A Weekend in Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, BC

Victoria is best reached by boat. The Black Ball Ferry that leaves from Port Angeles, Washington is the Victoria Clipper are two of the most popular ways to get there from the Seattle area. (Check out a myriad of options here.) This was the second time Ben and I have been to Victoria, and we took the Clipper again this time. It’s about a three-and-a-half hour trip, the boat leaves from the waterfront near Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. 

When we arrived in Victoria on Friday morning the weather was picture-perfect: dry and sunny with blue skies. On Saturday and Sunday it got gray and drizzly, so we got to experience two different versions of the city.

Victoria is very walkable, and we picked a hotel right downtown by the waterfront so we could walk everywhere.

^British Columbia Parliament building^

^Morning French press on the balcony of our hotel room^

^Fan Tan Alley: 35 inches wide, the narrowest street in Canada. Victoria has the oldest Chinatown in Canada. It’s small but worth exploring.^

^Discovery Coffee (multiple locations)^

^We visited Craigdarroch Castle, which is more a very large house than a castle.^

^A London Fog at Union Pacific Coffee Co. (537 Herald St.) The London Fog, one of my favorite drinks (a tea latte), was invented in Victoria. With typical Pacific Northwest “June gloom” weather on two of the days we were there, it was perfect weather for hanging out in coffee shops around town.

^We went kayaking in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, despite a blustery and gray afternoon.^

Other places around town that I’d recommend are Habit Coffee (552 Pandora Ave.), 10 Acres Bistro (611 Courtney St.), and Fishhook (805 Wharf St.) 

You can see what all we did on our last weekend in Victoria here.

3 thoughts on “A Weekend in Victoria, British Columbia

  1. Terumi says:

    Just reading this on our way home from Victoria on the Clipper. Such an easy way to travel and we really enjoyed our trip to Victoria too. So lucky to have such an enchanting city so close to Seattle. I totally think we need to visit more often!

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