Posts Tagged ‘Victoria Bed & Breakfast’

What’s Happening in Victoria This Summer?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Are you planning a trip to Victoria this summer?  Aside from all the great year round attractions that have made Victoria a favorite destination for many, there are some great special events and festivals you might like to take in while spending a few days in our capital city.

Victoria plays host to BC’s largest street festival when buskers arrive from around the world for the 6th annual Victoria International Buskers Festival, which starts on July 15th and runs for ten days.  Everything from flame throwers to jugglers to puppets will entertain the crowds at several venues and stages around the downtown area.  Also part of it: the International Food Village on the waterfront. And talking about food, “Taste”, Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine, a long weekend of tastings, events and seminars, takes place July 14th – 17th.  It starts with an evening tasting of more than 100 BC wines and local cuisine prepared by top Vancouver Island Chefs.  This event with “a conscience” works with participants who are all about local, seasonal and sustainable in their business practices.

The very popular TD Art Gallery Paint-In is happening on Saturday July 16th.  Ten blocks on Moss Street in downtown Victoria, from Fort Street to the waterfront on Dallas Road, become one big art gallery where 165 artists will showcase their work to thousands of visitors.  There’s a great atmosphere, and of course there will be music and food to enjoy as well.  Meanwhile at the Royal BC Museum there’s a huge exhibit on: Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age.  Come and see Lyuba, the world’s most complete preserved mammoth discovered in Siberia in 2007.  This baby woolly mammoth is 40,000 years old!

cycling on Victoria's Galloping Goose Trail

cycling on Victoria’s Galloping Goose Trail

On the BC Day long weekend, July 31st – August 2nd, you can take in Canada’s biggest cycling event, the Victoria International Cycling Festival.  With Victoria considered to be Canada’s cycling capital, this only makes sense of course!  Watch the mountain biking pros race at Bear Trax, a family friendly event. And of course don’t forget to bring your bikes, be it a mountain bike or road bike, to explore the Victoria area on your own that weekend (or anytime!)  There are great cycling routes around the capital city, and lots of information online, or join a like-minded group of enthusiasts.

One of the most popular summer events in Victoria is the Symphony Splash, on the Sunday of the BC Day long weekend, which falls on July 31st this year.  For the 27th year, the Victoria Symphony will play on a barge in the inner harbor, with up to 40,000 people filling up all the space on land and in the water to enjoy the performance.  There is a Family Zone open from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and an opening act at 4:00 before the orchestra takes the stage at 7:30.  The show always ends with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with navy guns and fireworks.  One thing to remember, get there early to find a spot!

Victoria is a great place to visit during the summer.  There is so much happening!  If you are coming, plan ahead and book your Victoria Bed & Breakfast accommodation well in advance as rooms fill up fast.  You’ll be well looked after and won’t lack for a wide range of things to see and do while you’re being spoiled with great hospitality!

It’s The End Of The BC Road For Red

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Sadly the Red Chair was nearing the end of his journey in British Columbia.  After his visits to Birds of A Feather Victoria Oceanfront and the Oak Bay Guest House, the Red Chair had one more visit scheduled at a Victoria Bed & Breakfast, Marketa’s. Unfortunately the innkeeper was ill when he arrived, which is always a challenge for a Bed & Breakfast, unless there is a partner or staff involved in the business.  So Red had a chance to rest up a little bit from his almost four months journey through beautiful British Columbia.  But, he did get to go out and about with Marketa to explore another part of Victoria.  The nice thing about Red’s visit to Victoria was that while Victoria has many famous attractions, Red got to explore some of the lesser known places around the city.

Red enjoys the view from Victoria's Beacon Hill Park

Red enjoys the view from Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park


Red meets a seal at Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria

Red meets a seal at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria

Off on a whale watching adventure with Eagle Wings!

Off on a whale watching adventure with Eagle Wings!

Beacon Hill Park is a jewel right off Victoria’s oceanfront, where on a clear day you get a fantastic view across the ocean to the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Many varieties of birds visit the park and Red made the acquaintance of a peacock, who wasn’t that impressed with Red’s color!  A wander down to Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf, with its funky shops, restaurants and float homes, led to a meeting with a different kind of critter, a curious seal, who was probably looking for a handout!  Red also had a lovely lunch at Marketa’s favorite trattoria.  His biggest adventure though, was on the water, when they went whale watching with Eagle Wings Tours.  What a thrill!  Red had been really lucky with the weather during his Victoria visit and had really enjoyed this City of Gardens in full spring colors!

Kayaking past Majestic Ocean B&B on the Pacific

Kayaking past Majestic Ocean B&B on the Pacific

Red is ready to hit the Wild Pacific Train in Ucluelet

Red is ready to hit the Wild Pacific Train in Ucluelet

Red the pool shark at Bostrom's B&B!

Red the pool shark at Bostrom’s B&B!

Another bus ride took Red up Island again and across to the west coast, to the little town of Ucluelet. Around Ucluelet and Tofino, its better known neighbouring community, you’ll find the famous Pacific Rim National Park Reserve which is made up of Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail.  The Pacific Rim area is a hugely popular tourist destination almost year round.  Two of Ucluelet’s finest innkeepers shared their hospitality with Red.  Innkeeper Judy at Bostrom’s B&B on Little Beach Bay and innkeepers Tracy and Ted at Majestic Ocean B&B took Red on another whale watching trip!  Wow! Spring and fall on Vancouver Island’s west coast is the time for the grey whale migrations.

Ucluelet also has a wonderful aquarium that features only locally found sea life, and releases these critters back into the wild.  Talking about wild, Red had to take a walk on the Wild Pacific Trail, one of BC’s top trails according to TripAdvisor readers! This 9 km trail wanders along the coast through the rainforest with a different view around each corner. After his hike, Red relaxed on one of the several oceanview decks at Bostrom’s and tried out the sauna AND the hot tub before taking in a game of pool! Over at Majestic Ocean B&B and Kayaking, Red had another opportunity to go kayaking, right on the Pacific Ocean!  The Broken Group Islands are a favorite destination for kayakers and Majestic Ocean offers both lessons and guided trips to explore tiny islands and hidden coves.  Wildlife sightings can include bears, whales, eagles and many other sea creatures.  Here too he was able to relax in the hot tub at the end of another adventurous day, that also included a walk on Long Beach!

Red was reunited with some of his BC innkeeper hosts at the BC B&B Conference!

Red was reunited with some of his BC innkeeper hosts at the BC B&B Conference!

There was one more bus ride to go in Red’s journey in BC!  From Ucluelet Red headed back to Duncan in the Cowichan Valley, where innkeeper Ingrid picked him up so he could catch a ride with her to the BC Innkeepers Conference near Vancouver, where he was reunited with some of his previous BC Bed & Breakfast hosts!  This was going to be the end of Red’s journey through BC and we are so sad to see him go.  It’s been an honor to be Red’s first Canadian hosts, and to showcase the beautiful province we live in.  Many visitors each year share parts of the same journey that Red was able to enjoy, with all its attractions and recreational opportunities.  BC has so much to offer and we hope you too will come and visit.  We’ll be happy to host you and help make your trip an unforgettable journey too!  Safe travels Red!

Very Vibrant Victoria…..

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

PicBC_Z5X6133-xBritish Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, is a vibrant city, full of art, culture and tourist destinations, fantastically nestled on the south end of beautiful Vancouver Island, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, and filled with beautiful west coast nature.

It is easy to explore Victoria, BC!  Walk, explore by horse and carriage, take one of the fun tour buses or a pedal-cab throughout the harbor and downtown areas to see the great tourist spots! Start your day with morning tea at the Empress,  walk along the harbor down to the BC Museum, lunch at one of the many waterfront restaurants, stroll through Butchart Gardens at dusk, and end the night at one of the many beautiful Bed and Breakfasts in town.

We have so many wonderful Victoria Bed and Breakfasts to stay in, it will be hard to just choose one! But you will find one that meets your needs and suits your taste:

Race View Bed and Breakfast, Beaconsfield InnDayspring Farm B&BAcross the Harbour Bed and BreakfastDashwood Manor Seaside Bed & BreakfastAshcroft HouseAbbeymoore Manor Bed & Breakfast InnMisty Meadows B&BVilla Marco PoloFisher House Bed and BreakfastOak Bay Guest House B&BMarifield HouseCarberry GardensNairne House By-the-SeaHumboldt HouseBirds of a Feather Victoria Oceanfront B&BAlbion Manor Bed and Breakfast InnA Downtown Victoria Ocean View Bed and Breakfast, Amethyst InnCottage PirouetteHaterleigh Heritage InnBinners’ Bed and BreakfastHemingways By The SeaCordova BeachAbinger House and Marketa’s Bed & Breakfast.

Summer in Victoria is vibrant with quite a few events! Most notably!? Music Events! Music Festivals coming up this week and into the upcoming weekend include Victoria’s Ska Fest and Rock the Shores and in September, one of the most famous events, Rifflandia.

Come experience Victoria and it’s vibrancy and visit a Victoria B&B today!

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Monday, May 9th, 2011

May is a terrific month here in British Columbia.   The weather is getting warmer, the rhododendrons go crazy and gardeners know it is time to plant, weed and feed.  On Vancouver Island, between Port Hardy in the north and Victoria in the south, there are over 18 notable gardens to visit!  Here, from north to south, is a brief overview:

Ronnings Garden is located at the head of Holberg Inlet 65 km west of Port Hardy on the gravel road to Cape Scott.  Its two hectare site features twin monkey puzzle trees.  Call 250-288-3724 for visitor information.

Shepard’s Garden, near Port McNeill, is a family garden of flowers and forest on a 1 1/2 hectare site.  Bulbs and flowering shrubs provide an early display of color.  Named for and by the owners, Bill and Marilyn Shepard, the number of perennials increases as they find new plants that will overwinter in the northern island climate.

Mystic Woods Nursery, just outside Campbell River, is a work in progress with an ever expanding display garden.  This year the nursery is concentrating on unusual perennial grasses, herbs, trees and shrubs.  Your Campbell River Bed & Breakfast hosts will be able to direct you to Mystic Woods.

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, founded and maintained by Brian Zimmerman, is near Courtenay and showcases over 3,000 rhododendrons in a wooded setting along with ferns, ponds and a labyrinth.  Peak bloom time is through the end of June.

The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park is in Comox and is known for a variety of stately trees, including oaks, and deodar cedars.  Shrubs include hundreds of rhododendrons.  Each spring thousands of annuals are planted in beds near the old lodge to provide a fabulous and colorful display all summer long.   Our Courtenay Bed & Breakfast members will have all the information you need to enjoy a visit to both of these wonderful gardens.

The Old Rose Nursery is on Hornby Island, reached by ferry from Buckley Bay between Courtenay and Qualicum Beach.  It boasts over 1000 varieties of roses and is open from June through mid-August.

Milner Gardens and Woodland between Qualicum Beach and Parksville is a 28 hectare property with a 4 hectare developed garden of stately lawns, beds and borders, a small orchard and hundreds of rhododendrons.   Staying at our Nanaimo Bed & Breakfasts or our Errington Bed & Breakfast will put you just a leasurely drive away from Milner Gardens.

Dashwood Gardens is  on a 1.6 hectare site near Stamp Falls Provincial Park and Port Alberni.  It features thousands of daffodils and other bulbs.  Peak viewing is in the spring.

Tofino Botanical Gardens boasts a specimen of the oldest living tree in the world, the alerce, as well as the giant Himalayan lily with its large waxy leaves.  In the late spring the Himalayan lily produces flower spikes up to 4 meters high that bloom in July.  The garden also has a compare and contrast presentation of plants from the Chilean Coastal Rainforest which has a similar climate to Clayoquot Sound but a very different evolutionary history.  Of course the Tofino and Ucluelet area deserves a visit of more than one night, so book your Ucluelet Bed & Breakfast in advance of your visit.

Hazelwood Herb Farm, near Ladysmith, has over 500 species of plants which over the centuries have been considered herbs.  Many are found in the formal garden designed to resemble the 18th century herb gardens of Europe.  Medicinal and culinary herbs are grown in raised beds and sold in the gift shop.  Quite likely our Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast hosts use herbs from Hazelwood Herb Farm as well!

Mayo Creek Gardens, at Lake Cowichan, is on a 1 hectare north facing slope and features rhododendrons and native plants in a complimentary display.

Duncan’s Providence Farm in the Cowichan Valley explodes with plant and animal life in the springtime.  Visitors thrill to blossoms and lambs, fields and forests.  Cowichan Valley Bed & Breakfasts are located nearby.

The grand daddy of them all, Butchart Gardens, is stunning at any time of year.  Forget me nots and English daisies show their colors as do so many other spring flowers in April and May with the warmer and sunnier weather.  Located on the Saanich Peninsula, several Saanich Bed & Breakfasts are close by for your accommodation needs.

Victoria is home to several other amazing gardens.  The first is Abkhazi Garden, a heritage home and garden, created in 1946 by Prince Nicholas Abkhazi and Princess Peggy Abkhazi.  It is a one acre garden with dramatic rocky outcroppings, Garry oaks and great vistas.  Blooms are most prolific in late spring and early summer but the garden is spectacular all year round.

Finnerty Gardens, a part of the University of Victoria campus, is a lovely 1.6 hectare space boasting some 3000 trees and shrubs plus over 200 rhododendrons.  It is an all year garden, but spring is especially vibrant.

Hatley Castle – Royal Roads is a 180 hectare forest .  The Royal Roads section includes an Italian garden, a Japanese garden, a rose garden, croquet lawn, lakes and streams.  The rose garden is at it’s best in early June, but has much to offer  all year, with a number of unusual growing trees and shrubs.

Finally, Glendale Gardens and Woodlands is a two hectare garden in Conservation Park with a natural setting complimented by walking trails and bird viewing stations.  It has a wonderful winter garden, the Doris Page, featuring grasses, flowering shrubs and trees.  Spend at least a day exploring these Victoria area gardens by booking your stay at one of our Victoria Bed & Breakfasts.

However you choose to route your Vancouver Island garden tour, rest assured that your British Columbia Bed & Breakfast hosts will provide wonderfully comfortable rooms and great breakfasts to make garden hopping even more fun and exhilarating.