Victoria BC Extended Stay
British Columbia's capital city of Victoria is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off the Mainland coast but it's well worth the journey.
Victoria is a city of over 350 thousand, but this pales to the number of tourists who flood here yearly. 3.5 million visitors arrive by plane, seaplane, ferry or high-speed hydrofoil to enjoy the temperate climate, amazing ocean and mountain vistas of this quaint capital. And while many crowd the front desks of its numerous hotels, smart travelers are opting for extended stay accomodations as the preferable, stress-free option. Many extended stay accommodations exist in and around the city so whatever your expectation, you'll be able to enjoy the privacy and comfort of your own home despite the fact that you left it behind hundreds of miles ago.
Victoria has consistently ranked as one of the top 20 tourist destinations worldwide. The Port of Victoria alone welcomes over 20 cruise ships that make 200-plus calls yearly to the Ogden Point Terminal, Here are some of the reasons why this Pacific Coast city is so popular...
As a tourist-oriented city, Victoria has the requisite attractions: a beautiful legislature, The Empress, a historic hotel, the Royal British Columbia Museum, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, the submerged Undersea Gardens, even the 6-story high screen of the National Geographic IMAX theatre. But there's more to this idyllic port-town than meets the eye. Beacon Hill Park, the 200 acre park that is sandwiched between the city centre and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, features beautiful picnic areas, duck ponds, rose gardens, playing fields and a small petting zoo. If you're vacationing in the spring, be sure to visit the newborn baby goats that frolic, jump and play as they happily share their pen with visitors. Looking for amazing shopping? The city centre is home to the Bay Centre, a beautiful 4-story mall. Within walking distance, Government Street is perpetually abuzz with street entertainers and busy souvenir shops, Lower Johnston Street features eclectic boutiques and Trounce Alley is home to ultra-chic designer shops.
With one of the highest bar and restaurants per-capita ratios on the continent, Victoria has no problem satisfying any and every palate. Whether heated patios, rooftop vistas or ocean-side window seats, the dining experience here is as beautiful visually as it is gastronomically. And it's just as diverse as the city's tourist population. From authentic Italian at Olde Town's Il Terrazzo to West Coast Fusion at the breathtaking hotel-top Vista 18 to the dazzling, knife-juggling culinary displays at Japanese Village, there's a dining experience here that will permanently make its way into your vacation memories.
Victoria's strong British heritage is visible in the number of bars and pubs that pepper the city and its municipalities. Downtown, favourites include The Bard and Banker, Smiths and Darcy's. Be sure to venture into the suburbs for some even quainter experiences. Cook Street Village's Beagle Pub; Oak Bay Village's Penny Farthing; Fairfield's Ross Bay Pub; Gordon Head's Maude Hunters...
This is a show town, too. Check out live theatre at The MacPherson Playhouse, catch the ballet at The Royal Theatre or enjoy a concert at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre.
There's a reason why they call Victoria the Jewel of the Pacific. Victoria's exteneded stay accommodations include...