Expect breathtaking scenery, mild climate and ocean and mountain vistas, because Victoria is a nature lover’s dream. Add romance, adventure and outdoorsy fun and Victoria just may be the perfect place for your honeymoon. This resort-style city recently took the top spot as Canada’s most romantic destination. Just cross the channel from Vancouver to the southern tip of Vancouver Island and take in the magnificent landscapes, architecture, lush gardens and every type of cuisine.
Victoria has the second highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and is a foodie’s paradise. It has the finest in coastal cuisine with perhaps the best salmon and shellfish available on the western seaboard. So throw a party for your taste buds and experience the Cowichan Valley chef demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes. You can go on a winery and vineyard, farm and culinary walking tour.
Take a stroll in The Victoria Butterfly Gardens among thousands of exotic, free-flying butterflies, or walk among anemones, starfish and crabs at The Pacific Undersea Gardens. Finally, visit The Butchart Gardens, which feature 55 acres of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and roses.
Get an adrenaline rush by crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which hangs 230 feet above the Capilano River. Rainforest trails, living forest exhibits and a totem park await you on the other side. If heights aren’t your thing, take a full-day guided bike tour of the city or go whale watching, crescent moon kayaking, diving, hiking, or sailing.
What you need to know:
- Victoria is a pedestrian-friendly city so be prepared to walk. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
- There is a great variety of accommodation, from quaint bed and breakfasts and inns to luxurious resorts and vacation properties. Your wallet may love it as much as you do.
- The city’s winters rarely have snow and the summers range from 18-32°C (65-90 °F).
- A nonstop flight from Toronto takes approximately five hours.