The royal couple – Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William – are coming to Canada this month. Their itinerary, which includes stops in BC only this time, provides for a lot of tour time in Victoria, and it’s a city fit for a prince and princess. Contemplating your own “royal” visit to this west coast capital? Here’s your guide to how to experience Victoria, in style.
Stay The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Victoria
This boutique hotel in downtown Victoria is luxury in the heart of the culinary and cultural scene that makes Victoria so magical. An insider’s tip: the hotel offers bicycles and self-guided bike maps so you can create your own two-wheel tour of the downtown core.
Have Tea at The Fairmont Empress Victoria
The Empress is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, making this iconic attraction in Victoria even more attractive. With a new restaurant and lobby lounge, dining at the Empress really is an experience fit for royalty. The Empress is well-known for it’s high-tea experience, what’s more British than that?!
Eat Out – A Lot
Victoria has a rich culinary scene. You’ll have a lot of bistros, pubs and restaurants to tempt your tastebuds. A popular choice is the 10 Acres Bistro, located on Courtney Street downtown. This is real farm – to – table eating; with the majority of ingredients served sourced from the 10 Acres Farm, an organic farm located in nearby Saanich. In step with Victoria’s commitment to environmentally-friendly living, 10 Acres Bistro has a strong commitment to sustainable food production.
And Don’t Forget to Play!
There is plenty to do in Victoria. If you are travelling with kids, keep them busy petting goats at Beacon Hill Park, or riding the stunning hand-carved carousel in Butchart Gardens. Experience Victoria’s vibrant history of fine art – head to the Robert Bateman Centre or Emily Carr House.
And if you are a royal watcher, come to Victoria this September and you might catch a glimpse of a princess!
Thank you to Tourism Vancouver Island for their assistance with this post.
Photo of the Empress Hotel. Credit.