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Old 07-26-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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Things to do in Victoria BC

For my Canadian friends,

My girl and I are planning on a trip to Vancouver at the end of August. I've never been before and have been assigned (assigned because I'm terrible at planning) to find 3 fun activities to do there that would function as the core activities of our day there. We are an active couple looking for adventure so if any of you familiar with the area could provide your recommendations please do so below!

FYI- visiting Butchart Gardens is already on our list!

Also, as a bonus if you could advise whether we should stay in Nanaimo or Downtown Victoria and the reason that would be helpful as well. Also, is visiting the Pacific Rim National Park worth the hassle?

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For my Canadian friends,

My girl and I are planning on a trip to Vancouver at the end of August. I've never been before and have been assigned (assigned because I'm terrible at planning) to find 3 fun activities to do there that would function as the core activities of our day there. We are an active couple looking for adventure so if any of you familiar with the area could provide your recommendations please do so below!

FYI- visiting Butchart Gardens is already on our list!

Also, as a bonus if you could advise whether we should stay in Nanaimo or Downtown Victoria and the reason that would be helpful as well. Also, is visiting the Pacific Rim National Park worth the hassle?

Thank you in advance!
-AJ
Nanaimo is a bit far from Victoria (it's a different ferry to go there). It's also not as nice, a bit rougher town (but only Canadian standards of 'rough') The Empress hotel looks impressive and is right in the middle of downtown Victoria, if it's in your budget. There are also apparently a lot of nice B&Bs, but it's high season.

Personally I wasn't too impressed with Butchart Gardens, as it's pretty much just an expensive park. I think they are doing concerts now, though so it may be better. Stanley Park in Vancouver is more impressive, in my not terribly humble opinion. Vancouver also has stuff like Grouse Mountain and the suspension bridges in North Vancouver (Capilano is a tourist trap, Lynn Canyon is free).

What else? Get annoyed by all the tourists from overseas, pay ridiculous prices for ice cream. Maybe whale watching?

Victoria makes an ok day trip but I don't like spending too much time there. If you want to do both you could take a seaplane from downtown Vancouver to Victoria. That could be unique.

I'm going over to the Island tomorrow, but to go learn to sail. Small town, though.
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Victoria is the provicial capitol, so what's fun to do in Sacremento? Erm...

Vic vs. Nanaimo. Sort of like comparing Santa Monica to Longbeach but on a very much smaller scale.
The Native Museum in Vic is worth the time.
The Sooke Harbor Inn has made some of the major food shows $$$
You can rent kayaks or boats in the harbor and poke around the coastline.
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We have decided to do a day trip to Victoria. I'm learning that there just isn't a whole lot to do or see there. The Gardens is having a fireworks show at the end of the month while we are there so that is on the agenda as well.
@Dimman - yes definitely heading to Lynn Canyon instead of Capilano bridge . Any good restaurants we should try to hit up???

@ Bcj- thanks for the infos! I cracked up @ the samo/LGB comparison. Cuz it's true.
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High Tea at the Empress Hotel in Vic will cost a bit, but make points with the gf.
They're famous for it in the Pacific Basin.
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If you guys are active people and what to enjoy the outdoors go do the Cheif or the Grind or the Capilano bridge or the Capilano zip lines or the Whilster Zip lines or Whistler lol

oh go watch the fireworks too if you are coming some time soon.
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I'm going over to the Island tomorrow, but to go learn to sail. Small town, though.
How'd this go? Can it be done in a day?
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If you guys are active people and what to enjoy the outdoors go do the Cheif or the Grind or the Capilano bridge or the Capilano zip lines or the Whilster Zip lines or Whistler lol

oh go watch the fireworks too if you are coming some time soon.
We'll be there end of August. I hear the Gardens are hosting fireworks at night! Also we heard Capilano is a tourist trap so we're going to check out Lynn Canyon instead..
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Last time I've been to Victoria was on a school trip to the parliaments lol... Looked like a small town... Should come down to metro Vancouver!... That's where everything's at!
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Victoria harbour is nice at night. The. Grouse mtn. Grind
The trip to the pacific rim is nice, twisty roads. Can walk the beach on the pacific. Couple hour drive thou.


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How'd this go? Can it be done in a day?
My Dad's boat. It's in Cowichan Bay which is closer to Nanaimo than Victoria.

I don't know about organized lessons, though. They definitely have them, but I don't know the prices, and it would probably eat up most of the day.

I didn't actually get to go out on it, though. Spent more time helping my sister packing and moving.

Here are some pics from the marina's pub balcony..



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Buchart Gardens was built in an ex-limestone quarry used for cement around the whole area.
The owners wife had the garden installed when it shut down.
It's interesting to look for traces of the old quarry while wandering around.
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