Vancouver/Victoria Island

Jan 26th, 2002, 02:44 PM
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Vancouver/Victoria Island


We are thinking of going to Vancouver & Victoria Island this year. When is the best time to go? In the summer of fall? Also, we know we want to go to Victoria Island, but what is there to do in Vancouver. We are in our early 30's please advise? How long should we stay in Victoria Island/Vancouver?
3 days each?
Jan 26th, 2002, 04:01 PM
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Victoria is a city on Vancouver Island. It is awash with tourists in summer so you might consider September. People will probably advise that two days is enough for Victoria. Two big sights are the Provincial museum and Butchart Gardens. If you are from far away, I would definitely recommend the museum.

Vancouver has Stanley Park and Granville Island to name just a couple of sights. If you have a car, be sure to take a drive along Howe Sound.
Jan 26th, 2002, 04:12 PM
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Well, first off - Vancouver is a city and it is also the name of the Island on which the city of Victoria is located. Vancouver is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city of over two million people about 40% of whom are Asian. That includes Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Philipino, Korean, East Indian, Pakistani, Thai, Iranian, etc. etc. plus substantial Italian, Greek, Russian, Jewish, Dutch, Latin American, First Nation, (i.e. native), and Scandinavian as well as the original British stock who were the first settlers. So on top of being a recreational paradise Vancouver is also loaded with ethnic neighbourhoods and flavours. The beaches are excellant and include clothing optional beaches. There are 6.000 foot mountains right on the northern edge of the city and wonderful wilderness hiking trails.

The night life is good but it's not Las Vegas even though there are around ten casinos in the metropolitan area. The best thing to do would be for you to go on a www.vancouver website and check out some more details but if you have only 6 days you must spend at least 4 in Vancouver.

Victoria is the capital of our Province and is a city of just under 400,000. It's not nearly as ethnic and prides itself on being very British but that's really mostly for the tourists. It is a lovely peaceful place to spend a day or two exploring and getting there via the ferry is definately much if not half the fun.

Summer in both places is lovely although both cities have a very mild climate, (Palm trees are very common), and the period from mid July to mid August is probably guaranteed to be the sunniest although September has it's advantages as well not the least being there are feweer tourists. October starts to get cool and showery. But if you like warm sunny weather the best time is mid-summer.
Jan 26th, 2002, 04:16 PM
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My husband & I are planning on going after Labor Day, hopefully not quite as crowded. We are doing 3 nights in both Victoria and Vancouver. I have heard people say a couple days is enough in Victoria however we have found that there are many little side trips to around Victoria like the newer wineries and Sooke (sp?)...we have not decided on what to do in Vancouver yet either...interested to hear what you find out! Where did you decide to stay in Victoria if you don't mind me asking?

Jan 26th, 2002, 09:17 PM
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Great post Gary-good to see you at your most loquacious-you are a credit to this board and the City of Vancouer-I'm serious.

Please note however that the Palm Trees as mentioned are a special species from China that are adapted to periods of cold weather including occasional snow (!).

September is a great time although not totally devoid of Visitor-prices are the same weather is often glorious.

The Wineries produce some lovely young whites and there's so much outdoor stuff to do. for starts
Jan 26th, 2002, 10:00 PM
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Mike, thanks for your compliments - they are much appreciated. Re: the climate thing: I have to admit that it is just on the freezing mark and snowing lightly at this moment. However, I live on the water and have for the last 9 years during which I have only had to shovel snow twice and I doubt very much if what's coming down right now will amount to more than a light skim by the water although the upper parts of the city are a different story. That's what's so amazing about Vancouver - within the limits there are at least three different climate zones and annual rainfall ranges from 180 inches on the North Shore to 25 inches in the southern suburbs and Horseshoe Bay.
Jan 28th, 2002, 08:25 PM
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Victoria is lovely... Stay at the Abbey Bed and Breakfast. Go for high tea at the empress. Eat at the italian restaurant called oh gee, maybe Paparachis or something like this.

If you have time, goto the Sooke Harbour House for dinner

Take a boat tour to see the whales and sea lions even if you are not a nature person. It is fun.

Take a walk and hold hands.

(2 full days) 3 days if plan sooke harbour house too.

(Make sure you take the correct and fastest ferry to victoria, we did not and it was miserable!)

Vancouver- Granville Island, Walk around china town and have dim sum, (I think around 2pm) goto the aquarium, see the salmon jumping up stream to the aquarium in (septemeber i believe, please check)

whale watching is best in March I believe on victoria please check

Jan 28th, 2002, 11:25 PM
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You're probably thinking of the restaurant called Pagliacci's on Broad St.
Feb 3rd, 2002, 01:39 PM
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Thanks everyone for your insight. When we do decide to go maybe we'll look into September.
Molly, unfortunately we haven't booked anything yet, but as soon as we do I'll let ya know where we decided.
Feb 4th, 2002, 04:38 PM
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We went in August to both cities - Victoria was great - very laid back and nothing like we'd ever been before - There is a great tavern that is situated on a hill overlooking the inlet - you canwalk there from a geat place to stay - The Harborside Hotel - excellent. Request a view of the inlet.

We did not have any really good meals in Victoria sad to say except breakfast each day at this English tavern I mentioned above.

Now, Vancouver was another story! Great, great Chinese places! Never had a bad meal in the city. Have fun!!

Oh, i absolutely agree - take the high speed ferry - its worth the added $$. Try to stop at the san juan Island if possible - we missed it.
Mar 25th, 2003, 05:46 PM
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Am thinking of making a reservation at the The Harborside Hotel as recommended in a post above.

Before I do, I would really appreciate a few more comments.

Thank you.

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Mar 25th, 2003, 05:50 PM
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Just to be sure were are talking about the same "Harbourside Hotel" --

Harbourside Hotel & Marina Hotel
146 Kingston St
Victoria, BC V8V1V4

Thanks, again.

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