Victoria’s Refreshing Point of View

When autumn’s glow settles over British Columbia, treat yourself to a stay in Victoria.

Remarkably walkable, breathtaking in its beauty, the city of Victoria is perched on the southern edge of Vancouver Island. Its mild climate makes it an appealing getaway any time of year, but fall’s wonders create yet another layer of charm.

Although it’s easily accessible by air, part of the fun of getting to Victoria is taking a scenic ferry ride from Washington State. Ferries from both downtown Seattle and Port Angeles offer sweeping views of rippling waters and the rugged western coast.

On the banks of the Inner Harbour, the Fairmont Empress will invite you within its grand exterior. You may be tempted to relax in your harbor-view room, enjoy the world-famous Tea at the Empress, or savor a platter of local mussels and cocktails made with Victoria Distillers handcrafted gin.

But before you settle in, it’s time to explore! Fall is exceptionally lovely at The Butchart Gardens, with red and crimson hues adorning the Japanese Garden and along the pathways of the Sunken Gardens.

Spotting marine life is practically synonymous with the waters surrounding Vancouver Island. While October signals the end of whale migration season, you can still enjoy watching sea lions, seals and otters in their natural habitats.

Fall is the perfect time to celebrate with a visit to a local ciderhouse and a meal inspired by the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Can’t decide what to do first? Let us reserve your spot on a guided culinary tour. Kick off from Victoria Public Market at the Hudson to taste your way through Chinatown, Old Town, and the Inner Harbours. Or let a chauffeur transport you to the best wineries or expand your palate with visits to breweries and distilleries across the region.

Breathe in the freshest air and take in inspiring views from the seaside to mountain peaks. Victoria is in prime position for outdoor adventures — from golfing all year round to cycling the length of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Tell us where your interests lie and we’ll match you with the right activities. Prefer to explore on four wheels? The 185-mile Pacific Marine Circle Route captures every breathtaking point of view of Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests, rocky beaches, and charming coastal towns.

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Journese – Independent vacation

Fairmont Empress features 464 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites; Willow Stream Spa, regarded as one of the best spas in Canada; top-notch restaurants; and many more fine amenities.

VACATION INCLUDES: Fairmont Harbour View accommodations and private transfers.

5 NIGHTS from $1402 Select travel dates through 12/15/19

OFFER 1344945


Yankee Holidays – Independent vacation

Take a tour of the beautiful Butchart Gardens, one of the staple attractions of Victoria. Stroll the vibrant waterfront area or find an opportunity to dine by the water.

VACATION INCLUDES: Standard accommodations and The Butchart Gardens sightseeing tour.

2 NIGHTS from $249 Select travel dates through 12/31/19

OFFER 1338165

Prices are per person in U.S. dollars, land only, based on double occupancy, subject to availability and change without notice and are not guaranteed until paid in full. Prices and amenities may vary by category and travel date. International airfare is additional. Additional fees, restrictions, terms, and conditions may apply.

Photo: Butchart Gardens / Image by Davgood Kirshot from Pixabay

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