Victoria is known for its old-world charm, decidedly British flavour, world-class hotels, decadent dining, wine, seafood, and some of the best microbreweries on the west coast. The Great Canadian Beer Festival in early September attracts beer lovers from as far away as Australia and England. Other highlights include; unique European-style architecture, antique shopping, art galleries, great outdoor adventure travel, second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America and gardens, gardens, gardens! A visit to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens is a must.
Victoria is also home to the Royal BC Museum, one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. Housing British Columbia's provincial museum and archives, the RBCM also offers a state-of-the-art IMAX Theatre, is host to ever-changing exhibits of interest and the new Royal BC Museum and BC Archives website was launched in April, 2013
The rainbow flag is flown proudly in Victoria. A relatively small, but active LGBT scene includes several bars and nightclubs in the downtown core and a year-round calendar of events which includes the annual Victoria Pride Festival. Pride events run from July 1 to July 7 in 2013 and are expected to be bigger and better than ever as they celebrate 19 years.
Pride Week Victoria July 1- 7, 2013
Pride 2013 is July 1 - July 7! Parade and festival will be held on Sunday, July 7.
Helijet offers a fast and unique harbour-to-harbour service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria. In a spectacular 35-minute flight, you will have a birds-eye view of the skyscrapers of downtown Vancouver, the amazing Gulf Islands, and the landscape of Vancouver Island, as you land in our beautiful capital city, Victoria.
Weekdays you'll find plenty of seats from $149 and on weekends for just $139 www.helijet.com 1.800.665.4354
One must visit stop on your visit to Victoria is the fabulous Cafe Brio. We are certainly not alone in our opinion as you can see:
"Cafe Brio tries to satisfy rather than impress and ends up doing both." ..................CONDE NAST TRAVEL”
".........the pitch is perfect in Cafe Brio's kitchen." ........................................GOURMET MAGAZINE
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BON Bistro + Bar
"Chic, yet relaxed, BON Bistro+Bar offers french-inspired comfort food to indulge the senses". Rave reviews abound for this little slice of Paris, right in the heart of downtown Victoria. Showcasing fresh local produce, seafood, wine and microbrews, in an old world atmosphere. 611 Courtney Street, Victoria, BC, 250.220.8008 www.bonbistrobar.com
Pescatore’s Seafood + Grill
If you’re looking for seafood while in Victoria, this is a great place to visit. Oysters Rockefeller, steamed local Dungeness Crab, and spring salmon tempura were on the fresh sheet at time of writing, and Michael told us they just opened a brand new Oyster Bar. Check it out. 614 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC, 250.385.5562 www.theoysterbar.ca
Best Western Carlton Plaza Hotel
Convenient location above Paparazzi Nightclub
642 Johnson Street, Victoria
Executive House Hotel
Downtown location just steps from Victoria’s Inner Harbour777 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, 1.800.663.7001 www.executivehouse.com
Gay Clubs and Lounges
The Paparazzi Nightclub is the hottest LGBTQS community nightclub in Victoria, offering the latest dance music, sexy people to look at and fun shows. This unique, upscale venue offers dramatic design, state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities and some of the best DJs in the city, making it the perfect environment for Private Parties, Corporate Events and fundraisers.642 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC,250.385.6533 www.paparazzinightclub.com
The Ledge Lounge (The Bedford Regency Hotel). Newly designated LGBT-welcoming space near the entrance to Bastion Square. 1140 Government Street. Tel: 250-384-683
HUSH (Gay Friendly Club)
1325 Government Street, Victoria. Downstairs - Entrance on left side of Christmas Village. Tel: (250) 385-0566
No membership & ID required. 582 Johnson St.