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We will be here for a week. Went to the Inner Harbor today. Tomorrow doing the hop on bus around Victoria. The Butchardt gardens are on our list but would love recommendations for must see day trips. We have a car. Staying in a nice VRBO.
Thas for any advice!
 

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Lots of things to do to keep you busy for a lot longer than a week:

Take a hour or more to wander through Beacon Hill park. It's just on the edge of downtown. I'm sure you'll stop by it on your HOHO tour.

Go on the little water ferry that circles the Inner Harbour. It will take you to Fisherman's wharf and residential area. Walk around at each of those stops.

See what's playing at the Belfry or McPherson playhouse while you're in town. Have an old school cocktail at Clive's Lounge in the Chateau Victoria before hand.

Visit the Empress Hotel for afternoon tea. If you can't make that, visit their gift shop to take home some fabulous tea.

Visit the Royal BC Museum. Next door you can visit Thunderbird Park for free and get a free tour of the British Columbia Legislature.

If you like history and gardens, visit Craigdorroch Castle and Hatley Castle, both built by the wealthy coal magnate, Robert Dunsmuir.

Plan sightseeing with your lunch. Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse in Sydney has cider tastings with gorgeous ocean views. You could bring a picnic and enjoy their scenic deck while you sample their unique ciders.

Make the longer drive to Sooke and plan a meal at Sooke Harbour House. Along the way, visit one of the spectacular wild beaches. Frech beach, China beach and Sombrio beach are about an hour from Victoria.

Further still is Botancial Beach near Port Renfrew but well worth it for the complete west coast experience.
 

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I spent a week in Victoria and Parksville in June. We enjoyed a day trip to Duncan, the city of totems, and Chemainus, known for its murals. You can do an easy, well-marked walking tour in each town. Lots of nice gift shops featuring Native Canadian art and souvenirs. The distance is less than 60 miles from Sidney and is a very scenic drive. Here's a link to the BC tourism site:

http://www.hellobc.com/duncan.aspx

http://www.hellobc.com/chemainus.aspx

I love Vancouver Island!
 

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If you're going to Buchart Gardens today (Saturday, 8/15), I recommend you do it early evening to be able to see the gardens in daylight and then see the gardens lit with their fabulous lighting as dusk and night falls. But more importantly, stay for the fireworks show which starts about 10pm We saw the fireworks show last year (it's only on Saturday nights) - it's included in your admission price. Definitely one of the best fireworks shows I have ever seen.
If you have blankets, take them to spread out on the lawn & get to the lawn location a little early to stake out your place.

For more info see: www.butchartgardens.com


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Also, admission to Butchart Gardens is for 24 hours, so you can go in the evening for the fireworks, then return the next day for all the daytime walks through the gardens and tea and all that stuff.

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I second everything that has been mentioned. Vancouver Island is such a beautiful place.

- At the Empress Hotel have the curry buffet lunch at the Bengal lounge - excellent lunch and neat décor of an old colonial British gentlemen’s club.

- Fort Rod Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse - Nice self guided tour of the fort. Neat upper battery huge retracting gun in the fort and interesting barrack with artifacts and audio of a day in the life of an enlisted man Lighthouse is picture perfect. You can only go up 2 floors on the lighthouse

- Yes again on Chemainus. The murals are very impressive and so unique. There are even murals on peoples houses.

- Yes again on Hatley Castle . Beautiful big castle and gardens.

dreamin, we did the same thing back in 2011. Stayed in Parksville for a week (with scenic day drives over to Ucluelet , Campbell River, Chemainus, Duncan) then Victoria for the second week.

Greg
 

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Boy, those picnic ideas sound good too.

Greg
 

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Barb’s Place – Fisherman’s Wharf - Victoria- Right next to the WorldMark Victoria resort with great seafood chowder and seafood.

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On Empress Hotel. Don't go there in jeans or shorts. It's a dressy kind of place and you won't be admitted if too casual.
 

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Barb's is good but we found Finest at Sea. It's near the wharf but across the park area. Fantastic.

We just got back from a week at the Worldmark (again) and took a trip up to Coombs to see the Coombs Market with the goats on the roof. It's fun and the market has some amazing and unusual things inside. They also have a very well priced ice cream place that is excellent. Near the market is Englishman Falls Park, which is lovely.

Enjoy Canada!

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