Heading to Victoria, British Columbia, with three grandparents in tow, we needed a place that could sleep 6 adults and two kids. Enter this beautiful and fun 1950’s house on a quiet street northeast of the harbor in downtown Victoria. We caught the M.V. Coho out of the Black Ball (https://www.cohoferry.com/) ferry line in Port Angeles, Washington, for the 90 minute trip across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. That in-and-of-itself is a worthwhile trip.
Upon arriving in Victoria and clearing Customs, we headed for our Airbnb home away from home. What fun to get to stay at an eclectic two story home in the heart of a Victoria neighborhood. The owner was a wonderful lady who allowed us to stay in her home, charming, newly remodeled, with an excellent kitchen from which we made our breakfasts and dinners. The house is deceptively larger than it appeared from the outside and we slept comfortably, all eight of us. Hotels in Victoria are expensive and this house allowed us to go a bit cheaper for our large group. We also saved on eating some of our meals at “home.” If you want to eat out, there are restaurants and bars in easy walking distance from this home (photo below of area).
Victoria is a wonderful city to explore. The history (the Queen of England has been here many times), shopping, the imposing Empress Hotel which sits regally at the end of the harbour, the architecture, the European feel, and of course the water which surrounds Victoria and Vancouver Island. This wonderful home that we stayed at for these few days gave us a wonderful starting off point for places such as:
– Victoria Harbour
– British Columbia Parliament
– Afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel (make reservations ahead of time/photo)
– Ogden Point Breakwater
– Butchart Gardens (12 miles north of Victoria/photo)
– Fort Rodd Hill and Fisguard Lighthouse National Historic Sites (photo)
– Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (in Sidney, 17 miles north of Victoria/photo)
We brought our car which allowed us to see Butchart Gardens, the Shaw aquarium, and travel to Fisguard Lighthouse and other sights. There are buses to Butchart Gardens.
All in all, this was the perfect spot to anchor our trip to Victoria. You always need a good place to rest your head at night.
We went in March, during the kids’ spring break. Perfect time. Weather was nice (on the cool side) and we had the place nearly to ourselves.