Mike and I exited Vancouver rather glamorously via a HeliJet from Canada Place to Victoria. This was way cooler, more convenient and cheaper (last minute deal of around $85 each) than the ferry. Seeing Downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge from the air was an added bonus.
There wasn’t much accommodation left when we booked Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel and Suites. We were upgraded to an Executive Suite – two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and massive living area with an amazing view of Victoria. Breakfast was included (Continental). The suite included numerous beauty products, a spa bath, fireplace and balcony.
|Image from expedia.com|
Our 90 minute ride with Victoria Hippo Tours on Happy Hippo (a school bus converted into something part bus, part boat) was informative and fun. We learnt the history of Victoria, saw the Government Buildings, Museum and Empire Hotel from both the street and the water. We also passed Chinatown, the Children’s Zoo, Beacon Hill Park, and saw a lighthouse.
|The Empire Hotel|
On our walk back to the hotel along the busy waterfront we stopped at The Docks for dinner, scoring 15% off with our tour ticket.
Victoria is cute and very English – I wish I’d had time to have High Tea at the Empress Hotel, but we could only stay one night so after breakfast the next morning we checked out and headed for the Victoria Clipper Terminal for our ferry to Seattle.