Fall in Love with BC: Exploring the Victoria Space

Fall can be a great time to explore all that BC has to offer.

In a six-part series, Global News explores our province and finds ways to safely enjoy activities.

This week we’re taking a look at the Victoria area and we’ve highlighted some of the activities below.

Highlights around Victoria

Victoria’s Empress Hotel.

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The Empress and the Inner Harbor

Enjoy a stroll down Government Street in downtown Victoria and admire the majestic architecture of the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel.

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Enjoy traditional afternoon tea and take a stroll along the inland port for a great view of the provincial parliaments.

If you can make it at sunset, you can make a great legislature photo glow!

Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Fisherman’s Wharf

Stroll the water along David Foster Way until you come to colorful and eclectic Fisherman’s Wharf.

They have some great dining options including the famous Barb’s Fish & Chips spot, a quayside institution since 1984.

Off the Eaten Track Food Tours.

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Off the Eaten Track Food Tour

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Victoria may be known for its English charm, but the city is rich in cultural diversity, especially when it comes to food.

If you’re adventurous and want a taste of the multicultural cuisine around Victoria, be sure to check out the Off the Eaten Track culinary walking tours. They take you on a culinary journey, learning about the city’s history and culture, and supporting the small businesses that offer some of the city’s best dishes.

Look out for the small enclave of various restaurants on Blanshard Street.

Elemental Magick Adventures Forest Bathing

If you want to take some time to ground yourself and reconnect with nature, check out the forest swimming tours offered by John at Elemental Magick Adventures.

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Given the fast pace of today’s world, it’s a great opportunity to slow down, listen to the birds, smell the scent of the pine trees and stand quietly under the canopy of 600 year old giants.

John does most of his tours in the Francis King Regional Park, just a 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria.

Vancouver Island Brew.

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Vancouver Island Brewery

Victoria is known as the cradle of the craft brew revolution, and you can find a variety of local breweries across the city. Many travelers and craft beer aficionados will be delighted to know that there are many stops on the BC Ale Trail here in Victoria. One of the most famous breweries is the Vancouver Island Brewing Company on Government Street. When you go in be sure to try the Explore IPA, a collaboration beer between them and 5 other BC breweries that has all the ingredients from BC!

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Sunset over Victoria’s James Bay.

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Victoria sunset

Finally, at the end of your day, grab a blanket that you love to squeeze and find a spot to watch a beautiful Victoria sunset over the calm waters.

We found the perfect spot overlooking James Bay.

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