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A Weekend in Victoria

Working a full time job with limited PTO days a year, living in Seattle makes weekend trips to Canada really easy, and other places really difficult. Victoria is one of the most beautiful towns in British Columbia. This was my first time ever taking the Clipper but it was my second time ever visiting Victoria. Victoria is a gorgeous city, aptly named the Garden City and is a great trip for a weekend getaway.

Victoria is the capital city of Canada's most western province. Located at the southern end of Vancouver Island and the city has a rich history tied to the First Nations, trade, and gold. In the 20th century it has become innovative and filled with tourists and includes a naval base and fishing fleets. Even though the island has grown, it somehow still maintains a relaxed island vibe.

The Seattle to Victoria Clipper ferry ride connects the United States with Vancouver Island. The Victoria Clipper ferry ride to Victoria takes 2 hours and 45 minutes, traveling direct between Pier 69 in downtown Seattle and the Belleville Terminal in downtown Victoria, BC’s Inner Harbor.

We stayed at the Hotel Grand Pacific and had a lovely balcony and view of the inner harbor.


Day 1 consisted of walking around everywhere downtown. We had lunch at Garrick's Head Pub, walked around the Parliament building and just getting familiar with the town.

Silk Road Tea is a must when visiting Victoria.

The amazing Fairmont Empress is the heart of Old Victoria. Opened in 1908, the hotel is considered to be one of the oldest hotels in Canada. It often lights up at night and is a mainstay in Victoria’s culture. Afternoon Tea at the Empress is expensive but well worth it.