitchen + Bar (490 Pandora Avenue): A fusion of Japanese favorites and Canadian dishes. - Bodega (1210 Broad Street): Intimate setting featuring Spanish tapas, wine and cocktails.- Fishhook (805 Fort Street): Local seafood with Indonesian and French flair. Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 6:00pm Depart from the Fairmont Empress Hotel to The Butchart Gardens. Make sure to check in at the kiosk with the red umbrella outside of the Fairmont about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.  Please Note: The shuttle departs from the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 6:00pm daily and 4:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you reserve the 4:00pm shuttle, you must return on the 7:00pm shuttle from The Butchart Gardens. If you reserve the 6:00pm shuttle, you must return on the 9:00pm shuttle.  6:35pm/6:40pm Arrive at The Butchart Gardens. Grab a warm beverage from their Coffee Shop, and walk through the Twelve Days of Christmas display. You will have just over two hours to leisurely explore The Butchart Gardens. 9:00pm Depart The Butchart Gardens back to downtown Victoria.  9:35pm/9:40pm Arrive at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. If you are interested in exploring the nightlife of downtown Victoria, there are some great local pubs and cocktail lounges. We recommend one (or more!) of the following:- Cenote Restaurant and Lounge (768 Yates Street): Inventive cocktails and casual eats, such as nachos, burgers and sausages.- Whistle Buoy Brewing Company (Market Square, Lower Courtyard, 560 Johnson Street): One of Victoria's newest micro-breweries located in Market Square featuring a large dog friendly patio and a cozy taproom.- Garrick's Head Pub (1140 Government Street): Serving pub food with many local beers on top.- Bard and Banker (1022 Government Street): Scottish-style pub with whiskey, beer and live music. Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. Day Two - Explore Downtown Victoria Before Going Back to Port Angeles 9:00am Eat breakfast at one of Victoria's top brunch spots. We recommend one of the following:- Heron Rock Bistro (435 Simcoe Street): A Canadian bistro with occasional live music, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.- Jam Cafe (542 Herald Street): All-day breakfast, including eggs Benedict and pancakes.- The Ruby on Johnson (642A Johnson Street): A funky spot for creative brunch eats.- Nourish Kitchen & Cafe (225 Quebec Street): Farm-fresh mains and snacks in a Victorian house. Want something a little lighter? Try one of these coffee shops/bakeries instead:- Discovery Coffee (281 Menzies Street): Locally owned coffee shop with craft doughnuts.- Crust Bakery (730 Fort Street): A local hot spot offering an array of baked goods, pastries and coffee.- Fol Epi (732 Yates Street): Artisanal pastries, breads and treats. 11:00am Marvel at the handmade gingerbread creations (that are 100% edible!) and vote by donation for your favorite at the annual Gingerbread Showcase happening November 26 through January 3. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Visit their website for more information. Christmas at the Pendray Tea House. 12:00pm Experience winter tea at the Pendray Tea House this holiday season, located across the street from our Victoria terminal. Choose from a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted breads, sweets and pastries. BUY WINTER TEA TICKETS 2:00pm Enjoy a cozy horse-drawn carriage tour with Victoria Carrige Tours. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas.  Horse-Drawn Carriage ToursBeacon Hill Park Tour (60 minute tour): Delight in escaping the city by traveling to the crown jewel of Victoria, Beacon Hill Park. Catch a glimpse of local wildlife while enjoying the serenity Beacon Hill Park has to offer. Travel along the coastline of Dallas Road where the Salish Sea meets the Olympic Mountains. Return through the Victorian historical district of James Bay where you will feel as though time has stood still.The Royal Tour (75 minute tour): Experience the melodic hoof beats as your eyes indulge in the natural ecosystem of Beacon Hill Park. The beautiful landscape will capture your imagination as you are told stories of then and now. Featuring an extended experience overlooking the Salish Sea and Olympic Mountains portraying the true beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Engage in local tales of the historical James Bay neighborhood. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS 4:00pm Depart from Victoria. If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers. 5:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles and go through US Customs.

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The Route

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. It is the most direct ferry crossing between Victoria and the United States, with daily, year-round service provided.

The 90-minute, 22.59 nautical mile (42 km) trip is a scenic journey through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas.

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